Boston.com – Red Sox fans celebrated Truck Day on Tuesday, the unofficial start of spring training. Workers began loading a JetBlue-sponsored big rig parked outside Fenway Park just after 7 a.m. despite below-freezing temperatures. Fans gathered shortly thereafter and by noon the truck was on its way to Fenway South at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
I dont know if you realize this, but fans of the Boston Red Sox actually sit outside Fenway Park for Truck Day and watch an 18-wheeler get filled with boxes and team equipment before it heads down to Florida for Spring Training. True life, guys. Im not lying. I know I always get on New England fans for being fair weather. And a majority of them are. Straight up Championship Fans. However, I dont think I’d consider these guys Championship Fans. If you’re going to freeze your nuts off watching equipment with your favorite team’s logo get loaded into tractor trailers, then you’re big time. You can claim your allegiance all you want and I’ll say nothing in return.
I mean, its not even a guarantee that players will show up. Some of them- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Daniel Nava, Daniel Bard, Jon Lester, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, and manager John Farrell have already headed down to Florida. That means youre literally watching equipment guys and random hired movers moving boxes, crates, and cases. The only guys I know who showed up was President/CEO Larry Lucchino- with cookies for fans, and third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
Im as much of a fan of the New York Giants as you can get, but Im 93% sure I’d never sit outside in 30 degree weather while they loaded tractor trailers with team equipment. Im pretty sure even if it was 80 degree weather I wouldnt do it. Either incorporate the players into the mix or I’ll just read about it online, and hear about it on TV. Moving sucks. Im not trying to make a sport out of it, watching and cheering on the sidelines.
So I need to know, would you stand out in the cold to watch a truck loaded with your favorite team’s equipment?