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Folks line up for jobs with Reading Fightin Phils

Published On: Jan 26 2013 05:07:20 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 26 2013 06:25:04 PM EST

Fightin Phils host job fair


Opening day is still eleven weeks out, but sporting a new name the Reading Fightin Phils are looking for some new workers.

"From concessions to ushers to ticket takers to Phunland and also diamond girls," explained Director of Operations Andy Bortz.

Hundreds of people turned out to Baseballtown hoping to hit a home run working at FirstEnergy Stadium.


"This is really my first job, my first interview," shared Thomas Messina.  "Just want to get a jump on things."

"I enjoy playing baseball and softball and I enjoy watching it so I thought it would be fun and different," added Sadie Meunier.

"You always hear people complaining about their jobs," said Abby Wells.  "But my brother really enjoys this and my friends that work here really enjoy it so I think it could be really fun."

Applicants filled out forms and interviewed on the spot for the roughly 300 seasonal positions available.

"The atmosphere, the flexibility that we have with the employees I think is a big factor of why we get so many people to come out looking for jobs here," said Bortz.

Officials with the Fightins say the game day staff is an important part of the franchises success.

"The employees are a huge part of it, said Messina.  "That's the reason everybody's coming back."


"They run everything, they do the background work," shared Wells.  "So it's really important because everyone's always enjoying themselves and they're kind of the backbone of that."