Monday, February 9, 2015

Spring training – brought to you by truck

A few of us here at OOIDA HQ are huge baseball fans. So of course we were excited to see this story about a trucker who annually hauls the spring training gear for the Cleveland Indians down to Goodyear, Ariz.

The folks at MLB.com put together a delightful story and video about 62-year-old Ed Fisher, a household goods mover based out of Cleveland, who for the last eight years has been the man behind the wheel ensuring all of the Indians’ gear gets down to Arizona for the start of spring training.

According to MLB.com, the route is Fisher’s favorite of the year.

“To be perfectly frank with you,” Fisher told MLB.com, “it’s one of the only jobs I really enjoy doing anymore. The guys are great, and they make you feel like you're a part of the team. It's comfortable. ... I think they realize that I take pride in my work, just like they take pride in their baseball team.”

Fisher said he’s been a fan of The Tribe since birth. His first year on the route was the Indians’ last year of spring training in Winter Haven, Fla., a drive that took about a day and a half from Cleveland. The run to Goodyear, Ariz., can take almost four days in nice weather, and longer if road conditions prove treacherous on Interstate 40 in Oklahoma, North Texas or eastern New Mexico.

The whole article is worth a read, with Fisher recounting some of the more memorable loads he’s hauled as a household goods mover. MLB.com even has a short video interview with Fisher as well. You can check that out below.


Fisher’s story is just one example of the “overlooked but important role” truckers have in Major League Baseball’s universe, as “the groundhog who, on an annual basis, doesn't see his shadow. It is a credit to him that spring always arrives on time, come hell or congested traffic patterns.”

This post is really just an excuse to remind you that pitchers and catchers report in eight days…