This blog is just dedicated to my fellow co-captain Perrin. Perrin has the unbelievable hidden talent of being able to predict what will happen in the Phillies future with her Christmas in July wishes! Two years in a row she has managed to wish for a pitcher named Roy!
The Phillies Ballgirls are excited about the Phillies newest acquisition!
We’ve been quite busy the last few weeks with many events and games. Next week we will have a full run down of Christmas and July, Photo Day and other various charity events. Wishing you all a happy weekend!
Here’s a preview of our Retro Night Hotpants girls – Bridgette, Bonnie and Emily!
As you may have read in last weeks Christmas (in July) wish list, our pro-blogger, Lindsay, has been busy studying away for her Bar exam! Unfortunately she was not able to join us for this weekend’s festivities, but myself and the rest of the Ballgirls captured some photo documentation. The 2010 Photo Day and Christmas in July were a great success! Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, we sure did!
2010 Photo Day
1:00pm- Girls arrive for 2010 Photo Day
3:30pm- Story time! While waiting out the rain delay in the locker room, Perrin tells us all about her engagement. Congratulations again Perrin and Zach!
On July 25th, the Phillies Ballgirls will be hosting our annual Phillies Ballgirls Christmas in July Toy Drive at Citizens Bank Park. The ballgirls will be at the entrance gates dressed in our traditional Mrs. Claus outfits and collecting new, unwrapped toys before the game.
There will be large bins outside each gate as well so that we can collect and donate the toys to Women Against Abuse, Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, DuPont Hospital for Children and the Police Athletic League. We had a great time last year and our collection bins were overflowing. We hope that you will get into the Christmas spirit again this year and donate for a good cause.
Don’t forget about our annual Christmas in July dance with the Phanatic!!
I asked the girls to prepare a wishlist for Christmas in July. I REALLY hope all of them come true. Enjoy the weekend!
All I want for Christmas in July is….
1. A new Coach purse
2. Good weather on my vacation in Sept (I know thats more of a wish)
3. Tickets to the Backstreet Boys Concert (wink wink Lindsay)
4. A new digital camera
5.The Phillies to make it to the post season!!!
I have a few wishes for Christmas in July. Considering that I graduated college back in May, my first wish would be that I finally get a full time job! Currently, I work three part-time jobs so I would love to switch that to just a full-time job and being a ball girl. My second wish would be for Lindsay to pass her bar because that’s a bit important for her career and we all can use a little extra luck on stuff like that. My third wish is for anyone who needs a miracle big or small gets ones. We all need a miracle every once in a while and why not have it on Christmas in July. And finally, my last wish would be for the Phillies to show how great of a team they really are. They’ve had some rough times lately, but they’ve fought through it all and now that most players are coming back from the DL, I’m sure we’ll see our team with some “W’s” soon!
For my Christmas in July wish, all I can say, is… a better Phillies winning percentage for the games I work the field! In reality though, I will be wishing for good times spent with friends (including the ballgirls) and family.
p.s. I also wish for Lindsay to pass her Bar exam!
This year for Christmas in July, I want to go on another vacation! I just got back from a week at the beach in North Carolina, and another week would make for a great mid-summer Christmas! Oh and of course – what I want most of all is for Lindsay to pass the BAR EXAM! We don’t need to wish for this because we all know she will do it anyways!
Dear Santa – I wish that my fellow ballgirl and Captain, Lindsay pass her BAR examine with flying colors. She’s been living off RedBull and Diet Coke and hasn’t seen the light of day in the past month! I wish for my very own 2010 World Series Championship ring courtesy of our guys and appropriately blinged out…and I’m still waiting on that Powerwheels that I asked for in the 3rd grade :) Love, Patti
Two things I want for Christmas in July: Domonic Brown’s major league debut and a break from this brutal heat!
I wish for all the Phillies to become a true second half team and bring us back to the World Series, for a higher blog ranking on mlblogs.com and hmm, oh yes, to pass the bar exam!
I wish for all of our injured Phillies to be healed and stay healthy!
