September 2008

Congratulations to the 2008 NL East Champion Phillies!!!

For the second year in a row, the Phillies are NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST CHAMPIONS!!  For us veteran ballgirls, this is the second time we’ve had the opportunity to see great baseball as the Phils race to the finish, feel the excitement of the fans as they wave their white sea of rally towels, and watch the players (and Elvis, Pat Burrell’s bulldog) celebrate on the field. 

I know this moment is one that I will be talking about over and over again for the next forever.  I’ll talk about Jamie Moyer coming out when it mattered (for the second season in a row) and pitching 6 incredible innings. I’ll talk about Jayson Werth’s homerun and the fact that Brad Lidge almost gave me a heart attack (and definitely gave Sam a panic attack–she was hyperventilating behind me).  I’ll tell people about Jimmy Rollins’ final throw from his knees, Utley and Howard turning the double play, and fireworks shooting into the sky.  And I’ll tell them about the usher at the top of the section who took me quite off guard when he picked me up and started jumping up and down.

In the words of Saturday’s centerfield banner…WORLD SERIES OR BUST!!!!

Sam and Lindsay were there with me watching it all happen… their thoughts are below!

Sam
Jimmy Rollins was right when he said that, “It wouldn’t be the Philly way, It doesn’t matter what sport– we don’t make things easy.” That is definitely what I was thinking in the 9th on Saturday when the bases were loaded and one of the Nationals best hitters (Ryan Zimmerman) was up to bat. But, when Jimmy Rollins made the sliding play and turned two, I was so excited (along with 45,000 other fans) that the Phillies had just won the NL East as well as clinched a playoff berth.

The atmosphere that the fans created really made the moment “Goosebump” material. The rally towels waving, the high fives all around, and a few hugs showed the excitement in CBP. It’s really hard to describe how I am feeling right now, but I can say that I’m pretty confident the Phillies will get the job done against the Brewers in the NLDS. I think that our pitching rotation is strong, our offense is producing runs, and our bullpen is reliable. I know baseball is a game where nothing is guaranteed and anything can happen so I am really anxious to see how this series unfolds and hopefully it will end with some more Goosebumps and bear hugs!!!

Lindsay
Having experienced last year’s champagne-popping party, I had some pretty “high hopes” for the Phillies 2008 NL East clinching celebration. Maybe it was that all the guys wore goggles this year as the champagne and Budweiser poured through the clubhouse, or the fact that the grounds crew’s hoses didn’t get turned onto the thousands of devoted Phillies fans cheering in the stands, but this year’s celebration had something that last year’s was lacking; confidence.  When the fireworks exploded over our heads, I wasn’t saying to myself, “I can’t believe this,” like I was last year.  This time, I COULD believe it.  If felt like we (fans and players alike) deserved this more than any other team.  And this time, we know what to expect.   You heard it in Chase and Ryan’s post-game speeches, there’s more to come. So, what I felt right then as “2008 NL East Division Champs!” flashed on Phanavision was, “Bring it on, we’ve been waiting for this.”

For more inside scoop on the NL East Division Champs, check out Larry Shenk’s blog at

http://philliesinsider.mlblogs.com/

 

And the answers are….

Ok so here are the answers…let’s see how well you know your ballgirls.

1) Which ballgirl was featured in the Top 10 Plays on ESPN’s SportsCenter?  (Hint: She was #9 with a beautiful catch!)
A) Lindsay
B) Laura 
C) Sam
D) Alison
ANSWER:  Sam.  This one was easy.  There is a posting on it below.

2) Which of the following ballgirls is NOT a teacher?
A) Debbie
B) Katie
C) Christy O.
D) Lauren
ANSWER:  Debbie.  She is a recruiter. 

3) Which of the following ballgirls is still in college?
A) Janita
B) Gina
C) Christy G.
D) Irena
ANSWER:  Gina.  She is nursing student at the University of Delaware. 

4) Which ballgirl hails from Irvine, California?
A) Lindsay
B) Teresa
C) Jocelyn
D) Laura
ANSWER:  Teresa.  She was actually born in Ireland but her family eventually moved to California.

