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Loading of the truck spells the beginning of the end of spring training, 2013

It’s moving day at Phoenix Muni, sort of.

The A’s don’t fly out to the Bay Area until after Wednesday’s Cactus League finale against the Rockies here.

But not everything flies. Much of the gear that the A’s will use this season gets trucked to Oakland, and the truck is being packed up now as the A’s are playing the Brewers and will hit the road later this afternoon.

   And it’s not just clubhouse gear. Players, coaches and members of the front office are likely to put anything from bicycles to televisions on the truck. Many of the players live in the Phoenix area, and they will be moving to the Bay Area for up to seven months, so there are necessities that wind up getting shipped, whether they are necessary or not.

It is one of the miracles of the age that A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich and his crew can get one truck to fit everything from stationary bikes to strollers to flat screens. Players have been bringing stuff to the park a little at a time over the course of the last few days.

There were about five or siz dozen bags dropped off just Monday morning, and the truck will need its suspension to carry 37,000 pounds of material.

And, really, it’s not just one truck. It’s more like a caravan.

Although all the gear goes on the one truck, there are a handful of other trucks that are employed to ferry the players’ cars north. Six of them, to be exact.

While all this loading is going on, almost no one in the crowd is even aware that behind the left field stands, the end of spring training is beginning.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.