Thursday, November 15, 2012

That Time I Almost Was...

So remember on Tuesday when I said I was doing something that day I hoped I could share with you all soon? 

Well...I'm here to share.

So Tuesday night I went to the tryouts for the Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Girls 2013 Team. Along with about 100 other Atlanta gals. The Tomahawk Girls are the ones that do in-stadium promotions and interact with the crowd and, I have wanted to do something like this for a looooong, loooooong time. 

As soon as I got to Turner Field, I learned I was about 8 years older than the average candidate and was lacking about a pound of makeup, some bleach blonde hair, some shorts juuuust short enough to show some cheek and a set of fake nails.  

I felt like I had entered a mix of Pageant-Land, Sorority Rush and America's Next Top Model all in one. These girls were FREAKING out. I'm weird in that I don't really get nervous about many of things. I could not say the same about some of these girls.
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I kept quiet during the "I go to Georgia College"...."OMG so do IIIIIII!" "Nooo WAAAY!" conversations. But have to say I thoroughly enjoyed some of the convos I overheard like "I wish my collarbone stuck out like that girl's" or "I thought being in a sorority would prepare me for this but I am SO nervous" to, this winner....."Oh my gahhh, I was so scared I was going to be the oldest one here. I JUST turned 20. I'm so old." I assured her to relax, that I would take the old lady title of the wisest. This proved to be true later on as she was freezing outside in shorts and I managed a-okwith my leggings. Oh the wisdom "age" brings.

We walked all through the empty stadium up to the Club rooms overlooking the field, got our mug shots glamour shots taken and filled out paperwork. From there, I heard the worst news ever. Our next activity was to..... 

LEARN A DANCE.
Eight participants dance for the judges on the first day of open auditions for the Atlanta Braves popular Tomahawk Team at Turner Field in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Fifty-six hopefuls attended Tuesday but the Braves staff are expecting about another hundred more to show up as auditions continue on Wednesday for four to six girls needed to fill slots to complete the team of 12-14.

If any of you have had the pleasure of being at a club with me, you'll know that I am typically the girl on the outskirts doing the head bob or some other un-rhythmic move not in sync to the music. I pretty much felt like I should just leave...but then, out of nowhere, my Krieger determination took over and I rocked that Tomahawk girl dance! Chop chop! Maybe I should vlog it. It's pretty impressive.

After that we learned to fold and tape t-shirts for the t-shirt gun which I think is a life skill that will come in handy many times down the road #not

Then we broke off into groups of 8 and went and introduced ourselves to the panel and did the dance again.

After all the girls had performed again, they came and announced the 13 numbers that were moving on to "the final stage." And ya'll I was ONE OF THEM!!! Que inner college girl squeals.



So, as the 13 of us sat on the floor and watched the others file out...SO AWKWARD....this one blonde chick looks at me, walks by and says "I mean really?!" I probably should be offended but every time I tell this story I just giggle. Girls are so catty. 

And for the next two hours, we sat and got to know each other as one-by-one we headed into our one-on-one interviews. WHICH, went amazing, UNTIL

 we started talking logistics. And I was disqualified basically because I have to work. There are 81 home games and you are only allowed to exempt 8. And you have to be there three and a half hours before a game. Which means you have to be stadium ready at 3:30 PM. So basically the Braves pretty much own your soul during the summer.

See where that whole Stay At Home Girlfriend comes into play? 

I was a sad muffin

So, It was not the news I was hoping to share with you all, but instead, it was the dream that almost was....unfortunately, I have to be a gainful employee. Boo!  
business woman

XO, The-Almost-Tomahwak-Girl 

34 comments:

Danielle said...

I seriously laughed out loud reading this! Congratulations on your "almost" new job! And your right, girls are catty!

Jess @ Pretty Physicist said...

Aww ... you are too cute! Girls are super catty ... I never could have done it - I'd have killed someone! ;) But congratulations on making it to the top 13!

Jenna said...

CONGRATS to you on making it to the final 13 - that is incredible!!! Bummer that you can't have a job, it seems like that would be a problem for A LOT of people lol.

xxx
Jenna

Katie said...

this is really funny and I am so glad you shared this. I can't believe that 20 year old thinks she is old. I want this all on video tape so I can watch it. And congratulations!! Even though you can't do it - that is awesome that you would've been chosen. I'm really thinking that you should consider doing it for your full time job. :)

Stephanie said...

Loved this post! Girls are so catty. Gross. I'd love to see where some of these girls are in 8 years. You have a lot to be proud of!

Shannon said...

That's so cool. If I was your age and looked like you, that would be something I would LOOOOOOVE to do.

I'm sorry it didn't work out. I already follow a blog of a former NFL cheerleader. This would have made me feel even more cool! :)

jayme said...

you should clearly quit your job. duh.

Jen said...

