Red Sox spring training truck arrives at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers
The Red Sox truck arrives Thursday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers for spring training.
Cheri Griffin is huge Red Sox fan and has been celebrating truck day for over 30 years, “It was just fun and I made a big deal of it and I took a picture with the old cameras, and I had filmed developed and passed them around to show people in my office and said it was truck day and they looked at me like I was crazy.”
The day is practically a national holiday for most Red Sox fans, and today it made its final stop right here at JetBlue Park.
“It’s nice to get going again and get everybody back together and somewhat celebrate what we did last year but move on to hopefully bigger and better things,” said clubhouse manager Tom McLaughlin.
Staff flew in from Boston to unload the truck which is packed with over 20,000 baseballs, 200 gloves and 20 cases of bubble gum.
And they couldn’t forget the iconic 6′ 7″ Lego statue of David Ortiz, making sure nothing gets left behind.
We asked McLaughlin what he’s hoping to see for the season, and he said, right now… he just hopes they didn’t forget anything in Boston and that everything goes smooth.
Preparing for what they hope will be another smooth season of wins.
The Boston Red Sox are gearing up for Spring Training at JetBlue Park. With the first game in the near future, they are keeping fan safety and security in mind.
“We talked about a lot of different issues including improvements to the ballpark, expectations, customer service and certainly security and other important issues that they need to know about before we start hosting ball games,” said Charles Cellucci, director of security and emergency services for the Boston Red Sox.
Those safety concerns include how to respond to a shooting. The Red Sox partnered with Lee County Sheriff’s Office to host an active shooter seminar.
“It’s generally a review of some of the major active shooter situations that have occurred around the country,” Cellucci said. “Some precautions and some do’s and don’ts.”
The Red Sox are also adding new security measures this season, such as a mandated walk-through metal detection system to make sure weapons are not brought into the stadium.
The baseball organization has updated its detection staff, which will include bomb technicians and K-9 units.
“We definitely want our fans to feel safe when they come into the environment,” Cellucci said. “We want them to feel comfortable knowing that we have screened every single fan that comes through our gates.”