Friday, February 7, is #TruckDay – and that means the Phillies and Old Dominion Freight Line, the official Freight Carrier of the Phillies, will be packing up the clubhouse and loading thousands of contents onto their equipment truck, bound for Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla. Before the truck is officially
Friday, February 7, is #TruckDay – and that means the Phillies and Old Dominion Freight Line, the official Freight Carrier of the Phillies, will be packing up the clubhouse and loading thousands of contents onto their equipment truck, bound for Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla. Before the truck is officially “outta here,” fans are invited to a noon #TruckDay Spring Training Sendoff on Citizens Bank Way at Citizens Bank Park.
Special guests include Phillies Announcer Dan Baker and Phillies Ballgirls, as well as local sports mascots such as Swoop (Philadelphia Eagles), Gritty (Philadelphia Flyers), Phang (Philadelphia Union) and Wingston (Philadelphia Wings).
The event also features a big entrance by the Phillie Phanatic, who will be leading the truck down Citizens Bank Way.
Fans attending the #TruckDay Spring Training Sendoff will be invited back to the New Era Phillies Team Store for food and beverages, as well as photo opportunities with the World Series trophies. In addition, the team store will be offering 20% off all merchandise – including the new spring training caps.
There will be free parking in Lot S, with entrance off Pattison Avenue. (Note: Citizens Bank Way will be closed for the equipment truck’s departure…the outside event will be weather permitting).
After the noon sendoff, the truck will then begin its eight-state, 1,058-mile trek to Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., where it will be unloaded on Sunday, February 9 – just three days before the first official workout for Phillies pitchers and catchers. The first home game at Spectrum Field is Sunday, February 23, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
SAMPLING OF WHAT’S GOING ON THE TRUCK:
- 10,000 12 oz. POWERADE cups
- 2,400 baseballs
- 2,000 short and long sleeve shirts
- 1,200 bats
- 900 pairs of socks
- 600 pairs of pants
- 600 batting practice hats
- 350 pairs of shorts
- 300 batting gloves
- 250 batting practice tops
- 200 fleeces
- 200 light jackets
- 140 batting helmets
- 125 leather and elastic belts
- 75 pairs of assorted spike, plastic and turf shoes
- 40 heavy jackets
- 20 coolers and a half pallet of POWERADE mix
- 12 sets of golf clubs
- 6 bikes
- 1 Phanatic hot dog launcher