Signs of spring are hard to find in Rhode Island. But Red Sox fans caught a glimpse of baseball season Wednesday.
The Red Sox spring training truck made a stop in Pawtucket before hitting the road to Ft. Meyers Florida. So-called “Truck Day” has become a tradition at Fenway, but this is the first time the truck has also stopped at McCoy Stadium, home to the Red Sox AAA team, the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PawSox spokesperson Bill Wanless called it a unique opportunity for local baseball fans.
“Fans have seen this from afar at Fenway since 2003 when it became a tradition, packed and ready to go to Fort Myers,” said Wanless. “So we’re happy to bring it up close and personal to our fans here at McCoy Stadium.”
The Red Sox spring training truck brings equipment to Florida including more than a thousand bats and some 20,400 baseballs. Other items include 300 pairs of pants and 60 cases of sunflower seeds.
The event comes months after a shake-up of the PawSox leadership. Following the death of lawyer James Skeffington, the group named Dr. Charles Steinberg the new president.
Steinberg comes from the Boston Red Sox, where he’s well known for community events and outreach. That’s something the team said it would emphasize as it works to repair a strained relationship with the state, following a disastrous attempt to move the team to a new stadium in Providence. The team has since committed to McCoy stadium, at least through the 2016 season.
Spring training for the Boston Red Sox begins officially February 17th.