In keeping with the 1924 throwback theme, Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo wore funny outfits into the MASN booth on Thursday night. They also held bats, for some reason. I guess in case ‘20s-style gangsters wielding gats tried to sneak into the booth and sell some hooch while listening to Tommy Dorsey.
Carpenter’s bat was a Goose Goslin model. F.P. had a Bucky Harris. Both seemed pretty happy to be thus armed.
So the game went on, and the Nats fell behind 5-1, and Matt Cain was cruising, right into the 7th inning. And with one out in the 7th, this happened.
“You know what tonight’s MASN mobile word of the day is?” Santangelo asked.
“Nostalgia?” Carpenter guessed.
“Let me guess, rosin bag?” Santangelo tried. “Maybe 1924? Let’s see it boys. What is it tonight? Text Carp to 29292 for your chance to enter and win a meet-and-greet with Drew Storen. Just three more chances to play; the more you watch MASN the more chances you’ll have to win. Everybody text Carp.”
And as this was going on, Carpenter was performing some sort of strange dance/gesticulation while holding his 1924 Goslin bat. Santangelo struggled to maintain his composure. The ‘20s-style gangsters decided to go hang out on the Red Porch. And the game’s momentum somehow shifted.
“This might be the greatest moment of my career,” Carpenter said, when it was all over. On the next pitch, Ian Desmond homered.
“Look what happens when you text Carp!” Carpenter said. “It’s out of here!”
“Well, that was a Rally Carp, and you’re gonna be trending on Twitter soon,” Santangelo added.
“Just don’t throw me out of the booth,” Carpenter said, referring to last week’s Rally Napkin.
The next batter was Danny Espinosa. He homered, too. Suddenly, it was 5-3.
“And your Nats are not going quietly into this night!” Carpenter said.
“2-9-2-9-2!” Santangelo exulted.
Next up was Jesus Flores, and he drove a fly ball near the warning track, chasing Cain from the game.
“You’ve got some barrel in you, buddy,” Santangelo said. “Text Carp, all of the sudden two home runs and a near miss!”
And a dance that few of us will ever forget.