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Spring Training Day at the Franklin Institute

A crowd of Phillies fans gathered at the Franklin Institute this past weekend to enjoy Phillies Spring Training Day. Families showed up to enjoy the festivities and have a fun, educational day at the museum. This year, the event was even more special with the ribbon cutting ceremony for new sports memorabilia in The Sports Challenge exhibit.

The Phanatic kicked off the event with the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Hopefully, the Phanatic’s special touch will help heal Utley’s hurt knee!
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The kids played an intense round of musical chairs to win a free pair of Phillies tickets.
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Dan Baker asked Phillies trivia to all the kids for a chance to win bobbleheads, backpacks, and other fun Phillies gear.

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 To top off the event, we got to explore Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop exhibit. We couldn’t take any pictures to show you, but it’s definitely worth heading into the city to check out!

Wordless Wednesday: Memories of Bright House Field from Ballgirl 2010 Spring Training trip

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Design Challenge Finalists Announced

 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

 

Local Fashion Designers Selected for Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Uniform Design Challenge

Finalists to showcase ballgirl uniform designs at Macy’s Runway Show on March 31

 

The Phillies Ballgirls are about to get a new uniform – thanks to 14 local designers vying to be the next MVP of fashion.

 

After a week-long judging process, Macy’s and the Phillies have selected 14 finalists to take part in the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Uniform Design Challenge. Each of the finalists will create a new Phillies Ballgirl uniform, be assigned a Phillies Ballgirls as a model, and showcase the finalist’s vision during a live runway show at Macy’s Center City on Thursday, March 31. The winning uniform design, chosen during the runway show by a panel of judges, will be worn by the Phillies Ballgirls at select off-field community appearances during the 2011 season.

 

The competing designers have a variety of professional backgrounds, from designing accessories to swimwear to children’s clothing.

 

“We are so pleased with the pool of applicants for the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge,” said Melissa Ludwig, Macy’s District Vice President. “Philadelphians have a lot of talent and the finalists selected are all outstanding designers who understand the need for fashion and functionality. They are no doubt the perfect candidates to develop a uniform to represent the Phillies Ballgirls, as well as the Phillies and Macy’s brands.”

 

“The submissions we received for the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge were just fantastic,” said Michele DeVicaris, Manager, Phillies Ballgirls. “Each of the designers selected has a keen eye for what’s fresh and fashionable, and we can’t wait to join our fans in seeing these creations come to life during the live runway fashion show at Macy’s on March 31.”

 

More information regarding the live runway show at Macy’s will be available soon at www.phillies.com/ballgirls.

 

Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge Finalists

Karen Bloomfield – Lansdale, Pa.

Attended Philadelphia University -

BS, Fashion Design

Lilly Pulitzer assistant fashion designer; NBC 10 “Runway Challenge” finalist

Jeanne Douglass – Sinking Spring, Pa.

Cornell University – BS, Fiber Science & Apparel Design; Philadelphia University, Masters – Fashion Apparel

Gymnastics apparel designer for GK-Elite Sportswear

Rachel Marie Godwin – Media, Pa.

Attended The International Academy of Design & Technology – Fashion Design

Owner, designer of Rachel Marie Specialty Apparel Designs; Received “Best of Show – Most Marketable Collection” Swimwear

Michele Gresh – Forth Washington, Pa.

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Co-founder, designer of Modern Unity; Finalist in 2009 Independent Handbag Designer Awards

Elizabeth LaBrasca – Manayunk, Pa.

Attending Philadelphia University

Visual display & merchandising intern for Anthropologie

Rachel Lichtenwalner – Macungie, Pa.

Attending Marist College  -

BS Fashion Design

Design selected to be in Marist College
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Pamela Martin – Riverton, NJ

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Former runner-up for NBC “Runway Challenge”

 

Jaime Melfi – Haddonfield, NJ

Attended Appalachian State University – Apparel & Textiles

Accessory designer, has own label; Art specialist with Gloucester County YMCA

Jessica Mintz – Basking Ridge, NJ

Junior at Drexel University –

BS, Fashion Design

Fashion reporter for The Triangle, Drexel University; Offered design internship at Nanette Lepore

Jessica Hume Morris – Langhorne, Pa.

