This spring marked the 31st Spring Training for Rob Rains. First it was in St. Petersburg, Florida and then in 1998 Roger Dean Stadium was built and the Cardinals started training in Jupiter, Florida.

First Stop: Drury Hotel in Nashville (or Valdosta, GA; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL)

Every year we drive down. We like doing "Road Trips" and there is always a Drury Hotel to stay at. If traveling to an area where there's a Drury you should use our promo code: https://www.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?promocode=SPORTS. There are a lot of reasons that the Drury Hotels make our lives easier and some of them are: extremely fast internet connection, great "Sunny Fresh" eggs every morning -- with cheese on them if you want, indoor/outdoor swim pool and hot tub, plus the "Kick Back" dinner with drinks to wind up the day. With all the Drury Hotels have to offer-- the internet connection is the best. We rely on a quick and strong internet connection to get our stories out and there is never a second to wait to get connected. 

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The Villages, Florida-- Next Stop: Cardinals Nation

On the way down, Rob was asked to be a guest speaker at The Villages, an amazing planned community, and we met some very neat Cardinals fans. They have a whole group of about 300 transplanted Cardinals fans who call themselves Cardinals Nation and they get together for fun events and go to Spring Training games. On this particular night they were all decked out in their Cardinals red and ready for some Cardinals talk with a lot of good question and answer discussion.

     

Our hosts for this leg of the trip were Mike and Jeri Neumann (shown to the right of Rob in picture above) who split their time between St. Louis and The Villages. Mike Neumann is the program planner and invited Rob to speak. Glenda and Bruce Wolfe run Cardinals Nation. They are shown to the left of Rob in the picture.

Homewood Suites- Palm Beach Gardens

The STLSportsPage.com headquarters hotel is the Homewood Suites and there are Cardinals fans we have met and see each year as they take their annual trip to Spring Training.

     

Mr. and Mrs. Norm Eborg from Normal, IL; Maggie and Chuck from New Jersey; Avonell Carlisle of St. Louis with her daugher Candy Carlisle from Pensacola, FL; Marshall the guard at Roger Dean Stadium

                  

Kathy Mullally-Herman of Naples, FL and Tracy Fowler of St. Louis; The Finches  of St. Louis and Wolfes from the Villages; Coaches Hal Lanier who coaches in Canada and Brooks Carey, coach of the Normal Cornbelters, Normal, IL; Brian Walton, writer of "Cardinal Nation" Blog.

Spring Training Bash for Charity

Five years ago we did our first Spring Training Pep Rally Party. For the past four years we have been doing it at the Homewood Suites. If you plan to come to Spring Training next year you should check with us about when the party will be. It's always a lot of fun. This year we had Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz as our special guest. The Homewood Suites sponsor it with us and proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach as well as Rainbows for Kids in St. Louis. Every year the crowd gets larger and the event gets more fun.

 

Mike Trim, WPTV; Aledmys Diaz; Rob Rains; with the Staff of the Homewood Suites- Palm Beach Gardens, from left: ZV, Christie, Taylor, Liz, Trisha, Chase, Markus and Carmella. Everyone at the Homewood Suites was so friendly and helpful. We love seeing them every year.

    

    Patti Dodel and Aledmys Diaz; Fans enjoyed meeting Diaz; Brian Garner and Diaz

It was great seeing friends and meeting friends...

Every year we make new friends, many of who we see the next year and also we see old friends who come to Spring Training. If you have never been you should consider coming next year.   

    

 Kurowski family from Belleville, IL; Miller family from Virginia; Hammond family from Chesterfield

Another Great Spring Training. Our Next Stop: Memphis

The Cardinals will be heading north this week and they'll stop in Memphis for an exhibition game against the Memphis Redbirds. STLSportsPage.com will bring you pictures and a story from that.

If you want to be on our email list to receive info on next year's Spring Training Party when we announce the date in November, email us: STLSportsPage@gmail.com