The Boys Are Back In Town

The Ballgirls are looking forward to this weekend’s Phillies Toyota Alumni Weekend, taking place during a series against the New York Mets. Every day from August 8-11, fans will have the opportunity to see former Phillies All-Stars and Wall of Famers, as well as receiving awesome giveaways! Be sure to stop by CBP and join in on the excitement!

Take a look at what a few of the Ballgirls are most excited about….

Kelly N

This weekend at Citizens Bank Park is Alumni Weekend. There are many different events going on throughout the day Friday through Sunday that we are all looking forward to. It will be nice to see all of the alumni come back to the park and see the current players interacting with them. I am very excited to see Charlie Manuel back on the field! He did a lot for Philadelphia when he was here and he deserves a night dedicated to him. Congrats Charlie! See you on Saturday!

Katie

This will be my first alumni weekend at CBP and I honestly can’t wait! I’ve grown up loving the Phillies and can’t wait to maybe run into Mike Liberthal or Pat Burrell around the stadium this weekend. I think alumni weekend is important because it brings around old time favorites and game day heroes to remind fans of seasons past. I think it could be particularly inspiring because I remember back in 2007 the Phillies came back from something like 7 and half games to win the division.  Let’s channel those good vibes.

Lesley

Alumni Weekend is finally here, and I am eager to see all the players that have contributed to this organization’s prestigious and renowned reputation over the years.  I am most excited to see Tommy Greene, as he was the alumni that went with Taylor and I to my first ever appearance as a ballgirl, and I will never forget that! Also, Mike Schmidt is another player I am excited to see, even though we just saw him when Jimmy broke his Phillies’ all-time hit record! Alumni weekend is a nice reminder of the rich roots that baseball has, not only in Philadephia, but all over the United States as America’s past time.  To top it all off, I am the first baseline ballgirl for Sunday’s game! Go Phillies!

Mackenzie

After wearing the commemorative ’64 jersey on Father’s Day to honor Jim Bunning’s perfect game 50 years ago and watching him throw out the first pitch, I am excited to see his return alumni weekend. It’s going to be great to see some of my favorite players back on the field as well as the atmosphere of the stadium Saturday night when Charlie Manuel is inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. I am schedule to work the alumni luncheon as well as the third baseline for Sunday’s game.  To culminate the weekend I am working the alumni golf outing.

 

“Today a Reader. Tomorrow a Leader”

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A handful of Ballgirls were privileged to volunteer their time on Monday night and assist Ryan Howard’s Big Piece Foundation with their second annual “Stand Up For Literacy” event. The event was held at The Franklin Institute where Ryan and Krystle Howard were joined by Phillies teammates, sponsors, and friends and family for a full night of celebration to honor the foundation’s blooming success.

The Big Piece Foundation raises awareness about the overly prevalent issue of illiteracy throughout elementary schools in Philadelphia. Krystle Howard’s background in education and teaching is a huge driving force behind this foundation’s efforts. With the help of her husband Ryan who was brought up in an education-driven family, the couple raises money and awareness to create new learning opportunities for the children of Philadelphia. They are hoping for continued success of the program, so that they can expand beyond the city of Philadelphia.

The event kicked off with a happy hour for all guests and a special red carpet photo opportunity for players and their wives. Guests were able to explore the extravagant silent auction items and place bids before dinner was served. After a few words from Ryan and Krystle Howard, a live auction got the crowd going, and raised many thousands of dollars for The Big Piece Foundation. The event concluded with a comedy set by Tommy Johnagin from Comedy Central.

During our time at the event, the ballgirls greeted and escorted guests to the red carpet for photographs, provided assistance during the live auction, and escorted guests to the comedy show. It was such a great experience to see the Phillies community join together in support of such a great charity foundation. Not to mention seeing the players and their wives outside of the stadium and in a formal setting!

The Ballgirls all wish for continued success for the Big Piece Foundation!

For more information about the Big Piece Foundation, check out the website below!

http://www.ryanhowardbpf.org/

Phillies Players and Their “Twins”

Ever wonder if you have a twin somewhere in the world? Well, we decided to find out who some of the players celebrity twins were. Here are our choices!

