August 2010

Glove Love

Ever wonder what kind of glove the ballgirls use on the field? This past week I was on the field and happened to glance down at the signature on my glove.  Since it was my Dad’s glove, I had no idea who it was!  I used to own a Jose Conseco glove, but that one somehow walked out of the garage and this year its been my Dad’s old one. I asked the ballgirls to describe their own gloves, since I was so shocked that I didn’t know too much about my own.  Thanks to Rick from Jersey for letting me know who my Dad was supporting when he bought the glove!!! Plus, the glove is a little cooler now that it has been on the field at Citizen’s Bank Park for a World Series game!!

 

lindsay.glove.JPGJess’s glove doesn’t have a signature, and Perrin thinks the best way to tell you about her glove is to just show you.  This is Perrin’s obviously very cool glove…. And the rest of the ballgirl glove stories as well! 

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Patti: Unfortunately for this blog, I do not have a signature glove. Fortunately for me, I have the greatest glove on the face of the earth. :) I picked my glove with my Dad 13+ years ago and it hasn’t been benched a single inning… seriously best glove ever.

Kami: I have tons of gloves (well, okay..three) and I like to use them on a rotating basis. My current glove for this homestand is a Nike Diamond Elite model, but not a player series. I think Roy Halladay has a similar glove. Believe it or not, I used to be a catcher for my tournament team so next in my glove rotation is my old kangaroo-hide catcher’s glove. Keep an eye out!

Victoria: My glove is a Dot Richardson RMP 34 made by Rawlings.  It’s a 13 1/2 inches
tori.glove.JPGwhich is a little larger than what most girls use but it comes in handy in the outfield, or when your fielding foul baseballs in front of 45,000+ people ;)  I got this glove when I was freshmen in high school, so this it’s has been through 9 seasons of softball since then.  I take good care of it and couldn’t imagine playing with anything else. 

Bonnie: One of the nearest and dearest pieces of sports equipment for me has to be the baseball glove because a favorite glove is irreplaceable. I was devastated when I lost my glove a couple years back. So this past year, my dad took me out and helped me pick a new one out for Christmas. I think he enjoyed it more than me when he found out his 25 year old daughter wanted a new glove for Christmas. I picked my specific Easton glove because I just like the fit. I’m still working on making it fit like my old one, but I’m sure with time, I’ll love it.

Becca: I actually didn’t choose my glove because of the name on it, but rather because I needed to finally get a first base glove. I have played first base my whole life and when I got to high school and started trying out for college teams, my coach forced me to turn in my favorite warn out glove. Although I don’t like my new Mizuno as much as my old Rawling, it was about time I got a big girl glove for my position.

Kristina: The current glove I am using now is not a single person’s signature glove but my previous glove was one by Jennie Finch.  I chose this glove because it was so perfect for softball.  It had a big pocket but yet fit snug on my hand.  Also, she is definitely an idol for women in athletics, she’s amazing!

Brittany: Sadly, the only signature on my glove is my last name. I’ve had my glove since 8th grade and I think it was my dad’s because I randomly found it in my house.  Since it “fit like a glove” and I had some great plays with it that year I just claimed it as mine.

Bridgette: The glove I use on the field has been with me since my freshman year of high school. Interestingly enough it does not have a signature on the inside like most gloves- only my last name written in permanent marker by mama dukes!

 

Toughest Part of the Job…Who Gets the Foul Ball???

Part of the ballgirl duties is fielding foul balls and handing them out to eager children.  This past week, McKenzie had such a great experience that she wanted to blog about it.  I passed her blog around to the other girls to see if they had any similar experiences and it turns out we did!  Enjoy some happy stories from Citizen’s Bank Park!


foulball.JPGMcKenzie:
Last Wednesday night I had my favorite foul ball experience in my two years of being a ballgirl. As soon as I walked down the line before the game started, a little girl named Rylee was there waiting for me. Of course, she asked for a foul ball, and I told her to run down if she saw me get one and I’d try to give it to her. Well.. after every half inning, Rylee walked down to tell me she was still patiently waiting! She was adorable and so funny for a girl her age. At one point during the game she called me over, and started bribing me with a brownie!! Luckily, in the bottom of the 6th, I finally got a foul ball and was able to give it to her. Once I got back to my chair, I looked over and saw her hugging her dad SO tight with a huge smile, and I could tell she was one of the most genuinely excited kids I’ve ever seen get a ball!

