Continuing its partnership with the league and MLB teams across the country, Old Dominion Freight Line, along with fans and players, celebrated the beginning of a new season during the traditional spring training send-off known as Moving Day, according to a release.
The less-than-truckload company once again partnered with the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, and Kansas City Royals for Moving Day and the 2018 season.
During the Mets send-off event, the team hosted an invitation-only, behind-the-scenes experience with visits to the ballpark clubhouse, a hot stove discussion with general manager Sandy Alderson, appearances from former infielder Edgardo Alfonzo as well as Mr. Met and Mrs. Met, interactive games and a memorabilia raffle. Old Dominion moved the New York Mets to Port St. Lucie, Florida, for spring training on Feb. 1.
Old Dominion also helped the Kansas City Royals prepare for the team’s annual trip to Surprise, Arizona. On Feb. 2, Old Dominion loaded the team’s equipment at Kauffman Stadium in a commemorative trailer.
Finally, on Feb. 3, fans gathered at Angel Stadium in Anaheim to watch Old Dominion depart with team equipment for spring training in Tempe, Arizona. The Moving Day festivities featured an Art of the Game exhibit, as well as hands-on games and activities for fans of all ages. Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, and former pitchers Jim Abbott and Angels hall-of-famer Chuck Finley signed autographs throughout the day.
“Moving Day is the launch of the 2018 season,” said David Carter, vice president of marketing and communications at Old Dominion. “We’re excited to be a part of the festivities once again, and help our partner MLB teams move to spring training. As the official freight carrier for MLB, we share the values of hard work, drive for excellence and rigorous performance. OD’s promise of premium service is the only way to start the new season.”
Old Dominion will also partner with the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs for the 2018 season.