Spring Training Equipment #TruckDay at Miller Park Means Baseball Is Right Around the Corner
With a big snow storm dropping up to 10” on snow on us earlier this month and that pesky groundhog predicting six more weeks of winter, it is easy for us Wisconsinites to get a case of severe cabin fever.
But one sign that Old Man Winter is on his way out is the annual packing of the Brewers equipment truck for Spring Training.
What was once a simple job, is now an event that is the unofficial start to Spring Training and an event that has everyone thinking Brewers Baseball. Equipment Manager Jason Shawger and Manager of Team Travel and Clubhouse Operations Matt Smith and their staff have planned this day for months, working on inventory of equipment and organizing all the gear to make sure today’s pack goes without a hitch.
The truck is leaving Miller Park today, packed full with everything the Brewers will need to run the operation at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. Here are some more photos from today’s event:
Another thing on a lot of folks’ minds this year when thinking about Spring Training is Hank the Ballpark Pup. It’s been almost a year now since Hank first wandered into our Spring Training facility and changed our lives—and the lives of many other stray animals— forever.
Many people have been inquiring as to whether or not Hank will be making a return trip to Arizona this year. The answer is no, he will not.
However, in his place, Hank did send along a care package to his friends at the Arizona Humane Society. Those boxes were loaded onto the truck today as well:
The truck is scheduled to arrive in Phoenix on Sunday and will be unpacked Monday. Pitchers and catchers report to camp Friday, February 20 and the first official workout is Thursday, February 26. Soon enough, the pictures on this blog and the rest of our social media channels be showing Brewers players at camp, working out. Green grass and sunshine are just around the corner.
Enjoy this photo gallery from today’s event at Miller Park and keep thinking Spring!