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…
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!
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!!!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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: 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!
Kristina: 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!
Jamie: 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: 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.
Katelyn: 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: 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: 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!!!!!!!
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!!!!
It has been a thrilling few days in Philadelphia!!! Lots of wins, holiday cheer and of course, the acquisition of Cliff Lee. This is an incredibly exciting time for the Phils during the offseason. I was one of the many fans who was sad [to say the least] over the loss of Lee after the 2009 season. He was a great force behind our team in the playoffs that year. To have him back now to add to our already stacked rotation is incredible! I cannot wait to see number 33 in action for the Phillies this year and many to come. If Halladay says he is excited about the season – multiply that times 46,000 fans per game, 17 ballgirls and thousands more in the city of brotherly love and then Cliff could know how much we appreciate him picking us. I’m not usually a nickname fan, but this is really an unbeLEEvable time for the Phillies. Time to buy more tickets!!! [Even though Todd Zolecki reports the Phils sold 35,000 after Lee was acquired]
Here are some of the reactions from the other ballgirls to the newest teammate for 2011.
Katelyn: I stayed up very late last night (early this morning!) to hear what the final decision was. Once I heard, I couldn’t believe our luck! I thought to myself I couldn’t wait for my chance to be on the field while Lee pitches! Then I started laughing to myself thinking of how nervous and afraid every other team must be feeling right now… haha!
Tori: I was at work and my phone started vibrating non-stop, calls, texts you name it. I ran into the cafeteria and turn on espn to watch. I started jumping up and down, I absolutely could not believe it. Welcome back Cliff Lee
McKenzie: I heard the rumors swirling last night, and woke up to three text messages I received during the middle of the night saying Cliff was back with the Phillies!! It’s amazing how it is December and all anybody is talking about is the Phillies, it is going to be an amazing season! It seemed like almost everyone was sad to see him go last year not only because of the talent he brings to the team, but also because he seemed like a very classy guy who added a great aspect to the team. Welcome back!!!!!
Jess: Dear Santa, THANK YOU!!! When I heard this amazing news, I was excited beyond belief. We have Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt, and LEE…OMG! I am even more pumped for next season now! Baseball season better come fast. Merry Christmas, Philly! We got our gift early!
Becca: Beyond being incredibly exited to have such a talented rotation going into the 2011 season, I am most excited that Cliff Lee picked Philadelphia because he truly wants to be here. I think it says a lot about our club and organization as a whole that a player would turn down the offers he did to be a part of it. Now, since I spent all last night watching/reading up on all the Cliff Lee news, I really need to get back to studying for finals! 106 days till Opening Day baseball fans…Merry Cliffmas!
Kristina: What a way to begin my day! I woke up this morning to the news of Cliff Lee coming back to Philadelphia. This makes me even more excited for the 2011 season to start. Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels now Lee, this year is going to be a memorable one. Go Phillies!
Perrin: When I first heard we signed Cliff Lee (again) my reaction was immediate shock, then excitement! I can’t believe we landed the biggest ace in the free market to join an already remarkable rotation. It really says something about our management and the Phillies organization, but most of all about Lee. He left a lot on the table to move to the city of brotherly love which says a lot about his character. 2011 here we come!
Bridgette: Shocked, excited, overjoyed, proud…all of the above!
Bonnie: What a big day for Phillies baseball! I woke up this morning to text messages and a flood of Facebook statuses with the announcement. I was joking this morning that there’s no need to check the news anymore. Anything that’s really important will be posted all over Facebook and Twitter in a matter of seconds. So I was already well aware of Cliff Lee’s decision as I walked into work this morning. One article on the news was titled “Cliff Lee Chooses (Brotherly) Love over Money,” and I know many Phillies fans think he’s that much cooler because of it. Welcome back, Lee. You’ll be seeing a lot of brotherly love from this city come spring!
The Phillies Holiday Sale was yet again a wonderful success for both Phillies Charities and Phillies fans! The ballgirls were in attendance on Saturday and Sunday for the sale which also included visits by Phanta Claus, Jimmy Rollins and more.
We had tons of signed Phillies merchandise for sale including signed bats, hats and baseballs:
We also had Phillies merchandise for all fans with great holiday sale prices!
Overall, the ballgirls had a great time meeting some enthusiastic fans and collectors, the tree looks great and the field was in great condition for 2011!
First, the ballgirls will be working as Phanta Claus’ elves this weekend at the annual Holiday sale at Citizen’s Bank Park!! I worked this event last year and we all had so much fun. This year there will be plenty for you and your family to enjoy! Think – 3 book signings[Chris Wheeler, Len Epstein and fellow Phillies blogger Todd Zolecki], pictures with Phanta Claus and an appearance by none other than Jimmy Rollins!!! Here is a photo of Phanta Clause himself (and a few ballgirl friends from 2009)
We will be there from 9:30 to 6 pm on Saturday and 9:30 to 3 PM on Sunday. There will be plenty of merchandise for you to get that special Phillies fan in your life – especially new Roy Halladay gear! Jimmy will be there to help light the tree at 5 PM Saturday – see you there!!
