Danielle and I had the pleasure to wave farewell to the Phanatic who packed up to leave Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, February 18. Many Phillies’ employees waved goodbye to the Phanatic and cheered him on as he entered his van for his trip to spring training. He had his beach ball, water gun, and Hawaiian t-shirt ready for his arrival in Florida. The Phanatic’s first stop was in Richmond, Virginia where he visited the Richmond International Speed Way and danced with his friend Nutzy. He has also stopped for tacos at South of the Boarder in Hammer, SC and is planning on reaching his final destination on Saturday February 22nd. I know the Phanatic will be missed in Philadelphia by not only the employees of the Phillies but by all of the fans, however he is excited to cheer on the Phillies during Spring Training and meet new fans in Florida!
My plans for the rest of the off season are: working, having fun with my friends and family as much as I can and I can’t forget, getting ready for the 2014 season! I currently have a full time job with an IT company but I am continuing to find another job within my field of study, which is Electronic Media. It is a very competitive field but ‘positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes’… my dreams are bigger than the camera I am standing next to!
During the rest of the off-season, I will finish my freshman year at Widener University. My softball team and I are going to Florida for a week in March, and my season will continue until May. While in Florida we will have a few practice days followed with big game days. Our team looks great this year! We have really strong players and I am so excited to start! My position for the team is shortstop. Then it will be time for the Phillies to start! I am so excited and can’t wait!
Other than counting down the days until Opening Day at Citizen’s Bank Park, the rest of my off season will consist of being on campus studying hard to finish my winter term at Drexel, and start the spring term with a great GPA. When I’m not on campus, I play flag football with my boyfriend and close friends on Saturday mornings. I am part of a co-ed non-competitive, social league, and we are out to defend our championship title from the fall! It’s so much fun and a great way to get outside during the winter and exercise with friends and teammates! I will also be celebrating my birthday this month! Between balancing school work, my part-time job, and flag football, I will be kept busy and distracted while I wait for the greatest year of my life to begin!
My plans for the rest of the off season are as follows: 1. Get in better shape for the upcoming season. (We all know those jackets don’t get from the outfield to the dugouts by themselves!) 2. Enjoy the down time before all of our exciting events and games start. 3. Wish that the days will fly by because I am way too excited to be a Vet this season!
I also plan to focus on my full time job as an accounting analyst. I’m learning new things everyday and just from the past year, being a ball girl has helped me tremendously with my communication with other people and multitasking one job with the other.
Not long until opening day! This off-season, I’ve been keeping busy with a number of things. My biggest priority, of course, is my internship. I’ve been focusing heavily on continuing to grow professionally in the public relations industry. Outside of that, I’ve been giving conditioning and hitting lessons to middle and high school softball players. I love helping them improve their game. I’m also doing a Tough Mudder in April, so my free time is spent in the gym.
On Tuesday February 11. Kory and Kelly went to Buckshutem Road School to join the Buckshutem Girls Basketball Team in helping with the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ to earn some of the 5 Athlete Badges. There were close to 15 girl scouts that were very eager to participate in a series of “Minute to Win it” games with Kory, Kelly, and the girls basketball team. We were able to cheer on the girl scouts as they used pedometers and other objects during these games. It was nice to see smiles from ear to ear and the excitement in everyone’s’ faces. The most rewarding part of this experience was seeing the girls’ faces once they completed a game; regardless of winning or losing. They were so excited to earn badges and learned how important team work is, whether it was cheering on a teammate or participating in a race/ challenge. In the end, all of the girls were winners for completing this session. It was nice of the Buckshutem Girls Basketball Team to come out and donate some of their time to their community. You could tell that the younger girls definitely looked up to the older girls and wanted to be a part of everything that they were doing. Good luck to the girls in the rest of your basketball season! We look forward to seeing the girl scouts at their Girl Scout event on May 13th at the ball park! Go Buckshutem!
The Phillies’ equipment truck left Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, February 6, 2014. It was a very exciting day for the organization. The 53-foot equipment truck was loaded with thousands of items needed for Spring Training in Clearwater, FL. The packing began about two weeks after the season ended, so Thursday was the big finish for those who worked hard preparing inventory and planning before the truck took off on the two-day journey to Florida. The Phanatic loaded the final item into the truck before we took off on a Center City tour leading the truck to 95 South.
It was truly amazing how the larger-than-life truck was so strategically packed…the inside looked like a 53-foot long game of Tetris! The equipment team did an amazing job. Abby, the Phanatic and I rode atop a Philadelphia fire truck escorting the truck out of Citizen’s Bank Park. The exciting experience seemed to trump my regular aversion to the cold. We were all smiles thinking positive thoughts of baseball weather.
