April 1st, 2011 was the official start to one of the most memorable seasons in Philadelphia sports history. With the return of Cliff Lee, the Phillies’ pitching staff was predicted as the best pitching rotation since the 1995 Braves’ combination of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Steve Avery. This season would be our first without the favored right-fielder, Jayson Werth, and Chase Utley was starting on the season on the disabled list. To say there were mixed predictions for the 2011 season would be an understatement. Unaware that 2011 would close out with the best regular season record in franchise history, the addition of fan-favorite Hunter Pence, and a pitching win from Infielder Wilson Valdes in the 19th inning of a 2-day game against the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies’ Ballgirls look back on last year’s Opening Day and the anticipation this year’s Home Opener, April 9th, 2012.
Alicia: I am so excited for Opening Day 2012!!! I actually had to work on Opening Day 2011 so I was not able to watch the game last year. I was bummed that Chase Utley was not playing in the game but I was so happy to have Cliff Lee back. I was told via text message that the Phillies had an amazing comeback to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. I still cannot believe that I will be working for the Phillies and attending Opening Day this year ! It still feels unreal. I believe that the Phillies will have an amazing season. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will be out for Opening Day which is very unfortunate for us. But I’m predicting great plays from the rest of Phillies especially with our bullpen. We have a solid defense on the field. I look forward to seeing who steps up as the power hitters this year. It makes me smile to think about the fact that Jim Thome is back!! (I got a chance to see him play in Florida during Spring Training.) Let’s get another NL East division championship this season. Go Phillies!!!
Amy: This is actually going to be my first time at a home opener! The fact that I have always wanted to go and now I will be working it is amazing! I can’t even describe how excited I am! I went to two games in Clearwater, Florida, for Spring Training, so I have already seen what they are capable of this season. However, watching a Phillies game at Bright House Field is completely different than at Citizens Bank Park. There is a different energy at CBP and a sense of home. I am really excited to see Cliff Lee again and I couldn’t be happier that he has come back! He was a great asset in 2010 and I know he will be another part to help the team win another world series. I know we are not going to see Utley and Howard the first part of the season, but I think the addition of Juan Pierre and others should fill in nicely until they recover. I believe we have an offense and defense that can – and will – take us far into the postseason. I could not be happier to be a part of the Phillies organization! So far, my experience has been incredible and I am looking forward to working my first game! I am anxious to experience Citizens Bank Park and the Phillies on the other side of it, rather than being only a fan! I can only imagine what is in store for this season but I know the Phil’s have the hunger for another World Series!!
Emily: Last year for Opening Day, I was not able to attend due to work, but when working in an office, you still find a way to know what is going on pitch by pitch. Last season, I was excited to hear the announcement that Cliff Lee was coming back to the organization. I admire his work ethic on the field and I think he has the right attitude to represent a Philadelphia sports team. I was able to attend a game on my birthday where he was the starting pitcher. That game, he had sixteen strikeouts and I was fortunate enough to witness that in person.
To be completely honest, if you would have told me a year ago that I would be able to participate in the Opening Day activities with the Phillies or that I was going to be a Ballgirl, I would have laughed and said great joke. I know that I am truly lucky to have this opportunity and I cannot wait for this season. I have been having so much fun with the other girls and I cannot wait to have all of these memories to look back on.
Jamie: I don’t think words can describe the excitement and anticipation that I was experiencing at this time last year. I was scheduled to work Green Team on Opening Day, and I was also going to be announced on the field. It was my first time walking down the hallway and up those stairs onto the field at Citizens Bank Park. This was my first memory on the field as a Ballgirl and probably one of my favorites to this day. It all seemed so surreal. I believe I had goose bumps from the moment I stepped onto the warning track. I kept thinking back to how excited I would have been merely to be watching the Phillies from the stands on Opening Day. Yet, to be on the field in Phillies Red, next to the Phanatic and veteran Phillies Ballgirls during the National Anthem and awe-inspiring flyover was completely humbling. It felt like a dream come true and the picture-perfect start to my rookie season. And the Phillies comeback victory was the storybook ending to complete the day. The weather may have been cold and gloomy, but in my mind, it couldn’t have been a more perfect day!
