It's that time of year again....time to meet the 2008 Phillies ballgirls. Ef yeah!
First, the returning ball-getters. The big news is that Christy and Justine (pictured) are back! While most of you were eagerly awaiting free agent signings and trades, I was anxiously hoping that I would have one more year of gawking at these two. Sweet.
Also back are Teresa, Sam, Debbie, Jocelyn, and Lindsay.
Now, for the newbies. (Bio info and pics from phillies.com)
Alison Augustyn (no pic)
Hometown: Delran, NJ
Division I swimmer at Drexel University
Graduates June 2008 with a B.S. in environmental engineering
WSBGM comments: What was the last decent thing to come out of Delran, NJ? Penn State QB brothers John and Tony Sacca?
Hometown: Mays Landing, NJ
Played softball at Rider University (MACC Champions, 2003)
Graduates May 2008 with a master's degree in communications from LaSalle University
WSBGMs comment: Gotta give love to the Explorers. She may not be the best looking or the smartest (see: Communications studies), but if she was, she probably wouldn't be an Explorer, so you might as well celebrate it.
Hometown: Manchester, NJ
Member of Temple University Division I softball team (2003-2006)
WSBGMs comment: Wow, how the mighty have fallen. From three time All Star, to being traded away by the Pirates, to Phillies ball girl. Some people just don't know when to quit.
Lauren Economou (no pic)
Hometown: Media, PA
Graduates December 2007 with a M.E. in visual arts from The University of the Arts
Graduate of Syracuse University
WSBGMs comment: Syracuse, ehh. McNabb went to Syracuse. I hope when she tosses foul balls into the stands to little kids, she a bit more accurate than McNabb is.
Hometown: Medford, NJ
Graduate of Rowan University
Health and physical education teacher in Mt. Laurel, NJ
WSBGMs comment: I have to say, a red flag goes up when I see "physical education teacher" as the occupation. Not to be make too much of a generalization, but I knew three such teachers when I was in school, and two of them played for the other team. We can only hope that trend holds true...
Hometown: Kintnersville, PA
Graduate of Kutztown University
3-time winner of Phillies Home Run Derby (1995, 1996, 1998)
Teacher in Kintersville, PA
WSBGMs comment: She looks good, but possibly a touch too old to be a new ballgirl. It's only one pic and I could be wrong, or maybe the team had to fill their "cougar quota." Either way, welcome aboard Laura, we're glad to have you.
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Graduates December 2007 with a B.A. in education from Rowan University
Captain of Cherry Hill East softball team (2001-2002)
WSBGMs comment: This is a shame, another fine looking female who feels the need to be orange.
Hometown: Haddonfield, NJ
M.A. in Education from University of Pennsylvania
Elementary school teacher in Evesham Township School District
Captain of Haddonfield Memorial High School softball team
WSBGMs comment: Penn, ehh. Doug Glanville went to Penn. She's a keeper.
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Sophomore at University of Delaware
Played varsity softball at St. Mark's High School in Wilmington, DE
WSBGMs comment: I always thought "gina papili" were those things on your tongue that helped you taste food. No?
Janita Styles (no pic)
Hometown: Nevada; Resides in Philadelphia
Graduate of University of Nevada
Part-time radio talent for 100.3 The Beat
Division I track scholarship
WSBGMs comment: Here she is on the 100.3 the Beat website, looking very sweet. And here is her myspace page. Whoa, big difference. Check out those abs. I'm not into chicks that look like they could kick my ass with just their stomachs. I won't be asking her for a foul ball...
There you have hit, the 2008 Phillies Ballgirls. Enjoy your gawking, gentleman,and don't forget to bring lots of singles.