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Boston Red Sox equipment truck stops at McCoy

The Boston Red Sox equipment truck sits outside McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Boston Red Sox/Twitter)

Add up 20,000 baseballs, 1,000 bats, 60 bags of sunflower seeds and you’ll get one packed Boston Red Sox spring training truck.

The annual celebration kicked off in Boston, where equipment and belongings of players and staff were loaded onto the 53-foot truck that will head to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

The truck, driven by Milford, Massachusetts native Al Hartz, made a pit-stop at McCoy Stadium around 1:30 p.m. Monday. Dozens of people signed the truck and spoke with Babe Ruth’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti.

“It’s so great,” she said. “It’s a little celebration. It's still baseball, mom and apple pie.”

PawSox President Charles Steinberg said he is holding out hope his team will stay in the city.

“I think people understand baseball in Rhode Island has value,” he said.

Mayor Donald Grebien will meet with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello next week to discuss financing the new stadium. The plan would require $85 million worth of borrowing.

“The mayor has been a fabulous champion, a fabulous cheerleader and no one knows better than he does how much it means to Rhode Island,” Steinberg said.

The truck carries an assortment of baseball equipment and supplies, including the following:

  • 20,400 baseballs
  • 1,100 bats
  • 200 batting gloves
  • 200 batting helmets
  • 320 Batting Practice tops
  • 160 white game jerseys
  • 300 pairs of pants
  • 400 t-shirts
  • 400 pairs of socks
  • 20 cases of bubble gum
  • 60 cases of sunflower seeds

Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers on February 14. The PawSox home-opener at McCoy Stadium will take place April 6 when they host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at 7:05 p.m.

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