Attended Pratt Institute –

BFA, Fashion Design

Interned for Christian Siriano; Worked for indie designer Zoe Twitt; Working on own design label

Kelsey Pushkarewicz – Newark, De.

Junior at University of Delaware -

BS, Apparel Design

Former design intern for QVC & Fran Caselli

Aleksandra Svetlichnaya – Upper Holland, Pa.

Attended Art Institute of Philadelphia – BS, Fashion Design

Owner, designer of SVET by Aleksandra; former intern for Michael Kors; 2009 Costumer designer/director on Spike TV’s “Playbook” & Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Katie Todorow – Quakertown, Pa.

Attending Drexel University – BA, Fashion Design

Intern for Deborah Marquit Couture Lingerie

Huy Tran – Philadelphia, Pa.

Attended The Fashion Institute of Technology

Associate designer for Notations

 

ABOUT THE PHILLIES BALLGIRLS

The Phillies Ballgirls are ambassadors for the Phillies both on and off the field. They represent educated, athletic and energetic women who serve as role models in professional sports for young girls. During each game the Ballgirls sit on the first and third baselines to field foul balls and give them to lucky young Phillies fans. They also run softball clinics, attend charity events, play in charity softball games and captain the Phillies Red Goes Green Team.  Phillies Ballgirls are an integral part of the Phillies organization and have been featured on many TV and radio programs including SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays on ESPN.

 

 

Annual Softball Clinic Highlights

“Buy me some peanuts and Apple Jacks…” Who wouldn’t have smiled at this new rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame that was sung by a young girl at our softball clinic last Sunday at Flanigan Center http://nsplsoftball.com/home/default.asp?menu_category=Home&menuid=404&parid=404] in Newtown Square? This event is a ballgirl tradition that we always look forward to because we get to spend an afternoon hanging out with some pretty cool 6-12 year olds. The girls arrive decked out in their Phillies gear and ready for a fun day of softball.

 

bgintros.JPGWe split up into stations and allowed each group of girls to spend 20 minutes at each spot. All the groups got to pick their own team names, and I knew it would be an exciting day when my first group called themselves the Chunky Funky Hunky Monkeys.  After we stretched out, the girls put their softball skills to the test.

 

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Thumbnail image for samanthafielding.JPGWe played a game that the goal was to throw grounders past the other team to eliminate their players. As you can see, Becca gave it her all, but the nine year olds won out and made us proud!

beccaplays game.JPGKatelyn, a slugger herself, taught the basics of hitting and showed the girls how to “squish a bug” when up at bat.

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britandsammy.JPGAt the end of the clinic, all of the girls got to take home their own whammy hands, and we quizzed them with some Phillies trivia. I was especially impressed by the girls who knew how many games the Phillies play in a season. You could tell they really knew their stuff. With such great softball skills and a lot of love for the Phillies, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few rising ballgirls come from this group. Just a few more years, and we’ll be looking for them on the sidelines!
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 If you are interested in having the Phillies Ballgirls host a clinic for your softball team, please contact Michele DeVicaris at mdevicaris@phillies.com.

Go Phils!

Phillies Spring Training Predictions

Get your DVR’s ready, folks. This Phillies season won’t be lacking in moments that you’ll be wanting to rewind and watch again in slow motion. It’s no news to anyone that our pitching rotation could be one of the best in history, but there’s so much more that has to fall into place to take this team to the World Series. Fans are already checking out the new prospects in Clearwater and predicting who will hit the field on Opening Day. Like of the rest of you avid fans, the ballgirls are anxiously awaiting what will shape up during Spring Training and have our own predictions of what’s to come for this exciting season.

Tori
With the Phillies heading down south to prepare for the long awaited season, I have much anticipation about the bullpen, who will bat in the 5th spot and who will replace Jayson Werth.  I’m interested to see how Brad Lidge performs since he didn’t have to endure 2 surgery’s like he did last off season.  I am also interested to see how Jimmy Rollins will come back this year with some much needed rest. My fingers are crossed for a big come back season for him.  Since Jayson Werth moved onto the Nationals (tear), this leaves the notorious question of who will replace him for the Phillies?  I think with a little work on his performance at the plate, Mayberry could be a great candidate as well as Ben Francisco.  I really hope that Dominic Brown can bounce back from his not so great fall season and fine tune his talent for the upcoming season.  Also with Werth being gone I am anxious to see who will fill the 5th spot in the hitting line up, time will tell….

