All of the Ballgirls would have to agree that the best part of our job is seeing the bright smiles on kid’s faces, especially the faces of children who are constantly in a hospital bed. On September 4th, Steph D, Alison N and Samantha got the opportunity to go to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to help out with their fourth annual Radiothon. There were 7 local radio stations broadcasting on air from the hospital and dozens of volunteers answering the phones to take donations. After two days of phones ringing off the hook, the hospital raised $257,753, beating their total from last year!
Here’s what the girls had to say about their day!
WOW! I am so happy that the hospital was able to raise over $250,000 for the kids! While we were there, you could just feel the determination in the room to get donations. From all of the radio personalities talking to their audiences to donate, to the volunteers glued to their seats answering phones; knowing that when the phone rings, someone is donating. They even let us sit in and answer phones! I had an amazing time getting to know some of the kids and even though we were only there for a couple hours, it truly was a great experience that I won’t forget.
I had a great time when we visited the annual Radiothon to raise money for the children! The other ballgirls and I got to walk around the hospital and meet some of the kids. They were all so sweet and were so excited to get our ballgirl cards to show all of their friends. It really was an amazing experience to get to meet the kids and be in the joyful atmosphere of the hospital!
Anyone who has been to a Phillies game has noticed the boy in a Phillies uniform running in and out of the dugout. But who really is the Phillies Bat Boy?
His name is Tucker Colton, born and raised in Philadelphia. Right now Tucker is a sophomore at Drexel University studying business, which he hopes to use in the sports industry in the future. Although he is only twenty years old and completing his second season as the Phillies Bat Boy, he has been working in the industry for six years where he started with the Philadelphia 76ers.
We were fortunate to get the chance to get to know him better.
How did you find out about the Phillies Bat Boy position?
“I’ve always grown up loving sports. I met the former Phillies Bat Boy who was also working for the Sixers at the time, so I got to know him and learn about the job.”
How do you balance school and work?
“It’s always hard. I usually tell people I don’t sleep a lot.”
What is your game day routine?
“Depends what has to be done, I usually am here five or six hours before game time. So here’s a typical routine for the day:
2:00pm- Go to the storage room and clean up from last night (helmets, catchers gear, anything left over), do laundry.
2:30pm- Stock the fridge in the bullpen and fill the cooler with ice, set up the dugout with powerade and water, go upstairs and change.
3:45pm- The pitchers are ready to warm up for batting practice, so I start to set up the bench with the bats, helmets, towels.
4:15pm- Batting practice starts now where I go out in center field and collect the balls that are hit into the outfield for an hour.
5:45pm- Someone watches the bench while I change into my uniform and eat dinner.
6:15pm- Get the gum, seeds, and coffee ready. A lot of players and coaches actually drink coffee.
7:05pm- The fans see what I do during the game.
10:00pm- After the game I clean up the dugout and bullpen.
10:30pm- Go into the clubhouse and see what needs to be done, which is usually cleaning the players shoes, which it gets bad on rainy days. I am done by 11ish, so I finish laundry, stock the coolers, and other duties.”
Did you go through any training?
“No, I just kinda went off instinct and I’ve been around sports long enough to know the game. I try to make it easier for myself and the umpire, for example if I am going out to get a bat, I will bring out two balls with me while I am already on the field. I also try not to interrupt the flow of the game during a 3-2 count. I always try to keep my head up so I don’t get hit by any balls still in play. ”
How long can you be a Bat Boy?
“Well I wanna be it as long as I can, but it’s up to the Clubhouse Manager to ask me back. I meet with him at the end of the season and he will either ask me back or won’t. Regardless it’s been awesome these past two years.”
A few of us wanted to ask Tucker some questions that we had. And here are his answers:
Kelly R wants to know… What advice who you give the next incoming Bat Boy?
”Have fun with it, but always be professional. You are not a player, you are a worker.”
Kory wants to know…What was the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you as a Bat Boy?
“Earlier this year we were playing the Cubs, we were up 10-1, and I ran into the dugout but I couldn’t get any traction on the top step and flew right next to Jimmy. Everyone was asking me if I was okay and how did it even happen. Luckily we were winning…”
Erin wants to know…Who’s your favorite Phillies player (past or present) and why?
