Memories from our Rookie year
A Big Update today!!
First off – I’m not revealing anything just yet, but we are making some headway onto the 2011 ballgirls!! This year we are having a second try at the voting process. We are using an online voting system to vote in the last ballgirl for 2011 and they all need your help! There are 5 girls in the running for the last spot this year. Please take the time to watch their videos and make a good decision – you’ll be watching them for a whole year! Here is the link: http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/fan_forum/y2010/ballgirl_ballot.jsp
Secondly, this blog has been a project for me this year, and my goal was to keep our readers happy, keep the ballgirls creativity level up and maintain a high level of readers throughout the year. We have done that!!! Thanks to you all, the ballgirl’s “Down the Line” Blog has reached #16 on the charts!!! Here is a look at the top leaders: http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/ Thank you to all of our readers and of course congrats to the other winners this month.
Finally, onto our entry for today. This is kind of a part 1 to the farewell blogging of 2010. I’m starting with the rookies. I asked them to think about their favorite memories of the 2010 season. It’s quite hard to nail it down to one (as you can see from their entries!) especially since this year was so exciting. Please enjoy a glance back at some happy memories from 2010.
Bonnie: There’s so many memories of my rookie ballgirl year, so how do I even pick just one…I will have to say that all of the “firsts” that I’ve experienced this year will always stand out in my mind. First time I got to put on my uniform. First time I got to sign one of my trading cards. First time on the field. First line drive down the third baseline right at me. First ballgirl appearance when we helped put furniture together for a school library. Well, I at least tried my best to put furniture together. Out of all these “Firsts,” nothing beats the friendships that I’ve made along the way. It amazes me how much fun we ballgirls had this year. Putting 17 girls together for a full baseball season could probably be turned into an interesting reality show because we sure knew how to make the most out of the entire experience and enjoy every second.
Bridgette: Being a first-year ballgirl this year has been one of the most fun and exciting
experiences of my life. While having the opportunity to be on the field was certainly one of the most exhilarating aspects of the job, there were countless other memories made throughout the 2010 season. If I had to rank the highlights of my first year as a ballgirl they would be: 10.) Playing against the Patriot’s Old Timers in Allentown. 9.) Being a member of the Hot Pants Patrol on Retro Night. 8.) Dressing as Mrs. Claus on Christmas in July while collecting toys for children in need. 7.) Doing the Cupid Shuffle on the dugout during Game two of the NLCS. 6.) Standing at home plate during Alumni weekend in which the alumni as well as the current players lined the baselines for the National Anthem. 5.) Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity on one of the hottest dog days of summer. 4.) Taste testing nearly every cuisine Citizen’s Bank Park has to offer. 3.) Modeling Phillies Comfy Throws (AKA Snuggies) with Lindsay and Tori on the first day of Ticket Sales back in March. 2.) Getting to know the Phillies family of employees on the field, in the offices, the command center, and those who always helped us with Green Team. And last but not least the #1 highlight of my year hands down has been becoming friends with 15 of the most awesome girls the Tri-State area has to offer. I can only imagine the memories yet to be created in 2011!
Katelyn: When I look back on the 2010 season, it’s hard for me just to pick ONE memory that stands out above the rest. Each Phillies game, event, softball game, or get together has a special meaning and memory. One of the first things I got to do as a Phillies Ballgirl was take a vacation down to Clearwater, Florida for Spring Training. While there, I became close with the other Ballgirls that I knew little about. It was while in Clearwater that I realized that I had just made lifelong friends. The perfect ending to a perfect vacation was the sunset that Bonnie, Tori, Katie, and I got to watch on Clearwater beach. It was a storybook ending to an amazing weekend. My favorite event at Citizens Bank Park as a Ballgirl that I was able to participate in was probably Retro Night. I was able to dress up in 80’s fashions and dance all night on the rooftop! Can you imagine anything more fun? The girls and I had a blast trying to replicate 80’s dance moves. The best memory I have while being a Ballgirl on the field is DEFINITELY Roy Halladay’s No Hitter. The other game I was fortunate to be on the field for was to see Jamie Moyer pitch a complete game shut out before his injury. I also really enjoyed being able to participate in the Phillies Harmony Fan Club events the Ballgirls got to do. Each time I met someone really special that I will always remember. The Phillies Phestival will always stick out in my mind as a wonderful memory. The Ballgirl Choir had their debut with “Take Me Out to the Photobooth” and it was one of the only times all of the Ballgirls got to be together. I am very greatful for all of the memories I have collected this past season and I look forward to making even more fun memories (possibly another world series parade??) in the 2011 season!!
Jess: It’s really hard for me to pick one favorite ball girl memory. For most, it would probably be the first time on the field which is an unexplainable feeling, but if I had to choose, it would probably be the first Phillies game I worked this past season. I, unfortunately, was late getting into the swing of things since I was away at Penn State finishing up my senior year and could only make the 3+ hour trip few times. Because of that, I was the odd man out on a lot of inside jokes that had already occurred by May. I also didn’t know the Phillies staff personally like many other rookies already did. I felt way behind and wasn’t sure how well I would mesh with the already tight group or if I would at all. My first game changed all of that. I was working green team with Lindsay and Bonnie, and I was announced with Lindsay as the green team “captains” for the game. Although we didn’t have a group, we managed to have a lot of fun, turning green team into a scavenger hunt game and seeing who could collect the most recyclables. Although my partner **cough Lindsay cough** lose me for about 3 innings, I felt as though I had been with the rest of the girls the whole time. It still amazes me how well we all bonded together and how we are all great friends.