Moira
Finally!  Warm weather, Phillies baseball, and the beginning of what should be an extremely exciting season!  With Werth no longer a part of the squad, I think we will see a lot of Ben Francisco in right field while sharing some of that time with Dominic Brown.  With that being said, Dominic Brown will be the obvious prospect to look out for, but he’s not the only player we should be excited about!  Jonathan Singleton is going to try to stray away from his natural position of first base because we all know that is Ryan Howard’s stomping grounds.  Instead, he will try to find a place to call home in the outfield, which could turn into something great!  As for the bullpen, we will be golden if Lidge and Madson live up to what they are capable of…hopefully we will not need to access the bullpen much with our AMAZING rotation!  In regards to offense, we definitely need a big year from Jimmy Rollins this year regardless of his number in the lineup because when Jimmy’s on, the rest of the team follows.  Overall, this season has such awesome potential and I truly believe that it’s safe to say that each and every one of our opponents will be nervous to face us in 2011!

Kristina
With the temperatures rising in the Philadelphia area I continue to get more excited for the 2011 season to start.  Since I can’t travel to Florida this year I continually watch the news/sports center for coverage of Phillies Spring Training.  I am so ready for warm weather, baseball, and red pinstripes!   One of my predictions for the 2011 season is a break out year for outfielder Domonic Brown.  Last year he got a taste of the big leagues and I feel this year he will really come into his own and be a major contributor defensively as well as at the plate. 

Sammy
What can I say about this upcoming season that might possibly be one of the most dominating in years! With solid fielding in all positions the Phillies defense is sure to be one of the strongest in the league! After an off-season to recover, I predict Jimmy Rollins will be back at the top of his game and making the amazing double plays with his teammate in the middle infield, Chase Utley.  I think, in place of jason werth in right field, Dominic Brown will show he has what it takes to make the starting lineup and compete with the best.  After working on his hitting in the off-season with Greg Gross, Brown will be ready to play!  I can’t wait to experience what will definitely be a dominant season!

Becca
I not quite sure what my predictions are about Brown taking over in left field, but I do know that I am extremely excited to see how it goes! While I think we will miss Werth’s field coverage, great arm, and presence at the plate, I always enjoying watching young players come through the system and seeing what they can do. I’m also really looking forward to seeing the adjustments our offence has made, especially Ryan Howard. I think that watching our incredible lineup finally come together will be great and I can’t wait to see them all come home and play at Citizen Bank Park!

Katelyn
The best part of February is finally here–Spring Training time!!! Like most people, I expect great things from the Phillies this year.  I predict that right field will be shared by Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown but Spring Training will be the true test.  I think that our bullpen might not be very busy this year considering who our starting pitchers are!  I think that Chase Utley will step up and have a much better offensive season this year. I am excited to see some of the new prospects when I make my trip down the Clearwater in March.  I also agree with Jimmy Rollins’ prediction that this year will break the MLB record for most wins in history!

Bridgette
As far as predictions for this season go, I’d like to see John Mayberry Jr. and Ben Francisco step up to fill the shoes of Jayson Werth in left field. I’d also like to see the team rally offensively, and for the line-up to stay healthy without any major injuries, especially among the team leaders.

Patti
I cannot wait for Spring Training this year because it means our 2nd annual trip to Clearwater! I’m hoping we’ll get to see some stellar performances by DBrown in rightfield. As far as predictions for the unraveling of the season, clearly everyone is stoked about our bullpen but I’m still a little disappointed about my predictions last season falling through so I’m going to play it safe here and just predict “awesomeness”…can’t argue with that.

Bonnie
The right-handed hitting slot, left vacant by Werth’s departure, presents a prime opportunity for Francisco or Mayberry to fill the void in this powerful left-handed hitting lineup. I also am predicting that Rollins will have a career year by topping his personal highs for battings average, runs scored, and stolen bases. He’ll be the offensive spark plug that they’ll need to carry them to another winning season.

