Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Fashion Show Designs

We aren’t always graceful and our height may be a petite 5’2″ (speaking from personal experience), so the Macy’s Ballgirl Fashion Show was the first modeling experience for many of us. Top local designers in the area were selected to create a new ballgirl uniform. Check out all the great outifts, and get the details on each designer’s inspiration. Which one would you have voted for? We wish we could keep them all, but we’re excited to showcase the winning design later this season!

Emily:  Jessica’s design was inspired by the Phillies red pinstripe uniform and the unique role that the Ballgirls play in the Phillies organization as ambassadors for the Phillies. The dress is sporty yet feminine, and was selected for the Ballgirls new 2011 look!

Jamie:  My designer made use of the retro Phillies colors of light blue and maroon.  The design was unique, stylish and versatile in order to accomodate the many activities of a Phillies ballgirl.  
Tori:  Karen (my wonderful designer) and myself both described my uniform as being “sporty chic.”  My design was a comfortable lightweight, racer-back jersey with elastic waist shorts which focused on the alternate uniform colors.  Karen also designed red and white warm-up pants with a bold white warm-up jacket with my name on the back, this would be for the chillier events in the beginning and end of the season.  There was just enough detail on each article to really bring the whole uniform together.  Her design was very ideal for what the ballgirls do in the community.
Moira:  My designer, Kelsey, was inspired to create the perfect combination of cute and sporty.  The skort and jacket contribute to the versatility of the ensemble. The design is comfortable to wear, yet still provides a feminine and fun look!
Katelyn:  My designer Katie Todorow did an amazing job designing my new Ballgirl uniform!  She used special fabrics that work great in all weather conditions.  She kept the outfit sporty and cute and most importantly– it was so comfortable!  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.  Katie was so wonderful to work with and I loved everything about her design!
Becca:  Aleksandra Svetlichnaya’s clothing line S V E T is bold, shocking, and outrageous! So, it’s no surprise that she brought these elements and a
touch of girly glam into her design. She created a functional piece
with some flashy rhinestone accents and her runway presentation was a
“sparkling” hit!
Kristina:  Pamela Martin’s ballgirl uniform design was centered around the idea of “going green”.  Every piece of Pamela’s outfit was purchased at the thrift store and was assembled from a couple articles of clothing.  This design includes shorts, a short sleeve top, and a jacket all in retro Phillies colors.  
Gen:  My designer, whose whole family are die hard Phillies phans and season ticket holders, specializes in outerwear and bags, so to go along with the 1940′s theme, Jess made an AWESOME jacket with the coolest patches I have ever seen.  She included the Phillies, and Macy’s logo along with a Charlie Manuel patch and the Phanatic in a fighter jet!  My one piece was a complete blast from the past with a bit of funk thrown into.  I made sure to get into character from my hair, all the way down to my red converse shoes!  It was a lot of preparation ( I blame my hair since I have so much of it and that almost took 2 hours!) but in the end, it was all worth it and a total blast!
Brittany:  My designer’s name is Michele and her design was inspired by the movie “A league of their Own”.  Instead of going along with the same outfit from the movie, she decided to modernize it and make a romper.  She also made awesome embroidery patches that were accented by colored swarovski crystals!!
Bonnie:  Jeanne Douglass’ main goal was to make an outfit that would be comfortable in any weather and still look fashionable. My favorite part was the water repellant jacket with removable hood. She also made a fitted tank and blue cropped yoga pants with a fold over waistband to display the Macy’s logo on the back. Her sporty, fashionable design blew all of us away!

Opening Day 2011-Phillies Ballgirl Style

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And no, we’re not talking about Christmas. Although, we can understand your confusion due to the recent forecast involving snow! We’re talking about baseball season people! It’s officially here and we couldn’t be happier. How was Opening Day for you? Were you at the park? Watching online at the office while you were supposed to be doing work? Checking score updates during class? Below the girls talk about their Opening Day experiences.

