The Phillies Ballgirls hosted a softball clinic on May 18th for 150 local softball players ranging from 5 to 16 at FDR Park. Here from some of the girls who helped make the clinic a huge success!
Rachael: This was the second Phillies softball clinic I worked as a ballgirl and had a great time working with all the girls on their softball skills. I have been teaching pitching lessons and working camps for about 5 years now, so this was definitely one of my favorite events! The girls who attend are so excited to learn and get better which makes our jobs that much easier. We broke up into groups by age and did stations that included hitting, infield, outfield, bunting, and base running. They were able to work on all aspects of their game and learn from girls who played travel and college softball. Not only do they love softball, but they are also huge Phillies fans which meant there were a lot of questions! We finished off the day with a pitching demonstration and then handing out our trading cards. It was a great day and enjoyed sharing my knowledge with possible future Phillies Ballgirls!
Steph D: I thought the clinic was very successful. I thought the girls had a lot of fun and I did as well. I worked with the older group and although most of them knew the game, I think they got a little something out of it. My favorite part of the day was seeing them smile when we signed our cards for them.
Madeline: Working with the youth softball players at the Softball Celebration was such a great morning. It was a pretty cool experience working with girls between the ages of 5-16. Each girl was so different in personality and skill, but everyone was extremely talented and happy to be there. The common ground of a love for both softball and the Phillies, was a great platform to build a relationship with the young players. I’m so glad I went to the softball clinic and was able to teach the players something. More importantly this was a great opportunity for the Ball Girls to serve as role models in professional sports for young girls.
Steph T: Working the clinic was so much fun! I loved meeting the girls and helping them improve their softball skills. It felt great to give back and help teach everything I know and have learned over the years to a new group of girls. I take pride in representing the Phillies organization and being a role model for young girls and aspiring athletes.
On May 16th the Ballgirls and the entire Phillies organization joined together to help strike out ALS Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The Phillies fans were able to raise $860,731 during this great event that we got to help volunteer at. Here is what some of us thought about being at the Phillies Phestival.
Rachael: This was my second Phillies Phestival to help raise money for ALS. It is great event that Phillies fans get to enjoy. As a fan, I know how excited it is to meet your favorite players after cheering them on day in and day out and this day makes it possible while also being for a great cause!
Steph D: Last Thursday was the first time I attended the Phillies Phestival ever and I am glad I was there as a ball girl. I volunteered to work the Ben Revere photo booth where I got to sell tickets to fans to get a photo with him. After that I helped out at the dice game and that was very overwhelming but exciting at the same time. It was great seeing fans excited to win a lot of prizes.
Kelly: I had a blast working at the phestival. This was my first time going and I could not believe how many people showed up to participate and donate to charity! It was a lot of fun working the “Every Roll’s A Winner” game. The excitement on the fans faces was priceless! Raising money for ALS was a lot of fun and a great experience!
Steph T: Being a part of the Phillies Festival was an incredible experience. It really gave me a new perspective on things and it felt great to know that I was making a difference in people’s lives. There was such a great turnout and it was a wonderful feeling to be a part of an organization that takes such pride in helping others.
Madeline: Before working the Phillies Phestival this year, I have never attended the event. I really feel like I have been missing out. It was such a great evening. Looking back on the event and seeing that the Phillies Phestival raised $860,731 for The ALS Association it hard to view it as anything but a huge success. Everyone who attended had amazing time. The fans waited for hours to scope out their game plan on the main concourse and loved contributing to the fundraising for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. All the players and employees of the Phillies seemed to be having a great time aiding such a great cause.
Kory: This was my first year working the Phestival and I could not have asked for a better experience. I not only met a ton of great people but the fans were so enthusiastic and really made the day so much fun! I had a blast working at the “Every Roll’s A Winner” game. The fans seemed to really enjoy all of the great prizes they won! I’m so glad that we could raise money to help the ALS foundation!
Although the 2012 Phillies season wasn’t all that we hoped it would be, I still had an amazing year being a part of the Phillies organization and making memories that will last a lifetime. There isn’t just one game that I can pinpoint as being my favorite, but one of the most exciting games that I was on the field for was in June while Jim Thome was still on the team. We were playing the Rays and the game was tied 6-6. Thome was put in to pinch-hit in the bottom of the 9th and hit a walk-off homerun. The crowd went crazy. This put him above Babe Ruth for the most game-winning homers in major league history. I’ll also never forget my last on field training game which was on Mother’s Day. I was on the first baseline when a foul ball came my way. I ran up to field it and handed it to a little boy sitting in the front row and quickly ran back to my seat. In between innings they showed it on the jumbotron and after retrieving the ball from me the young boy jumped up and gave his mom a big hug. They both were grinning from ear to ear. This is when I first realized how much I will be able to brighten a child’s day by simply just giving them a foul ball. There are many more memories from the 2012 season this just being two of my favorites. One thing that I don’t think many fans are aware of is that as Phillies ballgirls we also participate in all different kinds of events in the community. I don’t know if I had a particular event that was my favorite but I sure will miss the Shane Victorino fashion show this year! I’m so excited for the 2013 season to begin!
