Friday, April 5, 2013

Philadelphia Phillies PA announcer Dan Baker is ready for his 42nd season

It’s been 42 years since West Deptford resident Dan Baker first got behind the microphone at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium to announce his first Philadelphia Phillies game.

“I’m the longest active [public address] announcer in major league baseball,” Baker said in a recent telephone interview.

With 38 years at the Vet and only 4 at the new Citizens Bank Park, Baker said he does miss the old ballpark, but is happy to be in the new home of the Phillies.

“I miss it (the Vet) a little bit, but Citizens Bank Park is far superior as a baseball park,” he said. “It’s built for baseball.”

He said the designers visited several recently-built stadiums and used the best pieces of all of those to build a “beautiful facility.”

“The seats are closer to the natural-grass field, the concessions are closer — you can get something to eat or drink and not be removed from the game,” Baker said. “They did such a good job with it.”
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