January 2010

Meet the 2010 Ballgirls…Part 1

Get to know your 2010 Phillies Ballgirls!

Since we will get to meet so many Phillies fans during games and appearances, we thought we’d give you all a head start at getting to know us! There are 11 new girls and 6 returning veterans for the 2010 season.  We asked each ballgirl basic background questions and 5 “icebreaker” questions.  This week we will hear from 2 veterans, McKenzie and Amanda and 3 rookies, Becca, Kami and Jess!

 

becca.meetballgirls.JPGRookie: Becca
Hometown: Pipersville, PA
College: Kutztown University
Occupation: Student

Three things you’d take on a desert island: A good book, a baseball cap (most likely a Phillies one), and sunscreen
Position you play in softball: 1B
Favorite Phillies moment: Experiencing the ’08 parade with the best fans in baseball!
Favorite Holiday: Christmas, because of my family’s traditions
Favorite food to eat at Citizen’s Bank Park: Crabfries…with cheese of course.

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran: Amanda
amanda.meetbg.JPGHometown: Fleetwood, PA
College: West Chester University (Grad) Indiana University (Undergrad)
Occupation: Was a full-time grad student.  Now graduated and looking for a job ;)

Three things you’d take on a desert island: A radio (to listen to Phillies games), food, water
Position you play in softball: Shortstop and 3B
Favorite Phillies moment: Everytime we hit a homerun at home, hearing the bell go off and Harry’s voice, I still get major GOOSEBUMPS!!
Favorite Holiday: Christmas!
Favorite food to eat at Citizen’s Bank Park: Dollar dogs

 

 

 

 

 

                                                   Rookie: Kami
kami.meetbg.JPGHometown: Wayne, PA
College: Temple University
Occupation: Student / Intern

Three things you’d take on a desert island: 1) A beach chair (to sit in for a little and enjoy the view)  ; 2) A plane (to leave after a few hours) ; 3) A capable pilot (to fly me out of there!), because I wouldn’t last more than 4 hours on a desert island.
Position you play in softball: SS / 3B
Favorite Phillies moment: “One strike away, nothing-and-two the count to Hinske. Fans on their feet, Brad Lidge stretches . . . the 0-2 pitch . . . swing and a miss! Struck him out! . . . The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions of Baseball!” – Harry Kalas’s final call in the 2008 World Series.
Favorite Holiday: Halloween. Nothing beats free candy.
Favorite food to eat at Citizen’s Bank Park: It’s a toss-up between dollar dogs with spicy mustard and soft serve ice cream that comes in the little helmets (with sprinkles, of course).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran: McKenzie
mckenzie.meetbg.JPGHometown: Farmington, CT but now I live in Wayne, PA.
College: Villanova University
Occupation: Civil Engineer

Three things you’d take on a desert island: My iPod with all of my favorite music, a really long novel, and a huge bag of peanut butter M&Ms!!
Position you play in softball: Growing up I always played shortstop, but last year I did a lot of slow pitch for the ballgirls team!
Favorite Phillies moment: My favorite Phillies moment would have to be my first time at home plate for the national anthem.
Favorite Holiday: Christmas! My birthday is right before so it always ends up being a very fun week :)
Favorite food to eat at Citizen’s Bank Park: I can never pass up the dollar dogs.. With ketchup and onions of course!

 

Rookie: Jess
jess.meetbg.JPGHometown: Quakertown
College: Penn State University
Occupation: student
 
Three things you’d take on a desert island: computer, friends/family, hammock
Position you play in softball: played them all throughout the years but mainly 3rd base and centerfield
Favorite Phillies moment: making ballgirls/watching the boys win the World Series
Favorite Holiday: Christmas!

