Nationals television announcer F.P. Santangelo "wouldn't change a thing" about comments he made that were critical of sports-talk radio as a medium.
Although the feature -- written by Buzz McClain -- was only published this month, the interview was actually conducted last fall. And Santangelo's "negative" remarks weren't directed at local hosts so much as those based in larger markets, like New York, Boston and Philadelphia, where hosts tend to be "more critical of their teams."
"Like, why are you so positive, and how can you stay positive?" Santangelo recalled the line of questioning. "And I tried to tie the whole thing in by finishing my answer with, 'If you want that, that's where you go for it.' And, you know, I really don't have a problem with anything I said and I wouldn't change a thing."
"You know I got my start in sports-talk radio. I respect you guys immensely. I respect the medium immensely," Santangelo told Dukes. "But they're two different mediums, and you go to two different places to different things like you go to different restaurants for different foods, you go to different bars for different drinks. I think when you talk about sports-talk radio, and I did it for seven years every single day, my job was to have an opinion on sports-talk radio. My job was to evoke enough emotion out of my listeners for them to either: A) call; or B) listen to my show. That's what you do in sports-talk radio."
"But in baseball, as a baseball broadcaster, it's Bryce's job and Max's job to stimulate that emotion in you to watch the game on a nightly basis, not mine," he continued. "My job's not to have an opinion any more. My job is to explain the game, break it down up there in a way that everybody can understand at home -- the baseball junkie to the first-time viewer -- and let those guys evoke that emotion out of you. And every once in a while, the sports-talk radio guy in me will come out and I'll have an opinion on something, but for the most part, that's not my job any more. My job is not to be negative. My job is not to be critical."
Santangelo noted a clear distinction between the two professions, that as a broadcaster for the team, he's around the players and everyone inside the organization every day.
"I mean, I'm with these guys, Chad, every single day for eight years," he said. "I'm on the bus, I'm on the plane, I'm in the lobby, I'm in the clubhouse. I did it. I know how hard it is. I know their moms, their dads, their aunts and uncles at this point. I know their kids' names. I know everybody. So it's like a family that we're all on the plane together.