Katie: Giving away foul balls to the youngest baseball fans is one of the best perks of our job as a ballgirl.  I think one of the cutest stories I have of giving away a foul ball was after I had fielded the ball and handed it off to a child who was about 3 years old.  He was so excited to get a ball.  The next inning I went back down there to say “hi” to the family and they handed me a small piece of paper from a cartoon notepad with some scribbling on it.  The child said that it was supposed to say “thank you”. Being a kindergarten teacher, of course I thought it was adorable!

Patti: I wish I had a foul ball for every kid that asked for one. It gets a little heartbreaking sometimes when you let down the fans by not producing one and it’s honestly my least favorite part of job. Fortunately the ones that you do have the opportunity to pass a foul ball to really make it worth it. My favorite foul ball handout was to an adorable little infant whose 1st Phillies game it was! Normally, when we hand out the foul ball the fans in the vicinity that didn’t get it are a little discouraged it wasn’t to them, but when I ran back behind me and gave the ball to the baby as promised everyone around cheered and applauded, some people even stood up and cheered. It was really endearing to have the fans support. In between innings I had the chance to chat with the parents, who couldn’t be more appreciative and wanted to let me know they will have that foul ball and the memory forever. 

Running into fans outside of the stadium is always a good time. My mom was at the Philadelphia Zoo last weekend and was talking to a family she had met there. My mom ask their youngest son, who happened to be donning a Phillies t-shirt, if he was a fan. After he ecstatically screamed “YES!”, my mom gave him one of my trading cards (she loves passing those out…). Seeing this, his brother comes running over to check out then card, and says, “Hey, that’s Patti! I met her. I have her card. How do you know her?…You’re Patti’s mooooom?! That’s so cool” … and that’s what makes it all worth it :)

Emily: Being on the field at Citizens Bank Park fielding foul balls is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my life.  One of the best parts of fielding foul balls is when I field it cleanly and end up making a nice play.  So far my most memorable foul ball that was hit to me happened when I was on the third base line a few weeks ago.  Jason Werth was at the plate and hit a hard foul ball that ricocheted hard off the wall, so I angled myself and was able to backhand it.  It was really cool because it sounded like my whole section cheered for me after I made the play.  I later found out that the play I made was on TV and the announcers talked about the nice play I made and how I was a “goofy” lefty.  Ever since that game I can’t seem to shake my new “Goofy” nickname…I have Tom McCarthy to thank for that one I guess!  Besides fielding the foul balls, the most rewarding part of the entire thing is what happens after I field it.  Handing out the baseball to a young boy or girl is so much fun!  It is absolutely adorable when their eyes light up when they realize that I’m about to give them a ball.  There’s nothing like being able to make a little kid’s night, and possibly make a memory that he or she will always remember!   

Lindsay: Giving away foul balls is an amazing feeling.  I remember earlier in the season a routine foul ball came down the first baseline and I picked it up.  A young boy had asked for it earlier in the game and I was trying to get him one for a few innings.  So, I fielded the ball and looked for him and there he was jumping up and down. I was able to get him the ball and his entire section cheered with him.  Later during the half inning I went back to check on him and he was busy on his parents cell phone – because he was on tv!  He was so excited that his aunts and uncles had been calling to say they saw him get the ball and jump up and down on tv.   I won’t forget how cute he was and how excited he was that night!

Victoria: My first few games on the field I honestly thought that there was a curse placed on me, I never seemed to get any foul baseballs on my side of the field.  Meanwhile my fellow ballgirl on the field was getting bombarded with them.  This particular story of a foul baseball was not my first one, but still to this day is my most memorable experience.  It was my 4th game on the field and I was on the third base side.  I was in between innings signing baseball cards and this blonde haired blue eyed little girl looked up at me said “I want to be just like you someday Victoria,” well needless to say she was getting the next foul baseball I was able to field.  The next 3 innings went by and still I hadn’t received any foul baseballs yet, then surely enough one came down my side.  A guy leaned over the fence in an attempt to pick it up but missed I grabbed the ball and stood up, it took me a second to realize where I was and where this little girl was.  I ran over to her and dropped it in her pink Jennie Finch glove.  After that inning her Mom flagged me down and asked me to take a picture with this little girl and again with those big blue eyes and bleach blonde hair she looked at me and asked me to sign her baseball.  I did of course and in return she gave me one of her Phillies silly bands which I wear every time I’m on the field :)

