Yes, today is the day that the Red Sox equipment truck leaves Fenway Park and embarks on the long journey down I-95 to Fort Myers. I have to ask: wouldn’t it be easier for the Sox to just keep a bunch of equipment in some warehouse in Florida year-round? Maybe send a couple of U-Haul vans down with player-specific items (bats, etc.), but keep everything else down there? Certainly this would be cheaper and easier. I guess that’s a question for John Henry.
Anyway, the Boston Globe has maintained a library of photos from each “Truck Day” since 2006. Let’s observe the evolution of this all-important day:
"People seem to be making a bigger deal out of this, so we'll go ahead and drape this neat little tarp over our tractor trailer. Weeee, 49 days until Opening Day, kids!
"Look, we didn't even make the playoffs last year, so we're not decorating the damn truck, OK? Why are you people even standing around here? Beat it. Losers."
"So, it turns out that those 'Japanese revenue streams' were just a bunch of bullshit, and we can no longer afford paint. It's just a truck, anyway. WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE HERE??!!"
"We need two trucks this year. One for the equipment, and the other for Brad Penny."
"It looks like more idiots are showing up for this thing every year, so let's paint half the truck and get Jet Blue to sponsor it".
"Okay, we spent a fortune on free agents, so let's paint the entire truck and put a message on it. Something that says 'Not a bridge year'. And get me Jet Blue on the phone again."