On our ride through Center City, we passed so many enthusiastic phans whole-heartedly waving to their favorite mascot and honking their car horns in support of the send off. Social media users who saw the truck tweeted and posted photos using the hash tag “#ClearwaterOrBust.” My favorite memory from the day was when a school bus pulled up next to the fire truck. There was a brief moment when all of the young school children seemed slightly confused seeing the Phanatic in a fire truck but without giving into the hesitation, they eagerly pressed their noses to the window and passionately waved.
Before parting ways with the Florida-bound truck, we stopped at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Abby and I tried to keep up with the Phanatic as he ran up the museum stairs, but my biggest concern was not slipping on the ice and falling and bringing the Phanatic down with me (luckily, I can say that didn’t happen!). It was a great afternoon… Clearwater or Bust! Special thank you to Philadelphia Fire Department and the wonderful firefighters of truck 53!
It is crazy to think a year has passed and I am a Veteran for the 2014 season. I still cannot believe I’m starting my second year with the Phillies! My rookie season as a Ballgirl was all that I could have hoped for and MORE! I will always cherish the memories and friends that I made last season but I am so excited for the all the new memories, events, and friendships to come this season. Go Phillies!
Hands down the most memorable moment of my rookie season was my first game on the field on May 19th where I witnessed the back-to-back walk-off home runs from Kratz and Galvis in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2!!! It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the entire stadium was absolutely electric. In all honesty, it was coolest thing I had ever seen! I felt so blessed to be on the field for that game!
This season I am most looking forward to making the most of each experience this 2014 season has to offer! Additionally, I am looking forward to mentoring and getting to know the new rookies and training them for their field duties. Also, I am so excited to interact with all of the phans again this year and give back to our Philadelphia community. Spring training is right around the corner Phillies Phans! Get excited!
I can’t believe I am officially a Phillies ballgirl veteran. The events I attended, games I watched, and people I met made this year the best year of my life. My favorite memory of the 2013 season was attending the CHOP Halloween Bash. This event was special to me because I am studying medicine to one day become a doctor and hopefully have the opportunity to work at CHOP. I danced the night away with the patients and their siblings along side of two other ball girls, Ashley and Leigh Ann (and of course, the Phanatic). The young patients of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia had the biggest smiles on their (colorfully painted) faces and I left the Halloween Bash truly feeling like I made a difference in their lives.
Another one of my favorite memories of the 2013 season had to have been the 18- inning game. I was one of the lucky girls to be on the field for over seven hours in one night. That night I truly realized the dedication of the Phillies fans. Fans were sitting on the very top rows of the stadium and cheering just as loud in the 18th inning as the first with every at bat. After the game I received numerous texts and phone calls saying great job and that they couldn’t believe I was on the field for that long. However, I was so grateful to have the best seat in the house while being apart of such an exciting game. That night I truly felt like I was apart of Phillies history.
It is so hard to pick a favorite memory from my rookie season because every time I was at the ballpark or in my uniform at an event was a memorable experience. If I had to choose one, I would say the first time getting announced for Green Team. The feeling of standing in front of all the fans at home plate, smiling and waving into the camera is unexplainable. It is the greatest feeling and I get that feeling every time I step on the field. I am so blessed to get the opportunity to experience something that most people can’t say they have experienced.
The thing I am looking forward to most about this season is opening day/opening home stand. I think that the opening series is the most fun because all of the fans are so excited for the season to begin. There is so much going on around the stadium and the atmosphere of Citizens Bank Park is awesome.
I could not have asked for a better rookie season. I will never forget my first foul ball and interactions with the fans between innings during my first game on the field. My favorite memory of my rookie season was working at the Phillies Golf Event in July. This took place during the Phillies alumni week, so I was able to meet a few of past Phillies players. The ballgirls assisted in creating gift bags for all of the golfers and helping make sure that the event ran smoothly. A few of us drove golf carts around the course to make sure everyone was staying hydrated in the summer heat. Interacting with alumni and many members of the Phillies front office staff was a lot of fun!
I am most looking forward to training the rookies on the field. The experience of being on the field is unforgettable, so I am really excited to be with the rookies as they have this experience of their own for the first time. Rookies are trained for four games before they can be on the field by themselves, so it is the responsibility of the veterans to teach them what to do in any game situation. The hardest part will be trying to calm the rookies down because it is easy to get nervous in front of such a large crowd!
My favorite memory from last season was dancing on the field with the Phillie Phanatic. It was a day game and the Ball Girls played along with the Phanatic that day. It started out as the Phanatic not having anyone to dance with. We ran out on the field and broke out into dance with the Cupid Shuffle. It was so much fun watching the fan’s reactions and doing something out of my comfort zone. The Phanatic is an awesome dancer and I would love to do it all over again!
I am excited for my Vet season. I enjoyed it so much last year as a rookie, but this year I know the ropes and I look forward to passing that on to the new rookies. What a great experience! I have had so many great memories during my rookie season, but my favorite would have to be: Dancing with the Phanatic and all the kids at the Please Touch Museum! It was so much fun picking out the best dancers and brightening all the little kids days.