It was a beautiful April afternoon, and a perfect one for baseball. I was one of the lucky rookies, chosen to train during Opening Day of the Phillies’ 2012 season. I took my seat down the third base line and had to stop to just take it all in. This was one of first times that I felt so proud to wear those pinstripes and represent such an amazing team and city. I’ll never forget the first time I watched the entire stadium jump to their feet to cheer. These are the little things we so often take for granted as baseball fans but when seen from the eye of a ballgirl, are truly beautiful. Every game that I have the privilege to work, on or off the field, is special in its own way but Opening Day sticks out in my mind for many different reasons. There are the obvious ones- being on the field for one of the most exciting days in a baseball fan’s life, or having people want a signed picture of me for the first time. However, what meant the most to me was that my family got to experience it all with me, right there along the third baseline. It’s no secret that being a ballgirl is a once in a lifetime, incredible experience. We get to be a part of the game we all love with a team we all idolized as kids and throughout life; but what a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s about more than just baseball for us. We have the opportunity to make people feel special and make their day with just a simple hello.
One of my favorite appearances and probably one of the best days of my life to date was when two other ballgirls and I met John. John is a resident at a hospice nursing home just outside of Philadelphia and is one of the biggest Phillies fans I have ever met. As sick as he is, he can always be found in front of the TV on game days wearing his Phillies t-shirt and cheering on the team. When the girls and I surprised him he was in shock. Although, due to his sickness John wasn’t able to stay with us long, the time we spent with him was extremely rewarding. He was so appreciative and excited to meet some of the “real ballgirls” and we quickly became his new favorite players :). It’s moments like this that really put it all in perspective and make me even more proud to be a ballgirl and part of such an amazing organization.
My most memorable game of my rookie year had to be when I was on the third base line for the return of Chase Utley. June 27 against the Pirates, Chase finally returned to the lineup and the crowd was ready. CBP was absolutely electric when he stepped up for his first at-bat of the season, and I even got goosebumps! As soon as he hit it out of the park, every fan was on his or her feet. It was truly unforgettable. My favorite event from last season was working the Phillies Phestival in late July. Not only did I get to spend the day mingling with fans at our Ballgirl Dunk Tank, but it was for such a great cause! All of the girls worked this one, and it was a blast helping raise money for the ALS Association. Can’t wait for this year’s season and Phestival!
This experience as a Ballgirl has been unreal. Even now it’s still so surreal. I love the friends that I have made, the fans that I have met, and just the overall experience. I couldn’t think of a better job.
My most memorable game would be my first game on the field by myself, my whole family decided to come down to support me. I was able to make a good catch and give the ball to a young girl who said it had made her day. The craziest thing was at my other job the next day the girl came in and recognized me and gave me a hug, small things like that are what makes this job so amazing and it makes me really appreciate it that much more.
I’m looking forward to an awesome season this year
Needless to say, this past year has been the best year of my life! It’s crazy to think a year has passed and now I am a Vet! I will definitely never forget all the amazing experiences but there are a few that stand out! One of the first events I worked last year was the Rally Trolley. A few ballgirls from the year before and few new girls were on the trolley with me. We traveled all through CenterCity and threw Phillies necklaces and rally towels into the crowds of people just waiting for us to drive by. Of course everyone wanted to see the Red Phillie Phanatic in anticipation for the upcoming season! Mayor Nutter even made a visit onto the Trolley to throw towels into the crowds of people! It just shows you how much Philadelphia loves the Phillies! I am happy to be from Philadelphia because we truly have the best fans! Another memory I will never forget, was when I was on the field. It is always a little nerve-wracking to go on the field but it is also the best feeling in the world! I remember fielding a ball cleanly and then running it over to a little boy. He had told me earlier in the game that it was his birthday and he has never gotten a foul ball. Once I ran it over to him, he had the BIGGEST smile on his face and the TV cameras zoomed in on him for a while. He was hugging his dad and couldn’t of been happier! This is one of the many reasons I love my job! This job is seriously a dream come true and I am too excited for the season to begin! Spring training is right around the corner!!