Leanne: Opening Day 2011, I was working Green Team with a few other rookies and veteran Ballgirls. I remember helping our Green Team volunteers when the initial Opening Day activities were taking place and hearing the noise of the crowd from outside of the stadium. It was enough to give me chills and I couldn’t even see what was happening. It was obviously the first regular season game I had worked and I remember thinking that I never wanted to leave the stadium. It was amazing being there and knowing I was part of the Phillies organization. I was lucky enough to catch the bottom of the 9th when the Phillies tied the game and John Mayberry, Jr., in his first appearance of the 2011 season, lined a walk-off single to center field to score the winning run of the game. The crowd literally erupted in noise, and it was the most exhilarating moment. Opening Day 2011 certainly set a standard for excitement, and I have no doubt in my mind this year will be the same! See you at CBP!! (Fingers crossed for beautiful weather!)
Leigh Ann: I unfortunately was unable to attend Opening Day 2011, but I am ecstatic to know that I will not only be at Opening Day 2012, but I will be training ON THE FIELD!! This time last year, I never imagined I would experience anything like this. To be in the city I love, on the same field as my favorite team, and surrounded by the greatest fans in Major League Baseball is truly an honor. I can’t wait to see what the season has in store for us, but I am definitely feeling another WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
Genevieve: Last year I was still working at Villanova and I can remember preparing for the upcoming Lacrosse games in my office and listening to the game on the radio. This is by far the best time of the year and you can already get a sense of how excited everyone is for this years opening day. I am so excited to be apart of the Green Team for this day and have the chance to interact with all of our Phillies fans. (THE BEST FANS IN THE WORLD) It will be the first of many exciting games and I am so ready for it to start! Here we go boys!!!!
Marcie: My 2011 Opening Day experience was quite different from everyone else’s. Starting off, I wasn’t even in the country! Last spring semester I studied abroad in London from March-May. There I was in my jersey, with no game on TV. It was tough being away from my beloved Phillies for so long, but luckily my Dad kept me constantly updated. Little did I know, flash forward a year later, I would actually be a part of this organization, working my dream job! My first game will be the Home Opener on Monday, and it’s still so surreal. This season is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m SO excited!! LET’S GO PHILS!!!
Moira: Last year, I did not have the pleasure of working Opening Day but that does not mean I was not glued to my TV at home watching it! That being said, I do not think I could handle that long distance relationship with such an exciting game again this year. I will be working Opening Day on Monday and I cannot wait much longer … I even have a little surprise that I will be making for the very special day (pictures to come)! Who is ready for a fun day and another amazing season?! LET’S GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rachael: Last year I was not able to go to Opening Day because I had a softball game of my own, and unfortunately the same will be happening again this year. But regardless of not being able to attend Opening Day I am so excited for the 2012 season. I have been looking forward to the start of the season since October of last year. Even though some people think that the Marlins and Braves are much improved teams from last year, I still believe the Phillies will be winning their 6th division title in September! I am very excited about the acquisition of Hunter Pence during the season last year, and as a young player I think he will bring new life to the Phillies team. I think that we are all in for a VERY exciting year. GO PHILS!
Occupation/School: Student at Villanova University
Favorite Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Enthusiastic
One thing fans may not realize about our on-field responsibilities: Most of you fans think that we are always on either the first or third baseline, but this actually differs from game to game so we all have experience from both perspectives of the field!
Favorite memory from your rookie season: Christmas in July (toy collection and dancing on the dugout)
What have you been doing during off-season? Since I transferred colleges this year, I have been spending my off-season getting used to my new college, Villanova! It’s been a great move and I’m so happy to be back in my hometown of Philadelphia!
Name: Maureen (Mo)
Occupation/School: Account Manager, Randstad Technologies (Montclair State University undergrad, Centenary College MBA)
Favorite Player: Hunter Pence
Describe yourself in one word: Hilarious
One thing fans may not realize about our on-field responsibilities: Jacket runs are fun…until the 7th run at 3:30pm on a Sunday in July.
Favorite memory from your rookie season: My last training game was the game that went into the 19th inning. It felt like a playoff game and was so exciting. They moved the remaining fans to the lower level and the wave went around 5 times without stopping. It was awesome.
What have you been doing during off-season? The biggest change in my life in the off season is that I got engaged! Everyone is really excited … no the wedding will not be at CBP : )
Occupation/School: University of Pennsylvania, Pre-dental student
Favorite Player: Carlos Ruiz (John Kruk – past player)
Describe yourself in one word: Indescribable
Favorite memory from your rookie season: Being on the field for John Kruk’s induction into the Phillies’ Wall of Fame.
