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Spring training fans (and fanatics)

Spring training provides a great opportunity for fans to soak up the sun while also watching baseball. But some fans have become so devoted that they spend more time at the stadium than the players -- and keep coming back, year after year.

Updated: March 23, 2011, 2:17 PM ET
By Whitney Holtzman

In the past 10 years, 88-year-old Louise Ellington has missed only one Detroit Tigers spring training game in Lakeland. That one absence was because she was in the hospital and her doctor wouldn't let her leave. As a compromise, he did agree to give her a hospital room where she'd be able to see the lights of Joker Marchant Stadium, where the Tigers hold spring training.

Baseball is what drew Ellington to Lakeland in the first place. She lived in Springfield, Ill., and chose to move ...

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