The New York Mets may not play their first spring training game until March 3, but for at least one supplier to the team, the season starts earlier. Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., which recently renewed its contract as the Mets' official freight carrier, will report to Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., in February for the annual send-off ceremony.
After its trucks are loaded, the motor carrier will haul the Mets' balls, gloves, and uniforms to the team's spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where the Mets will launch a campaign to defend their National League Championship title.
The new agreement extends the Thomasville, N.C.-based less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier's deal with the Mets for three more years. As part of the sports marketing partnership, Old Dominion will have OD-branded signage at home plate and on the main scoreboard in the baseball stadium.