Happy Holidays from all of us!

For some reason, this holiday season seemed to fly by faster than ever (So fast that I’m finally posting this on January 10th. Sorry about that!). I’m not sure if it’s because the weather wasn’t quite “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” or if it was because I was enjoying the last few weeks as a ballgirl. Come January, all of us Vets hand the reigns over to the Rookies and bring in a new group of great girls for you to meet next spring. Either way, December was filled with a lot of excitement for all of us. For me, I was slacking on the picture-taking this year (no big surprise), but I did get a picture of the best pancake in the history of pancakes. I went home to South Carolina for Christmas, and nothing puts you more in the spirit than a homemade snowman pancake with a bacon scarf to put a little more holly jolly in your step.

Leanne
This year – rather than store-bought gifts, I went with homemade floor pillows for each of my nieces and nephews – and finally got a picture with all 6. But the photo of everyone looking and smiling still evades us! Happiest holiday wishes to all the Phillies fans!

Becca
This Christmas was full of lots of family, friends and of course…great food! Holidays are always extra special when my brother and sister-in-law are in town and our cousin Andrew is home from severing in the Navy. Most definitely my favorite presents this Christmas!

Sammy
This Christmas break I was lucky enough to take a trip to NYC with my roommates! It was only my second time in the city and I had a great time checking out landmarks like the Empire State Building.

Bridgette
This Christmas season has been great in so many ways. First, my boyfriend and I took the ferry into NYC (a first for me) to walk around, and visit the ever famous tree in Rockefeller Center (another first for me!) Here is a picture I took looking up at the tree and it’s 30,000 bright lights! There’s no better feeling of the holidays than what you feel walking around New York City. On Christmas day my sister and her husband hosted their first Christmas dinner for our family, which I assisted in preparing. My other photo shows my sister and I with our grandmother in the kitchen while we were getting dinner ready. Christmas day was also my niece, Grace’s, second birthday. Although I may officially be a “grown up” I felt just like a kid again watching her open and play with all of her new toys. There’s nothing like spending time and making lasting memories with the ones that you love, especially during this time of year, which was my favorite gift hands down. I’m very excited to see what 2012 will bring, and am wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Katelyn
The highlight of my Christmas was being able to spend it with all of my amazing cousins!

Emily
I had another amazing Christmas this year! The gift that I’m having the most fun with is definitely the dancing game called Just Dance…it’s a blast and it is especially hilarious to watch my parents attempt to follow the dance moves! The picture of me and my sisters was taken on Christmas Eve…my Mom has made it a tradition to get us new pajamas every year. I plan to do even more relaxing over the rest of my Holiday Break :) Happy New Year everyone!

Moira
Before celebrating Christmas Eve with my Irish side of the family, I went to my Italian grandparents’ house to help make eight pounds of homemade spaghetti and twenty-two dozen ravioli. You all can guess that I’ll have to be spending some extra time at the gym!

Gen
Besides spending the Holidays with my amazing family and friends, Patti and I had the privilege to meet a future ballgirl! Olivia Joy! Congratulations to Tori and Dan!

Brittany
This is The Coleman Family holiday card from a few years ago, even though
it’s a few years old it’s one of my favorites!! I love the holidays because
I love spending time with my family and all of the great traditions that go
along with it, especially making gingerbread houses and cookies with my
little cousins!!

Storytime with the Phillies Ballgirls

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Ballgirls Kristina and Leanne were invited to the Barnes & Noble in Newark, DE to take part in Storytime, a brief time for children in the store to sit and listen to a book or two read aloud. This week’s Storytime would be particularly special as Kristina and Leanne were reading The Phillie Phanatic’s Philadelphia Story together. Following the Phanatic on a trip through Philadelphia’s history proved fun and exciting for both kids and parents alike. Kristina also had the opportunity to read If You Give a Dog a Donut, and Leanne read Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Pete the Cat had a sing-a-long aspect and the children – and even some of the parents – joined in! Also at Barnes & Noble that day was a great organization called Kind to Kids, who work with foster children and underprivileged children in the state of Delaware. The Ballgirls had an incredible time reaching out to some of their tiniest fans and getting to spend the morning entertaining the children. Below are some photos shared by Caroline Jones of Kind to Kids.

Kristina and Leanne ready for Storytime at Barnes & Noble at the Christiana Mall.

Kristina and Leanne read The Phillie Phanatic’s Philadelphia Story.

Catherine and Chris, co-founders of Kind to Kids, joined the Ballgirls for the day.

Bring in the holidays at the ballpark with us!

