BOSTON–Mere hours after a history-making upset left the New England Patriots victorious, a truck filled with all necessary equipment for Red Sox spring training departed from Boston, marking the unofficial start of baseball season.
Fans, reportedly still coming down from the high of watching their beloved team secure its fifth Super Bowl win in 15 years, gathered outside Fenway Park to witness the 14th annual Truck Day celebration, which concluded with a celebratory send-off of the 53-foot truck bound for Fort Myers, Fla.
Filled with 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats, 200 batting gloves, 200 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 and 60 cases of sunflower seeds, the truck and its departure provide fans with a means of transitioning into baseball season.
“And the heck with Punxsutawney Phil,” Red Sox historian Gordon Edes said in an interview with MLB.com’s Ian Brown. “We have our own harbinger of spring right here with the truck. I just think it’s so cool that fans will come out here to Fenway, because it signals to all of us that baseball season is six weeks away.”
The Red Sox home opener is scheduled for Monday, Apr. 3.