Truck Day: White Sox haul gear to Arizona

Truck Day: White Sox haul gear to Arizona

CHICAGO -- The White Sox are undergoing a highly publicized rebuild, but the change of players doesn't change the basic plans of preparation for the start of the 2017 season.

Tuesday marked the White Sox Truck Day, when one vehicle loaded up with all the necessities for Spring Training heads to Camelback Ranch for when White Sox pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14. The truck will be unloaded Friday or Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

"We don't want to be too rushed," White Sox home clubhouse manager Rob Warren said. "Obviously, there's probably guys down there, whether it's rehabbing or hitting in the cage or working out on the Minor League side. But we still want to be able to not be in a rush.

"It takes a good solid week to get everything set up down there when it comes to setting up lockers. We want to make sure when these guys show up on the 13th or 14th that they are ready to go and we are ready for them."

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Warren is in his 12th season with the White Sox but second in charge of the home clubhouse. He admitted that Tuesday's organizing and loading, as well as packing up weeks in advance, were a little less stressful this time. The majority of the process started in the middle of January when much of the new gear arrived, working with visiting clubhouse manager Gabe Morell, assistant home clubhouse manager Jason Gilliam, umpires clubhouse manager Joe McNamara Jr. and home clubhouse staffer Tom Bafia.

"That week before, once SoxFest hits, we start to get going every day," Warren said. "As you can see, it's a lot of stuff we are bringing down.

"Just one big truck. We get it pretty full. There's been some years where we can't fit something and say, 'Maybe next year.' But it's gotten better over the course of the years. It's a pretty full truck."

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"A variety of stuff, not just equipment-wise," Warren said. "Training staff equipment, PR, photo, scoreboard items, things that some of the front office needs, that sort of thing."

There's a more roundabout trip to Arizona in store for Warren, who first is driving his dog to be with his parents in Florida and then flying across the country. But while the faces may change with the players in the White Sox clubhouse, the process to get them everything they need stays the same.

"We've got the basic stuff that we need to fit all the guys. Helmets or new Spring Training gear, pants, shirts, shorts," Warren said. "Anything that you can think of that these guys are going to need, we are going to bring it down. We still have to make sure these guys have what they need to be out on the field."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.