I am so excited for the season to start. I am looking forward to attending different events throughout the season and for Opening Day! It is my final season, so I am looking forward to doing all I can and getting the most out of this awesome opportunity.
No words can explain with justice what the year 2013 meant to me. Becoming a Phillies Ball girl is one of the greatest things to ever happen in my life. In receiving the honor of wearing my BG pinstripes as an ambassador for the Phillies I accomplished a personal dream. I have experienced the electricity of Citizen’s Bank park from the field, interacted with AMAZING Phans of Philadelphia, served as a representative of my favorite team and city, made life long memories and irreplaceable friends, and learned a lot about myself.
My favorite memories of my rookie season included the Phillies Pup Rally and Carlos Ruiz’s Philadelphia Futures event. One of my first ball girl duties was at Schuylkill River Park with the Pennsylvania ASPCA. Phillies phans dressed their pups in Phillies gear and brought them out to the park for games and prizes. The PSPCA had homeless dogs on site and I got to see a few dogs go home with happy new owners! Carlos Ruiz hosted an event at a really cool bowling ally in the city which sponsored the hard working high school students of the Philadelphia Futures. After working the Pup Rally, I adopted a dog from the PSPCA and I am also a current college student. I view both animals and higher education as important missions and I am lucky the Phillies are involved in the causes.
Of course, I will never forget the first time I walked onto the field and the unexplainable emotions of thrill, honor, and joy. Every day I walked into the ballpark to work, I was truly happy. I am so excited for 2014. I am so blessed and this opportunity is my daily reminder.
My favorite memory from last season was participating in the Phillies at the Beach event. Myself and three other ball girls went down to Atlantic City and spent the day on the beach with some of our amazing fans. We passed out sunglass and magnets, among other cool giveaway items. We also helped in judging the “best dressed” contest for kids and adults. This was overall such a fun day to be able to not only be at work but also be on the beach at the same time.
I am most looking forward to being on the field for a few more games this season and making a bunch of new friends with our rookies. We spend so much time together that these girls really do become some of my best friends. Also, all the events that we are able to participate in also are a once in a lifetime experience that I would not trade for the world.
I definitely think it is going to be different being a Vet this year. There is a lot expected from us not just from our boss, but the rookies and ourselves.
My favorite memory that I will always carry with me from last season will be when I was able to give a foul ball to a little boy battling leukemia. He was the happiest little boy and when he asked for my trading card he got so excited. When I was able to give him a ball, I remember him jumping up and down and giving his parents huge hugs. I definitely got teary-eyed. At the end of the game he gave me a big hug. I will definitely never going to forget that!
I am most looking forward to getting back on the field and making a million more memories with the vets and rookies this season! My advice to the rookies make the most of this experience. So many people would kill to have this opportunity, but you are one of the lucky ones. Do everything you possibly can, meet tons of new people, and have fun!
Hometown: Northeast Philadelphia
College/Major: West Chester University Pre-Occupational Therapy with Psychology Minor
Favorite Phillies Player: Cliff Lee
Describe yourself in one word: Genuine
Your biggest accomplishment: Becoming a Phillies Ballgirl!
Favorite Ballpark Food: Dollar Dogs for sure
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I look forward to working with the charities and organizations within the Phillies community and also interacting with the one of a kind “phans” on a daily basis.
If you could have 1 super power: Time Travel
Biggest Pet Peeve: When someone drags their feet when they walk
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: Pizza is my favorite food…with veggies, meat, or plain…whatever!
Hometown: Holland, Pa.
College/Major: Widener University/ Nursing
Occupation: Full time student
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Ambitious
Your biggest accomplishment: Graduating high school with honors and being a member of the National Honor Society
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Fries!
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: Meeting, greeting and working with all different people in our community. Whether it’s children at a softball clinic, or fans at the stadium, I am looking forward to interacting with them because I am a “people person”.
If you could have 1 super power: If I had 1 super power I would want to be invisible.
Biggest Pet Peeve: My biggest pet peeve is people chewing gum loudly.
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I play shortstop for Widener University’s softball team.
Hometown: Little Egg Harbor, NJ
College/Major: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey/Health Sciences
Favorite Phillies Player: Carlos Ruiz
Describe yourself in one word: Enigmatic
Biggest accomplishment: Becoming a Phillies ball girl!
Favorite ballpark food: Chickie’s and Pete’s fries.
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies ball girl: Giving a little kid a foul ball and making their day.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be: The ability to fly.
Biggest pet peeve: Bad smells
One thing that people don’t know about you: I can cackle like a witch.
Hometown: Pottstown, PA
College/Major: Albright College, B.A. in Music Business/Public Relations & Advertising
Occupation: Public Relations Intern
Favorite Phillies Player: Freddy Galvis
Describe yourself in one word: Ambitious
Your biggest accomplishment: Graduating college with a dual degree and landing an incredible PR internship
Favorite Ballpark food: Crab fries, of course!