That's SO cool that you made it to the final 13, but reading this I had NO doubt you would since I'm always telling you how gorgeous you are! boo for work always getting in the way of things :(

Amanda said...

bummer!! But you totally met my friends sister-- Cathleen Ferraro. Well, you maybe did? She made the team, so I'm assuming she was one of the girls sitting with you. :) Boo to the real world and having a job. So overrated.

Erin said...

Congrats on you for rocking it though girl!! I've always thought about doing something like that for one of our local teams but I KNEW it would be like you said.. super young college chicks, skanky outfits and tons of makeup. I fit none of those! LOL- I think YOU are a superstar though :)

megan said...

Haha this story is so great. Damn work, it always gets in the way of fun!

julia rose. said...

Girl you should be so proud to make it to the top 13!! That's awesome! Especially when it was your natural looks and talent that got you there- not bleach blonde hair and overall fakeness!!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

good gracious- girls are so ridiculous. You should def be proud of yourself!!!! boooo for having to work.

Fit With Flash said...

Sorry you weren't able to do the gig, but glad you went anyway. And I hope you said, "yeah. really." to whichever biatch said it to you... : )

Angel said...

omg this is so exciting! i bet that place is saturated with blonde barbies, though. you're so much prettier than a pound of foundation and a tube of mascara! love and miss you :)

J and A said...

Well that is junk - you would have been perfect!! Congrats either way, their loss. I would have left when they said dance. This girl can't dance.

Britt said...

Wow! You go girl! The fact you made it to the top 13 is amazing. I can only imagine some of the girls who got rejected thinking they had it in the bag.

I actually went to college with one of the girls in the first picture. haha

frikken DUCKIE said...

Loved this! You are hilarious!

Newest follower fo' sho'. Lol.

♥ Duckie.

meghan said...

Oh. That stinks. That's awesome that you got through to the final round. That's gotta be a confidence booster. And honestly, I'm pretty impressed that you went and did this! I love the girl saying "I mean really?!" I think I woulda gotten up and bitch slapped her. In my head I would have at least. But my favorite line of this was about rolling tshirts for the gun. Why would they teach you all how to do this. So bizarre. So sorry you have a job. Ha!

Tiffany said...

Love that you went and tried out, and OBVIOUSLY would have been chosen had you, ya know, not had to have a job. What the heck kind of dumb rule is that??

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

aw, bummer! you got me so excited - esp with my favorite emma stone/andrew garfield GIF! what a random, fun experience anyways! p.s. and the "really?" girl, we all know she was just jealous of you. they all were. ;)

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Congrats to making it to the final 13, girl!! That's great! I definitely think you should vlog the dance! I'm sorry it didn't work out, but at least you have some hilarious stories from the day!

Sara Louise said...

I'm laughing so hard right now but I'm super duper proud of you for going! That took a lot of courage. And not that I'm condoning violence or anything, but if I was sitting next to you when that girl looked at you and said, "I mean really?", I would have walked over to her and kicked her right in the chuckie.

My-cliffnotes said...

3 hours early to fold shirts? I'm sorry I'd pick you for the following reasons

You're really pretty
Brunette
Funny
Not stupid
And you don't wear 900 pounds of foundation after 8 applications if sunless tanner


Oh and because you are over 20.


Sarah Burton said...

Oh my word this is amazing. It would have been so cool to actually know one of the girls when I went to the games! Congrats to you for making it to the final...they must have loved you!

Katie said...

aww that's a bummer. But at least you made it to the final girls! And I really don't know how anyone could have the time to do that? I mean, doesn't everyone work? but really.

Also, your natural beauty + wisdom is far better than those bleach blonde catty girls. You get it girl.

Jessica said...

I loved reading this! You are great. Your blog rocks.

Sara Shoemaker said...

hahaha wooow girls can be so ridiculous. everyone is always so busy comparing themselves to others it's sad! but that was still such a funny story. sorry it didn't work out, but it sounds like you're better off wihtout it :)

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P!nky said...

Girlfriend, I'm so stinkin proud of you for trying out. I always wanted to try out for our hockey teams 'cheer' squad but never did.

I thought about it this year, but the age kind of makes me go eep! I'm almost 30 womp womp!

I'm sorry it didn't work out the way you planned, but I'm glad you did it anyway.

YOU GO GIRL!

Bre said...

I wanted for years to be a Royal Court Dancer for the Sacramento Kings and work got in the way for me too. I feel your pain. I at least had that information before I even bothered trying out, but kudos to you for going through the whole process!

JMc said...

Aw I hate that a job got in the way. Those pesky things are so annoying, lol. I thought you were going to make it and I was going to require that you shoot me a Tshirt. The Braves are my bf's team and the Cards are mine. We are due for a Braves game next season though.

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Alex said...

haha this is excellent. I am imagining all these girls and laughing. You are waaaay better!!

Lauren McCowin said...

Do you know if there is an age cutoff for the girls?