“They are all my favorites…as long as I’m their favorite Bat Boy.”
Kelly N wants to know…Have you ever wanted to race a ballgirl to the ball and see who would win?
“Yes, and I think I would win every time. But sometimes I’m running around so much I just let the Ballgirl get it.”
Mackenzie wants to know…If there is a movie about your life who would play you and why?
“Some people say I look like Adam Sandler, so maybe him. And I guess he is funny enough…and he does Water Boy.”
Alyssa wants to know…Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
“It’s more of a routine than superstition stuff. I do have some handshakes with some of the players, so that’s cool.”
Steph T wants to know…What has been the most rewarding thing about being a Bat Boy?
“The relationships definitely. These are professional athletes who are already well-known or some are still on the rise and they are going to go places after they are done playing like coaching or commentating. And here I am a twenty-year old college kid, just lucky to be in their presence and they take me under their wing. I’m really fortunate to get that aspect of the game. And that’s what a lot of people don’t see.”
Abby wants to know…Which player do you think would make the best Phanatic, given the opportunity?
“Best Phanatic… Papelbon would be good…No one is really goofy.”
Michelle wants to know… If you couldn’t be a Bat Boy for the Phillies, which MLB team would you be a Bat Boy for?
“Well why wouldn’t I be a Bat Boy for the Phillies? Hmmm…Callifornia was fun and temperature was perfect every day, but I think Miami might be the place.”
Katie wants to know…Which player is the best dressed?
“Dom Brown always looks sharp, always. He can go fancy, he can go stylish, he can go whatever he wants, he rocks it well, matching from head to shoes.”
Steph D wants to know…When you first started as a Bat Boy did the players do any initiations?
“I still don’t know to this day who did it, but the second week there was a cold rain delay game, and by the time it was over it was 11pm. I found my jeans in the fridge so I had to wear them home. They were freezing cold so that wasn’t good. I still don’t know who did it. I just wore it.”
Taylor wants to know…What is one interesting fact about yourself that not many people know?
“I speak Spanish fluently. And that helped because we have a lot of Spanish speaking guys on the team. Hernandez was my favorite because he spoke like three words in English so we spoke in Spanish all the time.”
We took a step away from baseball and asked Tucker “This or That” questions.
Taylor Swift or Nicki Minaj?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunrise when you are awake for it.
Christmas or Halloween?
Halloween. I do have a banana costume that I wear every year.
Ferris Wheel or Roller Coaster?
Recently, we had the opportunity to attend the closing dinner of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games at the Philadelphia Convention Center. We met some absolutely incredible people from all over the country with amazing stories to tell.
It was a humbling experience. There were veterans of all ages, even some younger than us, who lost limbs or ended up paralyzed as a result of protecting our country. But regardless of being confined to a wheelchair, these men and women were so positive and committed to living a fulfilling life. One man had better dance moves than most able-bodied people! These vets were not handicapped – they were some of the most fearless people I’ve ever met.
The event it itself was a lot of fun. We busted a few moves on the dance floor, cheered as the infamous and beloved Mummers paraded through the Grand Hall and shared quite a few laughs as we posed with silly props in the photo booth.
As we were heading out after dinner ended, we stopped at the Wall of Inspiration – a giant white canvas filled with motivational words and expressions of gratitude. Obviously, we had to stop and add to it.
It was one of the most gratifying events we’ve had the opportunity to attend as part of the Phillies organization, and we’re awfully proud to be a part of that.
The Ballgirls are looking forward to this weekend’s Phillies Toyota Alumni Weekend, taking place during a series against the New York Mets. Every day from August 8-11, fans will have the opportunity to see former Phillies All-Stars and Wall of Famers, as well as receiving awesome giveaways! Be sure to stop by CBP and join in on the excitement!
Take a look at what a few of the Ballgirls are most excited about….
This weekend at Citizens Bank Park is Alumni Weekend. There are many different events going on throughout the day Friday through Sunday that we are all looking forward to. It will be nice to see all of the alumni come back to the park and see the current players interacting with them. I am very excited to see Charlie Manuel back on the field! He did a lot for Philadelphia when he was here and he deserves a night dedicated to him. Congrats Charlie! See you on Saturday!
