BOSTON (CBS) — As one season comes to an end in New England, another begins.

There is still about two months until the Red Sox open their season against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida, but there was a sign of spring down at Fenway Park on Monday. Fans lined up outside the old ballpark for “Truck Day,” meaning baseball is just around the corner.

As most of New England slept off Sunday night’s Super Bowl LII, the Red Sox were loading up their equipment truck for it’s 1,400 mile trip to Fort Myers, Florida. The packing began around 7am, and the truck departed Fenway Park around noon.

For the 20th straight year, Milford native Al Hartz is behind the wheel of the the 53-foot truck, which is loaded up with baseball equipment and supplies:

  • 20,400 baseballs
  • 1,100 bats
  • 200 batting gloves
  • 200 batting helmets
  • 320 Batting Practice tops
  • 160 white game jerseys
  • 300 pairs of pants
  • 400 t-shirts
  • 400 pairs of socks
  • 20 cases of bubble gum
  • 60 cases of sunflower seeds

Since 2003, “Truck Day” has signaled the unofficial start of Red Sox Spring Training. Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers, Florida on Feb. 13, with positional players reporting on Feb. 18.


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