F.P Santangelo and Bob Carpenter. If you are a Nationals fan you either love ‘em, hate ‘em, or just mute ‘em. Both sides have their devoted factions. Some think they’re disingenuous and point out the obvious, others say they are fun and help novice fans better understand the game. Like ‘em or not, they’re what Nationals fans have and they’re likely here to stay for a while.
Personally, I always find it interesting to watch other team’s broadcasts whenever possible. You get a completely different viewpoint of the game as well as your own team. Each time I pick up another broadcast, whether it be from WGN when the Cubs are in town or SNY when I am visiting family in the New York area, I always wonder how much of our baseball “world view” if shaped by the constant chatter of F.P. and Bob.
According to a test conducted by the Wall Street Journal, some, but not a ton. WSJ conducted an experiment to find which broadcast teams were the most biased in baseball. F.P., Bob, and the Nationals came in with tied with the seventh most biased broadcast in the league.
The test was hardly scientific. The Wall Street Journal looked at one (ONE!) game and counted the times each broadcast team used words like “we,” “us” or “our,” or used any other type of blatant homerism while depicting and analyzing the game. Over the course of the one (ONE!) game the WSJ watched on MASN, Bob and F.P. had nine biased comments…one per inning. That tied them with the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, and the San Diego Padres.
The Chicago White Sox blew everyone out of the water with 104 biased comments in the test. Second place was the Cleveland Indians, with 23.
One has to wonder what score the team would have gotten if Rob Dibble was still in the box…