April 2010

Guess the Ballgirl…

Hey Phillies Fans! For today’s blog I have a challenge for you! There are three ballgirls selected for today and its your job to guess who they are from the clues given. I’m gonna warn you they are pretty tricky and all three will be working at the ballpark this weekend. Try to figure out who they are!!  Leave your guesses in the comment section, or on our Facebook page!  Good luck – answers will be revealed Monday along with some special ballgirl statistics for the month of April!  Let’s sweep those Mets this weekend!

 

whoami1.JPGThis ballgirl received First Team All Conference honors as a first baseman for her high school softball team.
 
This ballgirl used to babysit the kids of a current Philadelphia Eagle All-Pro player.
 
This ballgirl loves to make glass mosaic artwork in her spare time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thumbnail image for whoami2.JPGThis ballgirl went from track sprinter to javelin thrower and won the Most Valuable Player
award in Women’s Field her senior year of college

This ballgirl’s first official Phillies game on the field as a ballgirl came on the day Jamie Moyer won his 250th career game, May 31st, 2009.

This ballgirl has six siblings ranging from age 30 to 3 months old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

whoami3.JPGThis ballgirl was first chair violinist and concert master of her university orchestra while she attended college

This ballgirl has met the band Hanson 4 times and been to about a dozen of their concerts

This ballgirl started every game and walked only 4 batters during the entire 32 game season in her last year of competitive softball.
 

Becca asks the ballgirls about their favorite Phillies memory

It’s about time I let someone else take the reins for a week on the “Down the Line” blog.  I invited a guest blogger for the blog today….. Rookie Becca!  Here is her take on the blog for this week! [And she did a pretty good job!]

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve the Phillies. Whether it was a day at the ballpark with the family or watching them from the comfort of my own home. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to become a Ballgirl was to give back to the Philadelphia community and help others create fond memories with the Phillies too. This week, the Ballgirls and I would like to know what your fondest Phillies memories are? We’ve shared a few of our own and can’t wait to see what you have to add to the list!

My favorite Phillies memory is hearing Harry Kalas announce Mickey Morandini. I loved the way HK made his name sound so much that for the whole ’93 season I used to try to mimic him every time I heard it. -Patti

Before I was a ballgirl, I have a lot of favorite memories.  If I had to pick just one memory, it might be when I used to go to the games with my dad and we would watch the Phillies batting practice.  I always wanted to be in the stadium as early as I could! -Katie

My favorite Phillies memory is watching the Phillies win the world series.  I was at school in State College, PA and everybody went crazy downtown when they won!  You could hear people cheering everywhere…it was awesome! -Jess


My favorite Phillies moment would have to be when I was on the field for my first game as a ballgirl, and Ryan Howard hit not one, but TWO grand slams!! -McKenzie

One special Phillies memory I had as a child was going to a business person special where every kid received a Lenny Dykstra mock jersey.  He was/is one of my favorite players, I loved the shirt so much I wore it all time time! -Kristina

 
My favorite Phillies memory involves my Dad.  My Dad hates to wait in traffic after sporting events and one time we were unable to keep him at a game til the end.  We got onto 95 to head home but we were still listening to the game in the car.  With two outs in the bottom of the 9th the Phils hit a GRAND SLAM HOME RUN to win the game.  My family has never let him live that one down! - Lindsay



katelyn.kid.JPGMy favorite memory of the Phillies is going to the games as a little kid with my glove and ALWAYS thinking I was going to catch a foul ball. I also liked to watch my favorite player, Mickey Morandini, play.  I even got to meet him once! -Katelyn

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite Phillies moment is probably shared by everyone, but it’s definitely winning the World Series. I was in disbelief for days, often saying out loud, “Wow, did that really happen?”. The entire 2008 season trumps anything else I’ve experienced with this team, by far. -Fehran

One of my favorite Phillies memories was winning an opportunity to see a game at the Vet with my 4th grade class. I was a “safety” in Elementary school which means I was a member of a team who helped other students cross street corners safely. The best part was I got to wear a sweet bright orange belt/sash type contraption so everybody was aware of my high level of authority. Both myself and another student were rewarded for our safety efforts with the opportunity to meet relief pitcher Toby Borland before the game. I remember I was absolutely in awe being face to shins with a major league baseball player. Even though he was no Curt Schilling I will be never forget the day I shook hands with a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. - Perrin 

When I was nine and living in SC, a group of us rode a bus to Atlanta to watch the Braves
play the Phillies. We were the only family in the group to be screaming when the Phillies came back from behind in the ninth to win it. I was so excited I got sick on the bus riding home…or it may have been because I drank one too many Yoohoos. -Bonnie

A great Phillies memory of mine is when I went to a game with my friends Allison, Rachel and
Thumbnail image for emily.dugout.JPGCarly and the game ended up going into 14 innings…it was such an exciting game and the Phils came through with a win in the end!  It was a blast! -Emily

 

 

 

 

My favorite Phillies memory was being at the 2008 World Series Parade. The excitement was UNBELIEVABLE! I have never been so proud to be a Phillies fan and share my enthusiasm with so many fellow fans. -Becca

 

 

 

Rookies superstitious…really???

