2010 Regular Season Memories…so far
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Phillies Ballgirl? If you’ve been following our “Down the Line” blog all season, you probably know a lot about what the Ballgirls do – and if you would like to try to become a Phillies ballgirl, now is the time to try! We are currently accepting applications for the 2011 Team and it could be you! I wanted the ballgirls to share their favorite memories from the season so that you Phillies fans could hear just how exciting and special it is to have this job. See information at the bottom of the blog for sending in your application – see you at tryouts!!
Patti: My favorite memory about being a ballgirl is the time I got to spend with the sixteen greatest girls in Philly. Being thrown into some pretty unique situations and events is an amazing experience but you never know what to expect, and having gone through it all while making long lasting friends is truly what makes it a one in a lifetime experience. We’ve had the opportunity to work the baselines, recycle our hearts out, play with the awesome kids of Phillie Harmony Fan Club, participate in charity softball games, sell tens of thousands of raffle tickets for some pretty great causes, showcase historic Phillies memorabilia, speak as representatives for various events and causes, meet countless passionate Phillies Phans – all generations with all kinds of stories, and soak in some pretty great baseball. The greatest luxury being doing it all alongside all sixteen of the other ballgirls with whom I’ve shared countless laughs, cries, embarrassing moments, funny stories, unique wardrobe changes, theme songs, somewhat impromptu nicknames, and spectacular life changing moments. I can’t think of a better way to spend baseball season.
Katie: My favorite ballgirl memory is difficult to choose. I’ve had so many and I’ve been so thankful to be able to do all these new and exciting events. Although there are many moments and memories that are held dear to me, one of those would be being on the field during a World Series game last year. The atmosphere was electric and was one I’d never been in before. I was ecstatic just to be there in the stadium and talk to our super-knowledgeable phans! I hope the Phillies will be there again this year!
Bonnie: I have to say that this year of ballgirlin’ has been full of great memories and wonderful
friends. If I had to pick just one memory to share, it would be our ballgirl trip to Clearwater (see our blog about the trip http://mlblogsphilliesballgirls.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/hotpants2-thumb-300×450-24273711.jpgarchives/2010/03). We organized this trip just for fun this past March, which was before many of us knew each other very well. The weekend was a crash course get-to-know-each-other kind of weekend. All of us enjoyed some great bonding times on the beach and at the Phillies games. We even braved a rain delay game in pink and yellow princess ponchos that we bought to try to wait out the storm. During the weekend, Lindsay and I somehow managed to navigate our way around Clearwater in our lovely rented minivan, which kept even the shortest trips exciting. The weekend was full of adventure and definitely a time I’ll always remember.
Jess: It’s hard for me to pick one favorite ball girl memory. I mean I have had so much fun meeting the team of girls and getting to become friends with them. I’ve also have had a blast working at the stadium for the home games whether its on the field or off doing green team as well as doing all the charity events and meeting the people the Phillies help. But I think my favorite memory is meeting all the Phillies fans. I’ve had some hilarious conversations with fans while I’m on the field or simply walking to and from the stadium. This position has allowed to meet some very interesting people that I will never forget.
McKenzie: I have had so many amazing experiences and moments over the last two years as a Phillies Ballgirl, but since my very first game my favorite feeling has never changed. The thing I will never forget is the National Anthem at every game. Standing at home plate, next to the Phanatic, looking around at the 40,000 Phillies fans there to cheer on the team is definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I was lucky enough to have and will never forget. My other favorite ballgirl memories are just to be able to think of how many kids we were able to meet and have an impact on their lives, no matter how small of an effort it was. I have definitely had so many amazing opportunities that I never would have gotten the chance to experience if I wasn’t a ballgirl, and it is two years of my life I will never forget!
Bridgette: Words can’t describe how much fun I’ve had this past year being a ballgirl. From our first team outing at Go Vertical where we took on some intense rock climbing, to Christmas in July where we played Mrs. Claus for the day and danced in the Diamond Club after an hour long rain delay, to all of the awesome games I’ve gotten to witness from the best seat in the house, I’ve loved it all. Hands down though my favorite memory thus far would be the weekend of the Allentown Patriots Old-Timers softball game. The fun began the night before the game at Lindsay’s house where we all hung out, indulged in countless tasty treats, and played goofy games until the wee hours of the night. The next day after a hearty homemade breakfast including fresh waffles and Bonnie’s delicious egg casserole, we made our way to Allentown for the game. Now at first glance one might not take our opponents too seriously being that their average age was about 60-70, BUT man can they play! Each team had a great time playing against each other and it was all for a great cause, Donna’s Dugout which raises money and awareness to defeat ALS disease.
