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Let us mostly ignore Truck Day

Feb 7, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

Bandit Truck

I gave up attaching any significance whatsoever to “Truck Day” last year when I realized that Boston’s version of it — the alleged original about which people were angry that other teams were ripping off — had corporate sponsorship.  From an airline.  Airplanes?  When neither the “truck” nor the “day” part of it is organic, unique or even arguably sacred anymore it may as well be some baloney Hallmark holiday that should be ignored.

But I kind of like The Platoon Advantage’s take on Truck Day.  They’re using it to celebrate the life and career of former Yankee Truck Hannah.  Let’s see someone sponsor him.

Know what I could go for? Bus day.  In which all of the team’s 40-man roster assemble at the ballpark and alight a Greyhound — or a charter if they must — and head to spring training.  Fans can say goodbye to them like kids going off to camp or something.  It’d be swell.

  1. BC - Feb 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    How about having a rickshaw day instead?

  2. scatterbrian - Feb 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    What happened to 25 Cab Day?

  3. Jonny 5 - Feb 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Why not just have the materials they must move on “truck day” delivered to the spring training facilities when you order them instead? It seems logical and could very well save money. Then they can have package opening day.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 7, 2011 at 4:25 PM

      It’s like Christmas!!!

    • goldneagles - Feb 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

      The truck contains mostly jerseys and player-specific gear, and the team doesn’t know what to bring for whom until management punches up the final invitation list. It’s probably less of a big deal than it used to be now that the teams all have dedicated year-round warm-weather facilities.

  4. jetersusedjersey - Feb 7, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    I want to have chili cook off day. Ok, no this has nothing to do with this post…. I just like chili and bet Ryan Howard could make a good chili!

    • scatterbrian - Feb 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      Nah. Howard’s from the Midwest where people have no idea what real chili is…

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

        But he knows BBQ.

    • scatterbrian - Feb 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Oh wait, are you talking about Ryan Howard from Dunder-Mifflin? Because it’s actually Kevin Malone who makes a mean chili.

  5. bigharold - Feb 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Truck day is a joke made up to cure cabin fever in the northeast. Nice picture of the Smokey and the Bandit truck though.

  6. fribnit - Feb 7, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    and to think, all these years and I had never heard about truck day until this week.

  7. proudlycanadian - Feb 7, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Truck day is a quaint Boston custom that still exists because the team is too cheap to use air freight. As they would rather waste their money on players such as Drew and Matsuzaka, they have to cut corners somewhere. (If they were really smart, I suspect that a rail container might be cheaper.) Why they wait for the last minute is also problematical?

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