With the announcement that Truck Day – that glorious moment when the semi carrying the equipment bound for the Red Sox spring training home – is Feb. 11, Red Sox Nation’s anticipation for the arrival of the 2012 season is heightened.
Today, the Red Sox released their 2012 spring training schedule, which includes 18 games at the team’s new spring training facility, JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Ft. Myers.
The 33-game exhibition season includes one game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 3. Tickets for all 2012 Spring Training games at JetBlue Park are scheduled to go on sale on Saturday, December 17.
Ticket prices at JetBlue Park will range from $5 to $46 for the 2012 season with more than 75 percent of tickets available priced at $27 or less. Like City of Palms Park, the Red Sox previous spring training home, the majority of seats in the park will be in the shade.
2012 spring training tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17, and fans can purchase tickets at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers online at redsox.com, and by phone at 888-REDSOX6.
Boston will open the Spring Training season with two college exhibitions on Saturday, March 3, a 2:35 p.m. matinee against the Northeastern University Huskies followed by a nightcap with the Boston College Eagles at 7:05 p.m.
The Red Sox will kick off the 2012 Grapefruit League schedule at home on Sunday, March 4 at 1:35 p.m. against their Mayor’s Cup rival Minnesota Twins. The Twins host Boston at Hammond Stadium the following night, the second of six total contests between the cross-town foes.
Boston will visit the AL East rival New York Yankees on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:05 p.m. in Tampa and will host the club on Thursday, March 22 at 7:05 p.m. The contests are two of nine scheduled night games for the Red Sox this spring, including six at home.
On March 17, the Baltimore Orioles will visit JetBlue Park as part of a split-squad St. Patrick’s Day match-up, starting at 1:35 p.m. The team will also play a 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles in Sarasota. Other division matchups include three additional contests against Baltimore, four versus the Tampa Bay Rays and four with Toronto.
The team will also hold the City of Palms Park Yard Sale on December 17, giving fans an opportunity to purchase a selection of items from the Red Sox’ 20-year history at the ballpark, including memorabilia from former and current players, ballpark furniture, collectables and more.
The annual Spring Training equipment truck departure will take place on Saturday, February 11 from Fenway Park.
Prior to the start of the exhibition season, Red Sox will hold workouts at the organization’s new Player Development Complex at Fenway South. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Sunday, February 19, and will hold the first workout on Tuesday, February 21 with the first full squad workout on Saturday, February 25. All workouts are open to the public free of charge.
2012 Red Sox spring training schedule
(All times Eastern and subject to change)
Saturday, March 3: Northeastern, JetBlue Park, 2:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: Boston College, JetBlue Park, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 4: Minnesota Twins, JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Monday, March 5: Minnesota Twins, Hammond Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6: Baltimore Orioles, JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7: Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin, 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 8: St. Louis Cardinals, Jupiter ,1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 9: Pittsburgh Pirates, JetBlue Park, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: Tampa Bay Rays, JetBlue Park, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 11: Baltimore Orioles, Sarasota, 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 12: Miami Marlins, JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13: New York Yankees, Tampa ,7:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 15: St. Louis Cardinals, JetBlue Par,k 2:35 p.m.
Friday, March 16: Minnesota Twins, JetBlue Park, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Baltimore Orioles (SS), Sarasota, 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Baltimore Orioles (SS), JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Sunday, March 18: Tampa Bay Rays, Port Charlotte, 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 19: Minnesota Twins, JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20: Toronto Blue Jays, JetBlue Park, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21: Pittsburgh Pirates, Bradenton 1:35 p.m.
Thursday, March 22: New York Yankees, JetBlue Park, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 23: Baltimore Orioles, Sarasota, 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Miami Marlins (SS), Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Philadelphia Phillies (SS), JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Sunday, March 25: Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin, 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 26: Philadelphia Phillies, Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 27: Tampa Bay Rays, JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Thursday, March 29: Toronto Blue Jays, JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Friday, March 30: Minnesota Twins, Hammond Stadium, 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Tampa Bay Rays, Port Charlotte, 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 1: Minnesota Twins, JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Monday, April 2: Washington Nationals, JetBlue Park, 1:35 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3: Washington Nationals, Nationals Park, 6:05 p.m.
(SS) -Split Squad
Home Games at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, Florida