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Sox truck rolls south for spring training

Updated: February 11, 2012, 7:26 PM ET
By Tom Lakin | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It seems strange that on the snowiest day of winter thoughts should turn to spring. But that's the odd beauty of Red Sox Truck Day, the annual celebratory sending-off of the team's equipment truck to Florida for spring training. And on Saturday, for the 100 or so fans who lined Van Ness Street behind Fenway Park, the ritual loading of uniforms, bats and balls into the back of an 18-wheeler was the sports equivalent of a daffodil poking up through a patch of icy grass.

"It's a rite ...

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