April 2008

Happy Earth Day!!

These days, even oil companies are trying to be environmentally friendly.  Grocery stores continue to offer more organic and locally grown produce, clothing companies are using organic and recycled fabrics, and more and more television stations are promoting “green” programming (Get Fresh with Sarah Snow on FitTV is my favorite).

Therefore, in honor of Earth Day (and our favorite green mascot) we are dedicating this week’s blog to the environment.  I’ve asked each of the ballgirls what they do to “be green.”  The best part is, not only will most of their ideas help you save the environment… they’ll also help you save some cash (which means more money for Phillies tickets)!

Lindsay B.

1) I use a tote bag at the grocery store and take old plastic bags back to be recycled.
2) I also (though not by choice) have been walking to many of the places nearby that I used to drive to.  
3) My roommate and I didn’t turn the heat on until December and it’s been off since the middle of March! 

Irena

1) I only use earth friendly cleaning products and energy-saving light bulbs in my house.
2) I keep my heater at 67 degrees so I save energy.
3) I pay all of my bills online. It saves trees and eliminates the need for gasoline to be used by delivering the bill to me and then delivering my check to them.
4) I recycle all of my printer cartridges to reduce waste.

Christy O.

1) Whenever I can, I walk instead of driving.
2) I’m also a crazy paper recycler!  As a teacher, I don’t let any of my fourth graders throw their papers in the trash. They have to put it in the recycling! And I mean it!
3) I also try to pick up trash (especially hot dog wrappers) from the field during the games (but I think that all of us ballgirls do that)!!

Debbie
1) I’ve changed all my light bulbs to new energy conserving ones (you know, the ones that look like spiral staircases).
2) I unplug my appliances whenever I’m not using them.
3) I use solar panel light fixtures to light the walkway to my house.
4) I plan to purchase Energy Star appliances as soon as I can afford them!

Janita

1) I use public transportation to get to the ballpark instead of paying a million dollars on gas and letting my car sit in the lot!
2) If I am sitting around the house I use cloth diapers on my daughter, Jacodi.
3) When my garbage goes out on Tuesdays I always have a nice size pile of recycled goods!

Elena
1)  I always fill a water jug up instead of using bottled water. 
2) I also open my windows wide to get a fresh breeze in my room as an alternative to using the air conditioner. 

Lauren
1) I switched from 2-ply to 1-ply toilet paper, because the 2-ply is deceiving, and you end up using more than you need. 
2)  I hardly ever use my heat or air conditioning. Because I live in a high rise, it doesn’t usually get unbearably hot or cold, so I’ll either use an extra blanket when it’s cold, or open the window and use a fan when it’s hot. 
3) I also don’t leave lights on when I leave the room. 
4) Once I can afford it, I’ll buy a more fuel-efficient car!

Teresa
1) I do not own a car (some say it’s not by choice but I like to think that my low income is a great catalyst to my green capabilities)! I take public transit to and from work, every day. Yes, every day. In addition,
2) I am also a proud member of PhillyCarShare, the most comprehensive car-sharing network in and around Philadelphia. When I do sign out a car, I try to make sure it is a hybrid; my favorite is the Toyota Prius.
3) At home my house has an energy-efficient washer and dryer, which keeps our energy usage and bills to a minimum. 
4) I also like to shop at Whole Foods grocery store, a store that is dedicated to solely organic and healthy foods.

As for me:
1) Whenever the weather permits, I run outside instead of using a treadmill.
2) Instead of buying bottled water I bought a Brita filter and use reusable plastic cups.  I do the same with my coffee.
3) I try to combine errands (going to the bank and the grocery store) so I make one trip instead of a couple. Better still, it saves me money on gas!

The Phillies are also making an effort to be more green as well.  A special announcement is coming soon so be on the look out. 

We’d also love to know what you do to help the environment.  Please leave your comments and ideas below!

The Phillies Ballgirls Take on the Runway

It finally happened. At last, my years of religiously watching America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, and The Hills have paid off!

Last weekend the Phillies Ballgirls participated in our very first real runway fashion show thanks to our friends at the Macungie Chapter of Relay for Life.

fashionshow1.JPGHeld at the gorgeous Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pa., the show featured the works of several designers including fashions by Project Runway alumna Marla Duran, classy-chic designs by White House/Black Market, fun and affordable clothing from Francesca’s Collections, dresses from fashion designer and illustrator Lara Bly, and gemstone jewelry by designer Heidi Huff.

