The Animals are a boisterous group of baseball fans dating all the way back to 1977. The main purpose of the Animals is to support Florida State Baseball in a “unique”, yet clean and classy manner. Our name originated in 1978, when Sol Carroll (FSU’s #1 Fan) would bring doughnuts to Seminole Field to pass out to the fans – old, crusty, tasteless doughnuts from Yum-Yum Doughnuts (or was it Yuck-Yuck Doughnuts?). This tradition went on game after game, when finally these fans had enough and threw Sol’s doughnuts right back at him. He called them a bunch of ‘Animals’ and the name stuck.
When Seminole Field, later Dick Howser Stadium, opened in 1983, the Animals took roost in Section B, and have stayed there ever since. The Animals consist of students, alumni, business people, families, public servants, and anyone else who has a deep passion for Florida State Baseball. The Animals use intimidation through noise to rattle the visiting team’s psyche. We use cheers and songs to help get our crowd and team into the game, and the visitor’s out of theirs.
Now that Howser Stadium has been renovated and expanded, the powers that be at Florida State decided to go with a numbering system for section rather than letters. This means that while the Animals are technically in just about the same spot they’ve been in for years, going by the numbers, they reside in Section 4 and 5. No worries though, as you will see a garnet and gold B on the pole just always. The Animals will always be in Section B, no matter what anyone says.
We have worked hard to establish a reputation for originality, positive energy, general zaniness, and of the #1 cheering section in college baseball. We always attempt to show sportsmanship, and routinely congratulate opposing players and teams when a good play is made (though not too much of course).
ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News Online, Seminole Uprising, The Mike Martin Show, WTXL 27, WCTV 6, Fox SportsSouth, The Tallahassee Democrat, The Florida Times Union, FSView, The Last Word, Gainesville Sun, Durham Herald Sun and Wakulla Digest have all done features on the Animals. The Baseball Heckle Depot website even inducted the Animals of Section B into their Hall of Fame in the fall of 1999. ESPN has called us a class act, echoing the statements of many opposing fans, players, and coaches. The Animals have even been interviewed on WFLA 1270 and WTAL 1450 radio stations here in Tallahassee. Recently, ESPNet Sportszone even called The Animals “The best college baseball cheering section in the country.” In 2003, the Animals made national news by singing “God Save the Queen” instead of “O Canada”, with a syndicated article being carried all around the country. In addition, radio show host, Bill O’Reilly even talked about the Animals last season on his national radio show.
In recent years, the Animals website, Section B Online has begun generating hundreds of thousands of hits per month and is the premier source of Florida State Baseball on the Internet. An ever-growing e-mail list provides up-to-date news, information, and game stories to 3000+ subscribers that include everyone from journalists to players to coaches to parents of players and even fans of rival schools. Game stories written by members of the Animal section can also be found on Warchant.com.
We hope you enjoy these cheers, songs, and FSU Trivia. Now, there is no excuse for not participating and helping us generate even more enthusiasm for our Seminole Baseball team.