Megan – Cole Hamels and Carson Daily, Host of the Voice

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Steph T. – Antonio Bastardo and Desean Jackson, wide receiver for the Washington Redskins

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Michelle – Cliff Lee and Hugh Laurie, Actor

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Erin – John Mayberry Jr. and Chris Rock, comedian and actor

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Kelly N. – Marlon Byrd and Reggie Bush, running back for the Detroit Lions

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Mackenzie – Cody Asche and Ryan Gosling, Actor

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All-Star Break

The players aren’t the only ones who get time off.  How did the ballgirls spend their break?  Read below to find out how a few of the girls like to relax when not at work, and where they will be besides CBP at night!

 

Kelly R

On my All Star break I will be going down to the Delaware beaches to spend some time with my family and friends. Of course I will go shopping at the outlets, eat at our favorite restaurants, and go to the boardwalk!

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Kory

My plans for the All Star break are to relax on the beach and take a break from work! I think it is always helpful to take a step back from everyday life, and not have a worry in the world. I am going to be spending time with my family and boyfriend. Our team will hopefully come back stronger than ever after this break and I know the ball girls will be ready to cheer them on.

Katie

During the All Star Break I will be working at my other job in Ocean City. I work on the boardwalk at a store called the Sunglass Menagerie. I will also be packing up because I will be leaving for the Disney Cruise on Thursday! We are going on the cruise for my grandparents 55th wedding anniversary so my mom’s entire side of the family will be attending. I’m so excited to finish out this work week in Ocean City and head onto the cruise.

Lesley

It’s been a pretty long season so far, so the All Star break is much needed for all of us!  I am taking 5 classes this summer term at Drexel, so my break will be occupied by schoolwork and studying.  Luckily, I have off on Wednesdays so I’m hoping to head to the shore and get some valuable beach time in with friends! I hope to see some fans there with their new beach towels! Good luck to Chase Utley in the All Star game! My family and I will be watching!

Taylor

During the All Star Break I will be working at my other job during the day, and then spending time with friends and family after work! I’m planning on going to the gym at night so I can officially start my training for the Spartan Race at CBP (end of September). It’s been hard for me to spend enough time getting together a training regime, so I am going to focus on that this week!

Back to the Basics!

People wonder what kind of training process we go through and what we really do while being on the field. Well here are your answers!

The Rookies have to train for four consecutive games to learn what to do when the ball comes down the baseline. After their four training games, they are allowed to be on the field by themselves the following month.

Here are some of the Ballgirls experiences being trained or being the ones training the Rookies. Enjoy!

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The first time I stepped on the field to train my heart was racing because I was so nervous! I was sitting in the stool shaking because I couldn’t even believe I was sitting on the foul line during a Phillies game! My first night on the field I got to see a walk off win in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a homerun Reid Brignac!! After that I think my nerves went away and I was able to enjoy myself and relax a bit. Once I got comfortable being on the field, I was able to walk around and get to know the fans sitting in my section, which just made the day even more enjoyable! Another great memory I’ll never forget is being on the field when Jimmy Rollins tied the all time-hit record! The crowd was roaring with excitement and I couldn’t believe I had the best seat in the house for that milestone in Phillies history! Overall my training process was unbelievably exciting and I can’t thank the Vets who trained me enough! They made me feel so comfortable on the field and made me realize there is nothing to be nervous about. Most importantly I realized how much I love my job!!

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I had such a fun time training the rookies! It was fun being on the other side of the fence and watching our little ones doing their thing. I gave a lot of advice but the most important things I told them was 1. Your stool is a part of your body; you wouldn’t want to forget a part of your body, right? and 2. Always be smiling, you never know when they will be on TV for an awkward 30 seconds. This year, I was the one who knew what to do and teaching them how to do it was pretty fun. There was a time I was training Alison W. and while she was on the field for the last couple of innings Ryan Howard hit a three-run homerun walk-off to beat the Rockies 6-3. We were both jumping up for joy and giving the fans high fives. The atmosphere of the stadium was awesome. It’s great being a part of this organization and the feeling of seeing the biggest smile on a little kids face after handing them a baseball is an unexplainable.

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Training was so much fun. Getting to sit on the field for the first time was as nerve-wracking as it was exciting! After the first few pitches, though, it was easy not to let my nerves get the best of me and it was the most amazing experience. During training, I was lucky enough to be ON the field when Jimmy Rollins broke Mike Schmidt’s franchise hits records. Being on the field and witnessing a piece of Phillies history–I can’t describe it. The inning stopped for at least 10 minutes and between being on the field and listening to the fans, the experience was breathtaking. I haven’t been on the field by myself yet because I trained so late because I was away at school, but I can’t wait!