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: There are many things that I’m looking forward to, but I’m most excited about being an ambassador for the Philadelphia community and becoming close friends with all the girls.
If you could have 1 super power: To be a mind reader
Biggest Pet Peeve: Being poked
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I was a gymnast for 13 years
Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ
College/Major: Drexel University, Major in Corporate and Public Relations
Favorite Phillies Player: Jimmy Rollins
Describe yourself in one word: Bubbly
Your biggest accomplishment: Other than becoming a member of the ballgirl team, I would definitely say getting into Drexel with majority scholarship was a huge accomplishment.
Favorite Ballpark food: Gotta get that ballpark hot dog!
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I am so excited to represent this great organization as a role model for young girls and I cannot wait to meet the passionate fans of Philadelphia and give back to the community I grew up in! It also doesn’t hurt that I am part of a wonderful group of well-educated young women who will become my closest friends!
If you could have 1 super power: The ability to fly!
Biggest Pet Peeve: When people smoke and have no concerns for whoever is walking behind them!
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I went to France for 10 days in high school with my french class and my closest friends. It was my favorite trip to Europe yet! That trip opened my eyes to the love I have for traveling and my desire to see the world!
Hometown: Atco, New Jersey
College/Major: I attend Georgian Court University and I am majoring in biology.
Occupation: Full-time Student/ Sales Associate
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Dedicated
Your biggest accomplishment: Playing softball, the game I love, at the NCAA Division II level while earning my degree.
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries, with extra cheese!
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: All the great memories I’m going to have with my fellow ballgirls, the Philadelphia community, and all the new people I will meet.
If you could have 1 super power: Teleportation, so I could be anywhere in the world whenever I wanted.
Biggest Pet Peeve: Bad drivers
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: Everyone in my family has a strange nickname, even our dog!
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
College/Major: University of Delaware, Elementary Education
Occupation: Student and YMCA of Delaware Counselor
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Happy!
Your biggest accomplishment: Becoming part of the Phillies Organization
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Fries
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I am looking forward to interacting with the Philadelphia Community, new experiences, and new memories!
If you could have 1 super power: Superhuman Endurance
Biggest Pet Peeve: Negativity
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: When I was younger I moved around a lot. Two states that I lived in, other than Delaware, were Indiana and New York.
Hometown: Langhorne, PA
College/Major: Cornell University, Communications Major
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: enthusiastic
What is your biggest accomplishment: Getting accepted to an Ivy League university and playing Division I softball there.
Favorite Ballpark food: hotdogs and Chickie’s and Pete’s crabfries
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: Being a Phillies Ballgirl has been something that I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am to have the incredible opportunity to interact with the Phillies fans and the Philadelphia community. I admire how much the Phillies give back and being a part of that is extraordinarily special to me. I can’t wait to be at the games and interact with the fans on a whole new level!
If you could have 1 super power: Telekinesis–it’d be so cool to move things with my mind!
Biggest Pet Peeve: When people take their food out early leave time on the microwave
One interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I’ve been a bowler since I was 4 years old–my high game is a 279!
Hometown: Harleysville, Pa
College/Major: St. Joseph’s University/Spanish, Elementary Education
Occupation: Spanish teacher
Favorite Phillies Player: Cole Hamels
Describe yourself in one word: Adventurous
Your biggest accomplishment: Spending a year in Peru as a Fulbright scholar
Favorite Ballpark food: Ice cream in the little helmet
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: Connecting with Phillies fans on a different level.
If you could have 1 super power: Time travel
Biggest Pet Peeve: bad grammar
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I have been to all 50 states
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
College/Major: Kaplan/ Pharmacy Technician
Occupation: Full-time Student/ Part-time sales associate
Favorite Phillies Player: John Mayberry
Describe yourself in one word: Different
Your biggest accomplishment: Becoming a Phillies Ball Girl, one of my biggest dreams!
Favorite Ballpark food: Turkey Hill Ice Cream
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: New experiences and having lots of fun!
If you could have 1 super power: Reading minds.
Biggest Pet Peeve: When someone doesn’t hold the door opened for another person.
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: Next to being an athlete, I consider myself a fashionista!
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
College/Major: Pennsylvania State University, Sports Public Relations
Occupation: Full time Student, Part time sales associate
Favorite Phillies Player: Cliff Lee
Describe yourself in one word: Passionate
Your biggest accomplishment: Becoming a Phillies ball girl
Favorite Ballpark food: Dollar dogs with mustard!
What you are looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I cannot wait to sit on the field at my first game and also to represent the Phillies and get involved in the community.
If you could have one super power: Teleportation
Biggest Pet Peeve: I can’t stand when people walk slow.
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I’m the first grandchild on both sides of my family and since I’m the oldest I am my youngest cousin’s godmother!
The Phillies Ballgirls hosted a softball clinic on May 18th for 150 local softball players ranging from 5 to 16 at FDR Park. Here from some of the girls who helped make the clinic a huge success!
