Boston Red Sox equipment truck arrives at Jet Blue
CREATED Feb. 8, 2013
JET BLUE PARK - It's a big day for Boston Red Sox fans.
The teams equipment truck rolled into Jet Blue Park Friday, just in time for spring training!
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan has the story.
For the past eight years, Cheri Giffin's been snapping pictures of the Red Sox truck leaving Fenway Park in Boston and arriving in Ft. Myers.
"I'm the greeter," Giffin laughed. "Unofficial greeter."
The super fan is the only one you'll see at the park Friday. She gets special permission from the organization to be in the park while the truck unloads.
"I used to see the truck leave Fenway for about 15 years until we started wintering down here," she said.
She posts her pics, everything from bats to players, online for Sox fans around the world.
"It's a very important event for people up north," she said.
"I picked a good time to come down here, it's supposed to snow like a son of a gun tonight," truck driver Al Hartz said.
Hartz has been doing the drive down from Boston for sixteen years.
"We load the truck, we drive it down, we unload the truck," he explained. "There's some unusual stuff on the truck - only half the stuff's baseball equipment."
He's hauling pretty much everything a player and their family could need.
"I have their playpens, tricycles, toys. I've hauled motorcycles in the past. Hockey equipment, hunting equipment."
And there's always a surprise along the way.
"Yesterday morning, I was having breakfast at a truck stop near Gainsville, " he said. "I ran into the driver of the Minnesota Twins. I thought that was a little unusual. I get to meet just about everybody. it's a pretty unique experience."
The first Red Sox spring training game is February 21.
Colleen Hogan, reporter