All I want for Christmas is for Chase to make a speedier than expected recovery and return to the roster in August
Technically I already received my Christmas in July gift that came in the form of a ring on my left hand. Roy Oswalt would be the cherry on top. Last year I asked for Roy Halladay and look what happened. I’m just saying…..
1. To completely and entirely dominate my History of Western
Civilization Midterm and paper (So I can finally get some sleep and
much needed relaxation!)
2. That the insulation Michele and I installed while doing Habitat for
Humanity on Wednesday actually works according to plan!
3. That the Phillies are overwhelmed with the holiday spirit and turn
this second half of the season around!
What I want for Christmas in July is the Phillies DL to be clear!
Please give Lindsay and my fiancé passes on the bar, oh, and help at the plate for the Phillies.
We all wish for a successful and happy Christmas in July!
Finally, have you ever wished to have Cole Hamels give you a pitching lesson??? Well you don’t have to wait until December to ask Santa. You can ask him for Christmas in July because on August 9, The Hamels Foundation will host baseball pitching clinics in FDR Park which include a 5-hour camp featuring Cole Hamels and other professional pitchers. Campers will learn pitching exercises, types of pitches, information on nutrition and pitching technique. Each participant receives an autographed Cole Hamels baseball, a personalized, signed photo with Cole Hamels and a Cole Hamels pitching clinic t-shirt. Limited tickets remain for two sessions: 7:30am – Noon (ages 9-13) and 1:30pm – 6:00 pm (ages 9-19). Price per child is $300.
Register online at www.thehamelsfoundation.org/events.
The Hamels Foundation raises money to provide education grants through various fundraising events and pitching clinics. Proceeds from this clinic benefit local Philadelphia schools. With a dedicated mission to providing support for quality education, The Hamels Foundation awarded over $90,000 to six Philadelphia schools in 2010 to enrich the lives of area children and provide them the tools necessary to achieve their goals.
Hope you enjoyed yet another gorgeous summer weekend. While the Phillies are out on their roadtrip, we wanted to fill you in on what has been happening back here in Philadelphia. We are finally done training our rookie ballgirls! This has taken a couple months to do because we had 11 new girls to get prepared and trained to take the field. I had the rookies write a little bit about what it is like to train and what to expect when you step onto the field for the first time, it is pretty incredible!! So, without giving away too many of the ballgirl secrets, here are our rookies!
Becca: The training experience is an adrenalin fueled/exhilarating/nerve racking/completely and entirely awesome experience…all at the same
time! During my first game, when I was just observing from the sidelines, I asked a million questions. I probably thought of every situation that could possibly happen and drilled my veteran trainer, Fehran. Surprisingly, by the 7th inning I was itching to go in. I thought I would be a nervous wreck my first time on the field but as soon as I sat down, I was completely comfortable! Must have been all the great trainers I had! I love working the foul lines and talking to all the fans. I guess our seats aren’t half bad either :)
Patti: I’ve been asked A LOT ‘why would a ballgirl need training?’ What do they do, tell you when a ball is fair or not?’ ha…ha. Hopefully this blog serves as a means to clear up and lay to rest some of the misconceptions with our training.
I would say the most necessary part of training is just to get acclimated out there. There is a lot going on! Between fans chanting your name, people telling you it’s their grandmother’s birthday today and they would really like a foul ball as a souvenir, everyone asking what’s your take on tasing, jacket runs, and let’s not forget a professional baseball game, it’s easy to step out on the field your first day and not know which way is third and which is first. To have someone who knows your slight state of panic is refreshing, and entertaining (as you can see from our pics).
Although my days of training were an awesome experience and I spent most of the time glaring up at the 45,000 people, had nothing but exciting extra inning games and kids running out on the field (not once, but twice), and more importantly wins, I have to say nothing compares to your first game out on your own. Like a bird leaving the nest…your wished well, equipped with the necessary tools, and left to your own devices…nothing left to do but sit back and watch some great baseball in the best seat in the house :) …and then quickly pick up your chair and get out of the way!