5) Which ballgirl would most likely take Shane Victorino’s position as Team Pie Thrower?
A) Christy G.
B) Alison
C) Lindsay
D) Katie
ANSWER:  Lindsay.  She is the practical joker of the crew.

6) Which ballgirl is a triplet?
A) Jocelyn
B) Justine
C) Irena
D) Christy O.
ANSWER:  Christy O.  She had 2 brothers.

7) Which ballgirl was once serenaded on stage by Nick Lachey?
A) Christy G.
B) Debbie
C) Gina
D) Lauren
ANSWER:  Christy G.  She won tickets for a Nick Lachey concert through a radio station and was pulled up on stage and Nick serenaded her.  Its on You Tube.

8) Which ballgirl was a college track star?
A) Alison
B) Janita
C) Christy O.
D) Justine
ANSWER:  Janita.  Before moving to the East Coast, Janita was a track star at the University of Nevada.

9) Which ballgirl was a swimming star in college?
A) Gina
B) Irena
C) Laura
D) Alison
ANSWER:  Alison.  Alison was a Division I swimmer at Drexel University.

10)  Which ballgirl runs marathons in her free time?
A) Jocelyn
B) Christy G.
C) Sam
D) Teresa
ANSWER:  Jocelyn.  She runs in her “free time” when she isn’t on the field or writing out blog.

11) Which of the following ballgirls owns her own business?
A) Irena
B) Laura
C) Debbie
D) Christy O.
ANSWER:  Irena.  Irena and her business partner are owners of a regional publication in South Jersey.

12) Which ballgirl was a tennis phenom?
A) Lindsay
B) Katie
C) Jocelyn
D) Teresa
ANSWER:  Katie.  Katie was a 4 year varsity tennis player in high school.

13) Which of the following ballgirls has the longest commute to CBP?
A) Laura
B) Lauren
C) Lindsay
D) Sam
 ANSWER:  Laura.  Laura lives in Kintnersville, PA. 

14) Which ballgirl works as a waitress for Pizzeria U no’s patrons visiting Sesame Place?
A) Irena
B) Gina
C) Justine
D) Alison
ANSWER:  Justine.  During summer breaks from school, Justine not only makes many ballgirl appearances but also earns some extra spending money as a waitress.

15) Which ballgirl attended Syracuse University?
A) Lauren
B) Debbie
C) Irena
D) Janita
ANSWER:  Lauren.  Lauren received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Syracuse University.

There you have it…all the answers.  How well did you do???

How Well Do You Know Your Phillies Ballgirls??

You’ve seen us working the lines since April… now test your Phillies Ballgirl Knowledge with our quick quiz! (No cheating.)  Correct answers will be posted later this week.  Leave your answers in the comments section.

1) Which ballgirl was featured in the Top 10 Plays on ESPN’s SportsCenter?  (Hint: She was #9 with a beautiful catch!)
A) Lindsay
B) Laura 
C) Sam
D) Alison

2) Which of the following ballgirls is NOT a teacher?
A) Debbie
B) Katie
C) Christy O.
D) Lauren

3) Which of the following ballgirls is still in college?
A) Janita
B) Gina
C) Christy G.
D) Irena 

4) Which ballgirl hails from Irvine, California?
A) Lindsay
B) Teresa
C) Jocelyn
D) Laura

5) Which ballgirl would most likely take Shane Victorino’s position as Team Pie Thrower?
A) Christy G.
B) Alison
C) Lindsay
D) Katie

6) Which ballgirl is a triplet?
A) Jocelyn
B) Justine
C) Irena
D) Christy O.

7) Which ballgirl was once serenaded on stage by Nick Lachey?
A) Christy G.
B) Debbie
C) Gina
D) Lauren

8) Which ballgirl was a college track star?
A) Alison
B) Janita
C) Christy O.
D) Justine

9) Which ballgirl was a swimming star in college?
A) Gina
B) Irena
C) Laura
D) Alison

10)  Which ballgirl runs marathons in her free time?
A) Jocelyn
B) Christy G.
C) Sam
D) Teresa

11) Which of the following ballgirls owns her own business?
A) Irena
B) Laura
C) Debbie
D) Christy O.