I can’t believe how fast my first year went as a rookie Ballgirl. I had so many amazing experiences that will last for a lifetime. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to be part of the Phillies organization for another season. My most memorable game on the field was a day game against the Nationals. I was sitting down the 1st base line and there was a little girl that came down to me. She told me that it was her birthday and wanted to know if she could have a foul ball. Chase Utley hit one in my direction so I was able to give her my first foul ball of the game. Throughout the rest of the game, she would cheer for me. When the game was over, she came down with her parents to take pictures with me and she wanted me to sign her baseball. Her dad told me that it was her 5th birthday and her first Phillies game! My favorite event of last year was my first event as a Phillies Ballgirl. We were delivering season tickets to an elderly couple that were true phillies fans on Valentines Day. They would go to every game with their family and had been married for over 60 years. It was a surprise visit that included the Phanatic. I was so pleased to meet such a great family and I was happy to surprise a lovely couple on Valentines Day. I am ready to experience so much more this year as a Vet. Bring on the Phillies 2013 baseball season!!!
I am so excited to have a second year with such a great organization. I can not wait for opening day and the season to begin. The first year as a rookie definitely flew by, but the memories and the new friends I have made, I will never forget. Being able to be a part of the Phillies is such a great experience.
When you are on the field you can be nervous at first, but that all goes away as soon as you can give a foul ball to an excited young child. During one game, a family with two little boys were sitting right next to me. It was the one son’s birthday and they asked if it was possible, to catch him a foul ball. We were talking about his birthday and what kind of gifts he had received that day. It was so nice getting to know them during the game and see them having fun as a family. It had started to rain and the family started to retreat to the main concourse. Of course, that is when a ball is hit straight to me. As I fielded the ball, I ran back hoping to see the family, standing there, but no. At the very last second, I saw the little boy’s hand reach out with his mom holding him. The mom said they had ran back as soon as they saw the ball was hit. I was excited to have given their son a special memory. I was also lucky that night that the players were hitting towards the first base side and I was able to give his younger brother a baseball as well. It is so nice to see families enjoying a game together. I was also fortunate enough this past season to have my parents come to a game.
Besides being on the field, we also are involved with other events and charities outside of the stadium. One of my favorite events this past year was at Devereux in Berwyn. This foundation was celebrating their 100th anniversary. I was with Michelle and we had so much fun dancing and celebrating with everyone. The Phanatic even made a special appearance. It was a great time and I always have a smile on my face when spending time there. It is such a great organization and I know they are all excited for the season to begin.
During this time last year I had many expectations about what being a ballgirl entailed as well as what I expected from the season. Now as I start my 2nd year with the Phillies organization I look back on these expectations and realize how much the experience surpassed these. There really is nothing like the experience that we have been apart of. I am grateful to be back this year and am ecstatic for Phillies baseball to start up. Last year I was able to be apart of Phillies games, great charity events, softball games, liaison to the Phillies fans, and the most amazing group of 15 girls I have ever been able to know and be apart of. Without telling everyone about every event we did and game we worked I want to talk about two that really stuck out in my mind. I am going to stick with Marcie on the game that sticks out in my mind is the game that Chase Utley returned to the lineup. Chase Utley has been a favorite player of mine for a long time. He works hard, is all about the baseball and not the rest of the fluff, and he stole my number J So naturally I was upset last year when we all found out that he would not be playing in Opening Day and then found out it could be months before he returns. I was lucky enough to be on the first base line for his big return. CBP was going crazy because of the excitement to have back their veteran 2nd baseman, but when he got his first at bat and hit a homerun the place absolutely erupted. Everyone around me was high-fiving and screaming and we all were shaking from the excitement. I was very lucky to be on the field for a moment like that.
The other event that I was really excited to be apart of was my towns, MonroeTownship’s Little League Opening Day. I asked if I could specifically work this event because I grew up playing softball for my town and was excited to meet all the little girls and boys who were just like me. They made opening day a huge festival at the fields that included games, prizes, dancing, a dj, contests, and a lot of food! We never had something like that when I was young and I was so happy to be apart of it. We signed cards and talked to all the little leaguers for hours and got to meet plenty of Philly fans that live right in my town. I got to show off my hula hooping skills in the contest, but lost to a very talented 12 year old! I hope this year I will get to be involved in the event again!
Hometown: Born and raised in Fairless Hills
College/Major: University at Albany/ Human Biology
Occupation: Chiropractic Assistant/ Graduate Student at LaSalle University
Favorite Phillies Player: Cliff Lee (past player: Shane Victorino…Once a Phillie, Always a Phillie!)
