Wanting to feel more connected to her beloved Philadelphia Phillies, freshman early childhood education major Colleen Trahey tried out to be a Phillies Ball Girl during their open invitation on Wednesday, January 10. Though she did not make the team, the experience is one she will never forget.
Admiring the uniform-clad Ball Girls that sat down the first and third base line, Trahey always wondered what it would be like to have the best seat in the house. Some research into the try out process revealed that not only are Ball Girls responsible for collecting foul balls, but they are very philanthropic in their endeavors, donating a lot of time to different charities.
“Most of their charity events have to do with children,” Trahey said. “This past October they held a sleep over at the ball park for children with cancer. After I discovered all the charity work they did, I thought this would be a great opportunity to work with kids more and help make people’s days a little bit better.”
The try out consisted of fielding, hitting, on-camera interview skills, and Philadelphia Phillies knowledge. Trahey, who has played softball since she was four, most recently played three years of varsity at Little Flower High School, where she was named Third Team All-Catholic as a third baseman.
“I got to go to the ball park and hit in the tunnels where the players warmup before or during the game,” she said. “I also thought it was so cool that we got to go in one of the media rooms where they hold many important interviews. I stood on the little stage with a microphone in front of a panel of people who asked me questions about the résumé I sent them. Overall, they whole experience was great.”
Even though the end result isn’t what she had hoped, Trahey still enjoyed her time with the other Phillies Ball Girls, learning the ins-and-outs of the program and team.
“I loved being at the ball park and seeing a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes,” she said. “I also liked talking to the current Ball Girls and the other girls who were trying out. This experience definitely showed me how much goes into one organization. There’s more to the Phillies than just the players in the spotlight.”