This week I was inspired by Juan Castro’s story about his 11-year-old glove. If you haven’t heard yet, he’s been playing with the same one for 11 seasons now! [See Phillies.com here.  The glove has been through quite a lot of wear and tear and even has a few patches sewn in to block up the holes.  I asked the rookies only what softball gear they’ve been holding on to for a while, and realized some of them are pretty nostalgic! Enjoy some funny photos and some interesting takes on what is fashionable in softball these days!  Best of luck to the team in Atlanta tonight – Go Phils!


kristina.glove.JPGKristina:
Juan Castro using the same glove for 11 years is an impressive fact.  In my 8 years of playing fast pitch softball in high school and college, I have went through 2 gloves.  Both gloves were not given up by choice but rather broke resulting in HAVING to purchase another.  My first glove was named Chiefy, as you can see on the picture, it was given its name based on the chief like emblem on the outside.  This glove lasted for all of high school and one year in college.  Then I moved on to Finchy, she was precious.  I gave this glove her name because of the Jenny Finch logo that is stamped on her.  It was a sad day when this glove broke in the final round of the NCAA playoffs last year.  Even through her tough times I stayed true to her and used her in the playoff games even with a huge hole (let’s just say I made sure I used two hands).
This past Christmas I was given a gift from a very thoughtful person, a new glove.  A glove without a huge hole in it would probably be needed in being a Phillies ballgirl, haha.  Even though it is hard to part with my old ones I am excited for the new adventure I am about to embark on with this new glove.  Although, I am a little unsure of what to name this one.  Are there any Phils fans out there that have any suggestions? Look at the picture, let me know if any come to mind!

Emily: I’m not a very superstitious person and I don’t have an item that I’ve been using for
emily.cleats.JPGyears like Juan Castro, but at one point in my life I did have a pretty infamous pair of cleats.  When I was younger I was on a travel team called the Indian Mills Mystics and our team colors were red, white and blue, so to match our uniforms everyone had red cleats.  I played with the Mystics for a few seasons and then went to a new team called Nitro and our team colors were fluorescent green and black.  For some reason, while I don’t doubt that my parents would have bought me a nice new pair of black cleats to match, I stuck with my red cleats.  Now I don’t know how others feel about this, but personally I can’t seem to think of a more strange pairing of colors than fluorescent green and red (the Phanatic’s the only one I know who can pull those colors off!)  I really attempted to work with it.  I even added some funky green laces to the mix!  Gross.  On the way to a tournament one weekend I realized that the red cleats just weren’t working for my look, so I decided that the best idea would be to color both of my shoes entirely with a black sharpie marker…and it worked!  I mean I really looked sharp in my new shiny black shoes… and then the black started to wear off!  Now I had a red and black tie-dyed looking pair of shoes with fluorescent green laces (again, extremely ugly).  Naturally I chose that particular pair of cleats to be my lucky pair, and wore them until my team literally wouldn’t let me wear them anymore.  Those shoes had a good run (Literally! Haha!)…I could never forget those ugly things!

Becca: Just like Juan Castro, I had a glove I simply could not get rid of. I started using my Dad’s glove in about 7th grade. I played with it all through middle school and some of high school, until my coach told me I needed to get an actual first baseman glove. I was heartbroken! I loved the significance of playing with my Dad’s old glove, I felt like he was on the field with me every game. I now have an official first base glove and guess what….I HATE IT!!! It’s just not the same. I might break out my Dad’s old glove when sitting on the sidelines one Phillies game so keep an eye out for it!


kami.cleats.JPGKami:
I’m definitely a very superstitious person as far as sports are concerned. I’ve had the same pair of Adidas softball cleats since seventh grade. When I was younger, I decided to put my lucky number (8) on the back of each shoe. After almost eight years of wins, losses, tryouts and playoff games, I finally got a new pair of cleats. In keeping with tradition, I made sure to carry on my superstition. Now all I have left to do is get ‘em dirty!

 

 

Tori: I think my “collection” of softball items has turned more into an addiction at this point.  I
tori.jersey.JPGstill own every jersey I’ve ever worn, including my jersey from my freshmen year at Immaculata before we got new uniforms.  Jersey, socks you name it I have it all, I never throw out my gloves, including my old worn out batting gloves.  But perhaps one of the most meaningful and superstitious item I own is a white (not so white) ribbon.  The first time I wore that ribbon in my hair was the first game of my senior year of high school and I ended up hitting an out of the park home run, needless to say I have worn that ribbon in my hair for EVERY game there after, even throughout college.  Softball was my life for so long I just can’t get rid of the memories, even if they do take up and entire dresser in my room :)

 

 

 

 

Bonnie: I know this isn’t too original, but everyone probably agrees that nothing is worse than
bonnie.glove.JPGplaying softball without your own glove. It’s almost like you lose your confidence without it. Unfortunately, I lost my favorite glove a couple years ago and just recently got around to replacing it. Right now, I am breaking in my new one with shaving cream and a glove beater. I even baked it in the oven a few times to soften it up. I feel like nothing could beat my first glove love, but I hope, after some good breaking in, it will come close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patti: I think I have Juan beat! My dad gave me my glove when I was 12 years old and since he gave it to me it has NEVER missed an inning with me. That means 14+ years!  Sure, tape is holding some of it together and I’ve relaced multiple times, but it’s a labor of love. This glove has dirt and grass embedded in it from every victory, every loss, every diving catch, every high-five in the better part of my softball career. I can smell the leather and am immediately reminded of the long car rides at 4am to weekend tournaments, picnics in between games with players and their parents, the longtime friends I’ve made, the camaraderie, the tears over tough losses (I’m really competitive), and the victorious highlights. A baseball glove holds most of my childhood memories. So Juan, impressive 11 year stretch, but you have some catching up to do … pun intended :)

Bridgette: It certainly has been a while since I’ve played competitive softball, but I still hold onto a few items of gear that I refuse to part with. For example my little league jerseys, which have now become workout or pajama shirts. Most of these jerseys are cotton tees whose colors are now considerably faded, and the iron-on numbers are beginning to peel off, but I can seem to just throw them out or turn them into dust rags. My favorite in particular is my teal ‘Winslow Marlins’ tee that I rocked back in the fifth grade.

