Thursday, November 08, 2007

Why Settle For 29th Best?

Hot off the MASN PR Bandwagon:
(WASHINGTON, DC) -- [Sadly,] Bob Carpenter will [tuck his tail between his legs and] return to the Washington Nationals’ television booth for the 2008 season [af if nothing had happened between them], MASN announced [to their disappointment] Thursday. The veteran broadcaster has been the television voice of the Nationals since the 2006 season and will return as the play-by-play announcer in 2008 [even though we tried dumping him and getting someone better and cheaper].

“I’m pleased to be back with MASN and [I suppose] the Nationals [because it beats being unemployed],” said Carpenter. “It’s an exciting time, with a new stadium, a team that’s getting better every year, and with the greatest fans in baseball [outside of St. Louis]. In only its first full year, MASN is doing a cutting edge production [such as Super Slo-Mo] and has one of the best talent teams in all of baseball [even with my return].

“I want to express my gratitude to all of the Nationals fans [and family members] who spoke out on my behalf. Without their support [and without the Nationals incompetence in hunting down a replacement], I’m not sure this would have happened.

“I am looking forward to being back with Don [even though he's stabbed me in the back] and Debbie [who's super hot in person] next year. My goal is to continue [or, perhaps, to even start] to give the Nationals' fans the best telecast in baseball,” Carpenter continued.


    • This must mean something, I've never posted to any blog before. But I am saddened by the news. Carpenter drove us nuts. There must be someone better

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 12:22 PM  

    • LOL @ cartoon! carpenter, ugh. terrible MOTO (master of the obvious) and reckless overinflater of the home team players. i felt like i was watching the 27 yankees last year listening to him and his endless drooling over mediocre and sub-mediocre talent.

      but, as i learned during the playoffs, thank god he's not chip caray.

      By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 11/08/2007 12:39 PM  

    • I guess I am ambivalent about the news. I don't mind Carpenter. It has to be tough, keeping a conversation going with Don Sutton. But, Carpenter wasn't exactly a font of knowledge every game.

      At least he pretends to like the Nationals. When Darling was in the booth, they couldn't praise the other team enough. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I watched the games on local channels instead of WGN as the local channels were much more complimentary of the Cubs players (2 years ago).

      By Blogger Natsfan74, at 11/08/2007 2:10 PM  

    • Carpenter: "In only its first full year, MASN is doing a cutting edge production."

      Carpenter thinks MASN is only in its first year right now? Who the fuck does he think was signing his paychecks during the summer of 2006 when he traversed St. Louis and the lesser NL cities broadcasting Nats games? Or did he really mean to say "in its first full year as the flagship station of the shh-don't-tell-anyone-we're-from-Baltimore Orioles"?

      By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 11/08/2007 2:11 PM  

    • If MASN would stop posting those ads DURING the inning at the bottom of the screen for their stupid shows and for car dealers, etc., causing the game to be all scrunched up, I could handle this. Aslo HDTV would be nice, like in all the other cities except DC and KC apparently.

      But DC reports to the Os, so we can't expect much. Peter Angelos is the Nats' boss, thanks to MLB.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 3:34 PM  

    • Carpenter was not the problem. MASN's games production was second-rate! No excitement in the way the game is broadcasted. There were no rain delay baseball packages to show. There were not many reports and video of minor league prospects to keep us interested in the future. I liked Debbie Taylor's reporing but Johnny and Ray Knight need to develop a better show. Put people on these telecasts who know the Washington area, Washington Baseball history, etc.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 4:07 PM  

    • Don't get me started on the craptastic quality of MASN's broadcasts. They're in a completely different world of mediocrity!

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 11/08/2007 4:09 PM  

    • Eat a dick!

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 4:18 PM  

    • Carpenter is ok and I happen to believe he really does like the Nats (can't say the same about Don Sutton though). Just watch some of those "classic" Nats games from the '05 glory days and you can feel the indifference emanating from Darling/Proctor. Heck, I still miss Tom Pecoriak.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 4:22 PM  

    • I'm glad that he's back and think its weak to bash the news unless you can name someone that was available (not a pipe dream like Jon Miller) and who the Nats passed over.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 7:43 PM  

    • Thanks, Mrs. Carpenter!

      Get me a list of FA announcers, and I'll give you N-3 better choices! ;)

      I've said my preferred option before: Chuck Slowes. I'll stand by that.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 11/08/2007 8:19 PM  

    • Best thing that could have happened to Bonneville's 3WT ratings. I discovered last year that Carp and Crap were really not bad with the mute button on.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 9:48 PM  

    • Mr. Needham,
      would you consider writing something about Jose Guillen? My mind doesn't quite know how to process it yet, and any 10,000 word piece you felt like writing on it would be, by me, greatly appreciated.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 10:54 PM  

    • What angle are you looking at?

      I'm not sure what there is to say there. Assuming the reports are true, it's somewhat surprising in that Guillen seemed like someone who's a hard worker and very prideful of his accomplishments.

      It's definitely disappointing, but not much... i'm jaded enough to assume that half the league was/is doing it.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 11/08/2007 10:57 PM  

    • I've said it before, I guess I'll have to say it again:

      For two seasons, Bob Carpenter has had to put a nice face on a franchise with a losing record. How easy can THAT be, night after night?

      I don't mind his references to the Cardinals. During his first season here, the Cards were on their way to a World Series victory, and they are still among the elite of the National League. Would that the Nats could emulate their success.

      Bob has a nice voice and a pleasant delivery. I've learned a lot from him over the past two seasons, and I'm sure many viewers who weren't raised on baseball find his broadcasts to be inclusive, he doesn't talk down to them.

      For those of you who bemoan his return, just think: we could have wound up with Chip Carray, or someone worse.

      By Blogger Crash, at 11/09/2007 12:19 AM  

    • I'm really pumped about this!

      Think about all the double plays Carpenter will get to call!

      (Sure, it'll be an order of magnitude greater than the number of DPs the Nats actually manage to turn, but whatever!)

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/09/2007 1:09 AM  

    • But he has a soothing voice, so the inaccuracies don't matter!

      I said somewhere else, that the bright side to his re-signing is that he'll finally be right more often than not on all those missed homer calls since the gaps are 20 feet shorter!

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 11/09/2007 8:17 AM  

    • He is horrible. You would think the Nats should be undefeated with the way he talks about their players. I could swear they are all hall of famers, but yet at bets they are a 4th place team in a bad division.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/09/2007 8:58 AM  

    • see you later, oh wait, its an out on the warning track.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/09/2007 8:59 AM  

    • I watched pretty much every single Mets game on MLB TV last year. On MLB TV, you usually get the home team's broadcast; it doesn't give you a choice. Of all the crappy announcers I had to listen to, Bob Carpenter was by far the worst. Unprofessional, insanely homeristic, inaccurate, grating, nauseating, insulting.

      By Blogger Scaevola, at 11/09/2007 12:40 PM  

    • Look, I don't care if they have Lindsey Nelson (current version) and Ron Darling in the booth if these chuckleheads at MASN can conjure up a HDTV signal to my home. Not doing so would be criminal expression of cheapness by Sir Peter since all he needs to do is pay Comcast, DirecTV etc. to carry the signal. He'll be getting the free HDTV feed in the new stadium.

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