Second, the votes are being tallied for the final ballgirl spot as we speak…and the winner is….GENEVIEVE! Congrats and welcome to the 2011 Phillies Ballgirls presented by Macy’s
Third, Phillies six packs are now available for purchase just in time for the holidays. It’s a great way to see the 2011 Phillies and ballgirls!!!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Fans Cast Nearly 184,000 Votes to Select New Phillies Ballgirl
Presented by Macy’s
Final Phillies Ballgirl Roster Announced
Nearly 184,000 votes were cast online at phillies.com to select the final member for the 2011 Phillies Ballgirls team, a program presented by Macy’s. Genevieve Haney from Levittown, Pa., a marketing coordinator for Villanova University, received the most votes. As a result, she is the newest member of the 2011 Phillies Ballgirl team.
This was the second time the team opened up the final ballgirl spot to online voting. Haney was one of five candidates in the two-week voting opportunity, which ended Tuesday, November 30. Fans had the chance to view biographies of the final candidates, as well as a brief video from ballgirl tryouts held in early November. The candidates were narrowed from tryouts.
”The fan response to select the final Phillies Ballgirl through online voting was truly amazing,” said Michele DeVicaris, Manager, Phillies Community and Charity Events. “Genevieve, as well as the six other young women who will be joining this season’s ballgirl roster, will no doubt be terrific role models both on and off the field.”
2011 Newly-Selected Phillies Ballgirls
? Moira DiSandro from Ambler, Pa., University of Delaware student
? Genevieve Haney from Levittown, Pa., a marketing coordinator for Villanova University
? Leanne McCarron from Norwood, Pa., a coordinator at University of Pennsylvania Law School
? Samantha McDonald from Warrington, Pa., an Environmental Resource Management Major at Pennsylvania State University
? Jamie Orensky from Philadelphia, Pa., a civil engineer who attended the University of Delaware
? Maureen Shockley from Magnolia, NJ, an assistant softball coach and currently enrolled in the MBA Finance program at Centenary College
? Samantha Torres from Pennsauken, NJ, Camden County College student and softball star athlete
ABOUT THE PHILLIES BALLGIRLS
Phillies Ballgirls serve as ambassadors for the Phillies and represent the team both on and off the field at various charity and community events. For more information, please visit http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/community/ballgirls/index.jsp.
One of the things that the ballgirls love to do is TAKE PICTURES! We constantly have our cameras out ready to capture all the excitement that takes place at Citizen’s Bank Park, at softabll games, appearances and everywhere else the ballgirls travel. Since we have more photos than you could imagine, I had the ballgirls narrow down their favorites so we could all re-live some of our favorite moments.
Some need more explanation than others… But, I get to go first!
Since I get to see a preview of all the other photos, I decided to pick out two photos that I find to be the funniest ones from the 2010 season. First, on the left you’ll see a photo of a bunch of people in pink and yellow ponchos crossing a small creek formed by rain. Then in the middle, you’ll find one ballgirl wearing a protective trashbag and falling into the creek I mentioned. On our trip to Clearwater, we unfortunately ran into some bad weather for the game at Brighthouse field. We all had time to stop at a local store to pick up Disney themed ponchos and assumed our host Bonnie had one at home. We were quite wrong! Poor Bonnie was forced to wear a trashbag! Besides the fact that she looked hilarious, she also was awaiting surgery to repair a torn ACL. Needless to say, she didn’t make the jump over the creek (she’d probably say it was a river) and we were not so sympathetic at first. Don’t worry, she was ok!!
The second photo on the right is an example of what happens when you work with kids… sometimes they like you and sometimes they don’t. I asked these two Starting 9 kids if they’d like a photo and both said yes. As you can see, someone changed their mind and it made for one of the funniest pictures I’ve ever seen!!
Becca: As mentioned in our last post, some of my most fond Ballgirl memories are those spent getting to know all the fellow Phillies fans out there. This particular picture was taken at our softball game versus the Hatboro EMS team, which was also one of my favorite games we played this season. This snapshot captures our batgirl of the evening Kelly and I breaking it down to the chicken dance!
Because this photo combines a number of my favorite things i.e. Philies, Christmas, dancing, and my fellow Ballgirls, it remains one of my all time favorites from this season. Not only is Christmas in July a great time at the Ballpark, but it goes to a great cause which makes it all the more enjoyable and rewarding to be a part of.
McKenzie: I have so many favorite pictures from throughout the season, but here are a few of
the best. One was with Rylee, and fan who I gave a foul ball to over the summer. She was so adorable and made me appreciate my job so much more by showing how happy I was able to make her! Another favorite is me with Kristina and Bridgette before our last softball game of the season, which was the most fun we have ever had on the softball field!
