A few weeks ago Big League Stew told you about the San Diego Padres plans to hold open auditions to find a new public-address announcer for Petco Park. On Jan. 25, those auditions were finally held, with men and women from across the country and all walks of life converging to win what we're sure many of them would consider a dream job.
Among those auditioning was a local man from San Diego, which could be an advantage and is certainly convenient. He also happens to be a professional wrestler, which will definitely work to his advantage as he already has experience playing directly to an audience.
His name is “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce, and he was officially named one of 20 semifinalists for the position on Tuesday.
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) February 4, 2014
Pearce, 35, has never caught a big break in the wrestling world despite being considered among the most talented performers in his field. He's a multiple time champion on the independent circuit. He's made appearances for Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling and other promotions all around the world. He's even spent time working as a trainer for Vince McMahon's WWE, but he's never been afforded that one opportunity that could have made him a household name
Now he's making an opportunity for himself in another form of entertainment he enjoys, Major League Baseball, and he's ready for the unique challenge it presents.
"The majority of stories told in television pro wrestling are through the spoken word," says Pearce. To that point, Pearce's speaking is easy and free, and on top of it all, Pearce has that distinct voice – the most obvious of necessities one would assume the Padres are looking for in a PA announcer. "My resume is probably the most unique among the applicants," said Pearce. "I can't imagine there are many pro wrestlers sitting behind the mic for a big league team. I've had a wonderful career, but this is a baseball fan's dream job. Why not me?"
Legendary Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse doubled as a baseball and wrestling announcer at various points in his career. Bob Uecker went the other way, from a baseball player/announcer to a wrestling announcer at Wrestlemania's 3 and 4. Aside from those two legends, though, there hasn't been much crossover between the two entities. Pearce could be poised to enter rare territory.
"It's an honor," says Pearce. "The fact that the Padres would open this opportunity up to virtually everyone speaks to their commitment to the community and finding a voice that represents it. It's exciting, and I like being the dark horse in the race. I literally have nothing to lose."
The semifinalists will compete again at San Diego's FanFest on Feb. 8, then fans will pick the top three finalists by casting votes online and through social media. The winner will be announced in March.
Good luck to Pearce and the 19 others still competing for the chance of a lifetime.
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