Because we had a 9 a.m. Sunday wakeup call, the girls and I stayed overnight at the resort in two suites, seven to a room. We hung out, laughed over games of Catch Phrase , chowed down on snacks, and told each other some crazy, funny stories.

Unfortunately we didn’t get much sleep… after staying up until 2 a.m. giggling (we are girls, after all) we awoke to the shower running at 5 a.m., and with seven girls per room it never stopped! Soon we were all awake, and after loading up on coffee, we met in the ski lodge with for hair, makeup and a few rehearsals.

The rehearsals were funny. It’s hard walking and striking a pose without bursting out laughing… especially when people are watching, you’re wearing your own comfy clothes, and a photographer is snapping pictures of you at every turn. We had to weave our way through a room of tables and stop to pop our hips and give a fierce look at the end of each row… of course, it was hard keep a straight face when I started envisioning the Phanatic working the runway in a designer gown!

Then we sat for hair and makeup.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to have my hair and makeup done! Most of us women know, it takes a lot of effort and energy to look cute on a daily basis, so any opportunity we have to let someone else cute-us-up is a fabulous thing!

The lovely (and extremely animated) women at She spa and salon gave us high-fashion hair. Faux-hawks with hot pink and teal streaks, chic chignons, braided tiaras, punk-inspired knots, and for me, a teased and curled ’40s-style do… quite a stretch from my normal blonde, pin-straight style.

Our makeup was just as dramatic. Green and blue eye shadows, bright red lips, dramatic eyeliner, and piles and piles of mascara! For us part-time tomboys, it was quite a change, but so much fun! I felt like a little girl playing dress-up again.

Soon the show began. For Marla Duran I wore two dresses, one black and white knee-length dress with a red cinched-in waist, and one ’60s-inspired flowery design in bright blues and greens. The other girls had different styles… short black cocktail dresses, jackets and skirts with matching floral prints, even a bright citrus dress in vibrant oranges and yellows.

Marla’s show was a little challenging since several of us had to walk twice in the same line… that meant doing one of those dramatic reality show quick changes, which was nerve-wracking and exciting all at once. I was totally convinced I was going to walk out onto the runway with my dress tucked into the back of my underwear. Fortunately for me (and the folks in the crowd who were eating their lovely lunches) it all went off without a hitch (or a flash).

Next came Francesca’s Collections, a young, bright, fun collection with nothing costing more than $50. I wore navy dress pants made of a comfy sweatpant material with a red and white flowered jacket and gold (yes, gold) heels. Other girls sported sassy sundresses, bright jackets, and elegant cocktail dresses. Best of all, we all had bright, fun accessories to match.

Our third collection was from the always chic White House/Black Market, which provided knee-length dresses, elegant floor-length frocks, classy tops with skirts and Bermuda shorts and cute bags for business or pleasure. We also got to wear beautiful jewelry from Heidi Huff who was such a fun, enthusiastic person to have around. Her necklaces and bracelets added a delicate elegance to each of our outfits.

Finally, we sported dresses by Lara Bly, who not only designs each dress, but also paints a portrait of it. If I ever have a ball to go to, or a fancy cocktail party, Lara is the person I would call. Each dress had its own personality. There was a green Tinkerbell dress for Lindsay, a sparkly mermaid dress for Christy, a bohemian two-piece number for me, a white Grecian gown for Gina, and a fun, flirty brown and red cocktail dress for Alison.

By the time we were finished, I think I rocked that runway a dozen times, but it was well worth it. The fashion show was yet another opportunity that I never thought I would have and another amazing experience that my job with the Phillies has brought me.

 

 

Opening Day 2008

Last year on Opening Day I sat in my cubicle at Vanguard (fortunately my boss was relatively supportive of my Phillies Phetish) and watched the entire game using MLB Gameday.  It was the most beautiful day for baseball… both of the ballgirls were wearing shorts!  And even though the Phillies lost it was so exciting to be watching baseball again… even sitting in a business suit under fluorescent lighting.

This year, things were a little different.  Not only did I get to watch the Phillies Opener in person, I got to do it from a chair on the third-base line!

