Padres host open tryouts for public address announcer job

SAN DIEGO - The Padres hosted open tryouts for their vacant public address announcer position Saturday.

The casting call began at 9 a.m. at Petco Park. Blake Dorfman was the first person in line, showing up four hours before the gate opened.

"This is a once in a lifetime kind of deal … to be a voice of a big league ballpark," he said.

As the hours passed, the line kept growing, wrapping around a nearby building.

Among the crowd was Taylor Cate, who was one of the few women who came to audition.

"I wasn't really intimidated," she said. "We have to stick up for being a woman. We shouldn’t be scared because there are guys here."

One of her competitors, Barrett Cohen, flew more than 2,200 miles to audition for his dream job.

In the end, like the other hundreds that showed up, both gave it their all. For Cate, it was something to cross off her bucket list. As for Cohen, he is hoping to get a call back.

"Hopefully I'll get that interview and will be able to show them the other things I can do," he said.

Those chosen as semi-finalists will be interviewed, and the finalists will get to showcase their skills during the annual Padres FanFest, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

After that, the finalists will audition during spring training, getting them one step closer to a seat in the broadcast box.

Fans will choose the top three by casting votes online.

The winner will be selected in March and be required to work every home game on the schedule, team officials said.

The Padres say whoever is seated in the booth will not just have a great voice, but they will bring a unique element that connects fans to Petco Park.

The team did not say why Frank Anthony, the team's PA announcer since Petco Park opened in 2004, is being replaced.

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