Kristina: My favorite moment as a Phillies Ballgirl was participating in July 4th Independence Day Parade. This event was held in center city Philadelphia and there were about 11 of us ballgirls who represented the Phillies. We walked behind the Miss New Jersey, Miss Philadelphia, and Miss Pennsylvania, floats and in front of an awesome group of young people dancing to drums. A few of us were even lucky enough to be invited to get a sneak peak in an army vehicle that was also in the parade. The energy that surrounded the streets that day was unreal. It was then I realized the passion this city has for one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. I was proud to not only wear my Phillies red but wave the flag of our very special country.
Katelyn: My favorite memory as a Phillies Ballgirl would have to be the Softball games we’ve
played together. I love playing softball, so to be able to do it with 16 other girls that I have become really close with makes it even better! As a Ballgirl, I get to be on the field for the games, participate in numerous charity events, and even rebuild old houses for Habitat for Humanity. However, nothing is better than some good old fashioned competition! I really enjoyed the opportunity to play all different types of positions that I never thought I’d get the chance to play. I love to see all the people that come out to our games. The Ballgirls get to spend a lot of one on one time with the biggest Phillies fans out there. Each game we play benefits a different charity which is only an added bonus! Most people don’t realize that the 17 Ballgirls do more than just field foul baseballs. We are a team on and off the field. Through our softball games we’ve played together, we’ve learned how to work together and play to each others strengths. It is rare for all of the Ballgirls to get together for an event, so I always look forward our Softball games because I know it’s a chance to get to spend time with my teammates. There isn’t one thing as a Ballgirl that I haven’t enjoyed, but I will say this; Anytime I get a chance to spend time with almost everyone together, it just makes being a Ballgirl all the sweeter :)
Lindsay: There really are too many amazing memories of being a 2010 Phillies Ballgirl – but one thing that I have enjoyed most is being able to meet the fans and challenge them to a game of slow pitch softball. We have traveled far and wide this year to play some great teams. From the first game in Shawnee, NJ to our final game in Hatboro, PA we have met some incredible fans, and people. I included a photo from last weeks game against the 380 Screwballs. There we met some great people and lost a close game after a grand slam in the 7th inning! Not only were they great competition, but provided us with wonderful entertainment and our very own flyover! It’s incredible being able to help out in our local community.
We also were able to get most of the ballgirls together to help with the Jimmy Rollins BaseBowl event in Philadelphia a few months ago. Anytime we are all able to work an event, it is a great time. Luckily we were also able to help raise a considerable amount of money for the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation. It was my second year in a row at the event, and even better the second time. It’s wonderful to see all members of the Phillies organization working together for a great cause!
Brittany: There are so many great moments I’ve had while being a ballgirl it was hard to pick a favorite. Being a ballgirl made me experience so many great things, and having some of the greatest girls with me all the time made it that much better! Besides making new friends for life with some of the most fabulous gals I have ever met, I think my favorite ballgirl memory (besides receiving my very own jersey) was habitat for humanity. I loved the fact that an ordinary girl, like myself, could help make such a big difference in someone’s life. Although it was a dirty job, on one of the hottest days of the year, I still had a blast!
Becca: I do not have one favorite Ball girl moment, but rather numerous, minute, favorite moments. From my childhood, I have so many fond memories with the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia. The main reason I wanted to become a Ballgirl was so I could give back to the city of Philadelphia, that has given me so many great memories. As a Ballgirl, I have had the opportunity to do this time and time again. My favorite moments as a Ballgirl are interacting with the young fans. It is so funny to me that when I am wearing those red and white pinstripes, kids treat you like a superhero! Giving a fan a foul ball, signing a trading card, or even flashing them a smile is so simple, yet means so much to them. It is all the little moments like this, that are my favorite part about being a Ballgirl.
Emily: It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite memory as a Ballgirl because I’ve had SO
many amazing experiences throughout the season. But, if I really MUST pick, the event that stands out a lot to me in my mind is Retro Night at the stadium. I explained Retro Night in a previous blog, but basically Bridgette, Bonnie and I got a chance to dress in awesome vintage “hot pants” outfits to help bring the retro spirit to the park. This event really sticks out to me when I think back throughout the season because we got a chance to wear really fun outfits, and we had a super fun dance party with the 80s girls! Retro Night was just a very fun and goofy night with my fellow Ballgirls. I also have to mention events such as our awesome softball games and our help with reconstructing a house for Habitat for Humanity as some other events that I absolutely loved. And of course, for those of you who know my family, the night that I was on the third base line and Mickey (my brother) danced on the field with the Phanatic…it was unforgettable and so much fun! If I could I would definitely re-live my Ballgirl experiences that I’ve had so far over again because I’ve had such a blast throughout the entire season! I’m looking forward to even more amazing experiences in this last stretch of the regular season, and hopefully I get a chance to experience post-season as well (knock on wood)! =)