 

Ballgirls in the Community

Again this week we wanted to report back what we’ve done in the past month.  We have been fortunate enough to visit many little league opening days as well as other charity events.  I asked the girls to provide some insight to who we met and what we saw along the way, and of course a couple of pictures to go with it! 

Coming up the ballgirls will be at FDR Park for Earth Day on April 22nd. There they will assist with a maintenance project in partnership with the Fairmount Park Commission.  Come out to see Tori and Bridgette on the 22nd.  Also, Katelyn and McKenzie will be on hand at the ‘Sandy Sprint 5K’ in Philadelphia on April 24th to benefit ovarian cancer.  If you’d like to see us in your community, email MDevicaris@phillies.com. GO PHILLIES!!

Katie: On April 17th, Lindsay and I were invited to attend the Season Opener of the Lansdale
Thumbnail image for katie.lansdale.JPGLittle League.  It was their 50th Season Opener!  The day started off with a parade of the little league members onto the main field displaying the banners of their sponsors.  We could see the kids’ excitement in the way they were smiling and bouncing around.  After the announcements, thank you’s and parade, the teams came to our table where we were handing out giveaways such as a Phillies travel mug, 2004 Season Highlights DVD and the 2010 Phillies Magnetic Schedule.  Although it was a bit chilly, the kids seemed to have a great time.  Rich, the LLL President did a wonderful job with organizing the festivities.  We were glad to be a part of the celebration today.  Here’s to all the other little league Opening Days! 

Perrin: This week Emily and I traveled to Bensalem, PA to help the community celebrate their Little League Opening Day. We had the privilege of carrying the banner during the parade to kick off the season. There were so many adorable boys and girls in attendance all decked out in their uniforms. While the players took the field we mingled with the crowd signing cards and passing out information about their “Sponsor a Soldier” program. The Bensalem community sponsors a local resident in the military and asks volunteers to donate items to send to them overseas. I was thoroughly impressed with the community turnout and how many boys and girls participate in the township little league. I wish them all the best of luck with their season!

Patti: This weekend Fehran and I participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sister’s Bowling fundraiser at Laurel Lanes. We were asked to rally supporters to participate in the “wine & soda toss” and I think we did a great job! Wine & soda toss is a game where the participant tosses a ring at either a collection of soda or wine and if the ring lands around the neck of a bottle the person wins that prize. In our time there we had one young winner!..and Fehran may have had a winning toss…only no one was around to witness it (I’ll vouch for ya Fehran, it was legit!).


bonnie.phpc.JPGBonnie:
Last Saturday, Becca and I had the opportunity to help out at one of the Phillies Harmony Phan Club events. From the moment we walked in the door, all of the participants were welcoming us with open arms. The theme for the event was, of course, the Phillies, so everyone was decked in their best Phillies gear. Everyone was having a great time on the dance floor or digging into the delicious buffet. But just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the Phanatic came as a surprise guest to keep us all laughing. This event was one of my favorites so far because the excitement was contagious, and I went home feeling lucky that I got to meet so many wonderful people.

Brittany: On Saturday the 17th, Kami and I had to wake up bright and earlier to attend the Clean Air 5k.  The run was to promote going green and was a paperless event.  Yep that’s right there were a lot of “green” vendors and no paper or fliers to hand out; just giveaways and tons of verbal information which is why Kami and I were there promoting our Red Goes Green Team and trying to recruit volunteers to sign up on available game days (if you want to sign up check it out at www.phillies.com/redgoesgreen ).  The one thing I loved the most about this event was the clean and recyclable friendly atmosphere.  All the trash and recycling cans listed the “yes’” and “nos” that could be thrown away in each can. I was surprised to find out that banana peels go in the recycling cans!!  Not only did we get to meet some great motivated runners who participated in the 5k and volunteers, but we gained great information about going more green in our lives. We even learned some new yoga moves : ) After attending this event I can say that I learned many new things that would definitely keep in mind…. Hey, maybe I’ll run the 5k next year! Where do I sign up??

Emily: Last week Bridgette and I did an appearance for the Gloucester County Little League Opening Day in Blackwood, NJ.  All of the kids in the league were dressed in their team uniforms and were all on different teams from the MLB.   We saw it all…little Yankees, Marlins, Red Sox and of course the lucky kids who got to be on the Phillies (don’t worry we were still nice to all of the little Mets players!)  They even had us throw out the first pitch of the season…unfortunately I gotta say that Bridgette and I are definitely no “Roy Halladays”. The Opening Day ceremonies were really neat because they had a band playing which consisted of boys who also play in the league.  They sounded great…we both thought they were a professional band!  After the ceremonies, the two of us did a lot of mingling and card signing with all of the little league players.  We had a great time talking to all of the kids and parents…everyone was so nice!  We even got a chance to meet another special guest at the event, Bubbles Louie, the clown.  Bubbles kept really busy at the event making balloon animals and painting kids faces.  All of the coaches and parents did a great job to make their season opener a special one…it was a lot of fun!

Becca: On April 10th, Katelyn and I helped Mt Laurel baseball and softball kick off their
season with a newly renovated field. It was quite chilly that morning but the players did not let the cold affect their excitement or hold them back from their annual parade. During the opening ceremonies the young athletes listened to words of encouragement from coaches and community members, which got them pumped and ready to play! We were so happy we could be a part of their exciting day and start the season off right!

