Spring training for the Boston Red Sox officially begins next week, but several players have already arrived at jetBlue Park for unofficial workouts.
In another sign the season is getting closer, yesterday was “Truck Day” in Beantown, an annual tradition where fans of the Major League Baseball show up at Fenway Park to give a proper send-off to the team’s 18-wheeler as it makes its way from Boston to Gateway.
What’s in the truck?
200 batting gloves
200 batting helmets
320 Batting Practice tops
160 white game jerseys
300 pairs of pants
400 pairs of socks
And, of course, 20 cases of bubble gum along with 60 cases of sunflower seeds.
Pitchers and catchers will report on February 18, with the rest of the position players reporting on February 23.
Grapefruit League action begins on March 2 against the Minnesota Twins at jetBlue Park, with first pitch at 1:05pm. Both teams will make the short trip to Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers for a rematch the following day.
Boston was last place in the American League East Division in 2015, with a record of 78-84.