Jamie:  This was actually the first Opening Day that I have attended, and I couldn’t have scripted one any better than this. The forecast had been gloomy all week, but it didn’t seem to damper anyone’s spirits, including mine. I had the opportunity to work one of the On-Deck series games, so I had a little bit of practice before my first official game as a ballgirl. But nothing could match the atmosphere surrounding Citizens Bank Park on that Friday afternoon. It was just as I would have imagined it to be for Opening Day. The parking lots were packed with fans by the time I arrived at the ballpark, everyone wearing their Phillies’ best. I was especially excited because I would have the opportunity to be announced and be on the field for the first time for the national anthem and starting line-ups. When it was time to go down to the field, I could barely contain my excitement. I just tried to take it all in, my first Opening Day, from the best view in the place. I could hardly believe it. After the opening ceremonies were over, we took to our Green Team duties and before we knew it, it was the 7th inning and the Phillies still hadn’t scored a run. With all the talk of injuries and offensive uncertainties leading up to the start of the season, it was a bit nerve-racking. But then, after allowing three runs in the top of the 7th, the Phillies followed up and put themselves on the board with two. They were still down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth and even though my duties as a ballgirl were finished for the day, as a fan, I just couldn’t bring myself to leave.

The Phillies put together hit after hit, and came back to win in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4. It was an amazing finish to Opening Day, and an amazing start to the 2011 season!

 

Sammy:  No rainy/snowy weather or cold temperatures could bring down my spirits for one of the most anticipated moments of life. Stepping into the ballpark to the smells of hot dogs and cheesesteaks and seeing the crowded concourse brought me back to the place I’ve grown to love, but this time with an even greater connection. I was walking into Citizens Bank Park as not only a fan, but an employee. I was so excited for the baseball season to start up again and to be a part of the amazing Phillies organization. My first time stepping on the field was incredibly exciting but also nerve-wracking. The second game of the series, Kristina and I were rushed to a spot of the field where we would soon learn that we would be helping to present the Cy Young Award to Roy Halladay and the Golden Glove Award to Shane Victorino.

It was such an honor being able to share the moment with two outstanding players and all of the passionate Phans in the stands! I will never forget this moment or the roar of the crowd around me as they proudly cheered on their team!

Emily:  Being that my designer, Jessica, won the Macy’s Design Challenge, I had to arrive at the park at 8AM the morning after the fashion show (which also happened to be Opening Day) for a couple news interviews about the event. As I was running into the building to avoid getting soaked from all of the rain, I was shocked to see all of the tents that were pitched right outside of the ticket offices…no one seemed to be phased by the rain at all! Everyone was in high spirits for the game that wasn’t set to start for another 5 hours.

It was definitely interesting to come as early as I did to see all of the Phillies employees scrambling to get the park ready to kick off the season. When I walked onto the concourse for an interview with CBS3, the weather was not pleasant. There was a mix of rain and snow, and it was freezing! Luckily our interview was short and sweet. The next interview that we had with FOX29 was really cool. Besides the fact that we were kept nice and warm in a suite, we got a chance to meet the Leap Frogs, who are a group of men from the U.S. Navy Parachute Team. They normally parachute into the ballpark on Opening Day, but I don’t think the weather permitted for that to happen this year unfortunately.

Finally after spending a little time preparing for our Green Team volunteer group, it was game time. Spending time working on the concourse with all of the enthusiastic Phillies fans was a blast! And what better way to end the day then with a walk-off win in the ninth?!

Besides the less than perfect weather conditions, Opening Day was an amazing way to start off the season!

Bonnie:  I wasn’t necessarily hoping for snow on Opening Day, but I must admit that it did keep the day exciting. No one really knew what to expect.

I had the privilege of being on the third baseline, and it was an incredible experience. My two favorite memories from the day: 1.

Watching a tame crowd jump to their feet in the final inning as the Phillies bats rallied to win it in the bottom of the ninth. 2. Meeting great Phillies fans who were fighting the cold weather to be in the stands. Opening Day was definitely a day I will never forget!