Describe yourself in one word: Determined
What is your biggest accomplishment: Graduating from college with honors
Favorite Ballpark Food: Bull’s BBQ
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: Meeting new people, giving back to the community, and representing the Philadelphia Phillies Organization.
3 Things you would bring to a desert island: I would bring photographs of friends and family to make me feel at home and so I could reminisce about all the great times together. I would also bring a notebook and a pen in order to write a daily journal about my experiences on the island and to document anything new and interesting that I discover.
1 Interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I Love Ketchup! It is a family trait…If you are at a family function and you do not have ketchup on your plate… You are the strange one!
Hometown: Hatboro, Pa
College/Major: Communications/Journalism major at Shippensburg University
Occupation: Full-time Student; Part time: Wawa
Favorite Phillies Player: Jimmy Rollins
Describe yourself in one word: Spontaneous
What is your biggest accomplishment: Becoming a part of the Phillies organization by being a Phillies Ballgirl.
Favorite Ballpark food: Dollar Dogs!
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I am looking forward to meeting a bunch of new people, gaining hands-on experience, and another world series, of course!
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: a bathing suit, tanning oil, and my Phanatic PillowPet.
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I am naturally right handed but I taught myself how to hit from the left side.
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
College/Major: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Marketing
Favorite Phillies Player: Roy Halladay
Describe yourself in one word: Energetic
What is your biggest accomplishment:Other than being a ball girl, Making all state for softball my senior year of high school
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie’s and Pete’s fries
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: The overall experience and the new people I get to meet.
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: Cell phone, a Pillow, and a Flashlight
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: Other than being a twin, I have 4 other sets of twins in my famil
Hometown: Drexel Hill
College/Major: I go to Drexel University and I am studying Sport Management.
Occupation: Full-time Student
Favorite Phillies Player: Carlos Ruiz
Describe yourself in one word: Passionate
What is your biggest accomplishment:Becoming a Phillies Ballgirl of course.
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Fries
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I’ve always loved the atmosphere at Citizen’s Bank Park; I can’t wait to experience a game actually on the field. I really love volunteering and charity work, I’m so excited do so as apart of the Phillies organization. It would be amazing to celebrate with the other Ballgirls at the World Series Parade next fall!3 things you would bring to a deserted island: I would have to bring all my photo albums, my guitar so I can learn to play, and a friend to talk to.1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: My favorite day of the year is the 4th of July which is also my birthday! I love watching fireworks on the beach every year.
Hometown: Jamison, PA
College/Major: Penn State University, Kinesiology major
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Driven
What is your biggest accomplishment: Representative THON Chair for Club Softball
Favorite Ballpark food: Soft-serve ice cream in the Phillies helmet
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: There are many reasons, but at the top of my list is the opportunity presented by being a Ballgirl to make an impact on the fans and the Philadelphia community. Phillies fans are the best fans, in my opinion, so being able to meet and interact with people of all ages will be such a great experience. I am really looking forward to work at events that involve athletics and health, because those are two important aspects in the field that I am studying. I also am really excited to be a part of the new Ballgirl family and make sixteen new best friends!
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: My bikini, sunscreen, and a camera!
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I am a teaching assistant for a Biology-based Anatomy course at Penn State.
Hometown:Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
College/Major: I am a sophomore at Muhlenberg College. I am a biology major and a public health minor with the hope to go to medical school
Occupation: Student and Fox Chase Baseball and Softball Academy Softball director
Favorite Phillies Player: My favorite player used to be Mickey Morandini but after meeting Jimmy Rollins his rookie season at spring training he has always been my favorite player. He signed autographs for hours after the game and was so nice to all of the fans.
Describe yourself in one word: compassionate
What is your biggest accomplishment: Last December I went to Haiti on a medical mission.
Favorite Ballpark food: definitely a schmitter
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I am looking forward to being involved in community outreach and getting to know the other ballgirls.
3 things you would bring to a deserted island:ice cream, a softball and a glove, and a genie in a bottle…
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I have danced since I was 2 years old
Hometown: Wilmington Delaware
College/Major: Kutztown University, Finance
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Outgoing
What is your biggest accomplishment: Being chosen as the intern for the Department of Finance for Delaware.
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie and Pete’s Crab Fries
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl:The new memories that I am going to make with all of my new friends and the great experiences that are about to happen.
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: Cell Phone, Blanket, and Music.
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I love to dance!
Hometown: Montgomeryville, PA
College/Major: Currently, I am a Senior, Food Marketing Major at Saint Joseph’s University.
Favorite Phillies Player: Ryan Howard
Describe yourself in one word: Passionate!