Kristina: On April 10th, Bonnie and I attended a Little League opening day event in Sewell, New Jersey.  Besides us ballgirls, Socceroo (the Kixx mascot) and two members of the Kixx dance team were also there.  The baseball/softball complex was packed with anxious players and parents/coaches.  The main attraction of this event was the introduction of every player and coach in the organization.  The kids seemed to really enjoy having their name called over the loudspeaker.  Our job (along with Socceroo and the dance team) was to create a tunnel for players to run through.  Socceroo was keeping everyone entertained with his antics, he really had us all laughing.  Overall, I believe the event was a success, good luck to Sewell Little League!

Tori: On Friday, April 16, 2010 the 2009 William Penn Award was received by Charles Pizzi, President and CEO of the Tasty Baking Company. The William Penn Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a business executive in Greater Philadelphia, luckily for Becca and I we were there for this honorable moment.  Each year the recipient of this award is allowed to pick a theme for the Gala, and if you couldn’t tell he picked “Philadelphia Sports Teams.”  Also there to join in on the fun were two dancers from the 76ers, Hip-Hop, 2 cheerleaders from the Eagles and Swoop.  Becca and I greeted and took pictures with guest as they arrived in their black tie bests.  Everyone looked wonderful and was having a great time.  Especially Hip-Hop who proceeded to dance with everyone has they walked into the dinning hall.


kami.devon.JPGKami:
On Saturday April 10th, Katie and I were invited to join in the Devon-Strafford Little League opening day ceremonies at Wilson Farm Park in Devon, PA. The morning began with a parade around the ballpark featuring the children and families of little leaguers, led by the Conestoga High School marching band. Afterwards, Leslie Gudel of Comcast SportsNet was on hand to read a letter from Governor Rendell that praised DSLL for celebrating its 50th season. Before the first games of the season began, groups of middle and elementary school aged girls participated in a softball clinic run by the Conestoga Varsity softball team. Despite the chilly weather, DSLL’s opening day was a success and Katie and I enjoyed being a part of the festivities!

Also, we had a fan send in a question for the ballgirls this week and we wanted to answer it! Michael from West Philly asked: What positions do you each play in softball?  Well Michael, here is your answer:

Katie, Bonnie and Emily are our resident pitchers; Katie even gives pitching lessons sometimes!  Becca plays first base and is known for her mean split, which she even used in our first game this season in Shawnee, NJ! (We attached a picture to prove it!)  Fehran and myself play second base, while Kami, Amanda and Kristina occupy shortstop.  Rounding out the infield is Perrin at third, who is a former First Team All Suburban League player!  Getting into the outfield, Tori, Patti, Bridgette, Katelyn and Jess all claim centerfield to be their best positions and Brittany is best in left field.  Hope this answered your question and thanks for sending it in to the ballgirls!!
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Happy Birthday, Phillie Phanatic!

This Sunday, April 18th, is the Phillie Phanatic’s Birthday!  We will all be celebrating with him at the game and hopefully the party will be the best one yet.  I asked the ballgirls to tell us their own favorite birthday and why they chose it.  Enjoy!

 

McKenzie: Happy birthday to the Phanatic! Every year his birthday is a great excuse for a Phillies celebration and an amazing birthday cake for MLB’s favorite mascot! I’d have to say one of my favorite birthdays was for my Sweet 16. I was out with a friend, and we went back to my house after dinner.. I didn’t think anything was up, because my house in Connecticut has a super long driveway and is set back in the woods, and there were no cars in the driveway, and I didn’t notice any on the street. So of course I think I’m just coming home to see my parents, and I walk in, and there were about 30 of my friends from school, from my old town that I moved from, and some other friends all at my house! I know a lot of people say they don’t like surprises, but I LOVED having a surprise party, and everybody had so much fun. It meant a lot to me that there were so many people that wanted to celebrate my birthday, and so many that were able to keep it a secret! My parents did a great job planning and I know everybody had a good time. I always joke that I have in some ways the best birthday and in some ways the worst… it is December 21st, right before Christmas and New Years. It’s a very fun week because it’s like 3 holidays right after the other.. but at the same time, then everything is crammed together and I don’t get to celebrate at all the rest of the year!

 

Tori: As far as birthday’s go I have had a few really good ones, such as
toribday.JPG my surprise 16th birthday party in high school…. which I was actually surprised about.  However; one of my most memorable birthdays (mainly because my parents have so many pictures from it) was my 4th birthday. I had just started taking ballet lessons a few months prior so since I was about as obsessed as a 16 year old with the Jonas brothers, my Mom decided on a ballerina themed birthday.  If you can see where this is going then you won’t be surprised to hear that I ran around the house the ENTIRE day with a pink tu-tu on. My younger sister Danielle was just born and for my birthday she got me this little yellow giraffe, which sings a lullaby.  From what my mom says I was showing it off to everyone who came to the house that day.  But the best part is I still have it to this day, it sits on a shelf in my room.  So between the tu-tu, demi-paellas and a sentimental gift from my new younger sister I would say that my 4th birthday was AWESOME!!

 

Katie: The Phanatic’s birthday celebration is coming up and it reminds me of my own birthday celebrations.  For my own birthday, I enjoy having some time by the pool, eating vanilla ice cream cake and spending time with my family and friends, and of course, watching the Phillies!  Last year, I worked the Phillies game on the field the day before my birthday, and it was really nice to hear fans wish me a happy birthday.  Usually, I spend my birthday evening watching the All-Star game or the Home Run Derby.  I love having a summer birthday!

