We’re ready to go…Cause we’re leavin’ on a jet plane…
Firstly, yes, we may have been partially inspired by a recent viewing of Armageddon for this post. (But who doesn’t love a Ben Affleck serenade before battling a gigantic asteroid headed for Earth??)
And secondly, yes, the Phillies are leaving – headed south on various jet planes as the start of spring training is less than two weeks away – which also means baseball is back! Are you ready? We are. We’re going stir crazy over here and can’t wait for warmer weather, hot dogs and the boys of summer back playing at CBP.
Now, some of you may or may not know this but each year the team’s baseball equipment and personal effects magically arrive at Bright House Field prior to the first workouts via truck – the equipment truck to be exact (we know, creative naming of said vehicle). But, in all serious, it’s a pretty important operation to get all of the players’ equipment, uniforms, POWERADE mix and sunflower seeds safely to Clearwater, Fla. Without it the team can’t get to work preparing for the upcoming season.
If you’ve ever wondered just how much stuff is loaded on said truck, you’re about to be mind-blown.
The truck contents are as follows:
- 20 Coolers and a half pallet of POWERADE mix
- 250 Batting Practice Tops
- 350 pair of shorts
- 450 pair of socks
- 600 pair of pants
- 600 BP hats
- 140 Batting helmets
- 200 Fleeces
- 200 Light Jackets
- 40 Heavy Jackets
- 125 Leather and Elastic Belts
- 75 Assorted spike, plastic and turf shoes
- 1,200 bats
- 2,000 Short and Long Sleeve Shirts
- 2,400 Baseballs
- 10,000 12 oz POWERADE cups
- 150 pair of Batting Gloves
- 25 sets of Golf clubs
- 6 Bikes
That’s a lot of pants.
As we say hello the first signs of spring and a new season of Phillies baseball, we’ll say goodbye to the 53-foot Phillies equipment truck next Thursday, February 6th as it departs from Citizens Bank Park to make the 1,058-mile journey to its final destination of Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. Feel free to stop down and say bye in person that morning – the more the merrier! You may even see the Phanatic try to hitch a ride (as he usually does) to get to a more Galapagos-like climate than the chilly Philadelphia winter we’ve had.
Tweet of the Week
We couldn’t decide really SO there’s two this week!
Jake Diekman brought us back to the wisdom of the great Dr. Seuss this week:
But John Mayberry Jr. gave the Instagram universe a nice team workout pic with J-Roll and Dom Brown:
Have a great weekend and we’ll check in with you again next week!