What is your biggest accomplishment:
I have successfully completed two Sales & Marketing Co-op’s thus far within my 5 Year Food Marketing Co-op Program at Saint Joseph’s University.
Favorite Ballpark food: Without a doubt the Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries with cheese!
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl:
I am most looking forward to getting involved with the different community outreach programs that the Ballgirls are currently involved in. Also, having the ability to make a difference in the Philadelphia community is going to be awesome!
3 things you would bring to a deserted island:
1. An unlimited supply of purified water.
2. My iPhone equipped with a solar powered charger.
3. Bear Grylls from Man vs. Wild!
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: This past October I went Skydiving at 14,000 feet above the ground in Perkasie, PA. In fact, I was more nervous for the Phillies Ballgirl Tryout than I was for Skydiving lol!
Hometown: Drexel Hill, Pa
College/Major: Graduated from West Chester University with a BA in English
Occupation: Bartender at Miller’s Ale House and a Hitting Instructor at All Star Baseball Academy
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Vivacious
What is your biggest accomplishment: Graduating college
Favorite Ballpark food: Dollar Dogs
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: Meeting so many new people
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: chocolate, iPhone, and diet coke
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I am a huge Harry Potter fan
The Phillies are looking to hire a staff of ballgirls for the 2013 season who can represent the organization in the community as well as perform duties on the field.
Requirements for the position include:
- Public relations skills: i.e. taken communications, broadcasting or public speaking classes
- Softball experience a must
- Strong interpersonal skills with an outgoing personality
- Knowledge of the game of baseball
- Flexible schedule – must be willing to work early AM, nights, weekends, and holidays
- Must be at least 18 years of age
How to Apply: If interested, applicants should send a resume along with a two minute DVD highlighting their softball experience and explaining the reason why they should be selected to be a Phillies Ballgirl. Requested information should be mailed to:
Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
ATTN: BALLGIRL APPLICANT
No phone calls please. Resumes must be received by October 15, 2012. Those qualified will be notified to participate in a future tryout at Citizens Bank Park. For more information, please visit www.phillies.com/community.
ABOUT THE PHILLIES BALLGIRLS PRESENTED BY MACY’S
The Phillies Ballgirls are ambassadors for the Phillies both on and off the field. They represent educated, athletic and energetic women who hope to serve as role models in professional sports for young girls.
Each year, the Phillies Ballgirls make over 150 off-field appearances including TV and radio as well as school visits, nursing home visits, golf and bowling tournaments and fashion shows. They also play a minimum of 10 softball games which all have a charity element.
The Ballgirls are also involved in the Phillies environmental initiatives by captaining the Red Goes Green team and helping to rebuild an abandoned house. For more information, please visit www.phillies.com/ballgirls.
Sorry it took so long to post a blog. We have been extremely busy with Phils games, Red Goes Green, community appearances and our newest venture….our first fashion line!! We are so excited about this. Because it is the first time we are doing this, we started off small but have big plans to grow in the coming years.
The Official Phillies Ballgirl line is now on sale exclusively through the Phillies. A combination of sport and style these pieces are ideal for wearing to the game or around town. Several T-Shirt styles, plus the Ballgirls dress are featured. Purchase now at the Majestic Clubhouse Store or in the Shop at Phillies.com. One of the pieces is actually a version of our new appearance dresses. The dress was the winning design in our Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge. We loved the dress so much we wanted to incorporate it into the fashion line. Here are some pics of us modeling the pieces. We hope you like them. Feedback is always welcome. Let us know what you would like to see in the fashion line next season.
Phillies fans have a ton a choices when it comes to food once they enter Citizen’s Bank Park. With Chickie’s and Pete’s expanding and moving locations to the new dessert alley the Ballgirls have been raving about what they get to eat when they come to the park as a fan. There is definitely something for everyone and it seems that there was a close call with crab fries and dollar dogs!
My favorite food at the ballpark is definitely the Phillies dollar dogs. It was the first food that I ate at Veterans stadium when I was a kid. I love the fact that it s always wrapped in foil. It holds the heat and the flavor is perfect. I don’t like to add anything extra to my dollar dogs. And yes, that means no ketchup or mustard. I think that its perfect as is. My friends always try to get me to put a condiment on my dollar dogs but I refuse each time. Everyone has their own way of eating dollar dogs at CBP. I’ve seen some fans put some very interesting food items on their dollar dogs. The Phanatic even gives dollar dogs during the games. I believe he does that because the Phanatic knows how awesome dollar dogs truly are!!
