The Red Sox have a list, and they’re checking it twice.
No, it’s not Christmas at Fenway. But it is an occasion that baseball fans look forward to every winter in New England.
It’s Truck Day, the unofficial start to spring training.
The Red Sox’ equipment truck is scheduled to depart from Fenway Park on Wednesday around noon for the team’s spring training home in Fort Myers, Florida. Starting at 7 a.m., the 53-foot truck will be loaded with more than 23,000 items, ranging from baseballs to bubble gum, for its annual 1,480-mile trip.
Here is the list of what will be loaded onto the truck, accoring to the team:
200 batting gloves
200 batting helmets
320 batting practice tops
160 white game jerseys
300 pairs of pants
400 pairs of socks
20 cases of bubble gum
60 cases of sunflower seeds
Fans won’t have to wait too long after Truck Day until they can see the Red Sox on the field in Florida. Pitchers and catchers will have their first full workout on Feb. 19, followed by the first full squad workout on Feb. 24. The Sox will play exhibition games against Boston College and Northeastern on Feb. 29, and then begin their Grapefruit League schedule on March 2.
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