This will be my first alumni weekend at CBP and I honestly can’t wait! I’ve grown up loving the Phillies and can’t wait to maybe run into Mike Liberthal or Pat Burrell around the stadium this weekend. I think alumni weekend is important because it brings around old time favorites and game day heroes to remind fans of seasons past. I think it could be particularly inspiring because I remember back in 2007 the Phillies came back from something like 7 and half games to win the division. Let’s channel those good vibes.
Alumni Weekend is finally here, and I am eager to see all the players that have contributed to this organization’s prestigious and renowned reputation over the years. I am most excited to see Tommy Greene, as he was the alumni that went with Taylor and I to my first ever appearance as a ballgirl, and I will never forget that! Also, Mike Schmidt is another player I am excited to see, even though we just saw him when Jimmy broke his Phillies’ all-time hit record! Alumni weekend is a nice reminder of the rich roots that baseball has, not only in Philadephia, but all over the United States as America’s past time. To top it all off, I am the first baseline ballgirl for Sunday’s game! Go Phillies!
After wearing the commemorative ’64 jersey on Father’s Day to honor Jim Bunning’s perfect game 50 years ago and watching him throw out the first pitch, I am excited to see his return alumni weekend. It’s going to be great to see some of my favorite players back on the field as well as the atmosphere of the stadium Saturday night when Charlie Manuel is inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. I am schedule to work the alumni luncheon as well as the third baseline for Sunday’s game. To culminate the weekend I am working the alumni golf outing.
A handful of Ballgirls were privileged to volunteer their time on Monday night and assist Ryan Howard’s Big Piece Foundation with their second annual “Stand Up For Literacy” event. The event was held at The Franklin Institute where Ryan and Krystle Howard were joined by Phillies teammates, sponsors, and friends and family for a full night of celebration to honor the foundation’s blooming success.
The Big Piece Foundation raises awareness about the overly prevalent issue of illiteracy throughout elementary schools in Philadelphia. Krystle Howard’s background in education and teaching is a huge driving force behind this foundation’s efforts. With the help of her husband Ryan who was brought up in an education-driven family, the couple raises money and awareness to create new learning opportunities for the children of Philadelphia. They are hoping for continued success of the program, so that they can expand beyond the city of Philadelphia.
The event kicked off with a happy hour for all guests and a special red carpet photo opportunity for players and their wives. Guests were able to explore the extravagant silent auction items and place bids before dinner was served. After a few words from Ryan and Krystle Howard, a live auction got the crowd going, and raised many thousands of dollars for The Big Piece Foundation. The event concluded with a comedy set by Tommy Johnagin from Comedy Central.
During our time at the event, the ballgirls greeted and escorted guests to the red carpet for photographs, provided assistance during the live auction, and escorted guests to the comedy show. It was such a great experience to see the Phillies community join together in support of such a great charity foundation. Not to mention seeing the players and their wives outside of the stadium and in a formal setting!
The Ballgirls all wish for continued success for the Big Piece Foundation!
For more information about the Big Piece Foundation, check out the website below!
Ever wonder if you have a twin somewhere in the world? Well, we decided to find out who some of the players celebrity twins were. Here are our choices!
Megan – Cole Hamels and Carson Daily, Host of the Voice
Steph T. – Antonio Bastardo and Desean Jackson, wide receiver for the Washington Redskins
Michelle – Cliff Lee and Hugh Laurie, Actor
Erin – John Mayberry Jr. and Chris Rock, comedian and actor
Kelly N. – Marlon Byrd and Reggie Bush, running back for the Detroit Lions
Mackenzie – Cody Asche and Ryan Gosling, Actor
The players aren’t the only ones who get time off. How did the ballgirls spend their break? Read below to find out how a few of the girls like to relax when not at work, and where they will be besides CBP at night!
On my All Star break I will be going down to the Delaware beaches to spend some time with my family and friends. Of course I will go shopping at the outlets, eat at our favorite restaurants, and go to the boardwalk!