Even with all of the new food options at Citizen’s Bank Park (including the most recent expansion of Chickie’s & Pete’s – who else is super excited they got a bigger location!), my all-time favorite ballpark food is and always will be – Dollar Dogs. While I was never fortunate enough to catch a hot dog from the Phanatic and his fancy, powerful hot dog launcher, I still have a soft spot for Dollar Dogs. So much so, that when I barbecue at home and make hot dogs, I wrap them in aluminum foil and set them aside while I make the rest of my food. When I’m ready to eat, they’ve sat just long enough for the bun to soak up some of the moisture from the heat of the hot dog. It may sound strange, but try it. I promise you’ll change your way of serving hot dogs (inspiration courtesy of Hatfield Dollar Dog Nights and/or just about any hot dog vendor).
There is so much good food at CBP, but I always enjoy a bowl of ice cream! And even more fun when it’s served in a Phillies cap!
There are so many different kinds of food that come to mind when at a game. There’s Chickie and Pete’s crab fries, pretzels, hot dogs, and cheese steaks. Now there is even delicious taco stands and a dessert alley! But my favorite food at CBP would have to be the Schmitter. I never really knew it existed until two years ago! My brother was the one that raved about it and once I finally tried it, I knew why. It is delicious! I guess you could say its along the lines of a cheese steak? But it’s got a little bit of everything like cheese, salami, and this amazing sauce. This sandwich is definitely one of a kind and is a Philly favorite. It’s a guilty pleasure and I love that it’s a Philly original! Now all my friends are in love with this heart attack of sandwich too! The Schmitter is definitely worth a try and I guarantee you’ll love it!
My favorite food at CBP would have to be Chickie and Pete’s fries!
This was pretty difficult to choose since I really enjoy all the food at CBP from the hotdogs to the ice cream. I was going to pick funnel cake as my favorite food since I really LOVE funnel cake but after eating a pulled pork sandwich at Bulls BBQ I will, hands down, say that place is my favorite. There is a reason that they have a long line at each game and that’s because… IT’S GOOD! Not to mention they keep the line moving pretty fast so you never have to wait too long. I am a sucker for any type of BBQ food so a little corn on the cobb and pulled park is definitely the way to my heart!
My favorite snack at CBP is, without a doubt, Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries!! I even think they are worth the wait in line and the price for this snack. Although many restaurants try copy this recipe, no one seems to master it like Chickie’s. Their new stand is indoor and the line seems to move faster to make everyone’s crab fries experience even better…if that is possible!
I would definitely have to say the infamous Chickies and Pete’s crabfries! I’m especially a sucker for the melted cheese that comes along with it. Thanks to the fans that let me snap this picture with their food!
My favorite food at CBP would have to be the cinnamon roasted almonds. You can smell them throughout the ball park and the aroma is just too good to pass up!
April 1st, 2011 was the official start to one of the most memorable seasons in Philadelphia sports history. With the return of Cliff Lee, the Phillies’ pitching staff was predicted as the best pitching rotation since the 1995 Braves’ combination of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Steve Avery. This season would be our first without the favored right-fielder, Jayson Werth, and Chase Utley was starting on the season on the disabled list. To say there were mixed predictions for the 2011 season would be an understatement. Unaware that 2011 would close out with the best regular season record in franchise history, the addition of fan-favorite Hunter Pence, and a pitching win from Infielder Wilson Valdes in the 19th inning of a 2-day game against the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies’ Ballgirls look back on last year’s Opening Day and the anticipation this year’s Home Opener, April 9th, 2012.
Alicia: I am so excited for Opening Day 2012!!! I actually had to work on Opening Day 2011 so I was not able to watch the game last year. I was bummed that Chase Utley was not playing in the game but I was so happy to have Cliff Lee back. I was told via text message that the Phillies had an amazing comeback to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. I still cannot believe that I will be working for the Phillies and attending Opening Day this year ! It still feels unreal. I believe that the Phillies will have an amazing season. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will be out for Opening Day which is very unfortunate for us. But I’m predicting great plays from the rest of Phillies especially with our bullpen. We have a solid defense on the field. I look forward to seeing who steps up as the power hitters this year. It makes me smile to think about the fact that Jim Thome is back!! (I got a chance to see him play in Florida during Spring Training.) Let’s get another NL East division championship this season. Go Phillies!!!