First Day of Phillies 2011 Ticket Sales

You never fail to impress us Phillies fans. The turn out for the first day of ticket sales was great! Tori, Leanne, and Jess were at the gates for the big event on Thursday and captured a few shots we would like to share for those who missed. You can of course still call the ticket office or go online if you weren’t able to purchase tickets in person on Thursday. Hurry up and get your hands on some and we’ll see you at the park soon!

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Leanna and Jess are all smiles as they anxiously wait for sales to start.

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The lines were long, but that didn’t stop the determined fans.

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This group of fans was particularly determined. They waited from 7:00pm Wednesday night until 8:30am Thursday morning to secure their spot at the very front of the line. Major props to Rob (left, back
row) for being the first in line for the second year in a row!

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The Phanatic even came out to show his excitement and appreciation to all the waiting fans.

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At the end of the day, there were many satisfied buyers who proclaimed their purchases were well worth the wait.

Introducing our 2011 Rookie Ballgirls

My apologies…you’ve seen their pics from our photo shoot and have probably seen their names multiple times, but we’ve yet to officially introduce you to our Rookies for 2011! We took a few top fan questions (and some questions we just think are fun) and polled the new girls. Of course, the one thing we all have in common is our love for the Phillies and the great game of baseball, but besides that, the Rookies have some interesting stories I’ll let them tell you about…
- Bonnie

jamie.JPGName: Jamie

Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Softball position: 2nd and 3rd mainly, with some SS and catcher mixed in

Favorite ballpark food: Crab fries, with cheese!

Job: Transportation engineer

Favorite Phillies memory: Hopefully, yet to come.  But so far…I think that I smiled for a week straight after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.  It doesn’t get much better than that. Going to the parade and celebrating with all of the other loyal fans was one of the best days that I can remember!

 

 

 

moira.JPGName: Moira

Hometown: Ambler, Pennsylvania

Softball position: 1st base

Favorite ballpark food: Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries

School: University of Delaware

Favorite Phillies memory: Finding out I was a 2011 Phillies Ballgirl!!!!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sammyt.JPGName: Samantha (nickname Sam)

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Softball position: Third base, Short stop

Favorite ballpark food: Hot dog

School: Camden County College

Favorite Phillies memory: My favorite Phillies memory is, watching Halladay pitch a no-hitter in his first play-off game.

 

 

 

 

 

Thumbnail image for maureen.JPGName: Maureen (nickname Mo)

Hometown: Gloucester Twp., NJ

Softball position: Center field

Favorite ballpark food: Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries

Job/school: Moorestown Running Company
Assistant Softball Coach at Centenary College
Graduate student at Centenary College

Favorite Phillies memory: My favorite Phillies moment is when they won the World Series in 2008. I was in college at Montlciar State watching the game in my apartment with my softball teammates who are all Mets or Yankee fans. When we won I was so excited that I screamed and ran around my apartment! I knew I had to go to the parade. On parade day we were suppose to go with two of my friends and my parents. When we arrived at the PATCO station to catch the train there was a huge line for tickets and we knew we’d never make it in time. My Dad took one for the team and decided to drive us over the Ben Franklin and into Philly to drop off my Mom, myself and my friends. He went home to watch the parade on tv since there wasn’t any parking and said to call him and he would pick us back up. We saw the whole parade and had a blast with all the Phillies Phans! After the parade, we decided it would be fun to walk over the bridge and have my dad pick us up on the Jersey side. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

 

Gen.JPGName: Genevieve. A lot of people call me Gen, but it must be spelled with a G! My family calls me Gigi and a majorityof my friends call me G, Vieve, Gvieve, or Geeg.

Hometown: Levittown, PA

Softball position: Third base

Favorite ballpark food: Crab fries

Job/School: Coordinator of New Media & Marketing for Villanova Athletics/ Hofstra University

Favorite Phillies memory: Besides becoming a ballgirl, my favorite Phillies memory was being able to watch the Phillies win the World Series in New York! I was working there at the time so I made sure everyone knew that I was a Phillies Phan!

 

 

 

sammymc.JPGName: Sammy

Hometown: Warrington, PA

Softball position: Outfielder

Favorite ballpark food: Soft pretzels

School: Penn State University

Favorite Phillies memory: Watching my dad jump up and down and dance after the final pitch by Lidge in the final game of the World Series.