Occupation/School: Penn State University, sophomore studying Community, Environment, and Development
Favorite Player: John Mayberry Jr.
One thing fans may not realize about our on-field responsibilities: The idea of missing a jacket run is the most terrifying thought I have while on the field! I am constantly looking over to the bull pen whether it’s the 1st or 9th inning!
Favorite memory from your rookie season: My favorite memory of my Rookie season was being trained the night of the 19 inning-game and being able to see Wilson Valdez on the mound pitching to big-league hitters!
What have you been doing during the off-season? During this offseason I have been very busy with my schoolwork for 19 credits worth of classes! I also participated in the Penn State Dance Marathon which benefits the fight against pediatric cancer! Although I was not one of the dancers who were on their feet for 46 straight hours, I supported my organization by spending at least 30 hours dancing and cheering in the stands throughout the weekend! It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever been a part of and it was worth the months of preparation and fundraising to see our total money raised of $10.6 million for the kids!
Name: Genevieve (Gen)
Occupation/School: Hofstra University/Consumer Marketing Manager
Favorite Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Passionate
One thing fans may not realize about our on-field responsibilities: A lot of fans think we are only one side of the field but we normally will switch sides throughout the year. We also are responsible for picking up any opposing homerun baseballs that get tossed back out on the field. Let’s not forget about the long run to centerfield to grab the pitcher’s jackets! We can’t complain about those especially when its cold out.
Favorite memory from your rookie season: They playoff rally trolly and the post season pre-game activities! I was also on the field with Kristina last year for Fireworks night so we got to enjoy the show while sitting on the field! They are the BEST fire works I have ever seen!
What have you been doing during off-season? I work full time in circulation and marketing with the Philadelphia Inquirer and volunteer with the HEADstrong Foundation. I just recently moved to Center City so I am enjoying being here and finding new restaurants and hang out spots :o)
School: University of Delaware
Occupation: Transportation Engineer
Favorite Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in 1 word: Genuine
School/Occupation: Camden county college
Favorite Player (past, present, or both): Shane Victorino
Describe yourself in one word: Silly
What is one thing fans might not realize about our on field responsibilities? Having to stay focused while being on the field.
Favorite memory from the Rookie season: Stepping on to the field for the first time.
What have you been doing during the off-season: During the off-season I attend school at Camden county. I also took a mini vacation to Florida.
Ever wonder what it would be like to spend the day getting your hair and makeup done by some of the best local hair and makeup artists? How about getting the chance to find out what the up and coming fashion line is going to be for the spring? South Jersey Magazine asked some of the Ballgirls to model the latest spring line at Citizen’s Bank Park for their “Girls of Spring” feature in the March Edition. We had a blast taking photos and capturing all the behind scenes moments while got to try on a ton of different clothes and shoes! Special thanks to Martino Cartier Salon in Cherry Hill and Sewell, our stylist Jaclyn Fisher and out fabulous photographer Dominic Episcopo! Check out some of our pictures from the day and what the girls thought about the shoot!
The photoshoot was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I loved getting professional hair and makeup done and trying on all of the clothes! It was an absolute treat to have an opportunity to wear designer clothes and shoes! I had so much fun playing dress up with the other girls and it was a great chance to get to know each other and bond. It was very exciting getting to be a model for a day but after ten hours of pictures I was exhausted! I definitely have to hand it to the people who do that every day!
I was so excited going into this photo shoot. I had great time trying on the clothes and shoes. My favorite part of the photo shoot was the group shots. I had a blast and would do it again! Also, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took part in this shoot!
Doing the photo shoot for South Jersey Magazine was definitely one of the most fun things I have ever gotten to do. We were at CBP for about 10 hours, so it was a long day, but definitely worth it. I was exhausted, who knew taking pictures could be so tiring! One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to try on all the clothes and shoes. The clothes were so different then what I would normally wear, but it was fun getting to see how this stuff looked on all of us. We got to wear all sorts of expensive shoes that I would never normally wear… 1. Because there were out of my price range and 2. I’m 5’10 already, so wearing 6 inch heels isn’t a normal footwear choice, but that’s what made it so fun. The whole day was just a lot of fun and getting to experience it with 3 of the other ballgirls made it so much better. I can’t wait to actually be flipping through the magazine and see the pictures!
