The end of July was jam packed with Phillies special events including Christmas in July, Phillies Photo Day, and Monday’s Phillies Phestival. Add in a two-hour rain delay on Sunday, and things got even busier!
Fortunately for us, even the longest work day is usually a lot of fun with the Phils. On Friday we stood at the gates in our fabulous Santa outfits and collected toys for the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia.
Yes, just another day at the office chock full of Christmas costumes and a furry green Phanta Claus.
Saturday brought Phillies Photo Day, with thousands of fans lining up to meet their favorite Phillies players.
It was wonderful to get to go out and meet so many diehard Phillies fans, sign some autographs, and take some pictures. Hopefully everyone managed to collect all of the ballgirl’s baseball cards and get pictures with their fave Phillies players! Those fans tough enough to brave the heat were rewarded with an amazing game, and some offensive streaks guaranteed to show up on Sportscenter.
Sunday meant a 1:30 game, with a 117 minute rain delay! Fortunately our boys pulled out a win…it made the wait worthwhile for all of the fans who were crammed up on the concourse for nearly two hours with very little breathing room. Most of the sold-out crowd waited out the delay and screamed and cheered their Phils onto a 12-10 win!
Then Monday morning Teresa and I had the wonderful opportunity to appear on CBS 3 at 6:20 and Fox News on 8:40 to talk about The Phillies Phestival! This year the event brought in $758,000 which is an all-time record high.
See you in August…it’s time for a nap!
The Philles Ballgirls took down their competition to win the second-annual Summer Softball Showdown July 19th at FDR Park. The ballgirls, who were strengthened by the help of Channel 6’s Jamie Apody, Channel 3’s Don Bell, Associated Press Sports Editor Rob Maadi, Comcast SportsNet’s Marshall Harris, radio personality Tommy Jordan, and Coach Tyler Green, won three straight games in the single-elimination tournament to take home the title.
This was the Ballgirls second year winning the tournament, which included the Sixers’ Dancers, the KiXX Dance Team, the Philadelphia Soul’s Soulmates Dance Team, the Flyers Delta Dental Ice Girls, the Wings’ Angels Dance Team, and various media personalities. The event raises money for the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation, Phillies Charities, and the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation.
In their first game, the Ballgirls faced the Kixx dance team, who gave the girls a run for their money with strong pitching and a talented shortstop. The ballgirls battled back with strong hitting steaks, including two 10-batter innings. They defeated the Kixx and moved on to game two vs. the Soulmates Dance team.
The Soulmates, who performed an impressive dance routine between the games, gave the ballgirls their toughest competition of the day with impressive offensive skills. Don Bell provided some impressive pitching to keep the ballgirls in the game, and Lindsay Brown (who hit two inside-the-park homeruns during the tournament), Marshall Harris, and Laura Litzenberger provided key hits to keep the offense on track.
In the championship game, the ballgirls faced the Flyers Delta Dental Ice Girls, who had a bye in the second round of the tournament. The ballgirls stayed strong, and were supported by Don Bell’s pitching and a fabulous catch from Right Fielder Janita Styles– a softball rookie who played like a pro!
The Ballgirls would like to thank all of the fans who braved the heat and helped raise money for some wonderful charities. We hope you come out again next year… the rumor is the event will be held at the Jersey Shore!