No, this is not an elaborate April Fools Day joke.
After the Petco Park audition, everyone got two weeks off. The next phase of the PA announcer search would happen during the two games at USD between the Padres and Cleveland Indians. We would introduce hitters during the final two 2014 spring training games. We were divided into two roughly equal groups. Half worked the Friday game, and the rest worked Saturday.
I drew the Friday game. We were asked to be at Fowler Park an hour before the 6:10 first pitch and I ended up getting there about 4:45. We verified our contact information with Padres HR, got our media passes, and were allowed into the park. We were sorted for the audition, and I ended up being the next to last person to go. Because the Indians put up two touchdowns in the first two innings, most of the candidates introduced a Cleveland player. I, luckily, came up in the bottom of the fourth and drew Tommy Medica and Yasmani Grandal. Thought it went well. We were free to go after that, and the Padres HR people told everyone they would call those continuing on after Saturday’s game was over.
I am not the world’s most patient waiter. Truth be told, I hate waiting. I kept looking at my phone and wondering. Finally it rang about 5pm. I had made the cut. I was told an email would follow with specifics for the next phase of the selection process.
So at this point, everyone still standing will announce part of the first 3 games of the season. You heard some of the candidates on Sunday night. I don’t know how many actually took part Sunday but I’m guessing 10. Ten more will probably do the PA work tonight, and the rest will work Wednesday’s game. I will be in that Wednesday group. It really seems surreal sometimes, that the 29 other candidates and I are going to introduce multiple hitters in an actual regular season game. I really can’t wait for Wednesday.After the 2 April game, the field will be narrowed from 30 to 10 through a fan vote.
At this point, I need your help. According to Saturday’s Press Release, that vote will occur from Friday 4 April to Monday 7 April. There is a hashtag associated with
this me (#PadresPA25), so I’m guessing we’re voting via Twitter. I’m assuming there will be other ways to vote as well ( via Facebook, probably through Padres.com, etc). No additional details have been released on how to vote, and I will let you know as soon as I know.
I – humbly – ask you to consider supporting me as the next Padres PA Announcer. Only the Top 10 move on. Of course, your support is contingent on me not screwing up tomorrow. I’m not planning to; I’m taking Ghost’s advice to heart.
— Ghost of Ray Kroc (@GhostofRAK) March 29, 2014
You can find me on Twitter @Padrestrail. This has been a blast. Thanks for reading.
UPDATE: changed the hash tag and other ways to vote based on the Padres information that came out yesterday (4/3).