Groundhog? We don't need no stinkin' groundhog!
Our surest sign of spring -- or more accurately, the surest sign that winter will eventually end -- comes tomorrow at Fenway Park when the Red Sox' equipment truck will be loaded up and depart for the club's spring training facilities in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Yes, tomorrow is Truck Day. And not a day too soon.
We're not certain if Truck Day is a tradition unique to New England, but clearly the Red Sox do it up right. The 18-wheeler will begin its 1,480-mile journey to Ft. Myers by departing from Gate D on Yawkey Way at 1 p.m. -- and it will be led in a procession by a flat-bed truck carrying Wally the Green Monster, Fenway Ambassadors, and official Citizens of Red Sox Nation.
In a new development this year, a box of e-mails containing well-wishes from fans in Red Sox Nation will also be loaded on the equipment truck by official Citizens of Red Sox Nation. It is intended to bring the Red Sox good luck for the 2009 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Johnny Pesky will serve as the Grand Marshal of the truck departure parade tomorrow. Pesky, whose uniform number ‘6’ was formally retired by the Red Sox last year, will ceremoniously “start” the engines of the equipment truck.
Fans who stop by and see the truck off can also purchase newly released standing room tickets for Sox games throughout the summer of 2009. These tickets are only available tomorrow at the Fenway Park box office.
Boston.com's Steve Silva will be there to document the festivities, so be sure to stop by here tomorrow for plenty of photos and video.
To whet your appetite, here is our photo gallery of last year's Truck Day.