 

 

 

 

 

leanne.JPGName: Leanne

Hometown: Norwood, PA

Softball position: Catcher/Shortstop

Favorite ballpark food:  Dollar dogs (have to be wrapped in foil)

Job/school:  Coordinator and student (pre-dental at UPenn)

Favorite Phillies memory:  Travelling down to D.C. last year to see the Phillies play – the night after Roy Halladay threw a two-hit shutout and the Phillies clinched the NL East title – and making it on TV with our “It’s Always Phunner in Philadelphia” sign (and almost catching Raul Ibanez’s homerun!).

 

Phillies Ballgirls Super Bowl XLV Predictions

Perhaps it was the recent trading card photo shoot that inspired this week’s blog? Or maybe it’s all the pre Super Bowl excitement in the air? Whatever it is, we sure did have a fun time with the blog this week. The ballgirls and I wanted to share our Super Bowl predictions with you and we decided to get creative. Below is a collection of poses/dances that exemplify how each of us would celebrate if we were to score a touch down during the big game. 

Bonnie would celebrate by jumping into the crowd of screaming fans while Bridgette would bust out the dougie dance move.

 

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Brittany would be so overcome with joy that should would not be able to contain herself and would be cart-wheeling all over the end zone.

 

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15becca.JPGNo matter what team you are rooting for, we hope you enjoy watching the game as much as we did taking these snap shots!

Ballgirl Photoshoot 2011

Hey Phillies fans! It’s a new year filled with some new ballgirl faces and what is sure to be another great season at Citizen Bank Park. It is my pleasure to welcome you along for the ride as myself, and fellow veteran Bonnie, take over the blog and give you the behind the scenes peek of life as a Phillies Ballgirl. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you, talking sports, and of course, hearing your thoughts as well. We’ll be seeing you out and about in the Philadelphia area soon and you better believe we’ll have our 2011 trading cards ready! Below the girls have shared what the annual photo shoot was like. You might notice a few new faces. Stay tuned to learn more about them soon!

Becca & Bonnie

Bridgette: Around 7 a.m. on the morning of this year’s photo shoot I awoke to find a thick blanket of snow covering the ground outside my house. Upon learning that the storm’s intensity was directed primarily towards areas east of the city, I ventured out onto the snowy NJ roads determined to make it to Citizens Bank Park in time for one of the most exciting days of the year. Being that it was the first time us vets would be together with the new girls since the day of tryouts I was eager not only to welcome them to the team, but to witness them experience the same initial excitement we had felt just one year ago. After reviewing the ins and outs of what the ballgirl position entails, it came time for the fun part…our close-ups! Personally, I felt much more comfortable in front of the camera than at last year’s photo shoot, thanks to the styling expertise of Katelyn and Patti who made sure each of us were looking our best. The shoot seemed to be over in a flash, and now we must patiently await the arrival of the set of proofs we get to decide from for our ballgirl card photo. Great job to both the vets and the new girls who have their first official ballgirl experience under their belt, “it’s only gonna get funner!”


emily.JPGEmily:
I had a blast at the photo shoot this year!  It felt pretty strange to have my first official event as a BG vet, but it was awesome meeting some of the new rookies of the 2011 season!  I think this year I was definitely much more comfortable in front of the camera…and I don’t want to toot my own horn here but I think the girls will vouch for me when I say that I totally “worked it”.  Juuust kidding!  But seriously everyone looked fabulous and I can’t wait to see how our baseball cards and team picture turn out!  The photoshoot made me sooo excited for the season to start back up and to meet the rest of our 2011 ballgirl team!

Maureen: It’s hard to explain the excitement and the nerves on your first day. As a rookie, you walk in and you’re like a little kid trying to absorb every site and sound going on around you. You realize you’re able to go places that very few people get to go and you’re totally in awe of it all. I arrived very early and tried to calm my nerves before walking in. Once inside with the other girls, my nerves settled quickly. Everyone was so nice and helpful it instantly set me at ease. Seeing my jersey for the first time was an amazing feeling. I felt my face light up. Once you put it on it starts to really hit you, I’m so lucky, this is really happening. I watched a veteran take her photos and since I was ready I went second. It was easier than I thought! Kristina was great, helping adjust my hair and give me tips while my photos were being shot. It’s not every day you get to do something like that and it was so much fun. The best part of the shoot was when Tori convinced everyone to do a pyramid and we managed to pull it off with a lot of laughing and possibly crushing the bottom row, sorry! I couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was a great way to kick of the 2011 season and I can’t wait for my first event and my first game!