 

2010 Ballgirl Photo Shoot

This past weekend, we were able to pull all the ballgirls together to do a photo shoot for our trading cards.  We give these cards out at all events and games so it is a very important day to look our best!  We also had the opportunity to meet the rookie ballgirls and welcome them into the season.  After a brief orientation meeting we put on our new pinstripe jerseys for the individual shots.  Each ballgirl posed alone, then with our gloves and bats so that we had many pictures to choose from.  Finally, we applied eye black, very carefully of course, and took our group photo. We can’t wait for you to see the results!!  Enjoy some of the behind the scenes photos and experiences from the girls!

Kristina

Today was my first day going to Citizens Bank Park as an official Phillies Ball Girl and it was fabulous!  Half of the girls were assigned to meet at the park on Saturday and the other half Sunday for orientation and a photo shoot.  Before today I had many questions about different aspects of being a Phillies Ball Girl, so I was really anxious for this meeting.  As soon as I got to the park and met the girls who were scheduled for Sunday, I was immediately at ease.  There was a mix of veteran and rookie ball girls who were all extremely friendly.  The vets were very helpful in assisting with uniforms as well as answering the questions any rookies (like me!) had about the job.  The photo shoot was unlike anything I’ve ever done before!  I was so proud to wear the Phillies uniform and it was definitely written all over my face.  After taking the individual shots, all the girls got together to take the group shot.  I’m definitely curious to see how the photos came out.  After hearing all the activities that I will get to participate in this year, I can’t help but to be excited. I have a strong feeling it is going to be a great one, let’s get this ball rolling!

Patti

Our first activity as ballgirls! I am slightly embarrassed to admit I lost a little bit of sleep over this…I was soooo excited and a little nervous. This was our first activity together and my first chance to meet the other girls since I saw some of their faces at the tryout. After I picked up my jerseys on Thursday I couldn’t stop thinking about orientation and the photo shoot. I had no idea what to expect, how to do my hair, and how to do my makeup to take a good photo. But thank you for the Vets! I asked them so many questions to get a better idea of a good look, which was very helpful.  I can be pretty shy when people are taking my picture (which is why being behind the camera is the NYs resolution) especially when posing is involved and everyone else is looking at me. But the day was very easy going, the girls were really encouraging (thanks for the coaching Lindsay) and it ended up being so much fun! I can’t wait to see how the photos came out…hopefully there’s one with my eyes open. AND in keeping with my resolution I even broke out the camera and showed the photography a thing or two…check them out.

 

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Emily

Going into orientation on Saturday I was really excited to finally meet?some of my fellow Ballgirls but I was also a little nervous because I?wasn’t sure what to expect for the photo shoot.  When I got?there it was great to finally match the faces from the website to the?actual girls in person and get to know their personalities. It was?especially nice to get to know some of the Ballgirl vets.  They gave?us newcomers a lot of insight because they were in our same position?just last year. After a relaxed yet thorough run-through of our?guidelines as Phillies Ballgirls, it was finally time for the?photo shoot.  I have been told over and over that once I choose my?photo for my trading card I will not only be stuck with seeing it?almost every day, but I will also be giving them out to thousands of?fans…so I had to look good!  Of course when it finally came my turn?I had one piece of hair that didn’t want to cooperate with the rest of?my head.  Thankfully Lindsay’s expertise in hair and awkward pose?adjustments helped me through my round of pictures.  The entire?experience was a lot less intimidating than I had imagined because of?how friendly all of the girls are that I’m working with. It was a lot?of fun!

Katelyn

The photo shoot and orientation was so much fun!  I enjoyed meeting the other girls the most.  Everyone is so friendly and I look forward to working with everyone in the future.  When it came time for my picture to be taken, I forgot all the tips I learned while watching America’s Next Top model and took most of my direction from the veteran ballgirls and the photographer.  Some of the best tips I learned were 1) to use gloves or various other props to cover any imperfections on your face, 2) do NOT face the front of your knees to the camera (apparently it’s unattractive), and 3) the best substitute for actual eye black is to smear mascara under your eyes!