Bonnie: After tearing my acl right before baseball season, I was extremely excited to finally get cleared to be on the field. I found it pretty ironic that one of my first training games was the night J-Roll came back from his injury and hit his first walk-off homer of his career. Now that’s a game I will never forget for so many reasons! One of my favorite parts about being on the sidelines is running out to my seat and almost feeling like I’m playing in the game. Another part of the job that I love is getting to meet so many great fans. I enjoy hearing people’s stories about how much they love the Phillies or how many foul balls they’ve caught over the years. The energy from the crowd definitely makes every play of the game exciting, and I hope that with every foul ball that comes my way, one more kid will have something to put in his/her room to remember that special Phillies game.
Kami: When I was training, everyone (the vets training me, the grounds crew guys and the fans) poked fun at how quickly I ran for both baseballs and jackets. I didn’t mind it at all – it’s my trademark. The most defining moment of my ballgirl training occurred, coincidentally, on my first game alone and I was glad for that speed. This past Saturday I was on the first baseline when a Reds player (I think it was Cabrera or Bruce) ripped a line drive off of Halladay that tipped off of Ryan Howard’s glove. Since Howard was in fair territory, the ball was obviously live. I saw it come off of Howard’s glove right at me and I didn’t even have time to think about it. I just turned, picked up my chair and sprinted as fast as I could. As soon as I turned around I saw Jayson Werth running full-force right at me. I still had no idea where the ball was. I can only imagine the terrified face I made when we looked at each other for a split second. Luckily the ball bounced off the cement wall right next to where I was sitting and ricocheted into right field nowhere near me.
That leads me to my Top 3 Ballgirl Tips: 1) Pay attention, 2) Run fast and 3) Stay out of Jayson Werth’s way.
Brittany: Well, I am officially done training and I am so excited!! During my first training game I thought there was so much information that was thrown at me that I would ever be able to remember it all, yet that all changed when it was my turn to take on the field. Before I stepped on the field to sit in the official ballgirl chair I was so nervous, I had so many thoughts floating around in my head. After the first 10 minutes I changed my mind set and I felt like a lot better. Even though I had some crazy foul balls that loved to bounce on the concrete on the first base side and ended up in a completely different spot that I had anticipated, I still loved every moment! Thanks so much to my lovely trainers, Fehran, Katie, McKenzie and Lindsay for all the great tips and encouragement you gave me!
Katelyn: I had excellent training experiences! I was lucky enough to be able to train with 4 wonderful veteran Ballgirls; Perrin, Lindsay, Katie, and McKenzie. Each girl offered helpful tips and made my 4 training experiences enjoyable and comfortable. The first time I stepped onto the field was surreal! I couldn’t believe after all the years of hoping to become a Ballgirl, it was finally happening. I stepped onto the field in the middle of the 7th inning on June 4th while Jamie Moyer was pitching a complete game. I was fairly calm because I believed I wouldn’t get many foul baseballs while only being on the field for such a short period of time. I was wrong! Chase Utley fouled a baseball right to me! Luckily for me it was easy to field and I handed it to a young Phillies fan. I was happy to field Chase Utley’s foul ball because the veteran who trained me, Lindsay, had fielded a Chase Utley baseball as her first as well! Each training experience got better and better as I became less nervous. I love being on the field and being able to interact with fans. By far, the best part of being a Phillies Ballgirl is the smile on the children’s faces when you hand them one of their favorite players’ foul baseballs. Nothing is better than making someone else’s day.
Bridgette: Training on the field as a ballgirl is a really exciting experience. My first few games took place back in the beginning of April when the Phils took on the Pirates during the year’s first home exhibition series. Like most fans, I had never set foot on the actual field prior to this point, and so walking up the stairs and onto the field for the first time was a breathtaking experience. Training me was Katie, Lindsay, Perrin, and McKenzie, whom all shared their tips, words of wisdom, and advice on how to handle every situation. Once I was on my own for my first solo game, I was somewhat nervous but after the first few pitches my nerves gave way to excitement. Sadly, I can’t remember who I received my first foul ball from because it all happened so quickly, but I do know that Sarge and T- Mac commented on my lightening speed when dodging a bullet that was hit my way.
