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All signs point to F.P. Santangelo and Bob Carpenter broadcasting game from behind home plate

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

On June 27, Phillies broadcasters Tom McCarthy, Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs called a game against the Braves from a makeshift booth beyond the center field wall at Citizens Bank Park. On Aug. 3, ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasters Dan Shulman and John Kruk called a Red Sox-Yankees game from atop Fenway Park’s Green Monster.

It appears that MASN’s Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo will become the latest announcers to leave the comfort of the broadcast booth when they call Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks at Nationals Park from the Presidents Club behind home plate.

Santangelo couldn’t comment further on the details of tonight’s broadcast. During an interview with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan one day after ESPN’s Green Monster stunt, Carpenter mentioned that he and Santangelo might broadcast from a different location in Nationals Park this season. 

“I think it’s unique that ESPN did that,” Carpenter said. “I think it’s good when people try different things and I’ve heard talk that it’s possible that F.P. and I might be doing a game from down low, behind home plate, before this season is over. We’ve never done anything in our ballpark anywhere but level five, way up there, and so that would be kind of interesting. I just don’t want to be too low that I can’t judge a fl ball or something like that, because we do judge flyballs pretty well and balls in the gap from our position up there. We know a ball’s in the gap from our vantage point before anyone else does.”

While several fans responded with excitement to Santangelo’s tweet, others expressed concern that broadcasting from anywhere but the booth with the Nationals riding an eight-game winning streak is bad juju. 

ESPN’s setup overlooking the Green Monster. (Steven Senne/AP)
Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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