Claudia Bultmann and Dian Callahan are part of a fan group called Fans Gone Wild.

This year Spring Training started early so even though it’s just the first week of March, they have been playing games for two weeks. Roger Dean Stadium has been the scene of numerous promotions including the Clydesdales.

The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales pranced into the stadium and did a lap around. Sitting on top of the beer wagon was a fan who had won a contest. After the game the drivers took the Clydesdales on a lap around the nearby Abacoa area across the street from the stadium, pausing so fans could take pictures.

The weather had been unseasonably cold this year so far,

It’s pretty cold for our area right now,” said Tim Preble of nearby Lake Worth. “It’s not usually this cold, our weather does tend to fluctuate at this time of year. It could be 81 one day and 50 the next. We go from the heater to the air conditioning from one day to the next.”

For some fans Spring Training is a ritual; they go every year and they have a routine. Dian Callahan and Claudia Bultmann were dodging the raindrops after watching Adam Wainwright start the game against the Astros on Monday but they had smiles on their face.

They had to get out of the rain or the collectors item they wore would get ruined. Callahan and Bultman are part of an all-girls group called “Cardinals Fans Gone Wild.”

“We’ve been doing this for eight years,” said Dian. “It’s our tradition.”

They had special shirts embroidered with “Cardinals Fans Gone Wild” on the front and on the back a big 13 filled in with autographs. The shirt was full of autographs.

“We make the shirts every year and get as many autographs as we can,” said Claudia.

This year the group split up for two different weeks. Another group will be down in mid-March. For the past eight years there have been from four to eight members of the group down at Spring Training on their trips.

“We are big fans,” said Dian. “We love the Cardinals.”

There are various activities going on around the stadium. Earlier in the season there was Arty Gras, a big art show. Recently the armed services were represented in a promotion outside the stadium. 

The Sports Zone show on 1380AM in St. Louis is set up outside the stadium for most games and fans are invited to stop by. On Friday, Roger Dean Stadium General Manager, Mike Bauer joined Rob Rains and B.J. Rains and offered up a contest. Fans were invited to either email or post to our StL Sports Page Facebook Page why they would like to win two tickets to a Spring Training Game and a chance to throw out the first pitch.  Congratulations to John Weitzman of New York and Allison Hederman of St. Louis who both sent in great reasons why they should win. They wil be guests of the Sports Zone and Roger Dean Stadium at an upcoming home game.

For fans coming to Spring Training, March 18t will be the Sports Zone- Homewood Suites Cardinal Pep Rally Happy Hour Party featuring Trevor Rosental of the Cardinals. It will be a fun free event with free food as long as it lasts, goodie bags, and a silent auction with proceeds going to two cancer-related charities.