Jess: Training was so much fun! I’ve never had the opportunity to even sit in the stands close to the field so actually being on the field was awesome. I was one of the last rookies to be trained so I got to gain a lot of helpful information from the other rookies as well as the vets. Everyone has been very helpful. I thought I was going to be very nervous to be on the field. In fact, my first game that I knew I would have some innings on the field, I made sure not to drink a lot of water so I wouldn’t have a nervous bladder (thanks for the advice Linds!) but I was actually more nervous just sitting in the stands waiting to be on the field. I haven’t been able to be on the field by myself yet so maybe then I will be more nervous. Overall, the whole experience has been awesome! I’ve loved being so close to the game and meeting the fans sitting by me. The only part I don’t like is fetching the pitcher’s jackets, but that’s probably because my second training game on the field, I had to run like 4 times for Florida because the Phillies were giving them a beating!
Kristina: Ballgirl training was such an awesome experience because I didn’t truly understand how exciting it is to be on the field until I stepped on it for the first time. The field is so beautiful and when you look around to see the sold out crowds that are at every game, it’s breathtaking. During the my games of training I had four great trainers, Fehran, Amanda, McKenzie, and Katie. Each of the girls were very helpful in answering a ton of my questions and made me feel extremely comfortable. I’ve included a picture Amanda took of me in the first inning I was on the field. As you can tell I have a huge smile on my face. That is something I distinctively remember, I could just not stop smiling. The first game I trained was against the St. Louis Cardinals and the first ball I ever fielded was from Albert Pujols. As the ball rolled my way I could hear so many fans yelling my name for me to hand it to them. I remember giving the ball to a young boy and his face lighting up, I’ll never forget his expression!
Victoria: For those of you that aren’t aware each year the rookie ballgirls must spend 4 games training before we can be on the field by ourselves. With the help of our 6 veteran ballgirls each of us were trained to be able to make quick judgments on the field. The best part about training for me was sitting on the field for the first time, I won’t forget how nervous I was. I could literally feel every muscle in my body and how tense it was. I was so worried I wouldn’t know which way to go when I tried to move out of the way. By my fourth game training (3rd time being on the field) I felt very confident. My trainers were Lindsay, McKenzie (2 times) and Fehran, thanks to them I feel completely confident on the field and I know how to handle pretty much every situation. Now that I’m all finished training being on the field is something that just comes naturally, I always just seem to know where to go when there’s a foul ball and I need to move.
This past week we were in the Welcome America Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia! This was my second year participating in the event and it was bigger than ever! This marked the 234th celebration in Philadelphia, so it was very exciting to be able to walk in such a historic event. This year we were able to have most of the ballgirls participate, which was an added bonus. We arrived to the parade to be in our spot around 10:30 AM. While we were finding our location, we passed many colorful, patriotic and interesting floats and groups.
A few ballgirls were lucky enough to meet the men of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team before the parade got started. They allowed us the opportunity to sit inside a real stryker that had just returned from overseas. It was a really high-tech and complex machine.. and we got a personal tour!! Thanks to our new friends, we were able to hear some stories about their lives and thank them for their service. Here they are!
Another addition to the parade this year came from the Phillies. We needed a little flair to walk in the parade since others had very elaborate and ornate floats and costumes. Our boss Michele came through and outfitted us with the Flyin’ Hawaiian Foam Fingers!! We were all excited to have something fun to show off to the crowd.
Of course, one of the best things about doing any event is getting to meet the fans. We were able to take lots of pictures before the parade and even got to meet Miss Pennsylvania and Miss New Jersey [we shared a float with them!] Here’s a photo of a ballgirl fan before the parade and a shot of us actually in the parade.
Overall, it was a great 4th of July and the ballgirls hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend.
PS – Isn’t it odd that I posted responses for the All Star game of Perrin and Bonnie only and David Ortiz won after all?? Congrats to them for being so smart!
It’s getting to be that time of year again… where we all enjoy a few days break and a chance to watch the annual Home Run Derby and All-Star game. Our votes helped get Chase Utley, Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard get to the big game, but we still can’t wait to watch all of the players on July 13th. The ballgirls put their minds together and predicted some winners for the All Star weekend in Anaheim. Here we go!It’s getting to be that time of year again… where we all enjoy a few days break and a chance to watch the annual Home Run Derby and All-Star game. Our votes helped get Chase Utley, Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard get to the big game, but we still can’t wait to watch all of the players on July 13th. The ballgirls put their minds together and predicted some winners for the All Star weekend in Anaheim. Here we go!
