For the second straight winter, the Boston Red Sox Spring Training equipment truck will make a stop at McCoy Stadium on its way to Florida. On Monday, February 6 at approximately 1 pm, PawSox fans will welcome and then send the truck on its way to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Paws, Sox, and club officials will be on hand, and as an added touch, the PawSox will debut new 75th Anniversary McCoy Stadium apparel that will thereafter be available in the PawSox Baseball Store.
The truck will be loaded in Boston starting at roughly 7 am and embark on its 1,480-mile trip from Fenway Park around noon. The vehicle will travel some 45 miles down the road and make a brief detour at McCoy Stadium, with fans of all ages invited to take photos, partake in other activities, and celebrate the long-awaited onset of spring. At approximately 1:45 pm, the truck will head back on the road to continue its journey south.
For the 19th straight year, Milford, MA native Al Hartz will drive the 53-foot truck, which will carry an assortment of baseball equipment and supplies, including: 20,400 baseballs; 1,100 bats; 200 pairs of batting gloves and helmets; 300 pairs of pants; and 60 cases of sunflower seeds. The celebration of Truck Day has been a Red Sox tradition since 2003 and signals the unofficial start of Spring Training. Moving services are provided by New England Household Moving & Storage.
All media outlets are welcome to cover this coming Monday. The truck will be parked on Mondor Way in front of the McCoy ticket office.
Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers on February 13. The PawSox home-opener at McCoy Stadium will take place in just over two months on Monday, April 10 when they host the Syracuse Chiefs at 6:15 pm.