Alex James, the public-address announcer for New Hampshire Fisher Cats games at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, is trying out for the same position with the San Diego Padres. He's seen here after auditioning during the Padres' season-opener Sunday night at Petco Field. (COURTESY VIA TWITTER)
‘Your attention, please:' Fisher Cats announcer trying out with Padres
James, 37, was among those who took in Sunday night’s game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he wasn’t there as a fan. James was trying out to become the Padres’ public address announcer.
“I worked the seventh to the end, and that included introducing the person who sang ‘God Bless America.’ That was shown on ESPN, so I was introduced by ESPN’s Dan Shulman as the Padres’ PA announcer, which was pretty cool.
James attended the University of Florida and moved to New Hampshire when he landed a radio job here. He currently works for the Gigunda Group, a marketing agency in Manchester.James has been the PA announcer for Fisher Cats home games since 2008.
James was a finalist for the Chicago Cubs’ PA job in 2011 and tried out for the Boston Red Sox’ PA job in 2012. He worked a regular-season game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays from Fenway Park two years ago.
“It was cool to link those two teams together,” he said. “That’s why I did that game.”
James said he’s not sure when he’ll hear from the Padres again but added that he expects some applicants to be called back to announce at least one more game.
James said he wouldn’t hesitate to accept the Padres job, even though the pay would require him to find another job, as well.