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Truck Day signals the official start of Red Sox’ title defense

The Red Sox equipment truck left for Florida Monday.

Red Sox Truck Day 2019
Bob Brown signs the Red Sox equipment truck outside of Fenway Park ahead of the team's departure to the club's Spring Training home at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida on Feb. 4, 2019. Fans were allowed to sign the truck. (Nathan Klima/The Boston Globe) –Nathan Klima/The Boston Globe

While one New England sports team capped off a championship season Sunday night, another one started its title defense a few hours later.

The reigning World Series champion Red Sox sent their equipment truck on its way to Fort Myers, Fla., Monday morning, even as the Patriots were basking in their sixth Super Bowl win.

The 53-foot truck, hauling all the equipment the team will need for spring training, was loaded at 7 a.m. and departed Fenway Park around noon for the 1,480-mile trip to JetBlue Park.

Dina Adam of Manchester, N.H., waved goodbye to Milford’s Al Hartz, making his 21st consecutive trip south behind the wheel. —Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe
Equipment is loaded on the Red Sox equipment truck outside of Fenway Park. —Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe
Pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training next week. —Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe
Fans, including Bob Brown, were allowed to sign the truck. —Nathan Klima/The Boston Globe
A fan received a souvenir baseball. —Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe
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