Snow is in the air, but the truck is getting ready to roll.
The Red Sox equipment truck is scheduled to depart from Fenway Park for the 1,480-mile trip to the team’s spring training complex on Edison Ave. in Fort Myers, Fla. on Friday at approximately noon.
2009 Truck Day (Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan)
The truck will leave from Van Ness Street — adjacent to Gate D at Fenway Park, and will be led in procession by a flat bed truck with Wally the Green Monster and Fenway ambassadors tossing soft baseballs to fans.
Fans are invited to see Wally the Green Monster between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Yawkey Way Store next to Fenway.
Check back with Extra Bases early Friday morning for Truck Day photos and updates from the scene.
Truck driver Al Hartz of New England Household Moving and Storage, the company that has carted the Sox gear to Florida for the past 12 years, is expected to be back to drive the truck, which has been upgraded for this year’s trip, for the 12th time himself.
To whet your appetite, here is our photo gallery of last year’s Truck Day festivities, the 2008 Truck Day ceremony, and here are our ’07 photos of the truck being loaded with bats, balls, and any other stuff the Sox need in Fort Myers (a motorcycle or two, perhaps?). And for those of you who really can’t get enough, we have photos of Truck Day ’06 as well.
Planning on heading to Fort Myers to catch the Sox at spring training? Be sure to check out our fans guide to the area before you go.
Reporting day for Red Sox pitchers and catchers is Thursday, Feb. 18. First workout for Red Sox pitchers and catchers is Saturday, Feb. 20.
Shuttle buses between City of Palms Park and the Red Sox player development complex will be available to fans beginning from Saturday, Feb. 20. Fans who wish to take advantage of the shuttle service can go to City of Palms Park, park their vehicles for free, and board shuttle buses in front of the ticket office on Broadway for a fee of $1.00 each way ($2.00 roundtrip). There is no public parking at the Red Sox player development complex. Free tours of City of Palms Park, originating from the Team Store, also begin on Thursday, Feb. 18 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.