Phillies Ballgirls’ Off Season Plans
Although the 2011 baseball season has come to a close, the ballgirls keep plenty busy off the field. Some girls are finishing up school, while others are spending more time with friends/family and some girls are picking up new hobbies. We will even be welcoming a new, little Phillies fan this offseason… possibly a future ballgirl?!?! What are you doing with your free time now that baseball is done?
This off season, I will be finishing up my last half of school! My graduation date is just before the start of the ’12 season so I can easily get back into the swing of things (no pun intended), albeit as a fan this time around.
Off the field, my life is non-stop (which is probably the case for all of us). It’s a constant balance between work, school, and play. I work full-time at the University of Pennsylvania taking full advantage of their tuition benefits and completing post-bacc requirements for Dental School admission. In the very little free time that I can find, I love spending it with my 4 year-old mutt Zoey, playing sports, and hanging out with my six nieces and nephews. A huge project I’ll be working on in the off-season is learning Spanish and I’m hoping with the help of Ballgirl Sam T., I’ll get it down by next season!
This off season is sure to be a busy one for me. My fiancé and I are expecting our first child, a little girl on Christmas Eve. We couldn’t be more excited and anxious about her arrival! My current project is working on the nursery, which I hope to have completed within the next two weeks. Once the nursery is finished then it’s on to wedding planning :) It’s hard not to start planning now with all the different ideas running through my head. Between caring for a newborn, planning a wedding and eventually going back to work after my maternity leave is over, I’d say my “off-season” is going to fly by, which means…….MORE BASEBALL!!! So although the Phillies’ season is over, I have a lot of exciting things going on which helps to soften the pain some.
As I’m now getting my life back in order and trying to find new hobbies to fill the void of baseball season, I’ve been taking up guitar and hoping to actually put enough time into it that I can play an entire song. I’m inspired every year to take up the guitar when I go to sing-alongs around the campfire. Other than that, my full time job in social media marketing is keeping me pretty busy, and I finally feel like I can go to the grocery store and buy milk for myself that won’t go bad as I eat meals of hot dogs and ice cream at the ballpark. While guitar and fresh milk are always enjoyable, nothing beats the craziness of baseball season. I’d have rotten milk any day if that meant I could be down at the park again. Just a few months of boots and chunky sweaters, and spring will be here before we know it!
I wish I could say my off season will be spent on extravagant vacations but the reality is, I am a very busy college student. I go to Penn State University and study Community, Environment, and Development. Although Philadelphia and the fans can’t be beat, living in State College is a close second. To fill the empty space left by the Phils, I’ll be watching the Eagles games with friends. I’ve always loved the Eagles, but they have never quite come before the Phillies for me. This winter I’ll be trying to keep warm up here in central PA and waiting out the cold weather till spring training! Can’t wait!
Since I recently transferred to Villanova University, I will be spending time getting accustomed there. Hopefully our basketball team will be able to fill my sports void during the Phillies off-season! I am already counting down the days until Spring Training begins and I am in beautiful Clearwater, watching my favorite team!
During the off season when I am not counting down the days until Spring Training starts, I am a music teacher! I am currently the Strings Teacher at 3 elementary schools in the North Penn School District. I love having the opportunity to teach students how to play an instrument. When I am not teaching, I am playing my violin at different gigs all over the tri-state area. Most importantly, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am even hoping to go on a vacation or cruise with the ballgirls in the spring!
In the off-season, and as my day job throughout the baseball season, I work as a civil engineer. More specifically, I work in the transportation design field. It entails working on a variety of different projects that range from building sidewalks and rehabilitating existing roadways, to identifying and mitigating traffic delay and safety concerns, to designing and estimating future highways. This off-season in particular, I will be spending a good bit of my extra time studying for the Professional Engineer’s exam that I plan to take this coming spring. It is an 8-hour exam, and I’m already looking forward to the day after I take it! But I’ll be sure to balance my work by playing in my co-ed softball and football leagues, and hopefully taking advantage of the ability to travel a bit more. But no matter how exciting my off-season plans may be, I know that I will greatly miss my duties as a Phillies Ballgirl in the off-season. Is it Spring Training time yet? :)
Welp, now that baseball season is over, I have to go back to the real world. I’m currently living in Washington DC and attending graduate school at Howard University for Speech-Language Pathology. So instead of my life revolving around baseball, it now revolves around homework! Since I love Philadelphia soo much and I miss my fellow ballgirls, I often come home on the weekends.. I’m just waiting for April to roll around so I can watch baseball while doing homework!!
I’ve kept myself extremely busy with school work now that baseball season is over. I’m currently taking 7 classes and I feel like I have never ending assignments and papers to write! I’m not quite sure how I pulled it off when we were in baseball season…maybe I just didn’t realize because I was consumed by Phillies excitement :) At least now I have more time to focus on my Senior year of college. Still, I need my baseball…can’t wait for next season!!!
It took quite some time for the sting to heal from that last NLDS game, but I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that our season is officially over. Now that I’m not spending as much time at Citizen’s Bank Park and I’m no longer in school, my off season consists of hunting for a full time job in Graphic Design. I’m also working part time at Carolina Blue, a local restaurant in Pitman, NJ. Aside from work I keep busy working out, spending time with friends and family, and hopefully planning a vacation in the near future. Anyone have any suggestions of somewhere warm and sunny?
This offseason will be filled with lots of work as usual. Between being a dual major, working three part times jobs, and doing freelance graphic design I keep pretty busy. I am hoping that all my hard work allows enough extra cash to plan a warm getaway that will get me through winter until baseball season is back!