My plans for the All Star break are to relax on the beach and take a break from work! I think it is always helpful to take a step back from everyday life, and not have a worry in the world. I am going to be spending time with my family and boyfriend. Our team will hopefully come back stronger than ever after this break and I know the ball girls will be ready to cheer them on.
During the All Star Break I will be working at my other job in Ocean City. I work on the boardwalk at a store called the Sunglass Menagerie. I will also be packing up because I will be leaving for the Disney Cruise on Thursday! We are going on the cruise for my grandparents 55th wedding anniversary so my mom’s entire side of the family will be attending. I’m so excited to finish out this work week in Ocean City and head onto the cruise.
It’s been a pretty long season so far, so the All Star break is much needed for all of us! I am taking 5 classes this summer term at Drexel, so my break will be occupied by schoolwork and studying. Luckily, I have off on Wednesdays so I’m hoping to head to the shore and get some valuable beach time in with friends! I hope to see some fans there with their new beach towels! Good luck to Chase Utley in the All Star game! My family and I will be watching!
During the All Star Break I will be working at my other job during the day, and then spending time with friends and family after work! I’m planning on going to the gym at night so I can officially start my training for the Spartan Race at CBP (end of September). It’s been hard for me to spend enough time getting together a training regime, so I am going to focus on that this week!
People wonder what kind of training process we go through and what we really do while being on the field. Well here are your answers!
The Rookies have to train for four consecutive games to learn what to do when the ball comes down the baseline. After their four training games, they are allowed to be on the field by themselves the following month.
Here are some of the Ballgirls experiences being trained or being the ones training the Rookies. Enjoy!
The first time I stepped on the field to train my heart was racing because I was so nervous! I was sitting in the stool shaking because I couldn’t even believe I was sitting on the foul line during a Phillies game! My first night on the field I got to see a walk off win in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a homerun Reid Brignac!! After that I think my nerves went away and I was able to enjoy myself and relax a bit. Once I got comfortable being on the field, I was able to walk around and get to know the fans sitting in my section, which just made the day even more enjoyable! Another great memory I’ll never forget is being on the field when Jimmy Rollins tied the all time-hit record! The crowd was roaring with excitement and I couldn’t believe I had the best seat in the house for that milestone in Phillies history! Overall my training process was unbelievably exciting and I can’t thank the Vets who trained me enough! They made me feel so comfortable on the field and made me realize there is nothing to be nervous about. Most importantly I realized how much I love my job!!
I had such a fun time training the rookies! It was fun being on the other side of the fence and watching our little ones doing their thing. I gave a lot of advice but the most important things I told them was 1. Your stool is a part of your body; you wouldn’t want to forget a part of your body, right? and 2. Always be smiling, you never know when they will be on TV for an awkward 30 seconds. This year, I was the one who knew what to do and teaching them how to do it was pretty fun. There was a time I was training Alison W. and while she was on the field for the last couple of innings Ryan Howard hit a three-run homerun walk-off to beat the Rockies 6-3. We were both jumping up for joy and giving the fans high fives. The atmosphere of the stadium was awesome. It’s great being a part of this organization and the feeling of seeing the biggest smile on a little kids face after handing them a baseball is an unexplainable.
Training was so much fun. Getting to sit on the field for the first time was as nerve-wracking as it was exciting! After the first few pitches, though, it was easy not to let my nerves get the best of me and it was the most amazing experience. During training, I was lucky enough to be ON the field when Jimmy Rollins broke Mike Schmidt’s franchise hits records. Being on the field and witnessing a piece of Phillies history–I can’t describe it. The inning stopped for at least 10 minutes and between being on the field and listening to the fans, the experience was breathtaking. I haven’t been on the field by myself yet because I trained so late because I was away at school, but I can’t wait!
The hardest part about making the transition from a softball player to a ballgirl is to pay attention to where the players are instead of the ball. We have an instinct to look straight at the pop up or run towards a ground ball as soon as it is hit but now we have to look at where the players are running to and allow them to field the ball. Grabbing your stool and running out of the way of the play seemed hard at first but it became second nature after having the comfort of a vet next to me and spending more time on the field. My most enjoyable experience training the rookies this year was being with them the first time they stepped on the field. They were excited and nervous when they had to take their first step onto the field especially noticing that they were apart of the game now. They had so much fun and I could tell their first experience on the field was just as surreal as mine. Seeing them give a ball to a fan and make someone’s day is something truly unexplainable. Training the rookies was also a great way to get to know them. The group of ballgirls are inseparable. We spend so much time together and share once in a life time experiences with each other. Plus, we love each other’s company!