This event was a TON of fun and I really have to give it up to the models that do this kind of thing day in and day out. It is all very glamorous but at the same time, it is HARD work and exhausting! We were at CBP all day and trying on all different types of outfits and shoes. Our stylist made sure we were accessorized and photo ready before our individual shoots. Sam, Rachael, Leigh Ann and I each had out own shoots and then we had 2 group shoots together which were fun because we got to interact with each other. Our one group shot was pretty tough because I had to keep my leg bent for the longest time and I was honestly sore the next day! Besides the Jimmy Choos and other great shoes, which are my weakness, I was so in love with the one ring in our group shot! Now, if I can only find someone to do my hair and makeup every day… I will be set! ;o)
Check out some of our behind the scene shots!
Catch up with the Rookies as they tell us some fun facts about themselves!
Where are you from- I was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia.
College- I go to Holy Family University where I’m studying nursing. I am graduating in May and will be a RN by summer!
Favorite Phillies player (Past or Present) – I was a fan of Lenny Dykstra as a kid, but Chase Utley is currently my favorite player.
If you could have 1 super power, what would it be and why- If I could have one super power I would want to be able to fly so that I could go anywhere I wanted to and also save money on gas :)
Describe yourself in 1 word- Unique
Favorite food at CBP- Funnel Cake
Biggest Pet Peeve- When people talk while someone else is talking!
3 Things that you are looking forward to this season- I am looking forward to meeting and working with new people, being a part of the Phillies Phestival, and bringing home another World Series title!
1 interesting fact that people may not know about you- People may not know that I was a vegetarian for most of my life! But I am slowly changing my ways :)
Where are you from- Springfield, PA
College-I’m from and currently a senior at Philadelphia University where my major is Fashion Industry Management.
Occupation- I also currently work at Michael Kors in the King of Prussia Mall
Favorite Phillies player (Past or Present)-My favorite player(at the moment) is Hunter Pence
If you could have 1 super power, what would it be and why- I would totally want to fly!
Describe yourself in 1 word- I’d have to say contradiction — I’m a fashion major who loves sports! Favorite food at CBP- A good ol’ hot dog (even better when it’s a dollar dog!)
Biggest Pet Peeve- When people chew with their mouth open
3 Things that you are looking forward to this season- gaining on-field experience, getting to play softball with the rest of the BGs, and winning the world series!
1 interesting fact that people may not know about you- people may not know about me is that I love quoting my favorite TV shows and movies, especially How I Met Your Mother and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Where are you from – Downingtown, PA
College– Immaculata University
Occupation- Currently – Coordinator at Wegmans, Future – Athletic Trainer
Favorite Phillies player (Past or Present) – Vance Worley
If you could have 1 super power, what would it be and why -I would want to fly, because I want to travel the world.
Describe yourself in 1 word – Unique
Favorite food at CBP – Tony Luke’s
3 Things that you are looking forward to this season.
1. The many charity events to come.
2. Meeting a lot of the amazing Phillies fans.
3. The Phillies Games of course!
1 interesting fact that people may not know about you – I’ve played the violin since I was in 2nd grade.
Where are you from- Williamstown, NJ
Occupation- Student, Softball Player, Pitching Instructor
Favorite Phillies player (Past Present)-Roy Halladay, because I am a pitcher and am bias towards that position
If you could have 1 Super power, what would it be and why – I would love to be able to read other people and animals minds, it would be a lot of fun but exhausting!
Describe yourself in 1 word – Gregarious
Favorite food at CBP- Pulled Pork Sandwich at Bull’s BBQ
Biggest Pet Peeve-When people clap in a movie theater and when people are late
3 Things that you are looking forward to this season-
1) Getting to actually be on the field for a Phillies game in front of 40,000 fans!
2) Attending events that help out so many charities and support the Phillies and their community
3) Getting to meet all the other Ballgirls that I will get to work with throughout the year
1 interesting fact that people may not know about you – My senior year of high school I had a .1 ERA and our high school team won the Group 4 State Championships
Where are you from- Bryn Mawr, PA
College- Neumann University
Occupation- Medical Laboratory Technologist
Favorite Phillies player (Past or Present) – Past- Scott Rollen Present- Chase Utley
If you could have 1 Super power, what would it be and why- Teleportation so that I could be anywhere I choose in matter of seconds
Describe yourself in 1 word- Happy
Favorite food at CBP- Dollar dogs!
