Sure sign spring is on the way: Phillies equipment truck heads to Clearwater

Mike DeNardo
February 07, 2020 - 4:00 am
Phillies' equipment.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's a cold gray morning, but there is one sure sign of spring: The Phillies' equipment truck leaves Friday, bound for Clearwater.

On board the two 28-foot trailers making the 1,000-mile trip to spring training is pretty much everything a ballplayer would wear: hats, shirts, jerseys, pants, hoodies, jackets, helmets, hats, socks, stirrups and such.

On top of that are baseballs, bats, and personal items like golf clubs, bikes, and car seats. 

There are even some guitars in the mix.

"We have our own band! We probably have four to five," said Phillies' longtime equipment manager Dan O'Rourke. 

Phillies equipment going to Clearwater.
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He then clarified that while they don't really have a band, one could probably be formed. 

The truck is expected to arrive at Spectrum Field to be unloaded Sunday morning, before pitchers and catchers report on Tuesday. 

O'Rourke says he's looking forward to warm weather and seeing new players.