Rachael: This was the second Phillies softball clinic I worked as a ballgirl and had a great time working with all the girls on their softball skills. I have been teaching pitching lessons and working camps for about 5 years now, so this was definitely one of my favorite events! The girls who attend are so excited to learn and get better which makes our jobs that much easier. We broke up into groups by age and did stations that included hitting, infield, outfield, bunting, and base running. They were able to work on all aspects of their game and learn from girls who played travel and college softball. Not only do they love softball, but they are also huge Phillies fans which meant there were a lot of questions! We finished off the day with a pitching demonstration and then handing out our trading cards. It was a great day and enjoyed sharing my knowledge with possible future Phillies Ballgirls!
Steph D: I thought the clinic was very successful. I thought the girls had a lot of fun and I did as well. I worked with the older group and although most of them knew the game, I think they got a little something out of it. My favorite part of the day was seeing them smile when we signed our cards for them.
Madeline: Working with the youth softball players at the Softball Celebration was such a great morning. It was a pretty cool experience working with girls between the ages of 5-16. Each girl was so different in personality and skill, but everyone was extremely talented and happy to be there. The common ground of a love for both softball and the Phillies, was a great platform to build a relationship with the young players. I’m so glad I went to the softball clinic and was able to teach the players something. More importantly this was a great opportunity for the Ball Girls to serve as role models in professional sports for young girls.
Steph T: Working the clinic was so much fun! I loved meeting the girls and helping them improve their softball skills. It felt great to give back and help teach everything I know and have learned over the years to a new group of girls. I take pride in representing the Phillies organization and being a role model for young girls and aspiring athletes.
On May 16th the Ballgirls and the entire Phillies organization joined together to help strike out ALS Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The Phillies fans were able to raise $860,731 during this great event that we got to help volunteer at. Here is what some of us thought about being at the Phillies Phestival.
Rachael: This was my second Phillies Phestival to help raise money for ALS. It is great event that Phillies fans get to enjoy. As a fan, I know how excited it is to meet your favorite players after cheering them on day in and day out and this day makes it possible while also being for a great cause!
Steph D: Last Thursday was the first time I attended the Phillies Phestival ever and I am glad I was there as a ball girl. I volunteered to work the Ben Revere photo booth where I got to sell tickets to fans to get a photo with him. After that I helped out at the dice game and that was very overwhelming but exciting at the same time. It was great seeing fans excited to win a lot of prizes.
Kelly: I had a blast working at the phestival. This was my first time going and I could not believe how many people showed up to participate and donate to charity! It was a lot of fun working the “Every Roll’s A Winner” game. The excitement on the fans faces was priceless! Raising money for ALS was a lot of fun and a great experience!
Steph T: Being a part of the Phillies Festival was an incredible experience. It really gave me a new perspective on things and it felt great to know that I was making a difference in people’s lives. There was such a great turnout and it was a wonderful feeling to be a part of an organization that takes such pride in helping others.
Madeline: Before working the Phillies Phestival this year, I have never attended the event. I really feel like I have been missing out. It was such a great evening. Looking back on the event and seeing that the Phillies Phestival raised $860,731 for The ALS Association it hard to view it as anything but a huge success. Everyone who attended had amazing time. The fans waited for hours to scope out their game plan on the main concourse and loved contributing to the fundraising for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. All the players and employees of the Phillies seemed to be having a great time aiding such a great cause.
Kory: This was my first year working the Phestival and I could not have asked for a better experience. I not only met a ton of great people but the fans were so enthusiastic and really made the day so much fun! I had a blast working at the “Every Roll’s A Winner” game. The fans seemed to really enjoy all of the great prizes they won! I’m so glad that we could raise money to help the ALS foundation!
Although the 2012 Phillies season wasn’t all that we hoped it would be, I still had an amazing year being a part of the Phillies organization and making memories that will last a lifetime. There isn’t just one game that I can pinpoint as being my favorite, but one of the most exciting games that I was on the field for was in June while Jim Thome was still on the team. We were playing the Rays and the game was tied 6-6. Thome was put in to pinch-hit in the bottom of the 9th and hit a walk-off homerun. The crowd went crazy. This put him above Babe Ruth for the most game-winning homers in major league history. I’ll also never forget my last on field training game which was on Mother’s Day. I was on the first baseline when a foul ball came my way. I ran up to field it and handed it to a little boy sitting in the front row and quickly ran back to my seat. In between innings they showed it on the jumbotron and after retrieving the ball from me the young boy jumped up and gave his mom a big hug. They both were grinning from ear to ear. This is when I first realized how much I will be able to brighten a child’s day by simply just giving them a foul ball. There are many more memories from the 2012 season this just being two of my favorites. One thing that I don’t think many fans are aware of is that as Phillies ballgirls we also participate in all different kinds of events in the community. I don’t know if I had a particular event that was my favorite but I sure will miss the Shane Victorino fashion show this year! I’m so excited for the 2013 season to begin!