 

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The hardest part about making the transition from a softball player to a ballgirl is to pay attention to where the players are instead of the ball. We have an instinct to look straight at the pop up or run towards a ground ball as soon as it is hit but now we have to look at where the players are running to and allow them to field the ball. Grabbing your stool and running out of the way of the play seemed hard at first but it became second nature after having the comfort of a vet next to me and spending more time on the field. My most enjoyable experience training the rookies this year was being with them the first time they stepped on the field. They were excited and nervous when they had to take their first step onto the field especially noticing that they were apart of the game now. They had so much fun and I could tell their first experience on the field was just as surreal as mine. Seeing them give a ball to a fan and make someone’s day is something truly unexplainable. Training the rookies was also a great way to get to know them. The group of ballgirls are inseparable. We spend so much time together and share once in a life time experiences with each other. Plus, we love each other’s company!

 

 

 

 

 

10325299_10203342122380996_8498343418564138394_nAlison N.

As a new rookie ballgirl, I have been constantly learning new things and being apart of new experiences. But training to be on the field has definitely been the most exciting thing yet. Stepping out on the field for the first time will be an experience I will never forget. Walking onto the field with so many fans behind me made me feel anxious but I was ready to take on this experience. After a few nights of training, I finally got my hands on a foul ball and was able to give it to a little girl nearby who was jumping for joy. Once training was over, it was time for my first game on the field with no vet there to guide me. The nerves were rushing through my body when I was getting announced but then something sparked in me as I was running to my spot along the first base line. I looked up and there I saw my parents, friends, and family standing nearby to cheer me on. It was the best feeling in the world and I will never forget this amazing experience. I can’t wait to what the rest of the season has in store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My overall experience with training has been so much fun! I loved every part of it! The first time I stepped on the field was mixed with emotions. I could not believe that I was on the field in front of a stadium full of people. I was so nervous that my legs were shaking while I was sitting on the stool. I was nervous until I got the first foul ball hit to me. After that, all the nerves left. I knew that there was nothing to be nervous about. The vets that trained me were awesome and made me feel so confortable. Now that we are all trained, my legs no longer shake and I am calm. One memorable moment was my first jacket run; realizing that you’re in the middle of a Major League Baseball game was eye opening. Overall, being a rookie is so much fun and I am looking forward to many more memories to come!

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When I was doing my four training games, I was so ready to be on the field. When I finally had my chance, I didn’t feel nervous but rather was dying to get my first ball. The opportunity didn’t come until part way through my last game and when it did, I was so excited! It was Memorial Day and I was able to give the ball to a soldier in uniform. It was definitely a special moment and one of my favorite ballgirl experiences to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie

I really loved training because you got to be on the field so many times in such a short span of time which was awesome. I was completely in awe the first time I got to go down on the field I just couldn’t believe that I was finally there. I’ve wanted to have the opportunity for so long it just seemed surreal. One of the really awesome things that happened when I was training my cousins happened to be sitting along the first baseline when I was working and I was able to give him a foul ball! His face just completely lit up. Just yesterday was my first time all by myself and I was a little nervous at first, but also so excited because it finally felt totally real. My friends and family came out to see me, I just couldn’t feel more grateful to have this job.10410850_10204084404013179_7710958045437393642_n

“Off the Baseline and Onto the Field”

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Kelly N
This past Sunday, the Ballgirls traveled down to Sports at the Beach in Georgetown, DE. It was a two hour ride for most of us but it was a great opportunity to get a chance to catch up with everyone. We all have very different schedules and are not usually in the same place at the same time. I had a lot of fun playing in the softball game and getting to cheer on the riders from the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding Group. Just seeing a smile on their face was definitely worth the trip down there!

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Although not many of the fans may realize, the ballgirls participate in charity softball games throughout the year. It’s a great way for bonding outside the stadium as a team, and we can finally see each other play in a game! We have all grown up playing competitive softball, so as you can imagine, it is hard to ignore our first instincts of making a play on a ball coming towards us during the Phillies games. Getting back on the field felt great! We played our first charity game with the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding group, and I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon. The entire organization was wonderful, and I would love to work with them again!

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The charity softball game we played in was an amazing experience. The people there were so nice and the experience for the kids was awesome. I was happy that all the ballgirls could make the kids day just by being there and playing softball with them. The softball game was a great way to bring family and friends together for a great cause!