Jess:  I can’t believe Opening Day has come and gone already! Since I was still away at school last year, I didn’t get to experience Opening Day so I was pumped that I got to work it this year. The atmosphere around the stadium was amazing. Everyone from babies to senior citizens were giddy about the game. Although the game was a slow one for the most part, the boys managed to pull through (especially Valdez and Mayberry) and give our fans what they want. This season is already proving to be an interesting one, and I can’t wait to see how well our boys play and see all our great fans!

Tori:  A lot of people say Opening Day is like Christmas, but with the actual SNOW on the ground this year, it really added to that Christmas like feeling. I have the amazing opportunity of being on the field for this game. Although I was a little nervous at first on how I was going to stay warm, once I got to the park and saw that the weather didn’t put a damper anyone’s spirits in the slightest I was ready to go! From the jets flying over the stadium during the National Anthem, to Mayberry’s walk-off, I had chills the entire time, and I’m not talking 43 degree weather chills, I’m talking this-is-totally-amazing-best-experience-ever chills :) One of my favorite thing about the Phillies is that they never give up, the game isn’t over till that final 27th out is made. But the best part about this game was the fans didn’t give up either, despite the unfavorable weather, the fans were there cheering the guys on the entire time.

 Leanne:  Being part of the Phillies Organization for Opening Day was one of the coolest experiences. I got to work Green Team that night, and even though it wasn’t my first night working (I had worked the two exhibition games as well), there was a different level of excitement for Friday night’s game. We had an incredible, awesome group of volunteers for Green Team (a huge thanks to everyone who was there that night!). But since I was working Green Team, I did miss two awesome parts about opening night: the Air Force F-15 fly over and Lady Pha Pha’s appearance. Thanks to youtube and loyal fans who have cameras on hand all game, I’ve been able to see some videos of Lady Pha Pha’s performance, but I really wish I could have caught it live.

Despite missing those however, the Phils put on an awe-inspiring show themselves stringing together singles in the bottom of the 9th to top the Astros and take the “W” for opening night!! After now sweeping the Astros in our first home stand, I hope any naysayers who were concerned that injuries would plague the Phillies have a renewed “phaith” in our boys!

Top 5 things Phillies fans should do in Clearwater

It’s very obvious that most Phillies fans travel down to Clearwater, Florida in February and March to watch the Phillies’ Spring Training games……but what is there to do when your not at a game???  Clearwater Beach is about a 15 minute drive from Bright House Field and offers a great relaxing day at the beach or an amazing sunset which a few of us took advantage of.  
 
Universal Studios and Adventure Island are located about 90 minutes from Clearwater, so if you have a whole day to kill you can head on over there to the new Harry Poter exhibit.  
 As far as your dining options go, Lenny’s diner is a well known Phillies fan diner.   So whether you’re looking for a home-cooked breakfast or some tickets to the spring training game that day, Lenny’s is definitely your place!  However, beware of the wait……call ahead!!!  If you’re looking for a nice evening out to dinner we suggest Island Way Grill, they offer seating both indoors and out with a beautiful view of the marina.  The menu options range from fresh seafood to Asian inspired dishes.  Reservations are highly recommend for both indoor and outdoor seating.  But perhaps the best activity to take part in while in Clearwater, Florida is attending a game at Bright House Field
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Our guest writer for today is Victoria. 

Happy Opening Day and more…

First we need to apologize for our lack of posting lately.  We had a few internet issues but we are now up and running. 

Happy Opening Day!!!  Bonnie and Victoria will be “Down the Lines” today so make sure you look for them. 

Special congrats to Jessica Mintz and her model Emily for winning the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge.  There was a great turnout at Macy’s last night and we all had a great time.  Thanks to Macy’s, the designers and our ballgirls!

Ballgirl Phillies Spring Training Trip

Spring training.  Where do I start? It was a bit of a challenge to get used to 30 degree weather when we just had 4 days of sun and 85 degrees.  The only thing keeping me focused is knowing that opening day is right around the corner! 