This weekend the ballgirls will proudly be participating in the annual Phillies Holiday Sale, Tree Lighting & Food Drive at Citizen Bank Park. The two-day event will be highlighted by a holiday tree and ballpark lighting ceremony (Saturday only), complete with carolers, Phoebe and the Phillie Phanatic as Phanta Claus. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitcher Vance Worley will also be joining the festivities.

We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a fun filled weekend at the park! For more information and a detailed schedule follow the link below (by copying and pasting it into your browser):

http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111205&content_id=26093352&vkey=pr_phi&c_id=phi

Vote for the Final 2012 Phillies Ballgirl

For the past two years, we let Phillies fans make the big decision of selecting the final Ballgirl for a spot on the next season’s roster. We’ve never been let down and are excited to see who you vote for this year. Three really great girls are rallying for that final spot, and your vote could make the difference. Vote early. Vote often. Each of these girls would appreciate your votes. Who are you pulling for? We’d love to hear! Can’t wait to find out who you choose. The polls close on December 9, 2011 at 5 p.m. ET!

Vote here:

http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/fan_forum/y2011/ballgirl_ballot.jsp

Softball Highlights from 2011 Season

A few weeks ago we finished our Ballgirl softball season with a bang when we played the Philadelphia School District employees. While our opponents put up a good fight, we ended the season with a victory and celebrated afterwards with both teams on home plate. After every sports season, there’s always those moments of awesomeness that every team likes to fondly remember. So you’ll have to humor us while we highlight a few memories from this season. Hopefully, these action shots may inspire you to put together a team to play against us next year. We’ll be ready for ya!

Patti pretty much held our defense together when we joined forces with the Flyers Ice Girls for a tournament in Avalon, NJ. She was unstoppable in left field, so I had to make sure she made a spot on our wall of fame.

When we played the Philadelphia School District, Sam impressed us all with her homerun honey skills at the plate.

Mo, one of our rookies this year, was always stellar at the plate. Be on the lookout for her next season!

I couldn’t help but add a couple kickball pics. Kristina was definitely MVP of the team in our very first kickball tournament. Look at her form. You can tell it’s gonna be a bomb just from the looks of it!

You can tell Emily doesn’t give up until she’s safe at home, and her speed was always a huge help in the outfield.

Brittany gets an early run in the Philadelphia School District game to get the momentum going.

Bridgette doesn’t let two guys at second plate scare her away. Love the hustle, Bridge!

Need I say more from our solid third baseman Gen? One of my favorite action shots of the season.

See you next year! Thanks for cheering us on this season.

Phillies Ballgirl 2012 Tryouts

Last Monday was a busy one at Citizen Bank Park as we held the first round of tryouts for the 2012 Phillies Ballgirl team. Thirty lucky women were selected to come to the park to participate in tryouts that consisted of hitting, fielding, a timed run, a written test, and an onscreen interview in front of a panel of judges. Below are some behind-the-scenes shots from the day!

Anxious, excited, and of course a little nervous, girls line up to check-in and receive their tryout numbers.

Once everyone is signed in, girls are gathered into the media room where they are welcomed and then split into smaller groups for the tryout process.

Sammy, Jamie and Bridgett are all smiles in the media room!

Ballgirl hopeful #78 plays some tough grounders during the fielding portion of tryouts.

Genevieve shows no mercy as she records some scores after seeing girl’s performances in the batting cages.

Katelyn and Brittany lend a hand in the locker room where girls were sized for pinstripes, alternates, warm-ups, and softball uniforms.

After a long day, these hopefuls are still full of smiles!

We had a great time meeting and getting to know our elite top thirty however, the tryouts process is not over yet! Soon, several will be selected for the next round of tryouts, which consist of an additional interview. Then, we need your help. The final Phillies Ballgirl for the 2012 season will be picked by you, the fan! As in prior years, we will be holding an online vote for our final roster spot so stay tuned to see who is in the running!

Phillies Ballgirls’ Off Season Plans

Although the 2011 baseball season has come to a close, the ballgirls keep plenty busy off the field. Some girls are finishing up school, while others are spending more time with friends/family and some girls are picking up new hobbies. We will even be welcoming a new, little Phillies fan this offseason… possibly a future ballgirl?!?! What are you doing with your free time now that baseball is done?

Tricia:
This off season, I will be finishing up my last half of school! My graduation date is just before the start of the ’12 season so I can easily get back into the swing of things (no pun intended), albeit as a fan this time around.

