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My Fifth Anniversary

Not blogging…heck in July I’ll have seven years of blogging under my belt. But today is a baseball-related anniversary just the same: Today will be the fifth time I actually make it into Fenway for Truck Day!  I thought my fifth anniversary would be a good day to share some photos I’ve taken from my four previous Truck Days!

2008 - The Truck

The first year I went the equipment truck was sitting on Yawkey Way. There were genuinely more reporters than fans (if I write that there were fifty fans I’m probably exaggerating) and I got myself on a couple of Saturday night newscasts because the reporters had such a small pool of fans to interview. It was the Truck Day after the Red Sox won the World Series – again – and we were really excited for the season to begin.

2008 - Dig me on tv. ("Cindy"?)

2009 - The Truck Again

Van Ness Street this year.  It was cold but sunny and the sidewalks we were standing on were covered with snow.  Highlight of this particular Truck Day was Johnny Pesky. The team dragged the poor guy out to wave at us all, sit behind the steering wheel of the truck for a photo op and then, thankfully, let him leave (we were worried they were going to make him go on the flatbed with the Fenway Ambassadors and Wally).  Still not a ton of people but more than the previous year, including a guy and his dog.

2009 - Johnny Pesky chillin'...literally

2010 - Hey, it's a truck!

Up is down. Jet Blue is the new sponsor of Truck Day. (This is the year many went off their rockers complaining that now Truck Day was sponsored when, in fact, CVS had been sponsoring it for years without much fanfare.)  Jet Blue wasn’t the only company not wanting to miss a marketing opportunity. While we stood out in the cold, Narragansett Beer entertained us with a can of beer and an oyster:

2010 - "What the hell?" immediately comes to mind.

2011 - Yep, it's still a truck.

Many more fans than I expected showed up last year. As witnessed in the photo above, they were really getting into it. Families were there, couples were there and Heidi Watney was there covering it for NESN. It was a little chilly but we had our high hopes to keep us warm (along with thoughts of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez!).

2011 - Heidi with the fans

Here’s the thing…and I know I mention this every year…I really like Truck Day and the people who choose to insult those of us who enjoy Truck Day annoy the ever-living hell out of me.  In the four times I’ve attended, not once have I met someone who took Truck Day as anything more than a fun reminder that Spring Training is coming and baseball season is very close behind it.

For those of us fortunate enough to be close enough to Fenway that getting there for Truck Day isn’t a problem, it’s entertainment.  We stand around for a little while talking about the upcoming season, taking in being AT Fenway Park in February and just having a good time.  The Red Sox don’t try to sell you anything (if anything, they just give little things away) and the people who are there GET that it’s a little silly but why the heck can’t we be a little silly some time?

The 2011 season ended terribly and the off-season was even worse.  Today is the day the slate gets wiped clean and I for one will be standing on Van Ness Street watching that truck roll away with great hope and expectations for the 2012 season.


February 11, 2012 - Posted by | 2012 | ,


  1. Any big screens showing the Liverpool match this year?

    Comment by Kat | February 11, 2012 | Reply

  2. I was with 12 women on Wed and one of them said to me, “the players must be here in Ft Myers now because all the equipment is here” and I replied, “no, Truck Day isn’t until Saturday” and all of them burst out laughing.
    The equipment comment meant that the new park was equipped and everyone thinks I’m nuts to know when the truck was leaving Boston. They don’t understand me down here but those reading Cyn’s blog do.

    Comment by Brenken | February 11, 2012 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the photos and the positive attitude! I know that I’m really looking forward to baseball this year, no matter how poorly the season ended last year. Time to turn the page, wipe the slate clean, (add your favorite cliche here).

    Comment by Rosie in Norman | February 11, 2012 | Reply

  4. Truck Day, Halleluyah! I’m psyched. Pitchers and Catchers end of the week–and SO many pitchers and catchers to watch and to think about going into this spring training. It’s a massive audition for one or two spots in the starting rotation of a pretty strong ball team. Bring it on!

    Comment by Elaine Apthorp | February 12, 2012 | Reply

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