 


beccabday.JPGBecca:
Last year for my birthday, my oh-so sweet roommates surprised me with Phillies tickets. We met up with some friends and spent the afternoon tailgating and enjoying a beautiful day at the park. My birthday is in June so soaking up some sun and watching a game is one of favorites ways to celebrate. If the Phils win on my birthday that is always nice too!

 

Kami: My favorite birthday was my first birthday where I learned a very
kamibday.JPG important lesson that I still fondly remember to this day…

 

…fire is hot. Happy birthday Phanatic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridgette: A wise woman by the name of Oprah Winfrey once said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate,” and I couldn’t agree more. My birthday falls on July 5th, just one day shy of Independence Day, which also happens to be my older brother Kevin’s birthday. Growing up we would celebrate with a big family barbecue in my back yard. These days it’s a little more low key but mama dukes still bakes us each our own cake every year and we sing happy birthday together. Having you birthday the day after the 4th definitely has it’s perks, for one I’ve gotten to experience fireworks as a gift on numerous occasions. I also share my birthday with such celebrities as Phillies own, Gary Matthews aka ‘Sarge,’ and the Jersey Shore’s Pauly D! This year marks my 21st birthday, which I am especially excited for. Not only is there a home game that night, but it’s also a Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night! What could be better than ringing in your birthday with a Phils game and delicious hot dogs…oh and you can bet I’m submitting my name to be up on Phanavision! Can’t wait to celebrate the Phanatics birthday on the 18th also!

 

Bonnie: I’ve had 25 amazing birthdays throughout the years, but I definitely remember my nine year old party as one of my favorites. The plan was to play “Pie Trivia” which basically meant each girl would answer a question and get to throw a pie in the face of the girl beside her. After that, we swam in a heavy rain shower. During the party, I kept bragging to all my friends that lunch would be some delicious stuffed crust pizza. I thought this pizza idea was the coolest thing since slap bracelets, so I could hardly stand my excitement. It was slightly disappointing when our order got messed up and the pizza wasn’t stuffed crust, but either way, I thought throwing pies and swimming in the rain was the coolest party ever. Happy bday, Phanatic! You’re over thirty and never looked better.

 

Kristina: In light of the Phanatic’s birthday all the ballgirls were asked to think back to our favorite birthdays.  The first one that came to mind was my 5th birthday when I received a Powerwheels electric four wheeler.  Now since I was so young I don’t exactly remember it clearly, but my parents informed me that it was one of my absolute favorite toys.  Apparently when I received the gift I was so excited and immediately wanted to ride it.  My parents described to me how I would drive around the yard in the same circle for hours.  I chose my 5th birthday as my favorite because when I think of it I am reminded of the great childhood that I had!

 


emilybday.JPGEmily:
I’ve had a lot of great birthday parties in my life, but one that always stands out to me when I think back is my rock climbing birthday party that I had for my 11th birthday.  I loved this party because #1:  rock climbing is awesome, and #2: I realized I was really good at it.  I was like a little monkey back then…I could climb any of the walls in the building with no problem!  And of course the cake, the candles, the presents, the balloons, the family and friends, and everything else that goes along with your typical birthday were all great too.    Recently all of us Ballgirls went rock climbing, and it was the first time I had rock climbed since my 11th birthday party.  Yeah, I played it off like I didn’t know what I was doing…and then went right to my old monkey ways.  I haven’t lost a beat since my younger days of rock climbing!  Well, maybe a little…but as you can see in my more recent photo of me rock climbing, I was extremely focused and determined with my tongue-sticking-out expression.  I think I may have to plan for another rock climbing party in the future!  

 

Fehran: I have two birthdays that tie for the best ever.  The first was my 25th birthday.  My mom lives in Houston but she sneakily showed up at my office on my birthday to surprise me.  She had secret dinner reservations at Waterworks and even managed to loop my fiancé in on the action.  I love surprises!  My second favorite birthday was 2 years later.  The day of my birthday I had to leave for Chicago for work, which was really not fun since that meant I would be spending my birthday in a hotel, with room service.  Before I left, my fiancé snuck into my apartment and decorated it from TOP to BOTTOM.  I had never seen so many streamers, balloons, signs, and goodies.  It was a great site to wake up to.  The decorations stayed up until February, and the door sign that said “The Party’s Here” stayed up until last month when I moved.  Hahaaha

 

Katelyn: My favorite birthday also happens to be my earliest memory of a
katelynbday.JPG birthday!  For my 3rd birthday, our family was finally able to take home our new puppy.  I still remember how excited I was when we went to pick her up and how little and cute she was sleeping during the car ride home.  Even though it was my birthday, I remember not being interested in cake, gifts, or birthday songs; I just wanted to play with my new puppy!  She was the best pet anyone could ask for and I still ask for a dog for every birthday and every holiday since she passed away.  I’m hoping that maybe this year is my year!  I hope the Phanatic enjoys his birthday and that the Phillies can pull out a win against Florida to make his day extra special on April 18th. Happy Birthday Phanatic!!!

 

Patti: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHANATIC!!! I hope you have the best birthday ever! Although my birthday is typically the last week of summer (this year it’s Labor Day!) and many people always have plans to enjoy the remaining days before fall/school start, I’ve still had a bunch of great birthdays over the years. However, I think my favorite might have to be this year’s bday which is slowwwwly approaching. Even though it isn’t here yet, I’m anticipating it being my favorite because I’ll be backpacking in New Zealand for 2 weeks with my friend Pete!!!!!! (No pressure Pete and yes, gifts are still welcome). I am so excited, I have never been backpacking before and there’s so much stuff to do in NZ I may have to extent the trip :) Pete and I are still in the planning stages so I’m not quite sure exactly what I’ll be doing on my actual birthday, but bungee jumping has made its way on the list (just have to break the news to Pete). Be sure to check in after Labor Day for some pics of the trip and best bday ever!”

