Out of the Park: Truck arrives at Ed Smith Stadium as Birds prepare to fly south

Last week, we showed you the Orioles packing up the truck headed for spring training. This week, we show you the truck arriving at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.

Yes, you need bats, gloves, balls, jerseys, hats, etc. to play baseball, but you also need a good field to play on. O's head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen was awarded the 2016 Mary Pickersgill Award for Women's Leadership in Business for taking care of the group of people who take care of the field.

Transitioning from football season to baseball season, Adam Jones watched the Super Bowl and asked the one question we were all wondering ...

I'm not going to touch that one. It's a fad that needs to go the way of the dodo.

The rest of the week saw more hints that baseball was coming as different members of the Orioles family continued preparations for spring training.

That's a long trip for Kevin Gausman to get to Sarasota from Louisiana and Jim Hunter is getting camera ready for some spring training baseball on MASN. Jones tweeted out something about wanting baseball back, too, but it contained an expletive, so check out his timeline for it. You'll know it when you see it.

As we approach pitchers and catchers reporting, I'll leave you with my favorite quote from Cal Ripken Sr.

Practice starts in a week!

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