Boston baseball starts with a truck

By Kyler Maira

Spring training may not officially start until Feb. 14, but for fans in Boston, the preseason is well underway. Truck Day officially arrived in Boston, and fans made their way just outside Fenway Park to watch Boston’s baseball big rig get loaded up and sent on its way.

The truck, driven by Milford native Alan Hartz, is on its way to Fort Myers, Florida, where the Red Sox will complete spring training. Along with Hartz will be 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats, 200 pairs of 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.

Early in the 1,480-mile journey, the truck stopped at Polar Park in Worcester, where the Red Sox Minor League affiliates, the “Woo Sox,” play to meet with more fans. Fans signed the side of the truck and even were paid a visit by Linda Ruth Tosetti, granddaughter of Red Sox legend Babe Ruth.

As Boston’s baseball truck starts its journey to Florida, Red Sox fans prep themselves for the upcoming MLB season, which will officially begin on March 28.