Before Rob Dibble entered his MASN death spiral -- marked by his amazement at women watching a ball game and his advice for Stephen Strasburg to “suck it up” -- the biggest controversy surrounding his Nats tenure involved cheering in the press box.
Specifically, while many viewers were used to a somewhat calm and objective broadcasting style, Dibble was fond of cheering and shouting and using “We” and “Us” to refer to the Nats. There were actually many, many defenders of his style, but there were certainly detractors as well.
I asked him about this decision fairly early on in his tenure.
“What am I supposed to say, ‘Those guys on the field?’ “ Dibble countered. “It’s not really a conscious thought, whether or not I say ‘we.’ I think everyone that’s in this stadium is a We, is a part of this whole thing.”
Well, with F.P. Santangelo’s hiring as Dibble’s replacement, the We Are All We Era has officially ended. Nats blogger Kristen Hudak asked Santangelo when it would be appropriate to refer to the Nats as ‘We,’ and he left no doubt.
”It’s never appropriate,” he said. “I’m not wearing a uniform, so it’s not we. It’s absolutely against everything I’ve been taught as a broadcaster to ever say ‘we’ because I’m sitting up here with makeup on and a coat and a tie. So it’s the Nationals and it will always be the Nationals on every broadcast I do.
“I was taught by some of the best announcers in baseball - Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow and Dave Flemming, the broadcast crew for the Giants. One of the first things I learned was that you say ‘we’ when you’re wearing a uniform. I’m not wearing a uniform anymore so it will never be ‘we.’ “