Biggest Pet Peeve- People who refer to themselves in the 3rd person
3 Things that you are looking forward to this season- Being at the games whether it’s working on the field or in the stands, working on activities for the community, looking forward to the Phillies having an amazing season!
1 interesting fact that people may not know about you – When I was a little girl, I was actually terrified of the Phillie Phanatic and any other kind of mascot. I’m glad to have gotten over that :P
Where are you from-Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
College- West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Favorite Phillies player (Past or Present)-Chase Utley
If you could have 1 Super power, what would it be and why-Time travel so I could go back, forward, or even freeze time.
Describe yourself in 1 word-Optimistic!
Favorite food at CBP-Definitely a Schmitter!
Biggest Pet Peeve-Uncleanliness
3 Things that you are looking forward to this season- I am looking forward to getting to know all the ballgirls, helping with the community, and seeing how far the Phils will go this season!!
1 interesting fact that people may not know about you- My travel softball team, Warrington Blue Thunder, won the 2010 ASA 18&U Eastern National Championship!!
Where are you from-I am the youngest of two and I am originally from Kutztown,PA. While growing up, I played basketball, softball and field hockey. I love to cook, run, read and spend time with my family and friends. I have a severe addiction to Pinterest and wish I could make half of the stuff shown on that website.
College- I studied at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and my background is mainly in Chemistry
Occupation – I am currently working as a field service engineer
Favorite Phillies player- Currently on the roster is Clifton Phifer Lee! Growing up, I would have to say that I enjoyed watching John Kruk and Darren Daulton.
If you could have 1 Super power, what would it be and why- It would be to have the ability to fly. I feel I could avoid a lot of rush hour traffic and stress if I was able to have that power.
Describe yourself in 1 word- fun-loving
Favorite food at CBP- anything from Bull’s BBQ. I love the pulled pork sandwich or a bulldog. Tony Lukes also holds a special place in my heart.
Biggest Pet Peeve- Chewing with your mouth open. For some reason that sound makes me sick.
3 Things that you are looking forward to this season-
Meeting new people , The pitching rotation, The Phillies destroying the National league :)
1 interesting fact that people may not know about you- Though I am not a huge country music fan, my first job was working at a country line dancing restaurant.
Where are you from – Halifax, Pennsylvania
College – Graduated from Bloomsburg University with B.S. in Biology for Health Sciences. Currently in Lock Haven University’s Physician Assistant Program
Occupation-Student until May. Hopefully by the end of the season will be employed as a full time Physician Assistant!
Favorite Phillies player (Past or Present)- Chase Utley
If you could have 1 Super power, what would it be and why- I would have to go with the ability to fly. It would be nice to be able to get from place to place a lot faster and I think it would be amazing to soar through the sky. If I could fly I would be able to see/visit friends and family that are far from me more often. It would also be awesome to be able to just pick up and go anywhere, at any time I desired to do so.
Describe yourself in 1 word- Determined
Favorite food at CBP- Crab Fries
Biggest Pet Peeve-When people chew with their mouth open and smack their lips noisily while eating.
3 Things that you are looking forward to this season-Citizens Bank Park being my second home and being at more Phillies’ games in a season than I ever have before. Being on the field and having an amazing seat while watching the Phillies in what should be a great season! Getting to know the other Ballgirls and spending lots of time with them…Oh yeah, and for a parade down Broad Street! :)
1 interesting fact that people may not know about you-
The 2012 year is here and that means a new group of Ballgirls and new trading cards!
We have all been patiently waiting to meet the new Rookies and with all this warm weather we are having we can’t help but think that spring is right around the corner! Our photo shoot day is filled with so many different emotions from meeting all the girls, to getting our new uniforms and figuring out which poses were going to use for our new cards! With Maureen directing on set and Samantha making sure everyone’s hair and makeup was nothing but perfection; this year’s photo shoot was a complete success. We hope you enjoy some of this year’s photos and even a behind the scenes video of what our day was like!
This year’s photo shoot started out A LOT more smoothly than last year since half of us had to drive through a snow storm to get to CBP. It is crazy to think a year has passed and I am a Veteran for the 2012 year. I was excited to see everyone and meet the new rookies since we normally are so busy in the off season and can only see each other here and there. Maureen did a fantastic job at organizing the shoot and helping with poses, and I decided to try both the bat and glove for props this year!
