Two little words that mean a whole lot to Red Sox fans everywhere. Truck Day is like Boston's own Ground Hog day. It has become an annual sign that spring is right around the corner in New England. Truck Day is the day when the Red Sox moving van gets loaded with equipment at Fenway Park for the 1,480-mile trek to JetBlue Park, the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The 2014 festivities will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8.
While the truck packing at Fenway has been going on for years, it started to become a local phenomena in 2002, after Dr. Charles Steinberg arrived on the scene. Now fans gather to see a truck being loaded with equipment and the Red sox make its departure a fan event.
The day begins with workers loading a big rig parked outside Fenway Park just after 7 a.m. Bins of bats, balls, medical supplies, training gear, and luggage from the warehouse are loaded on the truck, and boxes are piled high to ensure that no essential is left behind and that the Red Sox have everything they need at their spring training complex.
The 18-wheeler usually leads a procession down Yawkey Way at noon of Fenway ambassadors, Red Sox staff, and Wally the Green Monster in front of a crowd of baseball diehards. A few days later, the truck arrives in Fort Myers and the unpacking begins along with a new season.