 

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Lindsay

Photoshoot day was one of my favorite times from last year, and this year was no different! I was so excited to meet the rookies that I went both days to see all of them and help them with their pictures!  Everyone was so friendly that it seemed like we all clicked right away.  [Especially after our 20 minute conversation quoting the Jersey Shore cast, one of my favorite shows!]  I can’t wait to see how all the pictures turned out and see which poses the girls will choose.   It was also great to have our orientation meeting because we got to see the responses for the back of our trading cards. We fill out a long questionnaire and then a few questions and answers are selected for the back of our cards.  It allowed me to get to know a little more about the girls from their responses.  My favorite is Fehran’s word to describe herself: spicy!!

Becca

Today’s orientation and photo shoot only made me more anxious to get started. We have so many great things planned within the community and CBP this upcoming season. It was nice to finally meet some of the other girls as well.  The newcomers, myself included, could breath easy now that the try-out process is over with. Fewww! It sure did feel good walking through those doors and putting on a uniform rather then being a nervous wreck! Cannot wait to see what this season brings…someone pinch me please!

Kami

I was so excited for our photo shoot that I had trouble sleeping the night before just thinking about it!  All the veterans stressed how important the photo shoot was so I was definitely a little nervous (and hoping that I didn’t have a bad hair day). Once I got to the ballpark and met some of the fellow rookies who were feeling the same way, I felt a lot more at ease. The first few poses were headshots which weren’t difficult, but after those I was surprised how weird it felt to try to come up with poses in front of a camera! Luckily, Lindsay was there to direct us and help us unleash our inner “America’s Next Top Model: Phillies Ballgirl” style. Everyone seemed to have fun with the shoot and I can’t wait to see which photos everyone will choose!

McKenzie

One of my favorite things from my rookie year as a ballgirl was our photoshoot.. it’s not everyday that we can get professional pictures taken! I pretty much knew what to expect since I went through it last year, and I knew which poses I liked. It was also exciting because it was the first time we got to meet some of the new girls! I think everyone ended up having a really good time, and now we get to wait with anticipation to see all of our pictures. Now the hardest part.. picking one for our 2010 baseball card!

Bridgette

This weekend’s orientation/photo shoot was definitely a lot of fun. Seriously, what girl doesn’t like getting all dolled up to have her picture taken? With Lindsay taking on the role of Miss J (from ANTM), we had no problem strutting our stuff for the camera. The ballgirl experience up until now had seemed so surreal, but putting on the uniform and hanging out with the girls finally made it feel official.

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Bonnie

So it’s official.  After our orientation/photo shoot for the ballgirls this weekend, I have to say it’s all finally starting to sink in that I’m getting the opportunity to do one of the coolest jobs ever. At orientation, we were all excited to hear the details of what being a ballgirl is all about. As we were talking, some of the veteran girls shared some embarrassing moments from last season. It’s funny to realize that all of us “rookies” will most likely have our own similar stories to share in no time, so I’m already preparing myself for that moment! One other thing that I found interesting is when Lindsay, one of our captains, asked who would be willing to dance on the dugout sometime this year. Almost everyone eagerly waved their hands. I think that’s the moment that it all really hit me…we’re going to have some really good times together this year. Can’t wait.

 

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Perrin

It was great to finally be able to meet some of the new girls at the 2010 photo shoot this weekend. Everything went extremely smoothly and I can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out. I definitely was a lot more relaxed and prepared the second time around, as opposed to last year when I had no idea what to expect. Posing for pictures will never quite come naturally for me but I tried to have fun with it. Hopefully I will be able to meet the rest of the new squad soon and I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store for us!

Brittany

Orientation weekend finally approached! I have been counting down the days since I’ve received the news. I was so pumped up; yet, at the same time so nervous. Everyone welcomed me with open arms into the Phillies family. I thought it would be weird with everyone standing around watching me get pictures taken, but it was so much fun (I think I was getting way too into it at the end)!! It was so much fun meeting all the ballgirls and new friends, it was an experience I will never forget.

