Rams Shortstop Part of Phillies’ World Series Run as a Ball Girl
A Jefferson student has played a part in the Philadelphia Phillies’ improbable World Series run. This season, third-year pre-medical studies student Cayla Kalani has worked as a ball girl and stood on the rain-soaked field as the team clinched the NLCS.
“It was an absolute dream,” says Kalani, who plays shortstop for the Rams softball team. “The energy from the fans and players was something I’ve never seen or experienced before.”
As the Phillies take on the Astros to earn their first World Series championship since 2008, Kalani shares more about her time with the team.
How did you become a ball girl?
The process lasted a few months. First, I filled out an application and sent a video showcasing my skills and personality, along with my resume. Once approved, I went through an interview and tryout at the ballpark, which included hitting and fielding. I also took a quiz about the Phillies’ background. They carefully reviewed my social media and conducted background and reference checks. During each step, the field narrowed down to, eventually, an extremely small group. I’m thrilled and thankful to have been chosen.
What are your responsibilities with the team?
I’m at most home games and had a few games on the field, working the foul lines. When not on the field, you can find us selling 50/50 tickets around Citizens Bank Park or on a Red Goes Green Team, a program to help keep the stadium clean by collecting recyclables during the game.
Outside the ballpark, we work with the community. We do area softball and baseball clinics, charity events and other community engagement activities. Throughout the summer, we played in a couple of charity softball games.
One of my favorite parts of being a ball girl is getting to share my knowledge and teach the game that I grew up playing and loving. Of course, being on the field is awesome, but seeing kids’ faces light up when you talk with them or give them a ball is another highlight.
What was it like being on the field when the Phillies clinched the NLCS?
I was speechless and had so many emotions leaving the field. I couldn’t process what had just happened. I found myself taking in every moment possible because I know this game is something I’ll never forget. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of something so special.
Will you be working during the World Series?
Yes, I’ll most likely be selling 50/50s and doing other events around the stadium. There may be another rally bus tour, which was super fun to participate in.
Who’s your favorite player?
I love all the players. They all have their own special qualities. The Phanatic is pretty cool, though. He’s probably my favorite.
Is there anything else you want to share about your experience this season?
Being a ball girl has been a dream come true. I’ve been a Phillies fan my whole life and being part of this organization is incredible. You get to meet so many new people and talk with fans. The other ball girls are amazing, and you make some lifelong friends. I can’t say it enough, but I’m so grateful to be a part of this organization. My coaches and teammates also have been so supportive. Go Phillies!