Admittedly, it was a long day.  My ballgirl comrades and I were at the stadium at 5:45 a.m. (which meant getting up at 4 a.m.) to do radio interviews on WIP, WMMR and WPHT and TV interviews with CN8, ABC, and Fox.  We stood with Greg Luzinski and talked about our love of BBQ.  We sat down with Mitch Williams and the WIP gang and discussed our hatred of line drives.  We stood in front of new Phillies merchandise, next to the fiery grill at Bull’s BBQ, and behind upscale food from Harry the K’s.  Mostly though, we just tried to stay warm!

Amazingly enough, we weren’t even the first ones at the ballpark.  Some diehard fans camped out overnight to get standing room tickets for Monday’s game, and by 8 a.m. a line had formed that stretched almost the entire length of the stadium.

As the line grew outside, we spent our time inside sleeping (OK, that was just me), hanging out, watching the Today show, and discussing important current events (Andy Roddick is engaged?!?).

By 12:30 crowds were beginning to form on the concourse and butterflies were beginning to grow in my stomach.  Praying that I didn’t throw up on the field (or any of the players), I walked a few laps of the stadium and tried to calm down. 

Citizens Bank Park is a very unique place, full of dichotomy.  The smells of cheesesteaks and Schmitters waft through the concourse, and yet, CBP was voted the #1 ballpark for vegetarian food by PETA.  As countless 20-somethings tailgate, play wiffle ball, and have crazy parties outside, teeny toddlers run around with ketchup smeared across their faces, hugging their Phanatic dolls inside.  Everything traditional about America’s favorite pastime comes together with modern lights, music, and big screen TVs.  It’s such a special place to spend an afternoon.

As the minutes ticked down to the first pitch, Christy G. and I stood behind home plate and took it all in.  The Golden Knights parachutist who left a red-smoke trail in his wake… Mayor Michael Nutter throwing a perfect strike using the glove he brought with him from home… Dan Baker announcing the lineups of both teams to the cheers and jeers of the infamous Philadelphia fans. 

Finally, Christy and I took our places on either side of the Phanatic for the National Anthem.  I couldn’t believe that I was less than three feet away from some of the most incredible  baseball players in the world.  I know that is a moment I will remember for the rest of my lifeopening day.JPG.

As soon as I sat in my chair on the left-field line, the butterflies in my stomach disappeared.  I was in my element, and even though the Phillies lost, it was just great to be watching baseball again… and this time to be out of the office, in the company of the best sports fans in the world.

Paint the Town Red Week

 

PTTR2.JPGFor those of us not lucky enough to spend the spring in sunny Florida, Paint the Town Red Week is the busiest week of the year.  It’s our opportunity to build excitement about the upcoming season (which isn’t hard after the exciting finish we had in 2007) and to shed some light on some wonderful community service organizations in the Philadelphia area.

This year, the Phillies and Mayor Michael Nutter asked Phillies fans to “Step Up to the Plate and Volunteer,” and worked with Greater Philadelphia Cares to encourage Philadelphians to support causes including children’s education, computer literacy, the environment, senior citizens, and more. 

 

nutter.sam.janita.JPGFor more information, visit: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/community/volunteer_form.jsp
Volunteers are eligible for buy one, get one free Phillies tickets!

The Phillies also hosted cleanup events at local baseball fields, a blood drive to support the American Red Cross, and wiffle ball games and school pep rallies to encourage kids to keep learning and growing.

For me, this week meant a pep rally at City Hall with Mayor Nutter and the Mummers, riding around in a vintage fire truck with a less-stinky Red Phanatic, attending an energy-charged pep rally at KIPP Charter School, chatting with the brave Phillies fans and members of the media who donated blood, hanging out at McFadden’s with Mr. Greengenes, Mitch Williams, and Michael Barkann to support the Variety Club and generate excitement for Opening Day, handing out gift bags to members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and watching Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino (and at one point, Jimmy Rollins’ bobblehead doll) fight over who would have more steals this season. 

PTTR1.JPGReally it’s just exciting to be back at Citizens Bank Park again.  Every time I am down at the ballpark there’s a line of people buying tickets.  I see Phillies hats everywhere… in the grocery store, on the train, at the mall.  It’s amazing that even after a long winter fans are just as pumped up as they were the day we won the National League East Division title.  Just imagine how excited everyone will be when we win the 2008 WORLD SERIES!!!!

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