New England's own Groundhog day will be here before you know it.
Buried in Thursday's Red Sox press release about the 2014 spring training schedule was the all-important announcement that 'Truck Day' will take place outside Fenway Park on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Truck Day has become New England's annual sign that spring is right around the corner. It is the day when the Red Sox' moving van gets loaded with equipment at Fenway Park for the 1,480-mile trek to JetBlue Park, the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla.While the truck packing at Fenway has been going on for years, it started to become a local phenomena in 2002, after Dr. Charles Steinberg arrived on the scene. Now fans gather to see a truck being loaded with equipment and the Red Sox make its departure a fan event.
The day begins with workers loading a big rig parked outside Fenway Park just after 7 a.m. Bins of bats, balls, medical supplies, training gear, and luggage from the warehouse are loaded on the truck, and boxes are piled high to ensure that no essential is left behind and that the Red Sox have everything they need at their spring training complex.
The 18-wheeler usually leads a procession down Yawkey Way at noon of Fenway ambassadors, Red Sox staff, and Wally the Green Monster in front of a crowd of baseball diehards. A few days later, the truck arrives in Fort Myers and the unpacking begins along with a new season.