F.P. Santangelo: If you like negativity, 'listen to sports talk radio'

Chris Lingebach
April 02, 2018 - 6:47 pm

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When it comes to play-by-play, you'd be hard-pressed to find a negative perspective from Nationals TV announcer F.P. Santangelo.

Santangelo prefers to paint a rosy outlook, which certainly has its place on team broadcasts, especially in a growing baseball market which didn't so much as have a club to call its own only 13 years ago.

The broadcaster was featured in the latest edition of Northern Virginia Magazine, wherein he explained his positive outlook as being the antithesis of what you might hear on local sports-talk radio.

So as to not misrepresent his opinion, here's a little more context for that pull quote.

"When you know every single player and you develop relationships with them, and you know their wives and kids … and you live with them for seven months, staying in the same hotels and riding the same buses … I’m not up here to rip people. I’m up here to explain the game to people, but I will tell them why maybe something happened that was negative."

And who wants to hear more bad news coming from the television during downtime?

"Baseball is your escape," he says. "Why would you want to hear a broadcaster who is negative and critical? If you do, listen to sports talk radio, that’s what they do. That’s not what I do."

This, as you might expect, didn't sit well with every one of D.C.'s local sports-talk radio hosts.

Santangelo, a frequent radio guest on 106.7 The Fan, limited his response to one reply.

Although, others took Santangelo up on his advice by continuing to have fun amongst themselves. 

We're three games into the season and already have our first media feud. Thank God baseball's back.

Santangelo joins Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. You can listen here.

The Junkies offered their mixed reaction Tuesday morning. A short while later, F.P. provided additional thoughts on Twitter.

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