Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Big rigs help MLB ‘play ball’

Baseball season is almost here. Pitchers and catchers for Major League Baseball teams begin reporting for spring training next week.

The Cleveland Indians' equipment truck is loaded with bats,
balls, and other equipment on "Truck Day" before leaving
on a 2,000-mile journey to Goodyear, Ariz.
If you’re a baseball lover like me, you can almost hear the crack of the bat and taste the hot dogs.

But let’s not forget the role tractor-trailers play in helping the baseball season get started.

This week, most MLB teams are celebrating the annual tradition of “Truck Day,” when 18-wheelers are loaded with equipment before leaving for either Arizona or Florida to begin spring training.

According to MLB.com, the Cleveland Indians loaded two 53-foot trailers with bats, balls, bikes, golf clubs, exercise equipment, bottled water, sunflower seeds and stadium mustard. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Rangers were hauling nearly 6,000 new baseballs, six pitching machines and fun items for the players, such as Sony PlayStations and dominoes.

Several MLB teams used their official Twitter accounts to display photos from “Truck Day.” The Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds showed mascots helping load the trucks, while the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Oakland A’s and Indians tweeted photos of the trucks in all their glory.

As with so much in our everyday lives, trucks play a pivotal role in allowing us to enjoy the national pastime.

When you’re enjoying a game this spring or summer, remember that without trucks the umpire would never be able to yell “play ball.”