It was a beautiful April afternoon, and a perfect one for baseball. I was one of the lucky rookies, chosen to train during Opening Day of the Phillies’ 2012 season. I took my seat down the third base line and had to stop to just take it all in. This was one of first times that I felt so proud to wear those pinstripes and represent such an amazing team and city. I’ll never forget the first time I watched the entire stadium jump to their feet to cheer. These are the little things we so often take for granted as baseball fans but when seen from the eye of a ballgirl, are truly beautiful. Every game that I have the privilege to work, on or off the field, is special in its own way but Opening Day sticks out in my mind for many different reasons. There are the obvious ones- being on the field for one of the most exciting days in a baseball fan’s life, or having people want a signed picture of me for the first time. However, what meant the most to me was that my family got to experience it all with me, right there along the third baseline. It’s no secret that being a ballgirl is a once in a lifetime, incredible experience. We get to be a part of the game we all love with a team we all idolized as kids and throughout life; but what a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s about more than just baseball for us. We have the opportunity to make people feel special and make their day with just a simple hello.
One of my favorite appearances and probably one of the best days of my life to date was when two other ballgirls and I met John. John is a resident at a hospice nursing home just outside of Philadelphia and is one of the biggest Phillies fans I have ever met. As sick as he is, he can always be found in front of the TV on game days wearing his Phillies t-shirt and cheering on the team. When the girls and I surprised him he was in shock. Although, due to his sickness John wasn’t able to stay with us long, the time we spent with him was extremely rewarding. He was so appreciative and excited to meet some of the “real ballgirls” and we quickly became his new favorite players :). It’s moments like this that really put it all in perspective and make me even more proud to be a ballgirl and part of such an amazing organization.
My most memorable game of my rookie year had to be when I was on the third base line for the return of Chase Utley. June 27 against the Pirates, Chase finally returned to the lineup and the crowd was ready. CBP was absolutely electric when he stepped up for his first at-bat of the season, and I even got goosebumps! As soon as he hit it out of the park, every fan was on his or her feet. It was truly unforgettable. My favorite event from last season was working the Phillies Phestival in late July. Not only did I get to spend the day mingling with fans at our Ballgirl Dunk Tank, but it was for such a great cause! All of the girls worked this one, and it was a blast helping raise money for the ALS Association. Can’t wait for this year’s season and Phestival!
This experience as a Ballgirl has been unreal. Even now it’s still so surreal. I love the friends that I have made, the fans that I have met, and just the overall experience. I couldn’t think of a better job.
My most memorable game would be my first game on the field by myself, my whole family decided to come down to support me. I was able to make a good catch and give the ball to a young girl who said it had made her day. The craziest thing was at my other job the next day the girl came in and recognized me and gave me a hug, small things like that are what makes this job so amazing and it makes me really appreciate it that much more.
I’m looking forward to an awesome season this year
Needless to say, this past year has been the best year of my life! It’s crazy to think a year has passed and now I am a Vet! I will definitely never forget all the amazing experiences but there are a few that stand out! One of the first events I worked last year was the Rally Trolley. A few ballgirls from the year before and few new girls were on the trolley with me. We traveled all through CenterCity and threw Phillies necklaces and rally towels into the crowds of people just waiting for us to drive by. Of course everyone wanted to see the Red Phillie Phanatic in anticipation for the upcoming season! Mayor Nutter even made a visit onto the Trolley to throw towels into the crowds of people! It just shows you how much Philadelphia loves the Phillies! I am happy to be from Philadelphia because we truly have the best fans! Another memory I will never forget, was when I was on the field. It is always a little nerve-wracking to go on the field but it is also the best feeling in the world! I remember fielding a ball cleanly and then running it over to a little boy. He had told me earlier in the game that it was his birthday and he has never gotten a foul ball. Once I ran it over to him, he had the BIGGEST smile on his face and the TV cameras zoomed in on him for a while. He was hugging his dad and couldn’t of been happier! This is one of the many reasons I love my job! This job is seriously a dream come true and I am too excited for the season to begin! Spring training is right around the corner!!
I can’t believe how fast my first year went as a rookie Ballgirl. I had so many amazing experiences that will last for a lifetime. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to be part of the Phillies organization for another season. My most memorable game on the field was a day game against the Nationals. I was sitting down the 1st base line and there was a little girl that came down to me. She told me that it was her birthday and wanted to know if she could have a foul ball. Chase Utley hit one in my direction so I was able to give her my first foul ball of the game. Throughout the rest of the game, she would cheer for me. When the game was over, she came down with her parents to take pictures with me and she wanted me to sign her baseball. Her dad told me that it was her 5th birthday and her first Phillies game! My favorite event of last year was my first event as a Phillies Ballgirl. We were delivering season tickets to an elderly couple that were true phillies fans on Valentines Day. They would go to every game with their family and had been married for over 60 years. It was a surprise visit that included the Phanatic. I was so pleased to meet such a great family and I was happy to surprise a lovely couple on Valentines Day. I am ready to experience so much more this year as a Vet. Bring on the Phillies 2013 baseball season!!!