As a new rookie ballgirl, I have been constantly learning new things and being apart of new experiences. But training to be on the field has definitely been the most exciting thing yet. Stepping out on the field for the first time will be an experience I will never forget. Walking onto the field with so many fans behind me made me feel anxious but I was ready to take on this experience. After a few nights of training, I finally got my hands on a foul ball and was able to give it to a little girl nearby who was jumping for joy. Once training was over, it was time for my first game on the field with no vet there to guide me. The nerves were rushing through my body when I was getting announced but then something sparked in me as I was running to my spot along the first base line. I looked up and there I saw my parents, friends, and family standing nearby to cheer me on. It was the best feeling in the world and I will never forget this amazing experience. I can’t wait to what the rest of the season has in store!
My overall experience with training has been so much fun! I loved every part of it! The first time I stepped on the field was mixed with emotions. I could not believe that I was on the field in front of a stadium full of people. I was so nervous that my legs were shaking while I was sitting on the stool. I was nervous until I got the first foul ball hit to me. After that, all the nerves left. I knew that there was nothing to be nervous about. The vets that trained me were awesome and made me feel so confortable. Now that we are all trained, my legs no longer shake and I am calm. One memorable moment was my first jacket run; realizing that you’re in the middle of a Major League Baseball game was eye opening. Overall, being a rookie is so much fun and I am looking forward to many more memories to come!
When I was doing my four training games, I was so ready to be on the field. When I finally had my chance, I didn’t feel nervous but rather was dying to get my first ball. The opportunity didn’t come until part way through my last game and when it did, I was so excited! It was Memorial Day and I was able to give the ball to a soldier in uniform. It was definitely a special moment and one of my favorite ballgirl experiences to date.
I really loved training because you got to be on the field so many times in such a short span of time which was awesome. I was completely in awe the first time I got to go down on the field I just couldn’t believe that I was finally there. I’ve wanted to have the opportunity for so long it just seemed surreal. One of the really awesome things that happened when I was training my cousins happened to be sitting along the first baseline when I was working and I was able to give him a foul ball! His face just completely lit up. Just yesterday was my first time all by myself and I was a little nervous at first, but also so excited because it finally felt totally real. My friends and family came out to see me, I just couldn’t feel more grateful to have this job.
This past Sunday, the Ballgirls traveled down to Sports at the Beach in Georgetown, DE. It was a two hour ride for most of us but it was a great opportunity to get a chance to catch up with everyone. We all have very different schedules and are not usually in the same place at the same time. I had a lot of fun playing in the softball game and getting to cheer on the riders from the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding Group. Just seeing a smile on their face was definitely worth the trip down there!
Although not many of the fans may realize, the ballgirls participate in charity softball games throughout the year. It’s a great way for bonding outside the stadium as a team, and we can finally see each other play in a game! We have all grown up playing competitive softball, so as you can imagine, it is hard to ignore our first instincts of making a play on a ball coming towards us during the Phillies games. Getting back on the field felt great! We played our first charity game with the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding group, and I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon. The entire organization was wonderful, and I would love to work with them again!
The charity softball game we played in was an amazing experience. The people there were so nice and the experience for the kids was awesome. I was happy that all the ballgirls could make the kids day just by being there and playing softball with them. The softball game was a great way to bring family and friends together for a great cause!
This charity softball game was so much fun! We were able to meet many great people including one young man named Sasha. He was so full of energy and was making us laugh the entire game. He not only cheered for his team but for our team as well. No matter what the outcome of the game was, we all had a blast being able to play at Sports at the Beach. The little things like seeing a big smile on kids’ faces or hearing them tell everyone how excited they are because they got our trading cards are only two of the many reasons of why we love our job.
Our charity softball game was a ton of fun! It was such a great experience and it felt incredible to be a part of such a great organization. Being able to put a smile on each of the kid’s faces brightened my day and made my experience that much more wonderful! I am looking forward to working with other great charities and making a difference.
