By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Spring training may be months away for the Phillies, but at Citizens Bank Park the batting cages and practice turf got plenty of use today: it was tryouts for the Phillies ballgirls.READ MORE: Sesame Place Announces Changes To Diversity Programs After Recent High-Profile Racial Incidents
Dozens of candidates showed off their on-field skills and their off-field personalities.
“I have loved baseball since I was a little girl,” said Amandah Povilitus, a fitness instructor and sixth-grade teacher. “My dad was my coach growing up. I’ve played since I was able to hold a bat.”
Erin Quence, who plays for West Chester University, had quite a throwing arm.
“You’re out there with eyes that are on all of the players,” she says. And a play could come your way.
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Michele DeVicaris, the Phillies’ manager of community and charity events, says only about ten percent of what Phillies’ ballgirls do includes picking up foul balls during a game.
“The majority of the ballgirl position is off the field,” she explains. “They are the Phillies’ community ambassadors.”
That appeals to Ashley Alden, a St. Joseph’s University senior. “I’m more excited about the community service,” she said today. But how cool would it be snagging a ball in foul territory?
“That would be awesome! I would love that,” she admits.
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