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Phillies Equipment Truck Leaving For Clearwater

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- On this absolutely frigid day, the Phillies are packing up and heading to sunny Clearwater, Florida for spring training.

The Phillies have loaded everything except the players into a tractor trailer headed for Bright House Field.

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The cargo includes 2,400 baseballs, 1,200 bats, 250 batting practice shirts and one Phanatic hot dog launcher.

Phils equipment manager Dan O'Rourke has been doing this for 21 years, but he looks forward to each trip to spring training.

"It's good to see the guys again, we haven't since October. I know I won't be shoveling snow in a couple days. And it's a fresh start to a new baseball season."

O'Rourke will unpack the truck on Sunday, to get ready for pitchers and catchers' first workout next Thursday.

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