This past weekend was so much fun! It was great getting to play ball, and even better seeing the smiling faces of the riders from SDTR after their at bat. It warmed my heart to see how happy the organization was to have us there. The weather was beautiful for a pre-game photo shoot on the beach, too!
The photo shoot was held on January 18, 2014. It is for the ball girls to have our photos taken for our trading cards. Our trading cards have our photo on the front and information on the back including birthdate, hometown, bat, throw, and position. We sign our trading cards and give them to phans during games and events. Young phans really love them. At first, I felt slightly out of my element handing out my photo but I quickly learned how rewarding it is to make a kid smile that way.
The photo shoot is the first day of the year the returning BGs and rookies get together. Meeting the new girls this year and reuniting with my best friends from last season was so much fun and such an amazing start to 2014!
It really hits you at the photo shoot that you are officially a ball girl. This is my second year and I still can’t believe it. The shoot is the first day of the year where all of the ball girls get together and the new vets get to meet the new rookies! It’s interesting getting to know all the rookies because each and every one of them are different and the photo shoot is where the friendships begin! It is so fun getting your picture taken and being in front of a camera; that’s my favorite part! This is where the journey starts for the new season and it is an exciting time.
I was so much more relaxed this year going into the photo shoot. With a year of experience already under my belt, I knew what to expect for the day. Nonetheless, I was extremely excited to welcome all the new ballgirls into our family. I looked forward to getting to know the rookies and also catch up with the rest of the vets. After talking to the rookies, I realized many of the girls grew up nearby to one another, and one of the rookies named Katie graduated from Central Bucks East High School two years after I did! Many of us had played softball against one another for high school and travel teams. Working with the photographer to get a good picture for our trading cards was so much fun. Attending the photo shoot has made me even more excited for the 2014 baseball season!
January 18, 2014 will be a day I never forget, my first day as a Phillies Ball Girl! From the moment I walked in I was greeted with smiles from my fellow ballgirls which made me feel like I was at home. We all prepared to get our pictures taken for the trading cards touching up our hair, make up, and spraying hairspray everywhere. During this time all we all got to know each other more. We shared our stories of how we reacted to getting the great news we would be a part of the Phillies organization. We also talked about school, softball, and our excitement for this season. It wasn’t long before I knew these women were going to be some of my best friends.
The rookies anxiously watched the Vets took their pictures, we couldn’t wait to put on that pinstripe uniform! When it came to be my time to stand in front of the camera in my Phillies gear I couldn’t have smiled any bigger. It was the biggest feeling of accomplishment and a memory I’ll have forever. This day was a great preview for what the rest of the year will bring. I am beyond excited for all the memories I have to come with these amazing people!
The photo shoot was a TON of fun! On my way there I remember being so excited but nervous at the same time. I was thrilled to meet all of the ball girls and that kind of took away the nervousness of being in front of a camera. I finally arrived and made my way into Citizens Bank Park. Walking in was such a surreal moment. I had butterflies in my stomach because it hit me that this was real, I wasn’t dreaming! I then met some of the new rookies and veterans. All of the vets were so welcoming and down to earth which made me excited for this season. I instantly became friends with another fellow rookie, Alyssa. We bonded over opening our warm ups; it was like ripping presents open on Christmas Day! We put them on right away and snapped some pictures to send to our anxious family members who couldn’t wait for details. Once it was time for the photo shoot, the rookies and I watched the vets go first. They were being silly and fun which made all of us much more relaxed. Finally it was my turn. I stood up and smiled because although I had just met them, I knew I had all of the girls support behind me. It was an incredible feeling to wear those pin stripes for the first time and that’s when it hit me that my dream of becoming a ballgirl set it. My favorite part of the day was interacting with all of the ballgirls and just getting to know one and another. I am so excited what this season has to offer and to work for such an amazing organization. Go Phils!
It was definitely a good way to start the season by meeting the ladies. We shared a bunch of laughs together on our first day of meeting, which made it even more fun! Taking pictures was different. I used to be a little camera shy but after the shoot was over I was so confident! I loved it.