Every year several days before Spring Training begins, employees show up at the clubhouse and load up the equipment and the gear for Spring Training onto trucks. This has become known in some clubhouses as “Truck Day”. It signifies that the beginning of the baseball season is just around the corner. For the Atlanta Braves, the 2013 Truck Day is as exciting as any in recent memory.
It’s ironic that the first season in two decades they begin Spring Training without Chipper Jones, the Braves players and coaches would be as excited and pumped for the start of the year as ever before. The great off-season moves by GM Frank Wren have put them in a great position to earn a spot in the postseason and vie for a World Series championship. The players are charged to get to camp and get ready to earn it.
Much credit is due to the front office and Wren for knowing what the team needed and being able to go out and get it. Now, instead of stressing about a Chipper-sized hole, fans and players will be excited about the next era beginning. I dare say that this Truck Day is more exciting than any in recent memory. Will Juan Francisco or Chris Johnson win the starting third base job? Will they platoon? How will phenom J.R. Graham fare in his first go at MLB batters? So many exciting questions to be answered; so much potential to be realized for the 2013 Atlanta Braves season.