September 2011

12 Biggest Surprises of the 2011 Phillies Season

To the average person, this Phillies season may have seemed pretty predictable. Excellent pitching and an early play-off berth were two things that the Phillies were expected to do from the get go. But if there’s one thing that I love the most about baseball, it would be to expect the unexpected. From Worley’s successful rookie year to all the closers with only a few blown saves, this season has kept us on the edge of our seats. With that said, the ballgirls all voted on their favorite surprises of this season. I think you’ll have no trouble adding your own ideas to our short list.

1. A victory that took 19 innings!! – Moira

2. Who can deny that the weather this season has been more extreme than most fans have seen in a while?? – Sammy

3. I would have to say Hunter Pence’s “proverb” being such a phenom!

4. Utley’s strong performance after his serious knee injury…I almost forgot he was ever hurt! – Emily

5. Watching Valdez pitch during a 19 inning game with Katelyn on my last training day! – Maureen

6. Throwback…. Wilson Valdez getting the win, as a pitcher! – Gen

7. I never expected it to get any more bizarre than seeing Oswalt play left field last season, who was I to second guess. My favorite most surprising Phillies’s moment this season is when Wilson Valdez recorded his first MLB win as a pitcher. It happened early on in the season, but this one still astonishes me every time I think about it. He certainly made a show of it – shaking off pitches and a drilling batter, but way to get it done! – Patti

8. I’d have to say that the biggest surprise to me this season hasn’t been any of the incredible performances by the players but rather the weather! I remember waking up the morning of Opening Day and seeing SNOW on the ground!!! I immediately text Bonnie and asked her what we should wear on the field, thankfully as the day went on the sun came out and it warmed things up….just a little. In July the Philadelphia are experience an excessive heat wave which left the guys playing in 100+ degree weather for a weekend. Then in the month of August we had 3 games rained out, two of which were due to hurricane Irene, needless to say the weather has been unpredictable and has kept everyone on their toes. – Tori

9. I’m not sure if this really counts, but I think that the biggest surprise of the 2011 season for me, happened before the season even began. In the off-season, the Phillies pulled off the shocking trade that returned Cliff Lee to the Phillies for the 2011 season. I tend to be addicted to any and all trade news involving the Phillies, but this rumor just seemed impossible to me. So I gave up hope and went to bed, only to wake up to the news of Cliff Lee’s return to the Phillies and the first pleasant surprise of the 2011 season! – Jamie

10. Acquiring Hunter Pence! – Bridgette

11. Not that I didn’t think she had it in her…and not that this should be much of a surprise, but my vote goes to an awesome grab by Patti earlier in the season. We were playing Huston, up 2-0 in the bottom of the 4th when Angel Sanchez nailed one down the 3rd baseline. Patti, who doesn’t even flinch, ever so gracefully picks up her chair and fields it on one hop. The crowd proceeds to cheer as she hands the ball over to a young fan and curtseys before sitting back down in her chair. I included a screen shot and I know it’s a little blurry…but it’s because the ball/Patti was moving so fast! What do you expect?! – Becca

12. Brian Schneider’s great winning record when he’s behind homeplate (24-3 at the end of August). I’m sure Worley’s awesome rookie year helped play a part in all these wins, as well! – Bonnie

Do You Have What it Takes?……

……..If so, we want to hear from you!!

Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to our Veteran Ballgirls and welcome some new ones.

We are currently accepting applications for 2012 Phillies Ballgirls. Send us a 2 minute long DVD highlighting your softball experience and why you should be one of the next Phillies Ballgirls along with a resume by October 1, 2011.

Send applications to:

The Phillies
One Citizen Bank Way
Philadelphia, Pa 19148
Attn: Ballgirls

Tryouts will be held in Novemeber 2011 depending upon the post season schedule and will consist of a verbal on-camera interview, written Phillies knowledge test, and softball skills (fielding, hitting, throwing, running).

Ever Wanted to Be a Phillies Ballgirl?

Do you LOVE the Phillies?…..Have softball experience?…..Enjoy volunteer work?
Then the Phillies wanna hear from you!!!

The Phillies are looking to hire a staff of ballgirls who can represent the organization in the community as well as perform duties on the field. Minimum age of 18 years old is required to apply.

If interested, please send resume with a two minute DVD highlighting your softball experience and explaining why you should be a Phillies Ballgirl to the address listed below. No phone calls please. Resumes must be received by October 1, 2011. If you are qualified you will notified to participate in our tryout at Citizens Bank Park. Tryout date is pending postseason schedule.

Please send applications to:

The Phillies
One Citizen Bank Way
Philadelphia, Pa 19148
Attn: Ballgirl Applicant

Donna’s Dugout Charity Softball Game with the Phillies Ballgirls

I would have to say that the best part of being a Philadelphia
Phillies Ballgirl is the numerous opportunities you have to give back
to the community. As ballgirls, we strive to be role models on, and
off the field, so we are both honored and thrilled to have been
invited to work with a group such as Donna’s Dugout.

Donna was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on June 22, 2005
and since then has made it her mission to raise funds that would go
towards patient services. Funds that would help people who live with
ALS and research to hopefully one day find treatments and a cure for
ALS. Through numerous events throughout the year, Donna’s Dugout
raises money and we could not be happier to have done our part to help
through our participation in what has become an annual game vs. the
Allentown Patriots Old-Timers. To learn more and find out how you can
contribute please don’t hesitate to visit

The Phillies Ballgirls vs. The Allentown Old-Timers is always one of
my favorite events during the year. It’s so wonderful getting
together with all the girls and playing one of our favorite games,
softball! The game was very close and enjoyable, although the
ballgirls did end up being defeated by the Old-Timers. I felt the
best part of the day was Donna’s speech at the end expressing how
thankful she was for everyone, players and fans, to come out and
support the cause. I would like to thank Donna for having us
participate and allowing us to enjoy the delicious food that was
prepared after the game.

Playing against the Old-Timers last summer was one of my favorite
games of the year so I was definitely looking forward to this year’s
rematch. They may look like easy opponents but don’t let that fool
you, those guys still got it. While we were playing for fun and a
great cause, it was still a close game that the Old-Timers managed to
get over on us! We were good sports about it though and were happy to
be there for such a great event.
I played intramural softball in college, but haven’t played
competitively since high school. I love getting to still play ball
with the girls because there’s a lot less pressure riding on our games
which allows us all to have more fun.

I love playing in the Donna’s Dugout charity softball game and playing
the Old-Timers makes it even better! Playing for Donna’s Dugout is
such a honor and I am so happy that I am able to participant in it. I
am always so impressed with how well those Old-Timers can play.
Although they are 60+ years old they play so well (so well that we
lost by one run, yes that’s right you read correct- we lost to the Old
Timers). As I was admiring them playing baseball, it makes me wonder
how long have these guys been playing the sport? And how many of them
played at college level or even higher?! I just hope that when I am
their age I can play softball at least half as decent as them!

Hands down, my favorite softball game of the year is for Donna’s
Dugout. I was especially impressed with the Old-Timers and how much
spark they brought to the field. They were sliding and diving all over
the place! They sure know how to play. Everyone at this event has so
much fun and we are so excited to help out this great cause. You just
can’t help but put this game on the top of your list of favorite ballgirl memories.