Katelyn: My very first game alone on the field I was lucky enough to have the cutest little red haired boy sitting near me.  He was attending the game with his grandparents and they were all sporting Jayson Werth jerseys.  The Phillies were up against the Reds and the game ended up going into the 12th inning.  As the game continued, I noticed my red haired buddy dozing off.  As much as he wanted to fall asleep, he was fighting the urge just so he could see his favorite player finish the game.  As soon as Jayson Werth came up to bat, I knew if I were to retrieve a foul ball I would give it to the little boy.  Sure enough, Werth smoked a grounder foul and I was able to hand it to the young boy and his family.  They were so thrilled!  The red haired boy wasn’t tired anymore, I think he jumped up and down for the rest of the inning with the biggest smile on his face.  Not only did the little boy get a baseball hit by his favorite player, but the Phillies added some icing to the cake by winning with Schneider’s walk off homerun in the 12th. Being able to brighten a family’s day just by handing them a foul ball hit by their idol is one of the most rewarding parts of being a ballgirl. It truly is a wonderful feeling being able to be part of a little boy’s moment that he’ll remember forever.

Bridgette: Although we wish we could get a foul ball to every fan in the stands, it’s our job as a ballgirl to reach out to some of the biggest (yet- smallest) fans…the kids! During my last game on the field I met a little boy named Sam, who was accompanied by his dad and older brother, Tommy. Right away the three got my attention and I soon found out that it was Sam’s ninth birthday. Sam wasted no time in expressing his excitement about the possibility of getting a foul ball on his birthday, so I told him that I would do my best to get him one in order to fulfill this wish. Sometime in the second inning was when I received my first foul ball, but as I ran over to where Sam was sitting, he was no where to be found! I handed the ball to his older brother and said, “Make sure you give this to Sam!” As I sat down his dad let me know that he had just gotten up to get chicken fingers from the concourse, and as he finally returned to his seat I watched the disappointment in his face as he learned that he had missed his chance. I also noticed that his older brother was clenching the foul ball in his glove with no intention on sharing. Sam politely asked again that if I were to get another foul ball, if he could have it. Because he asked so nicely, and the fact that it was his birthday, I made it my mission to deliver on my promise. Innings went by and nothing was being hit my way; sadly it looked like Sam might be leaving empty handed. Suddenly late in the game a home run was hit into right field by a Mets player. As expected, the ball was thrown back onto the field, and although it wasn’t a foul ball, this was my chance to make little Sam’s birthday a memorable one. Once I grabbed the ball and returned to my seat I saw Sam’s eyes light up as I placed the ball into his glove. For the remaining innings I noticed that not once did the smile escape his face as he proudly held the foul ball and cheered on the Phils. I could tell this was a birthday he would never forget. While it may sound cheesy, it’s moments like these that remind me of why I signed up to be a ballgirl in the first place!

Becca: The giving away a foul ball process is an interesting one. For me, it
usually goes a little something like this; upon entering the field, while I am putting down my chair and getting ready for the national anthem, I scout. I look for little kids sitting by my section who could be potential recipients of a foul ball. Then we do opening ceremonies and the game begins. Here’s where it gets interesting. A ball is hit and is screaming down the line at me. My adrenalin is pumping, In a split second I determine if it’s fair…foul…fair…foul…fair…IT’S FOUL. I get up from my chair and try to field it cleanly to avoid being booed by 45,000+ fans. I lean over, the ball is in my glove, I look up only to realize I am so disoriented from the adrenalin rush that just happen that I have completely lost every child I scouted out before the game. I look especially hard for the little boy/girl who specifically asked me for a foul ball and sometimes I find them, but unfortunately sometimes I don’t :( I hand the ball to the closest young outstretched hand I see and scurry back to my seat. It all happens so fast that you barely have time to think! It seems like a split second to me, but it is great knowing that by giving a young fan a ball, I’ve created a memory that will last forever for them!

We Want You!….in 2011

The Phillies Ballgirls represent the organization in the community and on the field and we are looking for softball players with strong interpersonal skills, have an outgoing personality, have taken courses in communications, broadcasting or public speaking and can work flexible hours (includes early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays) for the 2011 team.