I am so excited to have a second year with such a great organization. I can not wait for opening day and the season to begin. The first year as a rookie definitely flew by, but the memories and the new friends I have made, I will never forget. Being able to be a part of the Phillies is such a great experience.
When you are on the field you can be nervous at first, but that all goes away as soon as you can give a foul ball to an excited young child. During one game, a family with two little boys were sitting right next to me. It was the one son’s birthday and they asked if it was possible, to catch him a foul ball. We were talking about his birthday and what kind of gifts he had received that day. It was so nice getting to know them during the game and see them having fun as a family. It had started to rain and the family started to retreat to the main concourse. Of course, that is when a ball is hit straight to me. As I fielded the ball, I ran back hoping to see the family, standing there, but no. At the very last second, I saw the little boy’s hand reach out with his mom holding him. The mom said they had ran back as soon as they saw the ball was hit. I was excited to have given their son a special memory. I was also lucky that night that the players were hitting towards the first base side and I was able to give his younger brother a baseball as well. It is so nice to see families enjoying a game together. I was also fortunate enough this past season to have my parents come to a game.
Besides being on the field, we also are involved with other events and charities outside of the stadium. One of my favorite events this past year was at Devereux in Berwyn. This foundation was celebrating their 100th anniversary. I was with Michelle and we had so much fun dancing and celebrating with everyone. The Phanatic even made a special appearance. It was a great time and I always have a smile on my face when spending time there. It is such a great organization and I know they are all excited for the season to begin.
During this time last year I had many expectations about what being a ballgirl entailed as well as what I expected from the season. Now as I start my 2nd year with the Phillies organization I look back on these expectations and realize how much the experience surpassed these. There really is nothing like the experience that we have been apart of. I am grateful to be back this year and am ecstatic for Phillies baseball to start up. Last year I was able to be apart of Phillies games, great charity events, softball games, liaison to the Phillies fans, and the most amazing group of 15 girls I have ever been able to know and be apart of. Without telling everyone about every event we did and game we worked I want to talk about two that really stuck out in my mind. I am going to stick with Marcie on the game that sticks out in my mind is the game that Chase Utley returned to the lineup. Chase Utley has been a favorite player of mine for a long time. He works hard, is all about the baseball and not the rest of the fluff, and he stole my number J So naturally I was upset last year when we all found out that he would not be playing in Opening Day and then found out it could be months before he returns. I was lucky enough to be on the first base line for his big return. CBP was going crazy because of the excitement to have back their veteran 2nd baseman, but when he got his first at bat and hit a homerun the place absolutely erupted. Everyone around me was high-fiving and screaming and we all were shaking from the excitement. I was very lucky to be on the field for a moment like that.
The other event that I was really excited to be apart of was my towns, MonroeTownship’s Little League Opening Day. I asked if I could specifically work this event because I grew up playing softball for my town and was excited to meet all the little girls and boys who were just like me. They made opening day a huge festival at the fields that included games, prizes, dancing, a dj, contests, and a lot of food! We never had something like that when I was young and I was so happy to be apart of it. We signed cards and talked to all the little leaguers for hours and got to meet plenty of Philly fans that live right in my town. I got to show off my hula hooping skills in the contest, but lost to a very talented 12 year old! I hope this year I will get to be involved in the event again!
Hometown: Born and raised in Fairless Hills
College/Major: University at Albany/ Human Biology
Occupation: Chiropractic Assistant/ Graduate Student at LaSalle University
Favorite Phillies Player: Cliff Lee (past player: Shane Victorino…Once a Phillie, Always a Phillie!)
Describe yourself in one word: Determined
What is your biggest accomplishment: Graduating from college with honors
Favorite Ballpark Food: Bull’s BBQ
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: Meeting new people, giving back to the community, and representing the Philadelphia Phillies Organization.
3 Things you would bring to a desert island: I would bring photographs of friends and family to make me feel at home and so I could reminisce about all the great times together. I would also bring a notebook and a pen in order to write a daily journal about my experiences on the island and to document anything new and interesting that I discover.
1 Interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I Love Ketchup! It is a family trait…If you are at a family function and you do not have ketchup on your plate… You are the strange one!
Hometown: Hatboro, Pa
College/Major: Communications/Journalism major at Shippensburg University
Occupation: Full-time Student; Part time: Wawa
Favorite Phillies Player: Jimmy Rollins
Describe yourself in one word: Spontaneous
What is your biggest accomplishment: Becoming a part of the Phillies organization by being a Phillies Ballgirl.
Favorite Ballpark food: Dollar Dogs!
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I am looking forward to meeting a bunch of new people, gaining hands-on experience, and another world series, of course!
