Mookie Betts is reporting to camp at 181 pounds this spring training. (

Morning Fort: Equipment truck emptied; Mookie Betts jacked

Rob Bradford
February 16, 2015 - 5:07 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The truck arrived at 7 a.m. and was empty by 9:30 a.m. I will never complain about cleaning my car again. Driver Al Hartz reports that the Red Sox equipment truck made its first-ever publicity appearance outside Boston, stopping at The Villages, a retirement community outside Orlando. The community is the site of the largest outside-New England Red Sox fan base in the country. While there Hartz and the truck took hundreds of photos. "I've never seen anything like it," the driver said. While workers were hurrying everything from little girls bicycles to motorcycles off the 18-wheel equipment carrier, a gathering of Red Sox hitters were making bat meets ball noises in the nearby hitting coach. Included in the group were Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley, Bryce Brentz and Mookie Betts. Betts reports that he is hitting camp at 181 pounds, which is a long way from his Baseball-Reference page listing of 155 (which obviously is documented from his first pro year). Some new arrivals this morning include Koji Uehara and Robbie Ross, with virtually the entire big league pitching staff already in attendance. Outfield coach Arnie Beyeler has gained access to the main JetBlue Field to work with Ramirez and Brentz.