Danielle and I had the pleasure to wave farewell to the Phanatic who packed up to leave Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, February 18. Many Phillies’ employees waved goodbye to the Phanatic and cheered him on as he entered his van for his trip to spring training. He had his beach ball, water gun, and Hawaiian t-shirt ready for his arrival in Florida. The Phanatic’s first stop was in Richmond, Virginia where he visited the Richmond International Speed Way and danced with his friend Nutzy. He has also stopped for tacos at South of the Boarder in Hammer, SC and is planning on reaching his final destination on Saturday February 22nd. I know the Phanatic will be missed in Philadelphia by not only the employees of the Phillies but by all of the fans, however he is excited to cheer on the Phillies during Spring Training and meet new fans in Florida!
My plans for the rest of the off season are: working, having fun with my friends and family as much as I can and I can’t forget, getting ready for the 2014 season! I currently have a full time job with an IT company but I am continuing to find another job within my field of study, which is Electronic Media. It is a very competitive field but ‘positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes’… my dreams are bigger than the camera I am standing next to!
During the rest of the off-season, I will finish my freshman year at Widener University. My softball team and I are going to Florida for a week in March, and my season will continue until May. While in Florida we will have a few practice days followed with big game days. Our team looks great this year! We have really strong players and I am so excited to start! My position for the team is shortstop. Then it will be time for the Phillies to start! I am so excited and can’t wait!
Other than counting down the days until Opening Day at Citizen’s Bank Park, the rest of my off season will consist of being on campus studying hard to finish my winter term at Drexel, and start the spring term with a great GPA. When I’m not on campus, I play flag football with my boyfriend and close friends on Saturday mornings. I am part of a co-ed non-competitive, social league, and we are out to defend our championship title from the fall! It’s so much fun and a great way to get outside during the winter and exercise with friends and teammates! I will also be celebrating my birthday this month! Between balancing school work, my part-time job, and flag football, I will be kept busy and distracted while I wait for the greatest year of my life to begin!
My plans for the rest of the off season are as follows: 1. Get in better shape for the upcoming season. (We all know those jackets don’t get from the outfield to the dugouts by themselves!) 2. Enjoy the down time before all of our exciting events and games start. 3. Wish that the days will fly by because I am way too excited to be a Vet this season!
I also plan to focus on my full time job as an accounting analyst. I’m learning new things everyday and just from the past year, being a ball girl has helped me tremendously with my communication with other people and multitasking one job with the other.
Not long until opening day! This off-season, I’ve been keeping busy with a number of things. My biggest priority, of course, is my internship. I’ve been focusing heavily on continuing to grow professionally in the public relations industry. Outside of that, I’ve been giving conditioning and hitting lessons to middle and high school softball players. I love helping them improve their game. I’m also doing a Tough Mudder in April, so my free time is spent in the gym.
On Tuesday February 11. Kory and Kelly went to Buckshutem Road School to join the Buckshutem Girls Basketball Team in helping with the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ to earn some of the 5 Athlete Badges. There were close to 15 girl scouts that were very eager to participate in a series of “Minute to Win it” games with Kory, Kelly, and the girls basketball team. We were able to cheer on the girl scouts as they used pedometers and other objects during these games. It was nice to see smiles from ear to ear and the excitement in everyone’s’ faces. The most rewarding part of this experience was seeing the girls’ faces once they completed a game; regardless of winning or losing. They were so excited to earn badges and learned how important team work is, whether it was cheering on a teammate or participating in a race/ challenge. In the end, all of the girls were winners for completing this session. It was nice of the Buckshutem Girls Basketball Team to come out and donate some of their time to their community. You could tell that the younger girls definitely looked up to the older girls and wanted to be a part of everything that they were doing. Good luck to the girls in the rest of your basketball season! We look forward to seeing the girl scouts at their Girl Scout event on May 13th at the ball park! Go Buckshutem!
The Phillies’ equipment truck left Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, February 6, 2014. It was a very exciting day for the organization. The 53-foot equipment truck was loaded with thousands of items needed for Spring Training in Clearwater, FL. The packing began about two weeks after the season ended, so Thursday was the big finish for those who worked hard preparing inventory and planning before the truck took off on the two-day journey to Florida. The Phanatic loaded the final item into the truck before we took off on a Center City tour leading the truck to 95 South.