Kory
This charity softball game was so much fun! We were able to meet many great people including one young man named Sasha. He was so full of energy and was making us laugh the entire game. He not only cheered for his team but for our team as well. No matter what the outcome of the game was, we all had a blast being able to play at Sports at the Beach. The little things like seeing a big smile on kids’ faces or hearing them tell everyone how excited they are because they got our trading cards are only two of the many reasons of why we love our job.

Steph T
Our charity softball game was a ton of fun! It was such a great experience and it felt incredible to be a part of such a great organization. Being able to put a smile on each of the kid’s SDTR3faces brightened my day and made my experience that much more wonderful! I am looking forward to working with other great charities and making a difference.

 Megan
This past weekend was so much fun! It was great getting to play ball, and even better seeing the smiling faces of the riders from SDTR after their at bat. It warmed my heart to see how happy the organization was to have us there. The weather was beautiful for a pre-game photo shoot on the beach, too!

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2014 Ballgirls Photo Shoot

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The photo shoot was held on January 18, 2014. It is for the ball girls to have our photos taken for our trading cards. Our trading cards have our photo on the front and information on the back including birthdate, hometown, bat, throw, and position. We sign our trading cards and give them to phans during games and events. Young phans really love them. At first, I felt slightly out of my element handing out my photo but I quickly learned how rewarding it is to make a kid smile that way.

The photo shoot is the first day of the year the returning BGs and rookies get together. Meeting the new girls this year and reuniting with my best friends from last season was so much fun and such an amazing start to 2014!

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Stephanie D.  

It really hits you at the photo shoot that you are officially a ball girl. This is my second year and I still can’t believe it. The shoot is the first day of the year where all of the ball girls get together and the new vets get to meet the new rookies! It’s interesting getting to know all the rookies because each and every one of them are different and the photo shoot is where the friendships begin! It is so fun getting your picture taken and being in front of a camera; that’s my favorite part! This is where the journey starts for the new season and it is an exciting time.

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I was so much more relaxed this year going into the photo shoot. With a year of experience already under my belt, I knew what to expect for the day. Nonetheless, I was extremely excited to welcome all the new ballgirls into our family. I looked forward to getting to know the rookies and also catch up with the rest of the vets. After talking to the rookies, I realized many of the girls grew up nearby to one another, and one of the rookies named Katie graduated from Central Bucks East High School two years after I did! Many of us had played softball against one another for high school and travel teams. Working with the photographer to get a good picture for our trading cards was so much fun. Attending the photo shoot has made me even more excited for the 2014 baseball season!

 

 

 

 

Alyssa P

January 18, 2014 will be a day I never forget, my first day as a Phillies Ball Girl! From the moment I walked in I was greeted with smiles from my fellow ballgirls which made me feel like I was at home. We all prepared to alyssapget our pictures taken for the trading cards touching up our hair, make up, and spraying hairspray everywhere. During this time all we all got to know each other more. We shared our stories of how we reacted to getting the great news we would be a part of the Phillies organization. We also talked about school, softball, and our excitement for this season. It wasn’t long before I knew these women were going to be some of my best friends.

The rookies anxiously watched the Vets took their pictures, we couldn’t wait to put on that pinstripe uniform! When it came to be my time to stand in front of the camera in my Phillies gear I couldn’t have smiled any bigger. It was the biggest feeling of accomplishment and a memory I’ll have forever. This day was a great preview for what the rest of the year will bring. I am beyond excited for all the memories I have to come with these amazing people!

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Alison N.

The photo shoot was a TON of fun! On my way there I remember being so excited but nervous at the same time. I was thrilled to meet all of the ball girls and that kind of took away the nervousness of being in front of a camera. I finally arrived and made my way into Citizens Bank Park. Walking in was such a surreal moment. I had butterflies in my stomach because it hit me that this was real, I wasn’t dreaming! I then met some of the new rookies and veterans. All of the vets were so welcoming and down to earth which made me excited for this season. I instantly became friends with another fellow rookie, Alyssa. We bonded over opening our warm ups; it was like ripping presents open on Christmas Day! We put them on right away and snapped some pictures to send to our anxious family members who couldn’t wait for details. Once it was time for the photo shoot, the rookies and I watched the vets go first. They were being silly and fun which made all of us much more relaxed. Finally it was my turn. I stood up and smiled because although I had just met them, I knew I had all of the girls support behind me. It was an incredible feeling to wear those pin stripes for the first time and that’s when it hit me that my dream of becoming a ballgirl set it. My favorite part of the day was interacting with all of the ballgirls and just getting to know one and another. I am so excited what this season has to offer and to work for such an amazing organization. Go Phils!