Amy: This is actually going to be my first time at a home opener! The fact that I have always wanted to go and now I will be working it is amazing! I can’t even describe how excited I am! I went to two games in Clearwater, Florida, for Spring Training, so I have already seen what they are capable of this season. However, watching a Phillies game at Bright House Field is completely different than at Citizens Bank Park. There is a different energy at CBP and a sense of home. I am really excited to see Cliff Lee again and I couldn’t be happier that he has come back! He was a great asset in 2010 and I know he will be another part to help the team win another world series. I know we are not going to see Utley and Howard the first part of the season, but I think the addition of Juan Pierre and others should fill in nicely until they recover. I believe we have an offense and defense that can – and will – take us far into the postseason. I could not be happier to be a part of the Phillies organization! So far, my experience has been incredible and I am looking forward to working my first game! I am anxious to experience Citizens Bank Park and the Phillies on the other side of it, rather than being only a fan! I can only imagine what is in store for this season but I know the Phil’s have the hunger for another World Series!!
Emily: Last year for Opening Day, I was not able to attend due to work, but when working in an office, you still find a way to know what is going on pitch by pitch. Last season, I was excited to hear the announcement that Cliff Lee was coming back to the organization. I admire his work ethic on the field and I think he has the right attitude to represent a Philadelphia sports team. I was able to attend a game on my birthday where he was the starting pitcher. That game, he had sixteen strikeouts and I was fortunate enough to witness that in person.
To be completely honest, if you would have told me a year ago that I would be able to participate in the Opening Day activities with the Phillies or that I was going to be a Ballgirl, I would have laughed and said great joke. I know that I am truly lucky to have this opportunity and I cannot wait for this season. I have been having so much fun with the other girls and I cannot wait to have all of these memories to look back on.
Jamie: I don’t think words can describe the excitement and anticipation that I was experiencing at this time last year. I was scheduled to work Green Team on Opening Day, and I was also going to be announced on the field. It was my first time walking down the hallway and up those stairs onto the field at Citizens Bank Park. This was my first memory on the field as a Ballgirl and probably one of my favorites to this day. It all seemed so surreal. I believe I had goose bumps from the moment I stepped onto the warning track. I kept thinking back to how excited I would have been merely to be watching the Phillies from the stands on Opening Day. Yet, to be on the field in Phillies Red, next to the Phanatic and veteran Phillies Ballgirls during the National Anthem and awe-inspiring flyover was completely humbling. It felt like a dream come true and the picture-perfect start to my rookie season. And the Phillies comeback victory was the storybook ending to complete the day. The weather may have been cold and gloomy, but in my mind, it couldn’t have been a more perfect day!
Leanne: Opening Day 2011, I was working Green Team with a few other rookies and veteran Ballgirls. I remember helping our Green Team volunteers when the initial Opening Day activities were taking place and hearing the noise of the crowd from outside of the stadium. It was enough to give me chills and I couldn’t even see what was happening. It was obviously the first regular season game I had worked and I remember thinking that I never wanted to leave the stadium. It was amazing being there and knowing I was part of the Phillies organization. I was lucky enough to catch the bottom of the 9th when the Phillies tied the game and John Mayberry, Jr., in his first appearance of the 2011 season, lined a walk-off single to center field to score the winning run of the game. The crowd literally erupted in noise, and it was the most exhilarating moment. Opening Day 2011 certainly set a standard for excitement, and I have no doubt in my mind this year will be the same! See you at CBP!! (Fingers crossed for beautiful weather!)
Leigh Ann: I unfortunately was unable to attend Opening Day 2011, but I am ecstatic to know that I will not only be at Opening Day 2012, but I will be training ON THE FIELD!! This time last year, I never imagined I would experience anything like this. To be in the city I love, on the same field as my favorite team, and surrounded by the greatest fans in Major League Baseball is truly an honor. I can’t wait to see what the season has in store for us, but I am definitely feeling another WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
Genevieve: Last year I was still working at Villanova and I can remember preparing for the upcoming Lacrosse games in my office and listening to the game on the radio. This is by far the best time of the year and you can already get a sense of how excited everyone is for this years opening day. I am so excited to be apart of the Green Team for this day and have the chance to interact with all of our Phillies fans. (THE BEST FANS IN THE WORLD) It will be the first of many exciting games and I am so ready for it to start! Here we go boys!!!!
Marcie: My 2011 Opening Day experience was quite different from everyone else’s. Starting off, I wasn’t even in the country! Last spring semester I studied abroad in London from March-May. There I was in my jersey, with no game on TV. It was tough being away from my beloved Phillies for so long, but luckily my Dad kept me constantly updated. Little did I know, flash forward a year later, I would actually be a part of this organization, working my dream job! My first game will be the Home Opener on Monday, and it’s still so surreal. This season is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m SO excited!! LET’S GO PHILS!!!
