FORT MYERS, Fla. - Baseball is back! This week three Major League Baseball teams will make the journey south to their spring training home in Southwest Florida.
This morning around 6:30, the equipment truck for World Series champion Boston Red Sox rolled into JetBlue park. It was a 1,480 mile trip from Fenway Park to Fenway South, and for the 16th straight year the same truck driver led the journey for the 53-foot truck.
Al Hartz says the load he hauls gets bigger every year. In this year's truck, Hartz hauled 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats, 160 white game jerseys, 200 batting helmets and 400 pairs of sox.
Pitchers and catchers for the world champions report this Friday, Feb. 15. Position players report on Feb. 18 and the first full squad workout is Feb. 20.
The Red Sox head to the diamond for their first spring training game Feb. 27 in a double header against two college teams.
But Boston isn't the only with a team in Southwest Florida. The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays will also show up this week.
For the Twin, pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 16, position players report on Feb. 21, and the first full squad workout is Feb. 22.
Pitchers and catchers for the Rays will report in Port Charlotte on Feb. 14. Position players report Feb. 19 and the first full squad workout is Feb. 20.