To apply you must be at least 18 years old and should send your resume and a two-minute DVD highlighting your softball experience and explaining why you deserve to be a Ballgirl.
Applications should be sent to:
The Phillies
Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Attn: Ballgirl Applicant

Resumes must be received by October 4, 2010. If qualified, you will be notified for the tryout scheduled for at Citizens Bank Park. Tryout date will be determined pending the postseason schedule. No phone calls please.

 

Stats and stuff…

It helps to be a ballgirl on the field when the team is doing really well! Check out our rookies stats, I love to see all those zeros in the loss category!  The ballgirls have been cheering on the Phillies just as hard as you all have – but Captain Perrin has again beat out the Vets for the July crown.   August is also quite busy so you never know when your favorite ballgirl is going to jump in the rankings!!
July Stats Ballgirls.JPGAlso, thanks to our readers for making us #30 in the top 100 MLBlogs for the month of July, the ballgirls and blog writers really appreciate all your support!

 

Go Phils!

Welcome Back, Alumni

Did you know that August 7th is Alumni Night at Citizen’s Bank Park?  Phillies alumni will be recognized prior to the game on the field.  It is always exciting to see our former players return to Philadelphia to celebrate their impact on the team. To celebrate the occasion, here are the ballgirls favorite Phillies alumni!


wolfpack.JPGKami:
The namesake of the ever-present “Wolf Pack”, former pitcher Randy Wolf is my favorite Phillies alum. As a kid, watching the hordes of fans in the 700 level of the Vet donning wolf masks and howling after strike outs was the highlight of all of Randy’s starts. I miss the camaraderie of both the Wolf Pack and Padilla’s Flotilla, two groups whose novelty never really carried over into Citizens Bank.

 

 

Katie: My favorite Phillies alum is definitely Jim Eisenreich. I loved his swing and the way he played the game. Although not a power hitter, he had a good average and was able to place the baseball where he wanted. As a kid, I would go to the Vet as the gates opened to watch him take BP. He had a quiet demeanor and just played smart baseball. I’m excited to see some Phils alumni this weekend! See you there!

Amanda: My favorite Phillies alumni would be Scott Rolen! Growing up he was a huge role model and idol for me and inspired me to play third base.  Even though he no longer is on the Phillies, I still look up to him and am grateful for his impact on me as an athlete!


abreu.JPGLindsay:
My favorite Phillies alumni has to be Bobby Abreu. I used to love buying tickets for games out in right field just so I could cheer him on. I definitely miss his big smiles out there in the outfield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridgette: When it comes to Phils alumni, one of my favorites that comes to mind is former first basemen, Jim Thome. Prior to Ryan Howard’s debut, Thome lit up the sky with his impressive home run streaks, one of which included his 400th career homer, that he hit at none other than Citizens Bank Park. I got to personally witness a few of his home runs at the park, and as a kid there’s nothing more exciting than your favorite player go yard. I also always admired his modesty and cheerful demeanor off the field, both of which I believe contribute to the fact that he still gets applause from the fans whenever visiting CBP.

Katelyn: Mickey Morandini is my favorite Phillies Alumi because despite his size, he played the game incredibly hard and everyone knew what to expect when his name was penciled in the lineup.  The way Harry Kalas announced his named helped a little with his appeal, too :)


kruk.JPGBonnie:
Who wouldn’t put John Kruk on their top ten list of most memorable Phillies player? Not only was he a consistent hitter, but he also had a contagious personality that helped bring the last-place Phillies in 1992 to the World Series in 1993. He was definitely a fan favorite and was always fun to watch. Even someone that didn’t love baseball (hard to imagine) couldn’t help watching when he was on the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 


dykstra.JPGKristina:
My favorite Phillies alumn is #4 Lenny Dykstra who played in the early 1990s.  He was such a fun player to watch.  Dykstra was an awesome lead off hitter and outfielder who had remarkable numbers during his time with the Phillies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perrin: One of my favorite Phillies alumni is Mike Lieberthal. Lieby may not have put up eye popping career numbers but he had a great 12 year run with the Phillies. I had the privilege of meeting him in person and getting his autograph when I was 13. I remember thinking he was much handsome in person. One of his greatest career highlights was catching Kevin Millwood’s no hitter in 2003. Most importantly he still holds the record for most games caught then anyone in Phillies history (1,139)

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