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The photo shoot is something that I was really looking forward to this year.  Being this was my second ballgirl photo shoot I knew exactly what to expect and I wanted to help the rookies feel comfortable.  I remember last year being very nervous about the shoot solely because I didn’t know what to expect!  Meeting a few of the new girls and finally seeing a few of the vets who I have missed dearly made the afternoon an enjoyable one.

As far as the shoot goes, I told myself I was going to take a lot of pictures with my personal camera to “capture the moment” but of course I was too busy talking so I only got a few quality shots.  I tried to help the girls as much as I could while in their poses to make those last touches like placing hair to ensure that the pictures come out perfect!  I can’t wait to see how the group shot comes out, yay for the 2011 season!


kristina1.JPGJamie:
I was both very anxious and slightly nervous for my first activity as a 2011 Phillies Ballgirl. I arrived in the parking lot at the same time as some of the Vets and was lucky enough to follow their lead. They comfortably showed me the way to our photo shoot, which was surreal in itself. I was at Citizens Bank Park and not just as a loyal fan this time. As unbelievable as the whole situation seemed, the girls were all so friendly and down to earth which made it easier to see myself as one of them. We had a brief orientation of the responsibilities and expectations of being a ballgirl and just imagining all of the activities and events that I will have the opportunity to be a part of was exciting. Then, it was time to change into our 2011 pinstripes. When I saw the jersey with my name on the back, it finally hit me.  I’m really going to be a Philadelphia Phillies Ballgirl! The rest of the day flew by.  We took turns taking our individual shots, standard headshots and some posing with a bat, glove and softball. I certainly didn’t feel like a natural up there, to say the least, but all of the other girls were very encouraging.  I trust them. J Next, it was time for our group shots, but before we could begin, someone just happened to notice that we had the perfect amount of girls for a pyramid.  We couldn’t resist giving it a shot.  Although I wasn’t able to actually see the final outcome of our ballgirl pyramid, the laughs alone made it a success in my book.   (And the fact that no one was injured in the process!) Finally, we took our official group shots and it was time to head home, until next time.  After my initial exploit as a Phillies Ballgirl, I’m anxious to see how the pictures turned out, but even more so, for the 2011 season to begin!

Bonnie: The beauty of getting a new Ballgirl card this season is that I get to change things up from last year. I was looking forward to switching up my hairstyle and grateful that I get to pick a new “one word that describes me” on the back of my card. People always enjoyed teasing me on that one. The best part of the photo shoot was meeting some of the rookies and hanging out for a couple hours. With Katelyn as our stylist, Patti as our guest photographer, and our boss Michele playing DJ with the tunes, we managed to turn this event into a great memory

Jess: The photo shoot was so much fun this year. Although I’m not fond of having to model, it was a lot of fun meeting all the new girls and seeing the returning vets.  The day made me even more pumped for this upcoming season.  We have such a great group of girls again.  I can already tell this season will be just as good as last season when it comes to the ballgirls.  Get ready Phillies Phans, the ballgirls are back!


genevieve.JPGGenevieve:
I had so many emotions running through my body that morning! I was like a little kid the morning of the shoot, what do I wear, how many pictures are we going to take, is my first official Phillies day as a ballgirl going to be cancelled because of all this snow!? Thankfully everyone made it to Citizens Bank Park safe and luckily for me, Brittany was there to show me where I was going.  It was great to meet everyone and the Vets were so nice and welcoming.  We had a blast listening to music and doing the shoot and a special thanks to Katelyn and Patti for being our hair stylists during the session. The best part of the shoot was finally being able to put on my uniform.  I think for me, that’s when I realized that my dream of being a ballgirl had finally become a reality and it’s a memory I will never forget!