12) Which ballgirl was a tennis phenom?
A) Lindsay
B) Katie
C) Jocelyn
D) Teresa

13) Which of the following ballgirls has the longest commute to CBP?
A)  Laura
B)  Lauren
C)  Lindsay
D)  Sam

14) Which ballgirl works as a waitress when she isn’t in school or sporting her Phillies pinstripes?
A) Irena
B) Gina
C) Justine
D) Alison

15) Which ballgirl attended Syracuse University?
A) Lauren
B) Debbie
C) Irena
D) Janita

Baseball 101 (Take 2!)

On August 26, I had the amazing opportunity to switch gears from Phillies employee to a straight-up Phillies fan.  My mom and I attended Baseball 101, the Phillies’ day-long event that gives women the ultimate baseball experience while raising money for Phillies Charities.

My mom and I arrived at 9:15 a.m., dressed in our Phillies red and white, with baseball gloves in hand.  We were greeted by smiling Phillies women, who checked us in, gave us our welcome packets, and directed us down to the Diamond Club.

Even just being in the Diamond Club was an exciting experience for most of us (especially considering the whole day program cost less than two Diamond Club tickets).  After a warm introduction from our beloved master of ceremonies, Scott Palmer, we headed outside to hear about the Phillies field from the man that knows it best… Head Groundskeeper Mike Boekholder. 

Let me tell you, these women had some excellent questions and they didn’t hold back.  (They asked about the Jimmy Buffet concert twice.)  I learned that there is a layer of sand under the field for drainage, that the mowing patterns on the grass affect how the ball actually plays (so those Red Sox stockings at Fenway Park must make life interesting for visiting teams), and that each starting pitcher likes the mound to have a different feel… Moyer likes it softer, Myers likes it hard, and Hamels and Kendrick like it somewhere in the middle.

After the grounds crew we took to the field for some stretching led by the ever-charismatic Janita Styles, and then broke into groups for throwing, pitching, baserunning, and hitting stations.

Any woman would be proud of the totally non-girlie throws produced by the Baseball 101 women, and Milt Thompson was definitely impressed with my mom’s hitting (she totally showed me up).  There were no questions about Pat Burrell’s marital status, no screams about breaking a nail, and no women sitting on the sidelines.  These were serious baseball fans who came to play!

Some of my favorite parts were listening to Jimy Williams talk about players being able to find the laces of the ball without even looking, Rich Dubee discussing the different pitchers’ conditioning routines and how he deals with new pitchers who join the Phils pitching staff, listening to Milt’s advice to say, “Breathe, step, throw” as you go to hit the ball, and hearing Davey Lopes explain that he uses a stopwatch to time a pitcher’s windup and determine which players are fast enough to steal on him (although Victorino and Rollins have the green light whenever they want to try).

After our stations we took a break for lunch (which included my favorite chocolate-covered pretzels) and got some broadcasting tips from Phillies Radio Broadcaster Scott Franzke.  Irena worked the event and mentioned that this part of the program was one of her favorite parts of the day!

“The first was when Scott Franzke chose participants to take a try at announcing a few portions of video clips from games throughout the season.  First we listened to Scott’s version and then we listened to the ladies’ live versions.  Although Scott’s versions sounded a bit more polished, the women’s announcements were extremely entertaining.”

Next came a discussion with Frank Coppenbarger, Director of Team Travel and Clubhouse Services, who discussed the Phillies’ food allowance, uniform demands, fancy cleat designs, and the extra-baggy pants made especially for a well-known outfielder that the Phillies were fighting for.  Sadly Manny didn’t end up in a Phillies uniform, but ballgirl Christy still got to try on his pants!

Then came a Q&A session with Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who talked about Phillies fans, his “routine” (he doesn’t like to call them superstitions, routines are more manly), and his least favorite people to pitch to (Todd Helton was one).

Suprisingly, Lidge’s interview didn’t cause nearly as much of a fuss as the visit of baseball’s favorite mascot.  In Irena’s words, “My second favorite part of the day was the arrival of the Phanatic and his not so swift departure.  So many women wanted to take their picture with the ever-so-handsome Phanatic that he practically had to be dragged out of the Diamond Club!”

The entire day was amazing.  My mom said it was the best day of her whole summer, and I’m so glad I got to share this special Phillies experience with her.

 

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