PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s a sure sign that spring is right around the corner as the Philadelphia Phillies are packing up and heading to spring training in Clearwater, Florida. It took the entire offseason to get everything together and now the trucks are packed and loaded.
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Today is somewhat of a celebration for fans in the team store. There will be photo ops with mascots and special guests while they get ready to wave the trucks off.
The Phillies have packed tens of thousands of Powerade cups, thousands of baseballs, shirts, and bats. The trucks are also filled with hundreds of socks, pants, batting practice hats, gloves, jackets, belts, coolers and bikes.
The clubhouse is all packed up and it’s now time to send everything to Spectrum Field in Clearwater for spring training.
The two 28-foot trailers will make their way down south through eight states, with three or four drivers switching out after every 500 miles or so.
Equipment manager Dan O’Rourke says the team had a checklist to make sure they had everything they will need for spring training, before leaving town.
“We inventory everything, price orders, we know what guys like or dislike and place that order in November and it starts rolling in the beginning of the year,” O’Rourke said. “Then we put it on palates.”
The trailers are expected to unload in Florida around 8 a.m. Sunday, three days before the first official workout for pitchers and catchers.
The Phillies play their first spring training game against the Detroit Tigers on Feb. 22.
CBS3’s Alecia Reid reports.