SEE YOU IN THE STANDS! Phillies Ballgirl Veterans say Farewell
You would think that after two years of blogging I would have this down, but somehow this last blog seems to be the most difficult one yet. I think it’s difficult because it’s bittersweet to be retiring as a ballgirl, but mostly because it’s so hard to put into words what this experience has been like. Remarkable, awesome, inspiring, and exhilarating are all adjectives that come to mind, but somehow they do it no justice. Being a Philadelphia Philles Ballgirl has been, and I’m sure will always be, one of the best experiences of my life. I have a new respect and love for the game of baseball and especially a new appreciate and respect for wearing those pristine red pinstripes. I believed it before, but now I truly am proud to say that I was a part of one of the best organizations in baseball and I will forever be grateful. So, a special thanks to all those I’ve met along the way at Citizen bank and in the Philadelphia community, a special thanks to the INCREDIBLE group of women who inspired me everyday and a special thanks to the fans for making every day at “work” a fun one. Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. Below, my fellow ballgirls share what the last two seasons have meant to them. Keep an eye out for us in the stands!
I have to admit that it’s bittersweet as I hang up my Phillies Ballgirl uniform for the last time. I can’t help but reminisce the first day that I stepped onto the field, grabbed my stool, and took a seat right down the third baseline. It is a moment of my life I’ll never forget. The memories I’ve had over these past two years and the lifelong friends that I’ve made have been amazing. So thank you, Phillies, for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I have an even greater respect for everything that you do, not only on the baseball field, but also within this community. Going to games as a fan next year may take some getting used to, but I can’t wait to enjoy the games…just from a slightly different view!
As I look back at my hundreds and hundreds of BG pictures that I’ve accumulated over the past two years, I feel so fortunate to have been able to truly live my dream job. When I reflect back to my pre-Ballgirl career, I remember thinking that being a Phillies Ballgirl would be the most incredible job in the world, but I never imagined that it would ever be a reality for me. Now that I have endless BG memories to last a lifetime, I honestly feel like my experience was beyond reality…I really couldn’t have asked for more. Not only have I had experiences that I could never forget on the MLB sidelines and as an ambassador for the Phillies organization at countless events, but I’ve met some of the most amazing people that I know will be friends for life. The friendships that were made over the course of my rookie and vet seasons are truly special and definitely rare (who ever heard of 17 girls getting together and all being great friends?!) I definitely think seeing my fellow BGs just about every other day during the Summer will be what I miss most. I will cherish the memories of our softball games, charity events, awkward family photos, BG challenges, dugout dances, retro outfits, Green Teaming, fan warnings, holiday sales, helmets, hot pants, pre-game rituals, post-season rallies, card signing, rain delays, photo shoots, and yes, even selling raffle tickets…and the list goes on and on! I plan to bring back these unforgettable memories by making a BG scrapbook, attending as many Phillies games as I can next season, and getting together with my fellow BGs as much as possible! And also, I can’t wait to watch my rookie, now veteran Ballgirl friends on the sidelines that I know will do an amazing job to continue on to the 2012 Phillies season…good luck ladies, I know you’ll make us proud!
It still feels like yesterday when I received the call that I would be a Philadelphia Phillies Ballgirl. I knew at that moment that my life had just changed forever. However, I had no idea just how much it would change. I’ve had too many wonderful experiences to count, including being on the field for Roy Halladay’s no hitter, being able to be a part of the Christmas in July toy drive, helping out with the Phillies Phestival to raise money for ALS, and much much more. These 2 years have flown by and I can say with 100% certainty that it was the best time of my life. The people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made will stay in my heart forever. It is hard to believe that I will never again be able to feel the warning track under my sneakers, or have our daily laughs and chats with the other Ballgirls in the locker room before game time, or head up to Michele’s office to see what our Green Team Volunteers will be like for the day. Time really does fly when you are having fun. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to share my experiences with and I will cherish our memories forever.
Well, here it is, the moment I’ve been dreading…the inevitable end of my ballgirl career. Since I knew the position of ballgirl existed, I wanted to become one. The dream – as it was in my head – is not worthy of comparison to the reality. The experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in as a member of the Phillies organization are indescribable. All I can say is, I will look back on these last two years with a fondness that will leave my future experiences in rivalry. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to have this unique opportunity and the relationships that have come with it.
It was privilege and an honor to have spent my time as a ballgirl with such a great group of women – truly some of the best. The memories we have made and certainly will continue to make, I will cherish forever. I am in awe with the amount of laughs, tears, triumphs, and life-changing moments we have packed into our brief time together.