 

Look who is back…

Hey Phillies Fans!  Since we last left you in November, there have been a lot of developments within the Phillies and among the ballgirls as well.  The offseason has been quite busy, especially with the signing of Roy Halladay!  We wanted to give you an update from the Veteran Ballgirls – Katie, McKenzie, Fehran, Perrin, Amanda and myself – as well as our outlook on the 2010 season.   We are certainly looking forward to getting back in our pinstripes and out to see you all!  If you want to schedule the ballgirls for appearances this year, email Michele DeVicaris at mdevicaris@phillies.com.  See you soon and let the spring training countdowns begin!!

Katie

Yes, for all of us Phils phans, the offseason didn’t exactly start the way we wanted it to (with the trophy) but us ballgirls have had more time to devote to our other hobbies and jobs since then. In the offseason, I have been working my full-time job as a kindergarten teacher, going to graduate school, and started indoor winter sessions of teaching fastpitch pitching lessons. I’ve been fortunate to have more time to spend with friends and family, which has made me very happy. But… I still can’t wait until Spring Training!

McKenzie

At the end of the season, I was definitely looking forward to a few quiet months that weren’t busy and I could just relax.. boy was I wrong! I have had a very busy and fun off season, with the highlight being getting ENGAGED!! It was a total surprise and I couldn’t be happier.  I have been so busy looking up and visiting wedding venues and thinking way to far ahead about everything else that needs to get done, but it’s so fun! Other than that, I was able to spend more time with friends, get back to the gym, and get myself back onto a somewhat normal schedule. As nice as it has been to be a little less busy, I can’t wait for the season to start back up again and meet all the new girls!!

 

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This offseason I’ve been busy catching up on schoolwork and enjoying winter break.   After the World Series, I had about a month or so left of my semester at Villanova, which was unfortunately filled with a lot of studying.  After school ended I enjoyed the holidays with my family and then spent 10 days in San Francisco.   It was a very relaxing vacation.  I also got to visit Lake Tahoe for New Years Eve.  It was definitely a change from Philadelphia.  Now, I’m home and getting ready for our first meeting of the year.  After our meeting, we have our video and photo segments for the season, which is always a fun day.  I’m looking forward to meeting the new rookies for this season as well – it’s going to be fun with 11 new faces!!  

Amanda

Offseason has been fairly quiet. I finished up grad school and graduated with my Master’s in Sport & Athletic Administration from West Chester in December.  I’ve kept busy with going to the gym and looking for a job.  I’m anxiously awaiting the 2010 season and excited for Ballgirl events and appearances to start picking up again! Looking forward to another exciting season ahead of us!

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Fehran

My time during the off-season has not been much different than my time during the season.  The only minor (actually, major) exception–NO BASEBALL.  It actually hurts to come home after work knowing there’s no game at 7:05, no Baseball Tonight, and no Web Gems on Sportscenter.  The only positive I can take away from this is Peter Gammons moving to MLB Network and knowing in the back of my head that pitchers and catchers report February 18.

Perrin

Since the World Series ended I have been incredibly busy with so many new and exciting events in my life. I bought a house in the fall and got a new puppy as a Christmas surprise. Amidst the chaos, I have tried to find some time to take care of myself by working out and spending time with friends and family.

I am very excited for the 2010 season to start and can’t wait for spring training to get here.  It will be interesting to see how the team evolves, especially with the highly anticipated arrival of Roy Halladay. All I have to say is World Series or bust! Looking forward to a happy and healthy 2010 with Phillies!

Let me also point out that our previous Christmas in July blog from
2009, my wish was to bring Roy Halladay to Philadelphia. I guess Santa wanted to wait until the real Christmas to grant me my wish :)

 

perrin.puppy.JPGDon’t forget to leave us comments if you have any questions you’d like us to answer, as we have some blogs coming up devoted to fan questions!  Go Phillies!!

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