This year in pictures
One of the things that the ballgirls love to do is TAKE PICTURES! We constantly have our cameras out ready to capture all the excitement that takes place at Citizen’s Bank Park, at softabll games, appearances and everywhere else the ballgirls travel. Since we have more photos than you could imagine, I had the ballgirls narrow down their favorites so we could all re-live some of our favorite moments.
Some need more explanation than others… But, I get to go first!
Since I get to see a preview of all the other photos, I decided to pick out two photos that I find to be the funniest ones from the 2010 season. First, on the left you’ll see a photo of a bunch of people in pink and yellow ponchos crossing a small creek formed by rain. Then in the middle, you’ll find one ballgirl wearing a protective trashbag and falling into the creek I mentioned. On our trip to Clearwater, we unfortunately ran into some bad weather for the game at Brighthouse field. We all had time to stop at a local store to pick up Disney themed ponchos and assumed our host Bonnie had one at home. We were quite wrong! Poor Bonnie was forced to wear a trashbag! Besides the fact that she looked hilarious, she also was awaiting surgery to repair a torn ACL. Needless to say, she didn’t make the jump over the creek (she’d probably say it was a river) and we were not so sympathetic at first. Don’t worry, she was ok!!
The second photo on the right is an example of what happens when you work with kids… sometimes they like you and sometimes they don’t. I asked these two Starting 9 kids if they’d like a photo and both said yes. As you can see, someone changed their mind and it made for one of the funniest pictures I’ve ever seen!!
Becca: As mentioned in our last post, some of my most fond Ballgirl memories are those spent getting to know all the fellow Phillies fans out there. This particular picture was taken at our softball game versus the Hatboro EMS team, which was also one of my favorite games we played this season. This snapshot captures our batgirl of the evening Kelly and I breaking it down to the chicken dance!
Because this photo combines a number of my favorite things i.e. Philies, Christmas, dancing, and my fellow Ballgirls, it remains one of my all time favorites from this season. Not only is Christmas in July a great time at the Ballpark, but it goes to a great cause which makes it all the more enjoyable and rewarding to be a part of.
McKenzie: I have so many favorite pictures from throughout the season, but here are a few of
the best. One was with Rylee, and fan who I gave a foul ball to over the summer. She was so adorable and made me appreciate my job so much more by showing how happy I was able to make her! Another favorite is me with Kristina and Bridgette before our last softball game of the season, which was the most fun we have ever had on the softball field!
Kristina: My favorite picture was maybe inspired by the upcoming holiday taken during Christmas in July at Citizens Bank Park. I chose this picture because it looks like it could be a holiday card! This photo represents a day that was so wonderful. For Christmas in July the ballgirls were able to dress up and play “Santa’s helpers” in collecting toys/donations all over the park. It was amazing to see how generous people were and the children will benefit greatly from the collaborative effort. Another exciting part of this day was when the ballgirls danced with the Phanatic to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”.
Bonnie: I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into when I volunteered to be a Hot
Pants Girl for 80’s night, but I’m so glad I got to do it. Emily, Bridgette, and I had a great time sporting the classic hot pants and white boots for the occasion. Katelyn and Perrin also got into the spirit of things with their 80’s outfits (pretty sure Katelyn was the most excited to pull out her beloved hair crimper). We definitely enjoyed pulling out our favorite retro moves for the dance party and having a special appearance from Miami Vice’s Sonny Crockett. Definitely a night to remember.
Bridgette: The first photo I chose is was taken at this year’s Retro Night. I picked this one because of how much fun we all had dressing up in retro gear followed by having a dance party with some fans- oh and special guests ‘Crockett and Tubbs’- on the Bud Light Rooftop. The second was taken at the Phillies Phestival in May. While promoting the photo booth station on the concourse, we decided to take a photo of our own. I happen to love this one because of how much it resembles photos taken in real vintage photo booths!
Brittany: This is one of my favorite pictures because it was from one of the first times a lot of
us got to meet for the first time. Some of the veteran ballgirls decided to schedule a rock climbing outgoing so we can all get to know each other. We had so much that Perrin didn’t even want to take her harness off! Little did I know that this would be a start to some great friendships.
I chose the second picture because it shows how much fun we have during our softball games. Perrin and I thought that the best way to show our excitement for our softball game was to do cartwheels in the outfield!! Even though we all play our hardest, we still throw in our own special touch to each game. Whether it’s great hits, little errors or just doing cartwheels in the outfield, we are always having fun! There is never a dull moment when we’re all together.
Jess: These are two of my favorites because of what they represent. The first one of me, Lindsay, and Brittany working Green Team, and it reminds me of all the good times all the ball girls had together even if we were collecting recyclables. The second is of me, Bridgette, and Tori at one of the post season games. No words can describe what it has been like working for the Phillies this year as a ball girl.
Patti: Photo #1 the parade: This picture needs no explanation. Simply awesome. (that’s my explanation)
Photo #2: Phillies Harmony Fan Club – What an amazing group of kids to spend some time getting to know. There is so much courage and bravery among this group that they can’t help but make you smile. Plus they kick butt in wiffle ball.
Katie: It was difficult to choose only a couple of photos that were my favorite. This year has flown by but it was truly special. So many memories were made on the field and within the Ballgirl squad. The two pictures I chose help illustrate the strong bond we’ve had as a squad this year, both on and off the field- from charity events to our trip to Spring Training. We weren’t just a team or co-workers, we are great friends!
Emily: This picture was taken at the Ballgirl tryouts this year. I love this picture because
almost exactly a year prior to when this picture was taken we were just meeting each other for the first time at our own Ballgirl tryouts, and now a year later it’s great to see how much fun we have together and how we’ve grown as friends! I also want to thank Bonnie in this picture because she looks about as goofy as I do obviously we didn’t get the memo being on the ends that this was just a smiling photo! ;-D
This picture of Bridgette, Bonnie and I from Phillies Retro Night. I love this picture because it is so different from anything we did all year as Ballgirls. It reminds me of how much fun we had getting into character in our vintage Ballgirl outfits, and “boogying down” during our dance party. It was certainly a night that I will never forget!
Tori: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This is a saying that I have heard numerous times and never really thought about till now. This year flew by, and meeting these 15 spectacular girls was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Back in March, 8 of us ventured down to Spring Training with little knowledge about the other girls we were heading down there with. I think I speak for us all when I say none of us knew what was going to come out of that weekend. But sure enough we made the most of every moment down there, from laying on the beach, to Tokyo drifting across 4 lanes of highway traffic all the way to huddling up in a ballgirl built tent with Disney poncho’s on in the pouring rain at one of the home games…..memories that will last forever were made. There’s not enough I can write to sum up all the memories from this past year because there are just too many, but I will say that these 15 girls that I spent the majority of my spring and summer with are some of the most admirable, independent, intelligent, outgoing, caring individuals I have ever met, and no matter what the memory was that was made or which ballgirl it was it I will cherish it forever and ever. Love you girls <3
Katelyn: I chose this picture of Brittany and me because the Ballgirls and I are big fans of awkward family photos. We are often trying to recreate all of the funny poses photographers force families to make in professional pictures. In this picture, Brittany are posing for our own “family photo” but it actually turned out pretty cute!
I chose this picture of us at Spring Training in Florida because it was such a great day. The weather was perfect, and nothing is better than a good baseball game after months of not being able to watch baseball on TV. We had such a good time getting to know each other on this trip and I can’t wait for Spring Training trip part 2 this year!