Patti: I can’t say that there is one memory that stands out as a favorite among the rest. There are simply too many. From the first day of 2010 tryouts, to picking up my uniform, to Spring Training, my first event, to Opening Day, to my first game on the field, to my first foulball, to my favorite fans, to Photo Day, to Phillies Harmony Fan Club, to Fan Appreciation Day, to Christmas in July, to dancing on the dugout, to the Postseason, to the 2011 tryouts, nothing but great memories have been made and shared. One thing remained constant the entire season, my fellow ballgirls at my side for each and every one of these moments. None of the fond memories that I have from the 2010 season would be anywhere near what they are today, had it not been for the 15 women I had the opportunity with which to share them. The season may be over, and we may be saying goodbye to our Vets, but the bonds we formed throughout the year will continue to flourish as we transition from being ballgirls and coworkers to friends.
Kristina: The picture that I chose for one of my favorite ballgirl memories is a group shot from
Hatboro EMS vs ballgirl softball game which took place in September. I chose this picture because not only did we play well (excluding a few fielding errors, oops) but I had such a great time. In between innings we even did the Cupid Shuffle on the mound. The Hatboro EMS did a wonderful job organizing this event and I was glad the ballgirls were able to be apart of it!
Tori: When you have 16 girls that means 16 cameras, which if you do the math equals a TON of pictures. With so many pictures and so many unforgettable memories from this season I think my favorite picture is this one from Game 6 of the NLCS. It’s rare that all of us are at a single event and this was event where we were all present with only one girl missing from the photo (Katelyn). This was the last game of the postseason, and although it didn’t end the way we hoped it would, being about to share this memory with girls that have become like family to me over this past year was priceless.
Brittany: As I try to look back and think about all the exciting memories that occurred in the
past year, I knew this blog was going to be a hard one. So much has happened, I had to brainstorm and think about all the great memories with some fellow ballgirls. Since this blog could take forever and I have sooo many great memories, I decided that I would make it easier for the readers and try to pick my top memories according to the seasons of the year… I know, I know, I’m totally lame but this way I won’t be writing a whole novel, because let’s be honest here, no ones going to read an extremely long blog post. My favorite memories before 2010 were the day of tryouts at CBP and the day I received my very own Phillies jerseys! During the winter time we wanted to get to know each other a little better, so the vets organized a rock climbing event for all of us to attend and build our team bonding. This event was great because it was the first time a lot of us got to meet each other, I remember being so excited to meet my fellow ballgirls! Once baseball season started we all became inseparable, it felt as though I had 15 wonderful sisters. We all become so close with each other, we were just one big happy ballgirl family :). Since the best memories happened during the baseball season I’ll just list my favorites instead of rambling on and on: first time stepping on the field!, all of my training games, first time on the field as ballgirl with no vets sitting next to me,retro night, Christmas in July, Photo Day, post season; honestly this may take awhile so I’ll cut it short and end it there. This past year has been a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so grateful to experience it. I have some of the best memories that will stay with me for my entire life. Even though, I had made some great memories I think I am most grateful for the group of fabulous fellow ballgirls. I have made friends for life amongst this ladies and I am so happy they are in life, sharing this great memories with me. I’m going to sound like a total nerd when I say that I love my job as a ballgirl, but more importantly, I LOVE the ladies that work with me. I LOVE Y’ALL BALLIGRLS 2010
Becca: Many of my favorite memories from 2010 involve interacting with the fans, but particularly the younger fans. Chatting with them at events and games is something I will always remember about being a Ballgirl. The first event I worked this year was the Spring Training Day at the Franklin Institute. A young fan, who was also named Becca, approached me and shared her hopes of being a Ballgirl one day as well. It’s very rewarding knowing that we encourage young women to be involved in such a great sport and to hold a position that allows them to give back to the Philadelphia community. Keep an eye out for another Becca down the foul lines soon!
Emily: This Year of being a Phillies Ballgirl has been a dream come true for me to say the
least. I have had so many incredible experiences while working for the Phillies organization, and have made amazing friends along the way. Thinking back through the season at all of the awesome events that I’ve done, it is really hard to pick one memory that I loved the most. But, if I must choose, I absolutely loved all of post-season for so many reasons (I know it’s not technically one memory but I loved it all!). Obviously the atmosphere was incredible with the pre-game band and pep-rally, the unmistakable rowdy Phillies Phans, and of course the rally towels, but what I especially loved was that every night of post-season almost all of the Ballgirls were there at the stadium (which is a rare occurrence!). It was so much fun to be able to share the experience of post-season with my Ballgirl friends that I’ve grown close with throughout the season. It amazes me that a group of 16 girls were able to mesh so well together. With that being said, I’m sad to see the end of my 1st year of Ballgirling because it means our vets will be leaving us :'( but I am also so excited to be able to make another year of Ballgirl memories, and I look forward to being a vet for the new string of rookies in 2011!
Last but not least….. a huge congratulations to ROY HALLADAY, the 2010 NL CY Young Award winner. We couldn’t be prouder!!!! He was our MVP and our favorite pitcher from the season and provided the ballgirls and the fans with plenty of excitement. We cannot wait to see what he has in store for 2011.