The equipment has been packed up, loaded into a truck, and sent on its way. Destination: Fort Myers, Florida.
Just nine days until pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for the Red Sox, the unofficial start of spring is upon us, as the Red Sox held their annual “Truck Day” on Wednesday. A tradition that started in 2003, Truck Day signals that baseball is right around the corner, and gives Red Sox fans something to smile about on a cold day in February. In a Monday press release, the team announced its packing list:
- 20,400 baseballs
- 1,100 bats
- 200 batting gloves
- 200 batting helmets
- 320 Batting Practice tops
- 160 white game jerseys
- 300 pairs of pants
- 400 t-shirts
- 400 pairs of socks
- 20 cases of bubble gum
- 60 cases of sunflower seeds
Big name Red Sox off-season acquisition David Price arrived in Fort Myers on Tuesday, ten days earlier than required, to get in some extra work before the rest of his teammates arrive. The left-hander, known for his blazing fastball that has reached 100 miles per hour and knee-buckling off-speed pitches, signed a 7-year, $217 million contract with Boston in December, the largest contract to a starting pitcher in MLB history. Barring unforeseen events, the new Boston ace will take the hill when the Red Sox open their season on Monday, April 4 in Cleveland against the Indians.
Tickets to all Red Sox spring training games in Fort Myers, Florida, as well as regular season home games at Fenway Park are available here.
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