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http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070207&content_id=1797074&vkey=news_det&fext=.jsp&c_id=det

02/07/2007 2:32 PM ET

Truck day arrives for Tigers

First of two semi haulers loaded for trip to Spring Training

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Comerica Park isn't headed above freezing anytime soon. But much of the clubhouse is bound for warmer climates.

The wind chill was still below zero outside on Wednesday morning as Tigers clubhouse employees loaded up box after box of gear onto the truck headed for Spring Training. It was a little warmer where the truck was sitting in the stadium tunnels, but nothing like it will be when it reaches its destination.

It's the strongest reminder yet that baseball season isn't that far away for this frigid city. But for a change, thanks to an American League championship, the weather isn't the only reason to look ahead.

The loading of the truck is a annual rite of spring, albeit a quiet, cold one. It's the 29th time for Tigers clubhouse manager Jim Schmakel, and nearly half that for clubhouse assistant Tyson Steele. Even many of the movers for the company the Tigers hire out have been doing the routine for years now. Yet the tradition still has its subtle changes.

It's actually a two-day, two-truck event. The first truck, carrying clubhouse equipment, will leave Thursday on the nearly 1,200-mile journey for Lakeland. By the time the 10-man crew completes the approximately six hours of loading, the truck will be completely filled to the top, a load estimated at around 28,000 pounds. A second truck, carrying remaining clubhouse stuff, front-office equipment and luggage for everyone from team executives to media, won't be nearly so full when it leaves over the weekend.

Years ago, the truck carried much more from the clubhouse, including the weight room equipment and television sets off the tops of lockers. Improvements to the facilities at Joker Merchant Stadium have erased that need; much of the freight now consists of clothing, bats -- it's easier for the clubhouse personnel to mark the bats in Detroit than when they get to Lakeland -- and video equipment. Still, a relic or two gets mixed in.

Among the highlights: A hat stretcher, believed to be an antique among Major League teams, that the Tigers take on road trips with them. The team has had it since it was supplied by the New Era cap company in the 1980s, but the machine dates back years before that.

Despite the advancements, there's still more equipment being shipped down than before. And preparing it is a job that begins long before truck day. Soon after the season ends, Steele said, the process of taking inventory begins.

"Inventory and packing is what is comes down to," Steele said.

As cold as the weather is, the Tigers have had it worse loading the truck. When the team called Tiger Stadium home, they often had a tougher time with the elements. More than once, winter weather on the way down has delayed the truck by a day or two.

Though pitchers and catchers don't officially report to camp until next Thursday, and the full squad five days later, many of the players will already be in Lakeland by the time the trucks get there. Of course, most of them aren't driving from Detroit, either.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Please provide links with any story. It helps Motownsports avoid copyright conflicts.

Sorry, I forgot....Thanks Huey....

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I want to say #8 is Verlander but I'm not sure...

Thanks for sharing!

Correct and did not even notice the interaction until I uploaded. No idea what was going on with JV and Frankie.

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Roger, I've been wondering where Jack Hanahan might end up this year. Don't know if he resigned with the Tigers or not. If you have a sighting please let us know.

And thanks for identifying Zell, I wasn't sure that he would be back in the Tigers organization this year either.

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Zell kept looking my way like I should recognize him and I didn't. Put him in a white Tiger uniform and I could pick him out coming out of the bull pen 300' away. Had to ask a staffer. You take these kids out of uniform and give them a new haircut and they look so different. They know me from the hat and camera and I'm fighting player dementia. Still, when I meet my Maker, let it be at Tigetrtown.

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Zumaya will actually be in Lansing on Saturday signing autographs, so just lettin ya know, you won't be seeing him this weekend.

Does anyone know if any of the players will be around TT this weekend, or is it just Zoom who is heading back north? I am planning on heading over sat am, but dont want to make it for nothing. Any info would be awesome.

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Jason, last Sat. while purchasing tickets, there was a herd of players that jogged around TT a little after 10 including Zoom and Bondo. Never made it to the back fields, but I know I'll be out there around 9:30.

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Zumaya will actually be in Lansing on Saturday signing autographs, so just lettin ya know, you won't be seeing him this weekend.

Whoa, holdup, where?? Any links to information on this?

Thanks in advance....

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Jason, last Sat. while purchasing tickets, there was a herd of players that jogged around TT a little after 10 including Zoom and Bondo. Never made it to the back fields, but I know I'll be out there around 9:30.

Perfect. At least O know I will have someone there to keep me company in case nobody else is around.

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Its really encouraging to see Dingman around. I hope he is able to make it back to the majors.

I made that same comment yesterday. I'll try to ask about his arm. I haven't seen him throw yet, just running.

Surprisingly, I have yet to see Maroth or Miller. I expected to see those two by now. No big deal, just thought it was odd since a lot of the other pitchers are here.

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Excited to see the pictures as that means the time is near. Looking forward to many more. I can hear the clinck of the balls hitting the bats at a nearby high school and eager for the season to begin. Thank you for sharing

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Granderson, Grilli and Larrison. Did not see Zumaya or Bonderman today and forgot to mention to GrandmaG that her "Rabs" is in camp.

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Granderson, Grilli and Larrison. Did not see Zumaya or Bonderman today and forgot to mention to GrandmaG that her "Rabs" is in camp.

If Larrison just showed up, that might be a positive sign that he will slip through waivers and stick with the organization.

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Thursday 1..

First time I have seen Kaline in jeans. Spent about 20 min talking to Verlander. They are far away and it was foggy out, thus the blue haze.

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Th3.. Danny Zell

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Th4.. Preston Larrison

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Th5.. Curtis Granderson

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Th6.. WhitecapKat

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Th7.. Craig Dingman

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Th8.. Larrison and Granderson

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Th9. Mike Rabelo

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Th10.. Matt Righter

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I had all intentions of being out there on Saturday, but I have spent the last 3 days with a horrible stomach bug...things are looking on the upside though. Thanks for the pictures Roger!

Kyle

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