What Is “Truck Day” For The Red Sox?
Each year, Red Sox fans across the country eagerly anticipate a special event that signals the start of spring training: Truck Day. This yearly tradition has become an iconic symbol of hope and anticipation for the upcoming season.
But what exactly is Truck Day? How did it come to be? Let’s find out.
The Origin of Truck Day
Truck Day is a tradition that began in 2002 with the Red Sox’ equipment manager, Dave McCarthy. McCarthy decided to bring some fanfare to what had been an ordinary event—the day when all of the equipment was loaded up and sent off to spring training—by having a parade of trucks filled with baseball gear drive around Fenway Park before departure. The idea was met with enthusiasm by both players and fans alike, and Truck Day was born.
The celebration continues today, as hundreds of fans gather around Fenway Park each year to cheer on the departing trucks. In addition to the usual assortment of bats, balls, mitts, helmets, jerseys, and uniforms, each truck also carries something special from McCarthy—a huge cutout of Wally The Green Monster (the official mascot of Fenway Park). It’s become an annual rite of passage that marks the start of spring training for Red Sox fans everywhere.
What Happens During Truck Day?
Truck Day marks the official start of spring training for the Boston Red Sox. On this day, players and staff gather at Fenway Park for a brief ceremony before boarding buses bound for Fort Myers, Florida—where they will spend six weeks preparing for opening day in April.
During this time, they will practice drills, refine techniques and work on team-building exercises in preparation for their first game against their rivals from Tampa Bay (the Rays). Fans join in on the festivities by cheering on their favorite players as they board buses and wave goodbye from a convoy trucks full of equipment heading south.
Truck Day has become one of the most beloved traditions among Boston Red Sox fans over its 21-year history. Every year it serves as a reminder that baseball season is just around the corner and brings excitement and enthusiasm among players and fans alike.
So if you ever find yourself in Boston in early February, keep your eyes peeled—you may catch a glimpse of Wally The Green Monster waving goodbye as he sets off on his journey to Fort Myers.