Moira: Last year, I did not have the pleasure of working Opening Day but that does not mean I was not glued to my TV at home watching it! That being said, I do not think I could handle that long distance relationship with such an exciting game again this year. I will be working Opening Day on Monday and I cannot wait much longer … I even have a little surprise that I will be making for the very special day (pictures to come)! Who is ready for a fun day and another amazing season?! LET’S GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rachael: Last year I was not able to go to Opening Day because I had a softball game of my own, and unfortunately the same will be happening again this year. But regardless of not being able to attend Opening Day I am so excited for the 2012 season. I have been looking forward to the start of the season since October of last year. Even though some people think that the Marlins and Braves are much improved teams from last year, I still believe the Phillies will be winning their 6th division title in September! I am very excited about the acquisition of Hunter Pence during the season last year, and as a young player I think he will bring new life to the Phillies team. I think that we are all in for a VERY exciting year. GO PHILS!
Occupation/School: Student at Villanova University
Favorite Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Enthusiastic
One thing fans may not realize about our on-field responsibilities: Most of you fans think that we are always on either the first or third baseline, but this actually differs from game to game so we all have experience from both perspectives of the field!
Favorite memory from your rookie season: Christmas in July (toy collection and dancing on the dugout)
What have you been doing during off-season? Since I transferred colleges this year, I have been spending my off-season getting used to my new college, Villanova! It’s been a great move and I’m so happy to be back in my hometown of Philadelphia!
Name: Maureen (Mo)
Occupation/School: Account Manager, Randstad Technologies (Montclair State University undergrad, Centenary College MBA)
Favorite Player: Hunter Pence
Describe yourself in one word: Hilarious
One thing fans may not realize about our on-field responsibilities: Jacket runs are fun…until the 7th run at 3:30pm on a Sunday in July.
Favorite memory from your rookie season: My last training game was the game that went into the 19th inning. It felt like a playoff game and was so exciting. They moved the remaining fans to the lower level and the wave went around 5 times without stopping. It was awesome.
What have you been doing during off-season? The biggest change in my life in the off season is that I got engaged! Everyone is really excited … no the wedding will not be at CBP : )
Occupation/School: University of Pennsylvania, Pre-dental student
Favorite Player: Carlos Ruiz (John Kruk – past player)
Describe yourself in one word: Indescribable
Favorite memory from your rookie season: Being on the field for John Kruk’s induction into the Phillies’ Wall of Fame.
Occupation/School: Penn State University, sophomore studying Community, Environment, and Development
Favorite Player: John Mayberry Jr.
One thing fans may not realize about our on-field responsibilities: The idea of missing a jacket run is the most terrifying thought I have while on the field! I am constantly looking over to the bull pen whether it’s the 1st or 9th inning!
Favorite memory from your rookie season: My favorite memory of my Rookie season was being trained the night of the 19 inning-game and being able to see Wilson Valdez on the mound pitching to big-league hitters!
What have you been doing during the off-season? During this offseason I have been very busy with my schoolwork for 19 credits worth of classes! I also participated in the Penn State Dance Marathon which benefits the fight against pediatric cancer! Although I was not one of the dancers who were on their feet for 46 straight hours, I supported my organization by spending at least 30 hours dancing and cheering in the stands throughout the weekend! It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever been a part of and it was worth the months of preparation and fundraising to see our total money raised of $10.6 million for the kids!
Name: Genevieve (Gen)
Occupation/School: Hofstra University/Consumer Marketing Manager
Favorite Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Passionate
One thing fans may not realize about our on-field responsibilities: A lot of fans think we are only one side of the field but we normally will switch sides throughout the year. We also are responsible for picking up any opposing homerun baseballs that get tossed back out on the field. Let’s not forget about the long run to centerfield to grab the pitcher’s jackets! We can’t complain about those especially when its cold out.
Favorite memory from your rookie season: They playoff rally trolly and the post season pre-game activities! I was also on the field with Kristina last year for Fireworks night so we got to enjoy the show while sitting on the field! They are the BEST fire works I have ever seen!
What have you been doing during off-season? I work full time in circulation and marketing with the Philadelphia Inquirer and volunteer with the HEADstrong Foundation. I just recently moved to Center City so I am enjoying being here and finding new restaurants and hang out spots :o)
School: University of Delaware
Occupation: Transportation Engineer
Favorite Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in 1 word: Genuine
School/Occupation: Camden county college
Favorite Player (past, present, or both): Shane Victorino
Describe yourself in one word: Silly
What is one thing fans might not realize about our on field responsibilities? Having to stay focused while being on the field.
Favorite memory from the Rookie season: Stepping on to the field for the first time.
What have you been doing during the off-season: During the off-season I attend school at Camden county. I also took a mini vacation to Florida.