It was truly amazing how the larger-than-life truck was so strategically packed…the inside looked like a 53-foot long game of Tetris! The equipment team did an amazing job. Abby, the Phanatic and I rode atop a Philadelphia fire truck escorting the truck out of Citizen’s Bank Park. The exciting experience seemed to trump my regular aversion to the cold. We were all smiles thinking positive thoughts of baseball weather.
On our ride through Center City, we passed so many enthusiastic phans whole-heartedly waving to their favorite mascot and honking their car horns in support of the send off. Social media users who saw the truck tweeted and posted photos using the hash tag “#ClearwaterOrBust.” My favorite memory from the day was when a school bus pulled up next to the fire truck. There was a brief moment when all of the young school children seemed slightly confused seeing the Phanatic in a fire truck but without giving into the hesitation, they eagerly pressed their noses to the window and passionately waved.
Before parting ways with the Florida-bound truck, we stopped at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Abby and I tried to keep up with the Phanatic as he ran up the museum stairs, but my biggest concern was not slipping on the ice and falling and bringing the Phanatic down with me (luckily, I can say that didn’t happen!). It was a great afternoon… Clearwater or Bust! Special thank you to Philadelphia Fire Department and the wonderful firefighters of truck 53!
It is crazy to think a year has passed and I am a Veteran for the 2014 season. I still cannot believe I’m starting my second year with the Phillies! My rookie season as a Ballgirl was all that I could have hoped for and MORE! I will always cherish the memories and friends that I made last season but I am so excited for the all the new memories, events, and friendships to come this season. Go Phillies!
Hands down the most memorable moment of my rookie season was my first game on the field on May 19th where I witnessed the back-to-back walk-off home runs from Kratz and Galvis in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2!!! It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the entire stadium was absolutely electric. In all honesty, it was coolest thing I had ever seen! I felt so blessed to be on the field for that game!
This season I am most looking forward to making the most of each experience this 2014 season has to offer! Additionally, I am looking forward to mentoring and getting to know the new rookies and training them for their field duties. Also, I am so excited to interact with all of the phans again this year and give back to our Philadelphia community. Spring training is right around the corner Phillies Phans! Get excited!
I can’t believe I am officially a Phillies ballgirl veteran. The events I attended, games I watched, and people I met made this year the best year of my life. My favorite memory of the 2013 season was attending the CHOP Halloween Bash. This event was special to me because I am studying medicine to one day become a doctor and hopefully have the opportunity to work at CHOP. I danced the night away with the patients and their siblings along side of two other ball girls, Ashley and Leigh Ann (and of course, the Phanatic). The young patients of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia had the biggest smiles on their (colorfully painted) faces and I left the Halloween Bash truly feeling like I made a difference in their lives.
Another one of my favorite memories of the 2013 season had to have been the 18- inning game. I was one of the lucky girls to be on the field for over seven hours in one night. That night I truly realized the dedication of the Phillies fans. Fans were sitting on the very top rows of the stadium and cheering just as loud in the 18th inning as the first with every at bat. After the game I received numerous texts and phone calls saying great job and that they couldn’t believe I was on the field for that long. However, I was so grateful to have the best seat in the house while being apart of such an exciting game. That night I truly felt like I was apart of Phillies history.
It is so hard to pick a favorite memory from my rookie season because every time I was at the ballpark or in my uniform at an event was a memorable experience. If I had to choose one, I would say the first time getting announced for Green Team. The feeling of standing in front of all the fans at home plate, smiling and waving into the camera is unexplainable. It is the greatest feeling and I get that feeling every time I step on the field. I am so blessed to get the opportunity to experience something that most people can’t say they have experienced.
The thing I am looking forward to most about this season is opening day/opening home stand. I think that the opening series is the most fun because all of the fans are so excited for the season to begin. There is so much going on around the stadium and the atmosphere of Citizens Bank Park is awesome.