Perrin: I am always pulling for the National League to win the All Star Game, but unfortunately the outcome is usually not in the NL’s favor. I’m hoping good ol’ Cholly can avenge our loss from last year and pull out a win. Go National League!
Bonnie: I have to say the National League. It’s been 13 years since we’ve won, and with such great players in the lineup, this year’s got to be the year.
I also asked the ballgirls to make a prediction to who would be winning this years Home Run Derby. We have selected Miguel Cabrera, but it’s a pretty close vote on this one.
Matt Holliday – 3
Corey Hart – 4
Miguel Cabrera – 5
David Ortiz – 2
Hanley Ramirez – 0
Vernon Wells – 0
Perrin: I’m not going to lie…the home run derby lineup is looking a little shabby this year. Of course I say that only because we have no hometown heroes on the roster. Despite the fact that Anaheim’s stadium has a higher wall in right field I’m going to predict that David Ortiz will win the derby. Ortiz has the strength and stamina to last each round and he definitely still knows how to hit the long ball.
Bonnie: I’m going with Ortiz on this one. He’s the most tenured Home Run Derby participant, and he’s having a great year. He’s a pro at the Derby at this point, so nerves probably won’t get to him as much. In all honesty, it’s anyone’s game, though!
Enjoy your weekends and watching the All-Star game!! Let’s go National League!!
This past month has been all over for the Phillies. We’ve seen a lot of injuries and experienced highs and lows. This past month for the ballgirls been busy and positive! Perrin has risen up to the top again with a winning percentage of 80! We’re even more proud to say that our rookies have proven to be quite lucky down the lines! Tori, Becca and Patti are just starting out, but I like seeing those high numbers. Patti even has 11 runs in just her first game. It should definitely be an exciting July!
We are just finishing our training for the last two ballgirls so you will start to see only one of us down the lines from now on. Cheer on the rookies and keep supporting the ballgirls… we love to hear your comments at the games!
Independence Day will be a fun and relaxing holiday for the ballgirls this year. Most of us will be walking in the parade in Philadelphia around 11 AM this year. McKenzie and I worked last year’s parade and there was quite a turnout. I was amazed at how many Phillies fans were there and at how wonderful all the floats, string bands and dance teams were. It was truly a
sight to see! We also got to spend the morning with our friend Scott Palmer. Scott hosts one of our favorite shows “Behind the Pinstripes!” As you can see he really got into the spirit last year and made lots of parade goers happy when they saw his 2008 World Series Ring! [See McKenzie's photo!]
This year we will be missing Scott’s presence, but we will be in the American Youth Float area with some special waving techniques, so come out to see us in our red and white! A couple of the ballgirls also had some special traditions for the 4th, so enjoy reading and enjoy your long weekends!!
Emily: Every year when I was younger my parents pushed me along in a stroller or pulled me in a wagon during the 4th of July Parade in my home town. Since my birthday is on July 3rd, I always thought all of the commotion was for my birthday celebration (it was a bit of a let down when I came to realize that the fireworks weren’t in my honor)! But still every year I always love the 4th because most of my friends and family have off from work and are able to spend my birthday with me. This year I’m planning on going down to my beach house with my family and a few friends to enjoy the holiday weekend. Also on the morning of the 4th of July I’ll be going back into the city to walk in the 4th of July parade with my fellow Ballgirls…I don’t think I’ll be riding in a stroller this year but old traditions seem to never die!
Becca: My family used to own a house in Ocean City, New Jersey so every summer our weekends were spent at the beach. It was completely crazy with anywhere from 5 to 25 people crammed into one house but I loved every minute of it! (The parents were always praying it didn’t rain because they never knew what to do with us all!) It was so fun hanging out with my 12 cousins on the beach and boardwalk. We would play all day in the sun and have family dinners together every evening. Fourth of July weekend was always a packed housed. My Uncle Wayne was in charge of steaks on the grill and dinner was usually followed by some fireworks at the boardwalk. We do not own our house anymore, and most of my cousins are grown up and leaving home, but we still make an annual trip to OCNJ together for at least a week every year.
