Work­ing for Phillies a dream ful­filled

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

“Awe­some,” is the word Moira DiSan­dro said would best de­scribe hHU wRUN DV D 3hLl­lLHV EDl­lJLUl DnG her ex­pe­ri­ence has been a dream come true.

The Vil­lanova ju­nior and Ambler na­tive said grow­ing up, she and her three broth­ers would go with their GDG tR “95 SHUFHnt RI [3hLl­lLHV@ home games,” where she soon be­came a ra­bid fan.

HHU SDVVLRn IRU Dll thLnJV 3hLl­lLHV soon gave her the dream of one day work­ing for the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Lit­tle did she know that her dream would one day come true.

A soft­ball player for most of her lLIH, DL6DnGUR VDLG VhH SlDyHG fiUVt base be­cause there were few po­si­tions for some­one who is left-handHG. WhHn VhH JRt tR hLJh VFhRRl at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flour­town, she said she chose to give up soft­ball and fo­cus pri­mar­ily Rn fiHlG hRFNHy. YHt, VhH VDLG, VhH wasn’t ready to com­pletely give up on the game and kept play­ing in a num­ber of char­ity games and tried to stay in­volved as much as she could.

In the fall of fresh­man year at Vil­lanova, she sub­mit­ted a ré­sumé and DVD as an ap­pli­ca­tion for the ball­girl po­si­tion. She said her pas­sion for the game drove her to ap­ply and hoped that this would be her chance tR Iul­fill hHU GUHDm RI wRUNLnJ IRU thH 3hLl­lLHV.

The ap­pli­ca­tion process was ex­ten­sive, she said, not­ing ap­pli­cants had to demon­strate a great per­son­al­ity, must be soft­ball play­ers and pos­sess strong pub­lic speak­ing skills. For the DVD sub­mis­sion,

DiSan­dro, now 21, had to ex­plain why she wanted to be­come a mhillies ball­girl, show off her win­ning per­son­al­ity and also needed to in­clude footage of her play­ing soft­ball.

Af­ter the ini­tial round of the ap­pli­ca­tion process, DiSan­dro said she then per­formed a soft­ball try­out fol­lowed by a live on-cam­era in­ter­view with a lo­cal sports re­porter to test if she could han­dle the pres­sure she might face from re­porters with cam­eras. Af­ter­ward, she had to take a mhillies knowl­edge test, EHIRUH finDOOy ODnGLnJ Dn in­ter­view with her fu­ture boss, who gave her the job.

She said while she gets paid for her work, she is do­ing what she nor­mally would have done any­wayW watch­ing the mhillies. The job is a year-round po­si­tion, she said, be­gin­ning in Jan­uary, that ball­girls can do for a max­i­mum of two years be­fore hav­ing to step down.

Dur­ing the sea­son, the EDOOJLUOV DUH Rn WKH fiHOG col­lect­ing base­balls that roll out of play and in­ter­act­ing with the crowd. DiSan­dro said when she’s Rn WKH fiHOG GXULnJ D JDPH, it’s al­ways “ex­cit­ing and nHUYH UDFNLnJ.” TKH fiUVW time she walked out onto WKH fiHOG IRU D JDPH, VKH said, was sur­real for her EHFDXVH KHU GUHDP KDG fi­nally come true.

The play­ers are “all re­ally nice” but the ball­girls have to act pro­fes­sion­ally and keep their ex­cite­ment in check, she said.

:KHn nRW Rn WKH fiHOG dur­ing games, she said the ball­girls are in­volved in the mhillies Green Team, which helps col­lect re­cy­clables from large groups like schools and busi­nesses.

Dur­ing the off­sea­son, DiSan­dro said the 15 mhillies ball­girls are heav­ily in­volved with var­i­ous play­ers’ char­i­ties, such as the Hamels Foun­da­tion’s Di­a­monds in Denim. She said the ball­girls’ main re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are to act as am­bas­sadors for the mhillies by es­cort­ing play­ers, SHUIRUPLnJ UDIflHV, JUHHWing peo­ple and per­form­ing other var­i­ous odd jobs.

The girls also work with Macy’s depart­ment store for var­i­ous pro­mo­tions and at­tend pep ral­lies and cer­e­mo­nial check pre­sen­ta­tions from play­ers to or­ga­ni­za­tions.

DiSan­dro said she will miss “ev­ery­thing” about be­ing a mhillies ball­girl af­ter her time is up in Jan­uary.

lne of her fa­vorite PHPRULHV RII WKH fiHOG, she said, has been work­ing with a num­ber of schools in the area that are in “bad shape” be­cause she said she likes “be­ing a part of giv­ing back.” She also will al­ways re­mem­ber the num­ber of mhillies block par­ties that took place dur­ing the post­sea­son be­cause she got to min­gle with fans and dance on stage with the band Mr. Green­genes.

She said she will miss her fel­low ball­girls most of all be­cause they are all “re­ally close” and are the sis­ters she never had.

Cur­rently study­ing eco­nom­ics, DiSan­dro said she is hop­ing to land a ca­reer in the sports busi­ness. She said her new dream is to land a job with the mhillies per­ma­nently.

Gazette staff photo by BOB RAINES

Moira DiSan­dro, of Ambler, is wrapping up her sec­ond sea­son as a Phillies ball­girl.

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