 

Perrin: I honestly can’t recall a particular birthday that stands out. I never was lucky enough to receive a party at any cool or extravagant places. I can say that I was always excited to have a birthday during the school year because I could bring in cupcakes and everyone would wish you a happy birthday. My poor friends with summer birthdays always missed out on that one day when you could feel special and popular as your peers all wished you happy birthday in the hallway or classroom. Lucky for all those summer birthdays out there, now we have facebook to tell us when it’s your birthday. Now you can finally have your moment in the spotlight for everyone to shower you with well wishes! 

 


lindsaybday.JPGLindsay:
I’m one of those summer babies that never got to have a birthday party in school or bring cookies etc., but I did always get to celebrate my birthday with close family at the beach.  Since I was a baby my family has been going to Hilton Head Island, SC for a week in the summer. It always happens to fall on my birthday so I’m used to going to Scott’s Restaurant for dinner and having cake back at home.  After a few birthdays of store-bought cake (which I hate!) my mom finally started packing her cake pans and making me my favorite kind so I could still feel at home.  This picture is of my 6th birthday, when I apparently was into Ninja Turtles!  The other good thing about my birthday is that it always falls around Christmas in July at the ballpark!!

 

Brittany: It’s the Phantic’s birthday, and if anyone loves to celebrate birthdays that would be me!! Let’s just think about how awesome birthdays actually are: out of the 365 (sometimes 366) days of the year, that one day is all yours, and what more of a reason to celebrate! My favorite birthday had to be my 20th and of course, my 21st.  These were my most memorable moments I ever had so far in my life! My friends and family made sure to make them the best times ever; and these 2 were.  During my 20th birthday my dad took me to New York to see my favorite movie on broadway… THE LITTLE MERMAID!! Even though I was the oldest girl in the theater I loved it and had sooo much fun!! My friends and family know that when it’s their birthday that they are getting a home made gift from me. I love making stuff for birthdays, it’s my favorite thing to do!!! I love doing it all, cakes, cupcakes, picture frames and albums, etc…  So since it’s the Phantic’s birthday, I say let’s pull out the streamers, whip out some banners and confetti and hang up that pinata and let’s celebrate the Phantic’s birthday!!! PS his cake looks slamminnn!!
 

 

Happy (early) birthday to the Phanatic from all the ballgirls!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 11 Favorite Things about 2010 Opening Day

11. Halladay’s big debut and striking out 9 – Emily

10. Being able to know what was going on, even in an office (courtesy of Phillies.com and co-workers who give updates) – Bonnie

9.  Polanco’s Career High RBI’s – Patti

8. Jimmy Rollins batting 2 for 4 with a triple – Victoria

7.  First Pitch Thrown by the President – Katie

6. Number of Phillies fans that rode buses from Philly to D.C. to watch the game – Bridgette

5. Halladay’s RBI – Perrin

4. Howard’s 2 run Homer – Lindsay

3. Phillies fans cheering louder for Charlie Manuel than any other person at the game – Becca

2. Polanco’s Grand Slam – McKenzie

1. The Phillies starting off the season with a win AND 11 runs! – Brittany

 

Happy Opening Day!

Opening Day has begun!  We are just as excited about the start today as anyone else, and what a day it is!  Hopefully the Phillies will start this season 1-0 with a win for Halladay!  This week, I asked the ballgirls to try to put into words how excited they were for opening day and the beginning of the season.  We have been preparing in all different ways and can’t wait to start working down the line and for the Green Team!  I also asked everyone to make a prediction for the 2010 season.  While we are pretty superstitious, we still were able to formulate what we were looking forward to this season.  Hopefully they will all come true! Go Phils!!!
Personally, I was able to be at the park last Friday and Saturday for the exhibition games against the Pirates. It felt like I had never left! The fans were excited and just as loud as ever.  It was great to put the pinstripe jerseys back on and hit the field as well. Saturday I was working on the left field line and it was around 80 degrees. What a day for a baseball game.  I’m really looking forward to the home opener on the 12th, it will be so great to have the Phillies back home again.  Also, I was training Bridgette on Saturday and got to witness her first moments on the field… it was pretty special to see her so excited.  The first time you step onto the field is amazing.  This year I am making a prediction that one of the ballgirls makes ESPN’s Top 10 for an amazing play down the line.  We have quite a softball team this year and I think its time that someone followed up after Sam made it a couple years ago!