 

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It was definitely a good way to start the season by meeting the ladies. We shared a bunch of laughs together on our first day of meeting, which made it even more fun! Taking pictures was different.  I used to be a little camera shy but after the shoot was over I was so confident! I loved it.

 

The Phanatic Heads to Clearwater

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Danielle and I had the pleasure to wave farewell to the Phanatic who packed up to leave Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, February 18. Many Phillies’ employees waved goodbye to the Phanatic and cheered him on as he entered his van for his trip to spring training.  He had his beach ball, water gun, and Hawaiian t-shirt ready for his arrival in Florida. The Phanatic’s first stop was in Richmond, Virginia where he visited the Richmond International Speed Way and danced with his friend Nutzy. He has also stopped for tacos at South of the Boarder in Hammer, SC and is planning on reaching his final destination on Saturday February 22nd. I know the Phanatic will be missed in Philadelphia by not only the employees of the Phillies but by all of the fans, however he is excited to cheer on the Phillies during Spring Training and meet new fans in Florida!

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How we spent our off season…

Steph D.

My plans for the rest of the off season are: working, having fun with my friends and family as much as I can and I can’t forget, getting ready for the 2014 season! I currently have a full time job with an IT company but I am continuing to find another job within my field of study, which is Electronic Media. It is a very competitive field but ‘positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes’… my dreams are bigger than the camera I am standing next to!

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Michelle

During the rest of the off-season, I will finish my freshman year at Widener University. My softball team and I are going to Florida for a week in March, and my season will continue until May. While in Florida we will have a few practice days followed with big game days. Our team looks great this year! We have really strong players and I am so excited to start! My position for the team is shortstop. Then it will be time for the Phillies to start! I am so excited and can’t wait!

Lesley

Other than counting down the days until Opening Day at Citizen’s Bank Park, the rest of my off season will consist of being on campus studying hard to finish my winter term at Drexel, and start the spring term with a great GPA. When I’m not on campus, I play flag football with my boyfriend and close friends on Saturday mornings.  I am part of a co-ed non-competitive, social league, and we are out to defend our championship title from the fall! It’s so much fun and a great way to get outside during the winter and exercise with friends and teammates!  I will also be celebrating my birthday this month! Between balancing school work, my part-time job, and flag football, I will be kept busy and distracted while I wait for the greatest year of my life to begin!

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Kory 

My plans for the rest of the off season are as follows:  1. Get in better shape for the upcoming season. (We all know those jackets don’t get from the outfield to the dugouts by themselves!) 2. Enjoy the down time before all of our exciting events and games start. 3. Wish that the days will fly by because I am way too excited to be a Vet this season!

I also plan to focus on my full time job as an accounting analyst. I’m learning new things everyday and just from the past year, being a ball girl has helped me tremendously with my communication with other people and multitasking one job with the other.

Megan 

Not long until opening day! This off-season, I’ve been keeping busy with a number of things. My biggest priority, of course, is my internship. I’ve been focusing heavily on continuing to grow professionally in the public relations industry. Outside of that, I’ve been giving conditioning and hitting lessons to middle and high school softball players. I love helping them improve their game. I’m also doing a Tough Mudder in April, so my free time is spent in the gym.

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Ballgirl Scouts

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On Tuesday February 11. Kory and Kelly went to Buckshutem Road School to join the Buckshutem Girls Basketball Team in helping with the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ to earn some of the 5 Athlete Badges. There were close to 15 girl scouts that were very eager to participate in a series of “Minute to Win it” games with Kory, Kelly, and the girls basketball team.  We were able to cheer on the girl scouts as they used pedometers and other objects during these games. It was nice to see smiles from ear to ear and the excitement in everyone’s’ faces. The most rewarding part of this experience was seeing the girls’ faces once they completed a game; regardless of winning or losing. They were so excited to earn badges and learned how important team work is, whether it was cheering on a teammate or participating in a race/ challenge. In the end, all of the girls were winners for completing this session. It was nice of the Buckshutem Girls Basketball Team to come out and donate some of their time to their community.  You could tell that the younger girls definitely looked up to the older girls and wanted to be a part of everything that they were doing. Good luck to the girls in the rest of your basketball season! We look forward to seeing the girl scouts at their Girl Scout event on May 13th at the ball park! Go Buckshutem!

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