Being back at CBP for the first time to meet the new rookie Ballgirls was an awesome time! I still cannot believe I’m starting my second year with the Phillies! I remember walking through the halls of the park last year on photo shoot day, with no idea the type of experiences I would have with the other girls. Spring training is right around the corner Phillies Phans! Get excited!
As I was driving down to CBP for my first photo shoot as a Phillies Ballgirl I was extremely nervous and excited. When I pulled into the parking lot, I had no idea what to expect, but luckily I was able to meet up with one of the other new girls, Ashley, and we helped each other get out our first day jitters. Putting on my Ballgirl uniform for the first time was such a surreal moment and at that point I couldn’t wait for the day to start.
I had such a blast at our first photo shoot! It was definitely nerve-racking in the beginning, but it was so much fun meeting all the girls. My favorite part was when we received our new uniforms. Reality finally hit me seeing my name on the back of my jersey! I can’t wait until the day I get to wear that on the field finally!
If anyone read my Rookie blog from the photo shoot last year, they’d know that I was an absolute nervous and uncomfortable mess that day. I could not believe my Ballgirl year was underway and I was so nervous about taking a picture that would stay with me all year. Having survived, I was undoubtedly less nervous this year, and wouldn’t categorize my feelings as nervous at all. It was such an exciting experience, and it was my first opportunity to meet all of the Rookies. We have such an awesome group of young ladies this year and I hope all of the phans get to meet them at some point!
I arrived really early for the photo shoot. I didn’t want to be late for my first day on the job, and I was so excited for the day to begin! The entire drive to the shoot I kept thinking “I can’t believe I am a Phillies Ballgirl.” I was less nervous showing up to Citizens Bank Park this time, since the last time I had been here was for my interview for the Ballgirl position. I had met Leigh Ann at the Ballgirl tryouts. We had kept in touch, so it was exciting when we found out that we both made the team. It was nice to kind of know one of the girls going into this. We met in the parking lot the day of the shoot and were both so nervous and overwhelmed with excitement. I couldn’t wait to meet the other girls! Michele first went over the role of being a Ballgirl, and talked about some of the big events to come this year. And then we got our uniforms!! Even being in my uniform, I still felt as though this is all just a dream. I was probably most nervous when the photo shoot began. Thankfully two of the Vets, Moira and Samantha, made sure our hair was in perfect place throughout the shoot. I left the park thinking “wow, this is going to be an AMAZING year!” I’m really looking forward to all aspects of being a Phillies Ballgirl; getting involved in the community and charity events, being part of a softball team again, and of course, having the best seat in the house at CBP, watching the best team in baseball! I can’t wait to meet and get to know all of the Ballgirls better, and for the season to begin! I’m also very excited for my move to the City of Brotherly Love!
Despite the fact that I’ve been there and done that before, I was just as excited and a tad nervous for this year’s photo shoot. I could NOT wait to be back inside the stadium and meet the Rookies. Even though I knew what to expect this time around in regards to the shoot, I was still unsure of which pose to focus on for my trading card. With my hair curled this year rather than straight, I took a few different shots with a baseball and bat and now am playing the waiting game to see the results. The day was an overall exciting time as we discussed the upcoming events and special days that the new season will bring. So now, let the countdown to Spring Training begin…I am beyond excited to be in Clearwater in just a few weeks, watching our 2012 Phillies play! LET’S GO PHILS!
I was very nervous and excited on the day of the shoot. I had trouble sleeping the night before the photo shoot. I knew that I needed to get some rest but it was difficult to contain my excitement. My car ride to CBP was an interesting one. I was getting more and more nervous as I got closer to the stadium. When I got there, the first two Ballgirls that I met were Jamie and Leanne. I had no idea where to go so I was grateful to walk with them to the photo shoot. We had orientation in which I was able to meet the rest of the girls. Afterwards, I received my Phillies uniform! That’s when it really hit me that I was a BALLGIRL!! It was a dream come true for me. I was the last Ballgirl to take my photos. It was nice to have the other vets and rookies go beforehand so I had a better idea of what poses to do. All of the Ballgirls were awesome at helping each other with poses and placement of our hair. I’m looking forward to all the fun that we will have as Ballgirls on and off the field especially with the activities for the community. I’m so excited for the season to begin. Let’s go Phils!