Emily: I was fortunate enough to have been given a chance to train for my first games on the field as a Ballgirl during the first homestand of the season.  I think I’d have to be crazy to not feel a little bit of nervousness about my first days of training, but my excitement overrides my nerves by a million!  Lately I’ve been replaying different scenarios in my head over and over to prepare myself for my time on the field, although I’m sure whoever is training me will help to prepare me with everything I need to know.  I know it’s going to be an amazing season for the Phillies (obviously) as well as for our Ballgirl squad this year.  I’ve been having a blast at all of the community events that I’ve been a part of so far with the Ballgirls…I almost forgot about our jobs at the actual ballpark!  Wish me luck for my training days!!  
My prediction for the 2010 season:  A rematch in the World Series against the Yankees…and we’re takin’ home the gold this time!


bridgette.field.JPGBridgette:
Well folks the time has come to dust off that Phillies cap, dig out the foam finger, and suit up in your favorite Phil’s gear because the boy’s are back in town and baseball season has officially arrived! I for one have done all three in preparation for April 5th (and more importantly April 12th), and was lucky enough to be the first newbie to train on the field this year during the Phils home exhibition games on 4/2 & 4/3. I could barely contain my excitement on the days leading up to the big event, and when I walked up the stairs onto the field for the first time Friday night I was in awe of how beautiful a sight it was. During this game I watched and learned from Katie how the job was to be done, and cheered on with the fans as the Phils beat the Buckos 5-3. I couldn’t have asked for better weather come Saturday when it was finally my turn to experience the excitement. With a sold out crowd and not a cloud in the sky, I took pointers from Lindsay who was on the field for the first seven innings until I was ready to take over. A signal from the bullpen prompted my first trip across the diamond to retrieve a jacket for Pirates’ reliever Jack Taschner. My heart was pounding once the bottom of the 7th started, but I was able to channel my butterflies and focus on the job at hand. Unfortunately no foul balls came my way for the remaining innings, but I’m sure I’ll get a chance to do some fielding during my next games on April 16th and 17th. In the meantime I’ll be getting pumped and prepped along with my fellow ballgirls for opening day on April 12th! Go Phils!
My prediction for the 2010 season is: I am way too much of a superstitious freak to make a predicition…I am however wishing for a return to the World Series this year (knock on wood!)

Bonnie: For so many reasons, I am more excited than ever to watch the Phillies take the field this year, and I can’t wait to be a part of the Red Goes Green team this month helping to find fun ways to recycle during the games.
 
My Phillies 2010 prediction may sound a little bold but is pretty reasonable if you look at the facts. Last year, the Phillies outfielders accomplished a rare feat when they were all chosen for the NL All-Star team, so my prediction this year is that all four infielders: Howard, Utley, Rollins, and Polanco will accomplish a similar honor and be chosen for the All-Star team. Here’s my reasoning: Howard and Utley have become expected names on the yearly All-Star roster, and Rollins and Polanco are no strangers to the honor themselves. They both have been on the team in past years and both received Golden Gloves in 2009. Despite all of the the facts and stats I can use to defend my prediction, the one thing I know for sure is that the Phillies, without a doubt, will have a strong representation on the All-Star team roster this year!

Kami: I can’t believe we are on the verge of another baseball season! It seems like November’s ballgirl tryouts were years ago already! I know I personally am more than ready for the home opener, especially after spending all weekend at Citizens Bank Park for the On Deck series. I was in attendance at Friday night’s game as a fan, where I saw all of us on the Phanavision giving the fan warning for the very first time. For me, that was the very first moment when I realized that the 17 of us are in for an amazing summer (and hopefully, with any luck, an incredible October as well). I can’t wait to watch all of our “Ask the Phils” questions throughout the season. Saturday afternoon was my first official game appearance. Katelyn and I walked all around the ballpark selling raffle tickets. It was a great way for us rookies to become familiar with the ballpark and meet Phillies fans at the same time. That being said, I’m super excited for opening week, where I’ll be working Green Team for 4 games!

My season prediction is that the Phillies will win 112 games, Jamie Moyer will have the best season of his career and both Hamels and Halladay will have 20 wins apiece. See ya in the postseason!

Patti: One more week until Opening Day…its “Paint the Town Red” week… exhibition games are underway…the red Phanatic is everywhere… the weather is gorgeous… Baseball season is upon us! For most of April I will be participating in the Phillies Green Team recycling program. I’m excited to be at the stadium amongst the Phils fans, taking in some games, beautiful weather, and of course recycling! My first game as a Green Team member was the April 3rd exhibition game where I got announced on the field! It was my first time on the field behind home plate for the National Anthem- which has been a dream of mine for so long. I was actually a little nervous, but sooo excited to be out there! The Phils did a great job as well as our Green Team volunteers, so I couldn’t have asked for a better first game! Eagerly awaiting Opening Day…and the 2010 season :)
My Prediction- Clearly with the best pitching staff in the league, we’re going all the way… See you guys at the World Series! ;) Do ballgirls get championship rings?

Victoria: I think it’s safe to say that as a dedicated Phillies fan I have a daily countdown till the home opener and I am very optimistic about the season.  I predict that the Phillies will clinch the NL Championship again this year.  Our team is looking strong and I think with the new batting line up and the new additions to the team everything is going to be coming together nicely.  Besides my daily countdown I am very much excited to be working Green Team on opening day.  I worked the Saturday (4/3) exhibition game and it felt great to back in the park.  My fingers are crossed that we have good weather on the 12th and that the team can come out strong.  Lets play baaaaaaall :)

Becca: I have been mentally preparing myself for Opening Day 2010 since the last out of the 2009 season! Every time I get stressed about school or work I pull up my mlb.com countdown till Opening Day! I was planning on attending the game in Washington with my brother, but when my professor told me she would fail me if I skipped for a baseball game, I had to adjust my plans. :/ She does not really follow baseball and just didn’t understand. So, I will be watching Opening Day 2010 from my laptop in my art history class. Not nearly as good as being there but I’m just excited the season has finally arrived.

As far as predictions go: I’m hoping for some really great offense with our new batting order and additions to our hitting such as Polanco. I think this will definitely allow for more scoring opportunities. With that being said, I’m going with a record of 104-58…if not better. I’d love to see another World Series victory…because I don’t think I can take that heartbreak again!