Kristina: My favorite picture was maybe inspired by the upcoming holiday taken during Christmas in July at Citizens Bank Park. I chose this picture because it looks like it could be a holiday card! This photo represents a day that was so wonderful. For Christmas in July the ballgirls were able to dress up and play “Santa’s helpers” in collecting toys/donations all over the park. It was amazing to see how generous people were and the children will benefit greatly from the collaborative effort. Another exciting part of this day was when the ballgirls danced with the Phanatic to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”.
Bonnie: I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into when I volunteered to be a Hot
Pants Girl for 80′s night, but I’m so glad I got to do it. Emily, Bridgette, and I had a great time sporting the classic hot pants and white boots for the occasion. Katelyn and Perrin also got into the spirit of things with their 80′s outfits (pretty sure Katelyn was the most excited to pull out her beloved hair crimper). We definitely enjoyed pulling out our favorite retro moves for the dance party and having a special appearance from Miami Vice’s Sonny Crockett. Definitely a night to remember.
Bridgette: The first photo I chose is was taken at this year’s Retro Night. I picked this one because of how much fun we all had dressing up in retro gear followed by having a dance party with some fans- oh and special guests ‘Crockett and Tubbs’- on the Bud Light Rooftop. The second was taken at the Phillies Phestival in May. While promoting the photo booth station on the concourse, we decided to take a photo of our own. I happen to love this one because of how much it resembles photos taken in real vintage photo booths!
Brittany: This is one of my favorite pictures because it was from one of the first times a lot of
us got to meet for the first time. Some of the veteran ballgirls decided to schedule a rock climbing outgoing so we can all get to know each other. We had so much that Perrin didn’t even want to take her harness off! Little did I know that this would be a start to some great friendships.
I chose the second picture because it shows how much fun we have during our softball games. Perrin and I thought that the best way to show our excitement for our softball game was to do cartwheels in the outfield!! Even though we all play our hardest, we still throw in our own special touch to each game. Whether it’s great hits, little errors or just doing cartwheels in the outfield, we are always having fun! There is never a dull moment when we’re all together.
Jess: These are two of my favorites because of what they represent. The first one of me, Lindsay, and Brittany working Green Team, and it reminds me of all the good times all the ball girls had together even if we were collecting recyclables. The second is of me, Bridgette, and Tori at one of the post season games. No words can describe what it has been like working for the Phillies this year as a ball girl.
Patti: Photo #1 the parade: This picture needs no explanation. Simply awesome. (that’s my explanation)
Photo #2: Phillies Harmony Fan Club – What an amazing group of kids to spend some time getting to know. There is so much courage and bravery among this group that they can’t help but make you smile. Plus they kick butt in wiffle ball.
Katie: It was difficult to choose only a couple of photos that were my favorite. This year has flown by but it was truly special. So many memories were made on the field and within the Ballgirl squad. The two pictures I chose help illustrate the strong bond we’ve had as a squad this year, both on and off the field- from charity events to our trip to Spring Training. We weren’t just a team or co-workers, we are great friends!
Emily: This picture was taken at the Ballgirl tryouts this year. I love this picture because
almost exactly a year prior to when this picture was taken we were just meeting each other for the first time at our own Ballgirl tryouts, and now a year later it’s great to see how much fun we have together and how we’ve grown as friends! I also want to thank Bonnie in this picture because she looks about as goofy as I do obviously we didn’t get the memo being on the ends that this was just a smiling photo! ;-D
This picture of Bridgette, Bonnie and I from Phillies Retro Night. I love this picture because it is so different from anything we did all year as Ballgirls. It reminds me of how much fun we had getting into character in our vintage Ballgirl outfits, and “boogying down” during our dance party. It was certainly a night that I will never forget!
Tori: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This is a saying that I have heard numerous times and never really thought about till now. This year flew by, and meeting these 15 spectacular girls was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Back in March, 8 of us ventured down to Spring Training with little knowledge about the other girls we were heading down there with. I think I speak for us all when I say none of us knew what was going to come out of that weekend. But sure enough we made the most of every moment down there, from laying on the beach, to Tokyo drifting across 4 lanes of highway traffic all the way to huddling up in a ballgirl built tent with Disney poncho’s on in the pouring rain at one of the home games…..memories that will last forever were made. There’s not enough I can write to sum up all the memories from this past year because there are just too many, but I will say that these 15 girls that I spent the majority of my spring and summer with are some of the most admirable, independent, intelligent, outgoing, caring individuals I have ever met, and no matter what the memory was that was made or which ballgirl it was it I will cherish it forever and ever. Love you girls <3
Katelyn: I chose this picture of Brittany and me because the Ballgirls and I are big fans of awkward family photos. We are often trying to recreate all of the funny poses photographers force families to make in professional pictures. In this picture, Brittany are posing for our own “family photo” but it actually turned out pretty cute!
I chose this picture of us at Spring Training in Florida because it was such a great day. The weather was perfect, and nothing is better than a good baseball game after months of not being able to watch baseball on TV. We had such a good time getting to know each other on this trip and I can’t wait for Spring Training trip part 2 this year!