This was my first official experience as a veteran Ballgirl. Going into this year’s photo shoot, I had a slightly different perspective, but it was just as exciting. Last year, I was overwhelmed with excitement and I think the fact that I was going to be a Ballgirl for the Philadelphia Phillies really hadn’t sunk in yet. I don’t think that I was able to get past my own excitement to even be nervous. If I was going to be a Ballgirl, I couldn’t imagine anything going wrong. This year, I think the fact that I am a Ballgirl has finally sunk in! And after experiencing the number of Ballgirl cards we’ll hand out throughout the course of the baseball season, I may just have been a little more nervous this year. But the nervousness quickly faded when I reunited with my fellow vets and had the exciting opportunity to meet some of the rookies for the first time. Now, I’m just even more anxious for the baseball season to start in 2012!
When I got the phone call in early December about being selected to represent the Phillies as a Ballgirl in 2012 I was ecstatic, but waiting over a month to hear something from them was torture. Every thought was going through my mind, like maybe I really wasn’t picked or they decided they didn’t want me anymore, so when I finally received the email saying we have a photo shoot and our first official day; I couldn’t wait to start! The days leading up to it I was so anxious and excited and nervous. So when the big day finally came I made sure I got up nice and early and left to make sure nothing was going to make me late. Driving up to Citizens Bank Park on that Sunday was such a different feeling than all the other times I have been there. It was so much more exciting knowing that I was not just a fan anymore to this great organization, but actually a part of it. When I finally walked into the visiting locker room where we would be having our pictures done I got to meet some of the other girls. As soon as I walked in everyone was introducing each other and finding our jerseys, it was so surreal to finally be starting. The vets on the team were so helpful with helping us get ready and figuring out different poses and what props to use. Since I have no idea how to pose in front of the camera it was helpful to have the girls with experience showing us the ropes. The whole day went by way to quick and has me really excited for what else is to come! I check my email 100 times a day just waiting to find out what I will get to do next. I have a feeling this is just the start of all the great things I will experience as a Phillies ballgirl.
When I woke up, I was so excited for the photo shoot! This was going to be my first time meeting all of the Ballgirls! I was so happy that I already knew Sammy because I was not as nervous going into my first day as a Ballgirl! Sammy and I accidentally got there an hour early but this gave us time to get ready and be one of the firsts to get our pictures taken. Putting on my uniform for the first time was such an amazing feeling. I could not believe that I was actually about to get a trading card! I did not know what to do at first but Sammy and Maureen helped me with my poses and, of course, my hair. The whole thing was crazy but so exciting. I could not stop smiling and thinking to myself, “is this actually real?” It finally sunk in once everyone got to the shoot and talked about what was in store for us this season. All of the Vets were so nice and inviting and I cannot wait for everything to start!! I am so anxious to see how the pictures turned out and this photo shoot was a perfect way to start off the 2012 season!
Being a rookie this year I was very nervous for the photo shoot. It was still so surreal that I was a Ballgirl, but as a got closer to the stadium it started to sink in. When I got there the first person I met was Michelle, with a warm welcome. When photo shoot time came around I was super scared that I was going to do everything wrong and mess up somehow. Thankfully, the returning Ballgirls got me through it and the shoot turned out great! When it was all said and done, I was sad that it was over, but I am looking forward to this coming season from the many appearances to the ball games. I have a feeling that it’s going to be a good year!
Last year, I was so nervous going into the photo shoot. This year, I had more confidence and could not wait to meet the new girls. I went first to give the rookies an idea of what to do. It felt good getting it out the way and just watching all the other girls take their picture and helping with their hair. I switched up my hair this year to straight, instead of the big hot curls. I look forward to getting to know the girls more and having a great season.
The day of the shoot I was very nervous and thought to myself, is this really happening? The whole day was a great experience and it was nice to have some time to meet the other girls. When I arrived, Moira was the first person I met and she was very bubbly and she made me feel welcomed. This year I am looking forward to making new friendships and being able to share these once in a lifetime experiences.
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!