This was my 5th trip to Clearwater, but my 1st Spring Training experience.  My college team played in Clearwater every year but we were always so busy playing that I never got to catch a Phillies game.  This year, I was the only rookie to head down to Florida with some of the retired ballgirls and the vets!  As a rookie, I think this was a great trip because it is one of the times that all the ballgirls can hang out and get to know each other.  We all have our own lives and jobs or we are running off to class and during the season we are all working different games so this one trip is a break from reality and a nice mini vacation.  We all love baseball, so why not take a trip down to see our Phillies in action?  I have never met a group of girls who were more organized with planning a trip then these girls, special thanks to Lindsay. She planned out the days where we headed to the games and ordered the tickets, and she sent out flight information and booked the car rental.  Perrin, Lindsay, Becca, Katelyn, and Bonnie were a bit adventurous and headed to Disney to do some site seeing while Patti, Tori, Brittany and myself relaxed on the beach.  I had a great time getting to know each girl and asking them about their rookie experiences and I found myself paying more attention to detail at each game so I am ready to go once the season begins.  We had a bunch of funny moments during the trip including some of the girls running into the hanging tree worms, and guessing what kind of  flavored Harry Potter Jelly Bean Katelyn was giving us.  If you have not heard of these delectable treats, they come in flavors of dirt, grass, sausage, rotten egg and so on.

Needless to say, they were not that tasty and I would not recommend eating them before a meal… or after for that matter!  The girls also filled me in on last year’s trip and when Bonnie tried to jump over a stream of water when it was raining but she failed.  We made sure we got a photo of the re-enactment. All in all, this trip was amazing and is only the beginning of my memories as a ballgirl.  With opening day just a couple days away I know that there will be many more memories created along the way.


- Gen

Spring Training Day at the Franklin Institute

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

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

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

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

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Design Challenge Finalists Announced

 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Design Challenge Finalists

Karen Bloomfield – Lansdale, Pa.

Attended Philadelphia University -

BS, Fashion Design

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

Jeanne Douglass – Sinking Spring, Pa.

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

Gymnastics apparel designer for GK-Elite Sportswear

Rachel Marie Godwin – Media, Pa.

Attended The International Academy of Design & Technology – Fashion Design

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

Michele Gresh – Forth Washington, Pa.

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

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

Elizabeth LaBrasca – Manayunk, Pa.

Attending Philadelphia University

Visual display & merchandising intern for Anthropologie

Rachel Lichtenwalner – Macungie, Pa.

Attending Marist College  -

BS Fashion Design

Design selected to be in Marist College
Silver Needle Fashion Show

Pamela Martin – Riverton, NJ

Attended Philadelphia University –

BS, Fashion Design

Former runner-up for NBC “Runway Challenge”

 

Jaime Melfi – Haddonfield, NJ

Attended Appalachian State University – Apparel & Textiles

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

Jessica Mintz – Basking Ridge, NJ

Junior at Drexel University –

BS, Fashion Design

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

Jessica Hume Morris – Langhorne, Pa.

Attended Pratt Institute –

BFA, Fashion Design

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

Kelsey Pushkarewicz – Newark, De.

Junior at University of Delaware -

BS, Apparel Design

Former design intern for QVC & Fran Caselli

Aleksandra Svetlichnaya – Upper Holland, Pa.

Attended Art Institute of Philadelphia – BS, Fashion Design

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

Katie Todorow – Quakertown, Pa.

Attending Drexel University – BA, Fashion Design

Intern for Deborah Marquit Couture Lingerie

Huy Tran – Philadelphia, Pa.

Attended The Fashion Institute of Technology

Associate designer for Notations

 

ABOUT THE PHILLIES BALLGIRLS

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

 

 

Annual Softball Clinic Highlights

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

 

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

 

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

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

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pattiandbridgette.JPGBrittany and Sammy made sure the girls knew how to catch a pop up with both hands.

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

Go Phils!

Phillies Spring Training Predictions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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