I could not have asked for a better rookie season. I will never forget my first foul ball and interactions with the fans between innings during my first game on the field. My favorite memory of my rookie season was working at the Phillies Golf Event in July. This took place during the Phillies alumni week, so I was able to meet a few of past Phillies players. The ballgirls assisted in creating gift bags for all of the golfers and helping make sure that the event ran smoothly. A few of us drove golf carts around the course to make sure everyone was staying hydrated in the summer heat. Interacting with alumni and many members of the Phillies front office staff was a lot of fun!
I am most looking forward to training the rookies on the field. The experience of being on the field is unforgettable, so I am really excited to be with the rookies as they have this experience of their own for the first time. Rookies are trained for four games before they can be on the field by themselves, so it is the responsibility of the veterans to teach them what to do in any game situation. The hardest part will be trying to calm the rookies down because it is easy to get nervous in front of such a large crowd!
My favorite memory from last season was dancing on the field with the Phillie Phanatic. It was a day game and the Ball Girls played along with the Phanatic that day. It started out as the Phanatic not having anyone to dance with. We ran out on the field and broke out into dance with the Cupid Shuffle. It was so much fun watching the fan’s reactions and doing something out of my comfort zone. The Phanatic is an awesome dancer and I would love to do it all over again!
I am excited for my Vet season. I enjoyed it so much last year as a rookie, but this year I know the ropes and I look forward to passing that on to the new rookies. What a great experience! I have had so many great memories during my rookie season, but my favorite would have to be: Dancing with the Phanatic and all the kids at the Please Touch Museum! It was so much fun picking out the best dancers and brightening all the little kids days.
I am so excited for the season to start. I am looking forward to attending different events throughout the season and for Opening Day! It is my final season, so I am looking forward to doing all I can and getting the most out of this awesome opportunity.
No words can explain with justice what the year 2013 meant to me. Becoming a Phillies Ball girl is one of the greatest things to ever happen in my life. In receiving the honor of wearing my BG pinstripes as an ambassador for the Phillies I accomplished a personal dream. I have experienced the electricity of Citizen’s Bank park from the field, interacted with AMAZING Phans of Philadelphia, served as a representative of my favorite team and city, made life long memories and irreplaceable friends, and learned a lot about myself.
My favorite memories of my rookie season included the Phillies Pup Rally and Carlos Ruiz’s Philadelphia Futures event. One of my first ball girl duties was at Schuylkill River Park with the Pennsylvania ASPCA. Phillies phans dressed their pups in Phillies gear and brought them out to the park for games and prizes. The PSPCA had homeless dogs on site and I got to see a few dogs go home with happy new owners! Carlos Ruiz hosted an event at a really cool bowling ally in the city which sponsored the hard working high school students of the Philadelphia Futures. After working the Pup Rally, I adopted a dog from the PSPCA and I am also a current college student. I view both animals and higher education as important missions and I am lucky the Phillies are involved in the causes.
Of course, I will never forget the first time I walked onto the field and the unexplainable emotions of thrill, honor, and joy. Every day I walked into the ballpark to work, I was truly happy. I am so excited for 2014. I am so blessed and this opportunity is my daily reminder.
My favorite memory from last season was participating in the Phillies at the Beach event. Myself and three other ball girls went down to Atlantic City and spent the day on the beach with some of our amazing fans. We passed out sunglass and magnets, among other cool giveaway items. We also helped in judging the “best dressed” contest for kids and adults. This was overall such a fun day to be able to not only be at work but also be on the beach at the same time.
I am most looking forward to being on the field for a few more games this season and making a bunch of new friends with our rookies. We spend so much time together that these girls really do become some of my best friends. Also, all the events that we are able to participate in also are a once in a lifetime experience that I would not trade for the world.
I definitely think it is going to be different being a Vet this year. There is a lot expected from us not just from our boss, but the rookies and ourselves.
My favorite memory that I will always carry with me from last season will be when I was able to give a foul ball to a little boy battling leukemia. He was the happiest little boy and when he asked for my trading card he got so excited. When I was able to give him a ball, I remember him jumping up and down and giving his parents huge hugs. I definitely got teary-eyed. At the end of the game he gave me a big hug. I will definitely never going to forget that!
I am most looking forward to getting back on the field and making a million more memories with the vets and rookies this season! My advice to the rookies make the most of this experience. So many people would kill to have this opportunity, but you are one of the lucky ones. Do everything you possibly can, meet tons of new people, and have fun!