Santangelo: Nats' World Series victory 'stuff that legends are made of'

Chris Lingebach
October 31, 2019 - 10:57 am

F.P. Santangelo is more connected to the Nationals' World Series victory than most team broadcasters would be.

The MASN color analyst is a former player for the Expos, which is now the Nationals organization. Correction: Now the World Series champion Nationals organization.

After traveling back from the World Series, Santangelo called up The Sports Junkies to share his once-in-a-lifetime celebration experience.

"I was screaming in the family section during the whole thing," he said Thursday morning. "I wish you guys could experience it, like even the hotel after and the fans and the team coming in. On the field was surreal, hugging people, hugging Max, hugging Bob Henley, who I broke in as a rookie, who's been in the organization for 28 years. It's my 19th year."

"For all the old Expos," he said. "I mean this is bigger than just the 25 guys that did this. This is for everybody that ever wore the Nats uniform, man. This is for everybody that ever worked in the organization to get us to this point. I saw Jayson Werth. I hugged him. I said, 'This is for you.' I saw Jonny Gomes, who was here for a second. I said, 'This is for you.'"

"So from Denard Span and Tyler Clippard, and Drew Storen and all the guys that didn't get it done that got us to this point," he went on. "This is for all those guys, man. And for D.C., this city. It's for everybody that's ever worn the uniform. It's pretty cool.

Santangelo was just working up to his best stuff. On Max Scherzer, who kept the Nats close in Game 7 despite not having his best stuff, by holding the Astros to two runs over five innings, days after being scratched from his Game 5 start with neck spasms, Santangelo called Scherzer's performance the "stuff of legend."

"Huge sack, dude. It was all about huge sack," Santangelo said in reaction to Scherzer's Game 7 start. "That's all it was about. It was about reputation and, 'I'm Max Scherzer and I'm better than you, even though I don't have my great stuff.' And whatever he gave you after being dead three days ago. I mean dead. The stories I heard is he couldn't move in the clubhouse. I mean this is stuff of legend.

"You talk about the bloody sock? I mean, that's like a needle going into your ankle to numb it up, and just a little like pinprick of blood getting on a white sanitary sock. Max Scherzer was laid out. He couldn't even move. From all the reports I heard, he was incapacitated and like dead on a table. And he came back like three days later and pitched five innings and gave up a couple of runs in the World Series in Game 7."

"I mean this is stuff that legends are made of," he said. "Like, it wasn't the Max – 10 strikeouts, no runs, dominating, but for what he went through and what he gave to his ball club, I mean that's what legends are made of, what he did last night. Stephen Strasburg the night before, legend. Dave Martinez, legend. Like these are things that our kids' kids are gonna be talking about generations from now."

"Just unbelievable, you guys. We're world champs. Let that sink in," Santangelo said. "Like what I told you last time, we've buried the ghosts. All the worst-thing-that-can-possibly-happen attitude, we're never gonna win – all that's gone. This is a different time for all of us."