Jess: My grandmother’s birthday is actually July 4th so usually every year, my entire family gets together at a park in Allentown to celebrate it. We have a big picnic underneath this gigantic tree and just play games and enjoy each other’s company. This year, however, I will making a trip out to Erie to see my boyfriend since he is interning for GE out there, and neither of us have much time to make the trip to visit each other. So happy birthday to America and my Gram, and I hope you all have a great holiday!
Kami: For July 4th, I will be participating in the city parade through Old City with some of my
fellow ballgirls. We’ll be taking lots of pictures that you’ll probably see on here at some point. Later in the day, my brother Mike and I will be sporting these lovely patriotic Phillies tees (available for purchase at the Majestic store). For the record, I bought mine first.
McKenzie: I’m looking forward to my 4th of July weekend because I will finally get to relax for a couple days! We are planning a cookout with friends, and on Sunday I’ll be with the rest of my ballgirls in the Philadelphia Parade! I can’t wait for that, it will be fun and a rare opportunity for all of us to be working together at the same event! To finish out the long weekend, look for me on the field on Monday night!
Patti: This 4th I will be celebrating at the beach! Hopefully I get a good spot on the beach for the fireworks display. Then I’ll be making my way to Philly to partake in the Parade with the other ballgirls! Pull up a chair on the sidewalk if you’re in town and give us a wave!
Bridgette: If you can recall the ‘Meet the Ballgirls’ series featured here on our blog posted
back in February, we each were asked what our favorite holiday is. My response hands down was the Fourth of July. Not only do my family and I celebrate the birth of our nation, but also my brother Kevin’s birthday which happens to fall on the fourth, AND my birthday which is the fifth! This year’s festivities will consist of barbecuing, backyard wiffleball, local fireworks, and of course birthday cake! Oh and what’s Independence Day without listening to Ray Charles belt out his rendition of, “America the Beautiful.” As an added bonus to the holiday weekend, I’ll be celebrating my 21st birthday at Monday’s game with lots and lots of dollar dogs…and perhaps a few helmets full of ice cream. (Here’s a pic of Kevin and I last year on the fourth, you can’t really see but along the bottom is my mom’s traditionally artfully crafted red, white, and blue, cake made with fresh strawberries and blueberries…yum.)
Katelyn: I love 4th of July for 3 reasons: Friends/Family, BBQ, and fireworks! As well as enjoying the 3 previously mentioned things, I will be in the 4th of July Parade in Philadelphia with the other ballgirls! My favorite thing about Parades is the music that is played. I am hoping to hear a lot of “Yankee Doodle” and “America the Beautiful”. After fireworks, I might even force my family to watch Independence Day with me :) Happy Birthday America!
Kristina: This year I, as well as a few other ballgirls will be wearing our stripes representing the Phillies in the fourth of July parade in Philadelphia. After that I plan on doing the usual fourth festivities, relaxing and barbecuing outside with friends, doesn’t get much better than that!
Fehran: As of July 1, 2010, I have zero plans for July 4, 2010. That morning I’ll be in the 4th of July parade with the rest of the BGs, but after that I’m planless. The parade should be a good time, lots of smiling, waving, and sweating. I can’t wait!
Finally, I will be working in the parade this year as well. Last year was way to exciting – I even got to meet some Mummers! I’m usually sitting by the pool for the 4th of July because I’m not too crazy about shore traffic. I’m much happier enjoying the day relaxing at home. It would be better if the Phillies were playing home this year, but the ballgirls will be together anyway!
Congrats to Marci Schankweiler – founder of Crossing the Finish Line which provides respite for adult cancer patients and their families – for being selected as the “Phillies All-Star Among Us!” Marci will be honored at the 2010 All-Star Game on FOX and featured in special pre-game ceremony on July 13th at Angels Stadium. More than 1.7 million votes were cast. http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20100628&content_id=11683082&vkey=pr_phi&fext=.jsp&c_id=phi&fb-phi-news31