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: a bathing suit, tanning oil, and my Phanatic PillowPet.
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I am naturally right handed but I taught myself how to hit from the left side.
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
College/Major: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Marketing
Favorite Phillies Player: Roy Halladay
Describe yourself in one word: Energetic
What is your biggest accomplishment:Other than being a ball girl, Making all state for softball my senior year of high school
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie’s and Pete’s fries
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: The overall experience and the new people I get to meet.
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: Cell phone, a Pillow, and a Flashlight
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: Other than being a twin, I have 4 other sets of twins in my famil
Hometown: Drexel Hill
College/Major: I go to Drexel University and I am studying Sport Management.
Occupation: Full-time Student
Favorite Phillies Player: Carlos Ruiz
Describe yourself in one word: Passionate
What is your biggest accomplishment:Becoming a Phillies Ballgirl of course.
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Fries
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I’ve always loved the atmosphere at Citizen’s Bank Park; I can’t wait to experience a game actually on the field. I really love volunteering and charity work, I’m so excited do so as apart of the Phillies organization. It would be amazing to celebrate with the other Ballgirls at the World Series Parade next fall!3 things you would bring to a deserted island: I would have to bring all my photo albums, my guitar so I can learn to play, and a friend to talk to.1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: My favorite day of the year is the 4th of July which is also my birthday! I love watching fireworks on the beach every year.
Hometown: Jamison, PA
College/Major: Penn State University, Kinesiology major
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Driven
What is your biggest accomplishment: Representative THON Chair for Club Softball
Favorite Ballpark food: Soft-serve ice cream in the Phillies helmet
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: There are many reasons, but at the top of my list is the opportunity presented by being a Ballgirl to make an impact on the fans and the Philadelphia community. Phillies fans are the best fans, in my opinion, so being able to meet and interact with people of all ages will be such a great experience. I am really looking forward to work at events that involve athletics and health, because those are two important aspects in the field that I am studying. I also am really excited to be a part of the new Ballgirl family and make sixteen new best friends!
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: My bikini, sunscreen, and a camera!
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I am a teaching assistant for a Biology-based Anatomy course at Penn State.
Hometown:Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
College/Major: I am a sophomore at Muhlenberg College. I am a biology major and a public health minor with the hope to go to medical school
Occupation: Student and Fox Chase Baseball and Softball Academy Softball director
Favorite Phillies Player: My favorite player used to be Mickey Morandini but after meeting Jimmy Rollins his rookie season at spring training he has always been my favorite player. He signed autographs for hours after the game and was so nice to all of the fans.
Describe yourself in one word: compassionate
What is your biggest accomplishment: Last December I went to Haiti on a medical mission.
Favorite Ballpark food: definitely a schmitter
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: I am looking forward to being involved in community outreach and getting to know the other ballgirls.
3 things you would bring to a deserted island:ice cream, a softball and a glove, and a genie in a bottle…
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I have danced since I was 2 years old
Hometown: Wilmington Delaware
College/Major: Kutztown University, Finance
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Outgoing
What is your biggest accomplishment: Being chosen as the intern for the Department of Finance for Delaware.
Favorite Ballpark food: Chickie and Pete’s Crab Fries
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl:The new memories that I am going to make with all of my new friends and the great experiences that are about to happen.
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: Cell Phone, Blanket, and Music.
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I love to dance!
Hometown: Montgomeryville, PA
College/Major: Currently, I am a Senior, Food Marketing Major at Saint Joseph’s University.
Favorite Phillies Player: Ryan Howard
Describe yourself in one word: Passionate!
What is your biggest accomplishment:
I have successfully completed two Sales & Marketing Co-op’s thus far within my 5 Year Food Marketing Co-op Program at Saint Joseph’s University.
Favorite Ballpark food: Without a doubt the Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries with cheese!
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl:
I am most looking forward to getting involved with the different community outreach programs that the Ballgirls are currently involved in. Also, having the ability to make a difference in the Philadelphia community is going to be awesome!
3 things you would bring to a deserted island:
1. An unlimited supply of purified water.
2. My iPhone equipped with a solar powered charger.
3. Bear Grylls from Man vs. Wild!
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: This past October I went Skydiving at 14,000 feet above the ground in Perkasie, PA. In fact, I was more nervous for the Phillies Ballgirl Tryout than I was for Skydiving lol!
Hometown: Drexel Hill, Pa
College/Major: Graduated from West Chester University with a BA in English
Occupation: Bartender at Miller’s Ale House and a Hitting Instructor at All Star Baseball Academy
Favorite Phillies Player: Chase Utley
Describe yourself in one word: Vivacious
What is your biggest accomplishment: Graduating college
Favorite Ballpark food: Dollar Dogs
What are you looking forward to most about being a Phillies Ballgirl: Meeting so many new people
3 things you would bring to a deserted island: chocolate, iPhone, and diet coke
1 interesting fact about yourself that people do not know: I am a huge Harry Potter fan