Leanne:
Off the field, my life is non-stop (which is probably the case for all of us). It’s a constant balance between work, school, and play. I work full-time at the University of Pennsylvania taking full advantage of their tuition benefits and completing post-bacc requirements for Dental School admission. In the very little free time that I can find, I love spending it with my 4 year-old mutt Zoey, playing sports, and hanging out with my six nieces and nephews. A huge project I’ll be working on in the off-season is learning Spanish and I’m hoping with the help of Ballgirl Sam T., I’ll get it down by next season!

Leanna and Zoe

Tori:
This off season is sure to be a busy one for me. My fiancé and I are expecting our first child, a little girl on Christmas Eve. We couldn’t be more excited and anxious about her arrival! My current project is working on the nursery, which I hope to have completed within the next two weeks. Once the nursery is finished then it’s on to wedding planning :) It’s hard not to start planning now with all the different ideas running through my head. Between caring for a newborn, planning a wedding and eventually going back to work after my maternity leave is over, I’d say my “off-season” is going to fly by, which means…….MORE BASEBALL!!! So although the Phillies’ season is over, I have a lot of exciting things going on which helps to soften the pain some.

Bonnie:
As I’m now getting my life back in order and trying to find new hobbies to fill the void of baseball season, I’ve been taking up guitar and hoping to actually put enough time into it that I can play an entire song. I’m inspired every year to take up the guitar when I go to sing-alongs around the campfire. Other than that, my full time job in social media marketing is keeping me pretty busy, and I finally feel like I can go to the grocery store and buy milk for myself that won’t go bad as I eat meals of hot dogs and ice cream at the ballpark. While guitar and fresh milk are always enjoyable, nothing beats the craziness of baseball season. I’d have rotten milk any day if that meant I could be down at the park again. Just a few months of boots and chunky sweaters, and spring will be here before we know it!

Sammy:
I wish I could say my off season will be spent on extravagant vacations but the reality is, I am a very busy college student. I go to Penn State University and study Community, Environment, and Development. Although Philadelphia and the fans can’t be beat, living in State College is a close second. To fill the empty space left by the Phils, I’ll be watching the Eagles games with friends. I’ve always loved the Eagles, but they have never quite come before the Phillies for me. This winter I’ll be trying to keep warm up here in central PA and waiting out the cold weather till spring training! Can’t wait!

Moira:
Since I recently transferred to Villanova University, I will be spending time getting accustomed there. Hopefully our basketball team will be able to fill my sports void during the Phillies off-season! I am already counting down the days until Spring Training begins and I am in beautiful Clearwater, watching my favorite team!

Katelyn:
During the off season when I am not counting down the days until Spring Training starts, I am a music teacher! I am currently the Strings Teacher at 3 elementary schools in the North Penn School District. I love having the opportunity to teach students how to play an instrument. When I am not teaching, I am playing my violin at different gigs all over the tri-state area. Most importantly, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am even hoping to go on a vacation or cruise with the ballgirls in the spring!

Katelyn playing at a wedding earlier this season.

Jamie:
In the off-season, and as my day job throughout the baseball season, I work as a civil engineer. More specifically, I work in the transportation design field. It entails working on a variety of different projects that range from building sidewalks and rehabilitating existing roadways, to identifying and mitigating traffic delay and safety concerns, to designing and estimating future highways. This off-season in particular, I will be spending a good bit of my extra time studying for the Professional Engineer’s exam that I plan to take this coming spring. It is an 8-hour exam, and I’m already looking forward to the day after I take it! But I’ll be sure to balance my work by playing in my co-ed softball and football leagues, and hopefully taking advantage of the ability to travel a bit more. But no matter how exciting my off-season plans may be, I know that I will greatly miss my duties as a Phillies Ballgirl in the off-season. Is it Spring Training time yet? :)

Brittany:
Welp, now that baseball season is over, I have to go back to the real world. I’m currently living in Washington DC and attending graduate school at Howard University for Speech-Language Pathology. So instead of my life revolving around baseball, it now revolves around homework! Since I love Philadelphia soo much and I miss my fellow ballgirls, I often come home on the weekends.. I’m just waiting for April to roll around so I can watch baseball while doing homework!!

Emily:
I’ve kept myself extremely busy with school work now that baseball season is over. I’m currently taking 7 classes and I feel like I have never ending assignments and papers to write! I’m not quite sure how I pulled it off when we were in baseball season…maybe I just didn’t realize because I was consumed by Phillies excitement :) At least now I have more time to focus on my Senior year of college. Still, I need my baseball…can’t wait for next season!!!