Samantha M: While driving to Citizens Bank Park for the first time as an official ballgirl, I was still in shock that I had actually been picked for what I know will be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Stepping in front of the mirror for the first time wearing my very own Ballgirl uniform was definitely a point of realization for me! After seeing myself in those red and white pinstripes, I finally really felt like one of the girls.  I was definitely more excited than nervous to be in front of the camera for our photo shoot (I guess I always secretly wished I could be a model for a day).  With the help of the vets, I think I got at least one decent photo where my eyes weren’t closed or my hair wasn’t sticking straight up.  I definitely have to give a shout out to Patti who was my hairstylist for the day!  I would be looking at my bad hair day on thousands of trading cards for weeks without her! Many of the other girls gave me tips and calmed my nerves, which made getting in front of the camera so much easier. I can’t wait to get the pictures back to see how they turned out, but either way I had a blast! It’s hard to believe this experience is considered work, but as far as my first day on the job goes, it was a great kick off for an amazing 2011 Phillies season.


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Ah, Photoshoot day.  I can’t believe a whole year has gone by since my first one!  I remember just how I felt when I had my picture taken in front of all these girls I had just met.  I was very excited this year not because I would be getting my picture taken, but so I could finally meet some of the new rookies!  Each girl was nicer than the one before and judging by the small amount of time we got to spend with each other, I could tell we are all going to get along really well.  Sammy rocked some poses like a pro, while some veteran ballgirls used a bat in their pictures instead of the glove and softball props they had used the year before.  We all helped each other with our hair to make sure it looked picture perfect even though Genevieve and Samantha’s hair didn’t need fixing!! All in all, it was everything I expected.  Now I can look forward to picking my new trading card picture!

 

 

Leanne: For me, photo shoot day was, is, and hopefully will be my most nerve-wracking experience as a Phillies Ballgirl (aside from my first on-field experience).  Before that day, the culmination of my photo shoot “career” had ended with high school senior portraits, and I never predicted having serious professional pictures taken ever again.  But, the second I put my uniform on, looked in the mirror, and saw my name on the back of a Phillies jersey – it hit me how real this is.  I’m now part of the Phillies organization, but even more important, part of an amazing group of young women who share a love for Philadelphia baseball.  To ease our “rookie-nerves” (that’s what I’m gonna call them), the veterans coached us through the picture-taking and reminded us that they were in our shoes one short year ago (while we were literally in their shoes that day since we were short a few pairs and had to share).  All in all, it was a great first experience as a Phillies Ballgirl (I say before seeing how the pictures turned out) and I can’t wait for what hopes to be a year full of firsts!

Brittany: Although my cheeks hurt from smiling so much I think most of my excitement was from meeting the rookies at the photo shoot. Everyone was so excited and we all helped each other to get that “perfect” shot for our trading cards. Last year during my photo shoot, the baseball bat was missing in action, so I planned on taking the most pictures with it as my prop.  I’m hoping my plan worked and I’ll have a trading card with the bat!


patti.JPGPatti:
This photo shoot was the first event that the new Vets were on the other side of the table! However even though it was a little bit of a relief from last year, I still have to admit just like last year I lost a little bit of sleep over it. I was excited to have the chance to meet some of the new girls and get to know them a little bit before we get consumed with the season. The vets were eager to help them relax for the shoot, suggest some poses, and aid in any stray hair smoothing (this step is critical). They were great! I think secretly some of them had practiced and most didn’t need our help, but were polite enough to make us feel useful (we’re appreciative). And of course, I had the opportunity to snap some pics myself. The day was a blast and made me all the more anxious to continue to get to know the girls and get the season underway. As for my own photo shoot, here’s to hoping my eyes were open…

Moira: Wow!  I cannot even describe the range of emotions that I have already experienced while walking through the doors of Citizens Bank Park…from uncontrollable nerves on the day of the final interviews to complete and utter excitement on the morning of the photo shoot!  I could not wait to meet the veteran ballgirls once again and meet my fellow rookies for the very first time.  While all of the events and requirements of being a ballgirl were discussed during our meeting, it hit me…I finally was living out my dream of being a Phillies Ballgirl!  I wanted to get started with the amazing opportunity that very moment…and skip over the photo shoot part!  While I really do not enjoy pictures, I basked in the amazing feeling of having my ballgirl uniform on for the very first time and smiled until my cheeks hurt!  Overall, the day was a great preview to what I am sure will be many more exciting times at Citizens Bank Park!

