Just how many baseballs are Phillies packing into truck heading to Clearwater? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Florida sunshine awaits the Philadelphia Phillies, but before pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, a crew of Phillies employees and the Phillies Phanatic back in chilly Philly packed up a semi-truck with all the gear the Phightins' need.
They gathered Thursday morning to load up the tractor-trailer at Citizens Bank Park.
So what exactly will the Phillies load onto the truck? Here's a breakdown of how much gear is going to be making the 1,058-mile trek to BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater:
2,000 short-and-long sleeved shirts
900 pairs of socks
600 pairs of pants
600 batting practice hats
350 pairs of shorts
300 batting gloves
250 batting practice tops
200 light jackets
140 batting helmets
125 leather and elastic belts
75 pairs of assorted spike, plastic and turf shoes
40 heavy jackets
Let's hope the Phils won't really need those heavy jackets outside of pitchers trying to keep their arms warm.
Among some of the other items being loaded on the truck were weights, duffel bags and even Eagles hats to show support for their fellow Philly squad.
The Phillies' 77th spring training in Clearwater officially starts when pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 16, 2023. The truck will be unloaded in Florida on Monday.