Bridgette:
It took quite some time for the sting to heal from that last NLDS game, but I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that our season is officially over. Now that I’m not spending as much time at Citizen’s Bank Park and I’m no longer in school, my off season consists of hunting for a full time job in Graphic Design. I’m also working part time at Carolina Blue, a local restaurant in Pitman, NJ. Aside from work I keep busy working out, spending time with friends and family, and hopefully planning a vacation in the near future. Anyone have any suggestions of somewhere warm and sunny?

Becca:
This offseason will be filled with lots of work as usual. Between being a dual major, working three part times jobs, and doing freelance graphic design I keep pretty busy. I am hoping that all my hard work allows enough extra cash to plan a warm getaway that will get me through winter until baseball season is back!

Last Call for 2012 Ballgirl Applications….

Time is running out!! Unfortunately the Phillies season ended sooner then most had hoped for, but the hunt for the 2012 Phillies Ballgirls is just beginning! Send a 2 minute long DVD uniquely saying why you want and deserve to be the next Phillies Ballgirl, as well as an updated resume to:

The Phillies
One Citizen Bank Way
Philadelphia, Pa 19148
Attn: Ballgirl Applicant

DEADLINE: Friday, October 14th

Applications and DVD’s will be reviewed and contact will be made if you are choosen to participate in the November tryouts at Citizens Bank Park. Please no phone calls.

Highlights of Pregame excitement from NLDS Games 1 & 2

I think I can speak for all of us ballgirls when I say that the past couple days at school/work have been a little less than productive with Game 5 on our minds. With Halladay on the mound and fans more excited than ever to show their Phillies pride, I have no doubt that the energy at Citizens Bank Park tonight will be something our captain Jimmy Rollins will be proud of. Whether you have tickets to the game or just want to come down for all the excitement, you don’t want to miss the Block Party starting at 5:30. Mr. Greengenes will be performing, Turkey Hill will be handing out ice cream samples, and radio stations will have games for all ages. If that doesn’t make you want to hop in your car right now and head into the city, here’s a few pics of all the fun from the past few NLDS games. Hope to see you there!

Packed crowd around the stage

Excited fans all decked out in their Phillies gear

Ballgirls grab a pic together while walking through the crowd handing out ballgirl posters and trading cards

Mr. Greengenes invites the kids up for a couple performances

Ballgirls hop on stage with the Phanatic and Mr. Greengenes to throw out autographed soft balls and to wave rally towels with the fans

Ballgirls before heading into the game

Ballgirl’s Favorite Phillies Fan’s Outfits

Being that we just had the last home game of the season and Fan
Appreciation night, we though it might be fun to reflect on some of
our favorite fan outfits at the ballpark. What are some of your
favorites? Have you, yourself ever dressed up? We had so much fun
searching for pictures and recollecting on meeting some of you at the
park when we couldn’t help but stop to compliment your outfits. We
can’t wait to see what you come up with for playoffs!

Katelyn:
I love how creative this Phillies Phan was during some of the
interesting weather we sometimes experience at Citizens Bank Park!

Emily:
I was SO excited to see the “rally towel lady” the other night at our
last game of the regular season, and first game of the season with
RALLY TOWELS! I remember seeing the rally towel lady all the time
during postseason last year, and seeing her this year got me so
excited for Postseason 2011! She is definitely one of the most unique
fans I’ve seen at the stadium so far and I’m hoping to see some
serious creative competition coming up in our first Postseason series!

Bonnie:
One of my favorite Phillies fans is the woman who dresses up like a
rally towel. I love her spirit as she walks around the concourse! Gets
me pumped up every time I see her.

Patti:
Second year in a row I found this kid. That’s dedication.

Victoria:
These kids are not only dedicated Phanatic fans, but they are without a doubt the most adorable thing at the games….

Moira:
I have trouble believing this girl is the only jealous girlfriend…

Kristina:
Phillies fans extend their team spirit to their pets!

Leanne:
Being a ballgirl, we often see things at the stadium that some fans do
not, simply by being at the games. I don’t know if these girls have
made it on television, but their costumes are pretty clever, so I had
to include them. Look out “Doc’s Patients” … “Stutes’ Fruits” are
at the Bank!

Maureen: I’m picking “Stutes’ Fruits” too!

Brittany:
There are sooo many fans that have some great ideas. But I think my
favorite is when I see little babies dressed up in their finest
Phillies gear! I also love seeing the Doc’s Patients on the rooftop..
mostly because I went to West Chester University with some of them

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