Samantha T: The first thing that came to my mind was, “Is this really happening?” Till this day I still cannot believe I’m a Phillies Ballgirl! Going into the photo shoot as one of, “the new girls” was very nerve racking. I did not know what to expect, at this point I was just praying for the best. When I finally met the other girls and experienced how nice and welcoming they were, I defiantly had nothing to worry about. Being in a real photo shoot was exciting, but having my own jersey with my name was out of this world amazing! I couldn’t wait to put it on and look into the mirror as a Phillies Ballgirl of 2011!! As I was getting ready I started to think, “WAIT, what am I going to do in front of the camera? How am I supposed to pose?” I started to get nervous once again! After seeing the other ballgirls posing in their pictures I started to get an idea and the nervousness started to go away. At the end of the photo shoot my cheeks were hurting and I was blind from the bright lights, but it was definitely worth it! I know there is more to come and I am ready for it! It is a privilege to be working for an amazing organization and being around the greatest fans!


tori.JPGTori:
This year going into the ballgirl photo shoot I was just as excited to meet the new girls but I wasn’t as nervous. It was definitely easier knowing what to expect. Just like any typical girl the questions of how to wear my hair?…..how to do my make-up?…..and how to pose? were running through my head a few days prior.  Back in December I cut 9 1/2 inches off my hair to donate to Locks of Love, which was well worth it, but I did however miss having the option to curl my long locks.  I think the photo shoot is always a really nice ice breaker among the girls because each ballgirl’s personality really comes shinning through. Getting the proofs back is always interesting to see how pictures our eyes were closed for, how many pictures we were laughing rather than smiling and how many just look completely awkward. But, there’s always that one that stands out the most and becomes our trading card picture for the season.

Becca: You would think that the second time around would be different, but I still couldn’t contain the huge grin that took over my face as I put on my pinstripes. Being back at the park felt GREAT! It was nice, as always, to be with my fellow vets and great to welcome and meet some of the new girls. I still feel like I need someone to pinch me, and this is my second year! By the end of the day, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much, but all I could think of was here comes another AMAZING season!

 

The holidays have come and gone, and we were incredibly busy with family, food and travel.  The ballgirls were all over the map this holiday season, with Amanda traveling the farthest. (She was visiting Riviera Maya in Mexico!)   We are definitely jealous of her tan, considering the amount of snow we had over the holiday.  We were still able to see family but some of us had to cancel some plans as the area was covered in a giant snow drift!

 

Jess was busy with Christmas at her Gram’s house with relatives, Bonnie was in South Carolina with family involved in a big weekend of games (including a card game called Spot it) while Kristina was doing a big meal and relaxing with family.

 

Katie was doing Christmas with her family three times and remembering her Nonna with a “Nonna Pollyanna” game this year.  Becca was busy eating Italian food and laughing til her stomach hurt all over while discussing the acquisition of Cliff Lee!  Perrin spent her last single girl holiday with her friends and family locally.  Tori had a huge family brunch with all the foods you could want and then got to relax with the family.

 

Bridgette was excited to celebrate the holidays and her nieces first birthday on Christmas day as well.  Katelyn was in Bethlehem visiting family on Christmas Eve and was back home for the holiday with her cousins. 

 

Fehran was relaxing and basking in Christmas Cheer with her new husband as well as testing out her baking skills.  Brittany was spending time with family working on lots of Christmas cookies!  I was able to spend the holidays with the extended family and relax a few extra days.

 

Overall we were very fortunate to escape the snow and enjoy the down time with our families and friends.  Some of us even got together to ring in 2011 – Patti, McKenzie, Jess, Katie, Bonnie, Tori, Lindsay and Katelyn and the rest of the 2010 Ballgirls wish you a very happy and healthy new year!!!!!!!

 


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For 2011, we have quite a lot to look forward to.  The season will be underway before we know it and the new ballgirls are getting ready to take the spots of the six of us who will be entering ballgirl retirement.  Look out for our last Veteran blog coming soon and get excited to meet the new fresh faces of the 2011 ballgirls!!!!

 

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