For some reason, this holiday season seemed to fly by faster than ever (So fast that I’m finally posting this on January 10th. Sorry about that!). I’m not sure if it’s because the weather wasn’t quite “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” or if it was because I was enjoying the last few weeks as a ballgirl. Come January, all of us Vets hand the reigns over to the Rookies and bring in a new group of great girls for you to meet next spring. Either way, December was filled with a lot of excitement for all of us. For me, I was slacking on the picture-taking this year (no big surprise), but I did get a picture of the best pancake in the history of pancakes. I went home to South Carolina for Christmas, and nothing puts you more in the spirit than a homemade snowman pancake with a bacon scarf to put a little more holly jolly in your step.
This year – rather than store-bought gifts, I went with homemade floor pillows for each of my nieces and nephews – and finally got a picture with all 6. But the photo of everyone looking and smiling still evades us! Happiest holiday wishes to all the Phillies fans!
This Christmas was full of lots of family, friends and of course…great food! Holidays are always extra special when my brother and sister-in-law are in town and our cousin Andrew is home from severing in the Navy. Most definitely my favorite presents this Christmas!
This Christmas break I was lucky enough to take a trip to NYC with my roommates! It was only my second time in the city and I had a great time checking out landmarks like the Empire State Building.
This Christmas season has been great in so many ways. First, my boyfriend and I took the ferry into NYC (a first for me) to walk around, and visit the ever famous tree in Rockefeller Center (another first for me!) Here is a picture I took looking up at the tree and it’s 30,000 bright lights! There’s no better feeling of the holidays than what you feel walking around New York City. On Christmas day my sister and her husband hosted their first Christmas dinner for our family, which I assisted in preparing. My other photo shows my sister and I with our grandmother in the kitchen while we were getting dinner ready. Christmas day was also my niece, Grace’s, second birthday. Although I may officially be a “grown up” I felt just like a kid again watching her open and play with all of her new toys. There’s nothing like spending time and making lasting memories with the ones that you love, especially during this time of year, which was my favorite gift hands down. I’m very excited to see what 2012 will bring, and am wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
The highlight of my Christmas was being able to spend it with all of my amazing cousins!
I had another amazing Christmas this year! The gift that I’m having the most fun with is definitely the dancing game called Just Dance…it’s a blast and it is especially hilarious to watch my parents attempt to follow the dance moves! The picture of me and my sisters was taken on Christmas Eve…my Mom has made it a tradition to get us new pajamas every year. I plan to do even more relaxing over the rest of my Holiday Break :) Happy New Year everyone!
Before celebrating Christmas Eve with my Irish side of the family, I went to my Italian grandparents’ house to help make eight pounds of homemade spaghetti and twenty-two dozen ravioli. You all can guess that I’ll have to be spending some extra time at the gym!
Besides spending the Holidays with my amazing family and friends, Patti and I had the privilege to meet a future ballgirl! Olivia Joy! Congratulations to Tori and Dan!
This is The Coleman Family holiday card from a few years ago, even though
it’s a few years old it’s one of my favorites!! I love the holidays because
I love spending time with my family and all of the great traditions that go
along with it, especially making gingerbread houses and cookies with my
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Ballgirls Kristina and Leanne were invited to the Barnes & Noble in Newark, DE to take part in Storytime, a brief time for children in the store to sit and listen to a book or two read aloud. This week’s Storytime would be particularly special as Kristina and Leanne were reading The Phillie Phanatic’s Philadelphia Story together. Following the Phanatic on a trip through Philadelphia’s history proved fun and exciting for both kids and parents alike. Kristina also had the opportunity to read If You Give a Dog a Donut, and Leanne read Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Pete the Cat had a sing-a-long aspect and the children – and even some of the parents – joined in! Also at Barnes & Noble that day was a great organization called Kind to Kids, who work with foster children and underprivileged children in the state of Delaware. The Ballgirls had an incredible time reaching out to some of their tiniest fans and getting to spend the morning entertaining the children. Below are some photos shared by Caroline Jones of Kind to Kids.
This weekend the ballgirls will proudly be participating in the annual Phillies Holiday Sale, Tree Lighting & Food Drive at Citizen Bank Park. The two-day event will be highlighted by a holiday tree and ballpark lighting ceremony (Saturday only), complete with carolers, Phoebe and the Phillie Phanatic as Phanta Claus. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitcher Vance Worley will also be joining the festivities.
We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a fun filled weekend at the park! For more information and a detailed schedule follow the link below (by copying and pasting it into your browser):