Congratulations to the 2012 ballgirls – best of luck, soak in every moment, and you’ll do great. I’ll be watching from the stands
When I was offered the job of being a Ballgirl back in December of 2009, I was most excited about becoming apart of one of the greatest organizations in baseball, having the opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the community, and most of all having the best seat in the house. Of course each of those aspects were like a dream come true in their own respects, however, I did not expect to form a second family with the people that I was blessed to work with, in the front office, game day staff, and everyone in between whom we all became on a first name basis with by the heart of the season. Most of all though, I was blessed to be on a team with twenty two amazing girls. During the dog days of summer I saw these girls more than my own family, and it made coming to “work” something I looked forward to everyday. Being a Phillies Ballgirl has hands down been the best experience of my life, one that I will never forget. While I’m sad that it’s all over, I’m walking away with endless priceless memories. I’m so excited for the 2011 rookies to now become 2012′s vets, and for the group of new girls who are about to embark on their own experience of a lifetime. Like a legend once said, “I’ve got high hopes” for the 2012 season, good luck girls!!
As I reflect back on my last two years as a Phillies Ballgirl, it’s rather difficult to pinpoint one or even a few experiences that stand out the most to me. Between having the best seat in Citizens Bank Park, being involved with numerous charities, to working side by side with the most popular mascot in sports, all of the memories I have made will without a doubt be ones that stick with me forever. Some of the best memories were made in the ballgirl locker room before the start of the games with fellow ballgirls……we also found ways to occupy our time. Perhaps one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had thus far was the relationship I developed over the past two years with not only of the phillies biggest fans, but one of the ballgirls as well. Patti and I met 4 year old Owen at a blood drive during the 2010 season. While Owen’s parents donated blood Owen charmed us with all of his Phillies knowledge and adorable looks. From that point on it seemed as though every time Patti and I were together at both the stadium and events we ran into Owen and his parents. He never failed to put a smile on our faces, especially when we were invited to his 4th birthday this past year. Meeting Owen stands out as one of the best experiences for me because it is a true reflection of the relationships that can be built with the fans. It’s going to be difficult to transition back into being just a fan, but regardless I am beyond thankful for the opportunity I have been given these past two years and I look forward to rooting on my favorite team
I can’t believe the time has come for my last Ballgirl blog. The past two years have been filled with lasting memories that I will cherish forever. In my term as a Ballgirl I was lucky enough to be apart of two successful seasons in Phillies history. The aspect of being a Ballgirl that I know I will definitely miss the most is seeing the other girls day in and day out at the park or at various events throughout the community. These ladies have made a lasting impression on my life and I am so lucky to have met them! I know all good things must unfortunately come to an end, so now I will watch my favorite team from the stands and of course occasionally stroll down to say hello to the Ballgirl :). Congratulations to the 2012 Ballgirls, enjoy every minute of it!
I can’t believe this time has come the Phillies baseball season will never be the same for me. Every time I watch a game I will always be paying more attention to the ballgirls than the players, I will always think to myself “Oh, remember that time when you were a Phillies ballgirl…”. Even though these last two years have gone so fast, I have made great memories and great friends that will last a lifetime!! I am so honored to be chosen as a Phillies ballgirl and I loved every moment of it. Being a Phillies Ballgirl truly has been a dream come true, I couldn’t have asked to be part of a better organization while having the best job in the world with the best girls I know! I would like to thank Michele for the greatest two years and my family, especially my dad and brother (sorry mom.. I still love you). Without my brother, Brandon and my dad I probably wouldn’t know anything about baseball and this experience would still be a dream of mine. Thanks again and I can’t wait to meet the future Phillies Ballgirls. Now to join the Phillies Ballgirls Alumni Association.
This is such a bitter blog to write because it means my duties as a Phillies Ballgirl are officially over. The past two years have been amazing an I’m going to miss it so much! To the Phillies Phans: You all have made this experience amazing! I am going to miss meeting so many of you at the games and various events. You really are the best phans in baseball! To the Phillies organization: Thank you for this opportunity. Participating in all the on field and off field events have been amazing, and I hope that I will have the opportunity to work with you all again. To my fellow ball girls: Without all of you, this experience would not have been the same. You all have given some hilarious memories that I will never forget, and I thank you for keeping me laughing and smiling when I needed the distraction the most! You all are amazing!