Kristina: Nothing is better than seeing the Phanatic bright red!  My favorite part about Paint
Thumbnail image for red phanatic.JPGthe Town Red Week is the energy of the fans.  For instance earlier this week groups of people on their lunch break gathered in center city to meet with the red Phanatic (and ballgirls) to show their Phillies spirit.  Phils fans are filled with anticipation, and I love it!  As for me, I will be watching the Phils from home until they come back to Philadelphia where I will be working the Green Team.  Let’s go Phillies!
My prediction for the 2010 season is:  Rematch vs. the Yankees – World Series Champions in 4  

Brittany: Well, while the rest of Philly is enjoying the game, I’ll be in class.. learning, reading and listening. I know, I know, you guys are soo jealous, but not everyone can be as cool as me and be in class while the Phillies are playing. But besides the opening games I am so pumped about the starting the season.. finally!!  Knowing that we have a new fresh team with new members I am feelin really good about this season. My prediction is that the Phillies will be NL Champs and go the the World Series.. again; but this time we’re gonna win, and it’s gonna be a complete sweep (the other team won’t even have a chance) and Halladay will be MVP.

Katelyn: Opening Day has finally arrived!  The exhibition games held at Citizens Bank Park on April 2nd and April 3rd were a great way to get everyone pumped for the great season that is ahead of us! I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time in the ballpark helping out with Green Team and a silent auction.  Along with the exhibition games, it was Paint the Town Red Week, so I even got to see the Red Phanatic!  I couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off the 2010 season.  Everything that went on this past week really fueled my anticipation for the actual season to start!  I have a ton of predictions for the 2010 season.  I believe the Phillies will be the National League Champions with a record of 95-67 and will make it to the World Series. I think this is the year for a Red Sox/Phillies battle for the title. The reason I think that the Red Sox will make it to the World Series is because I think that they have the best pitching in the American League. I believe they’ll make it to the World Series over the Yankees because pitching beats offense. The reasons I predict that the Phillies will make it to the World Series are endless! First of all, we have Roy Halladay, the best pitcher in baseball. Secondly, we also have Cole Hamels who is in the process of redeeming himself, a young J.A. Happ who is proving that he belongs, and veteran Jamie Moyer who knows the game better than anyone.  Our offense is more balanced that the Red Sox which I believe will give us an advantage over them.  I predict that we will win the World Series in 7 games.  If the Phillies do make some trades, I think that there might be a Brad Lidge trade depending on how quickly he heals.  Hopefully everyone stays healthy this year!  We need the team in their best shape so we can have a 3-peat year of making it to the World Series!

Fehran: I can’t believe baseball is finally here.  I’m a numbers girl, so what I’m most looking forward to, aside from watching the Phillies, is following stats around the league.  And here’s my big reveal…dun, dun dunnnnn……I love sabermetrics.  You name it, WHIP, OPS, VORP, etc.. and I can’t wait to talk about it.  Baseball is the only sport where this type of in-depth analysis could even exist in a meaningful way.  It’s for people who love the game and the players more than a casual fan.  I think the Phillies will win 98 games in the regular season.

McKenzie: The 2010 season is finally starting!! I was on the field for Saturday’s exhibition game, and could not have asked for a more perfect day. I was nervous going back out on the field for the first time this season, but once I was there it felt like I had never left. On Opening Day, I’ll be working Green Team, so if you are there, look out for us! This will be my first experience at opening day for the Phillies, so I know it will be crazy. I think the Phillies are going to make it all the way again this year…. let’s go with an outstanding record of 92-70… the exact same record as 2008 and hopefully the formula for another World Series win!!

Katie: The home opener is days away and I am so happy that the city is getting geared up for the season.  I love seeing the Cirra Centre lit up with a big Phillies P; when I wear Phillies gear, people walking by tell me the countdown to the season; when I turn on the TV, the announcers are talking about the team’s roster; when I walk around the city and see the Phanatic Statues; ticket sales are hitting record numbers.  We are such a die-hard city and I’m proud of that.

My prediction for the 2010 season isn’t too outrageous.  I think that we will make the playoffs and possibly even make it to the World Series again.  Many fans and commentators are saying the same thing and I know the fans are hoping so too!  We will be behind our Phightins throughout the season!

Perrin: We are finally almost here! Just the thought of baseball season with our boys in pinstripes and the always scenic Citizen’s Bank Park can’t help but put a smile on your face. This weekend’s exhibition games are a perfect warm-up for the regular season to begin. I will be recycling with Philly’s finest on Friday working the Red Goes Green Team and then on Saturday I will be selling raffle tickets for our silent auction. I can’t wait to see how the rookies handle the arduous labor, but I have faith they will do great. If you haven’t learned by now, being a ballgirl isn’t all just fun and games sitting – we work hard!
 
I truly believe 2010 will be a fantastic year for the Phillies. We are looking stronger then ever coming into the season and the team definitely is in the mindset to win. Barring everyone stays healthy, there is no doubt that the Phillies will stroll into October with another NL pennant and third World Series appearance in a row. The road will be tough especially because our division is a lot stronger this year, but I believe the Phillies definitely have what it takes to be successful again!

Amanda: OPENING DAY TODAY!!!! I am literally jumping up and down. We have waited since November, buried in the twelve feet of snow mother nature dumped on us this winter, for this day to come…and it is finally here!  I was on the field Friday night and worked Green team Saturday for the two exhibition games and it got me so excited for the season.  :)  The Phillies looked great this weekend and I predict this will be the year we bring a World Series Championship back to Philadelphia! “2010 WE’RE GONNA DO IT AGAIN!”  Go Phillies!

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