Matt Vasgersian aka Matty V is a former play-by-play announcer for Channel 4 San Diego Padres television broadcasts. He left Channel 4 and San Diego following the 2008 season to join MLB network as an anchor. His signature quote was Santa Maria, which was used as a home run call or was blurted out to show the excitement of a play. Often made reference to the movie Caddy Shack, which his co-announcer Mark Grant loved. He and Mark Grant also liked to play a celebrity look-a-like game where they would take players, fans, coaches or basically anyone shown in the broadcast and compare their looks to known celebrities or former ball players. He made multiple on–air references to Gaslamp Ball during his days as a Padres Broadcaster . He tried to popularize the use of "The Friar" as a way to refer to the Padres, but it never caught on. An example of his usage could be: "That was a 5 hit, 2 run inning for The Friar." While Vasgersian was with the Padres, he could often be heard announcing other TV broadcasts - from college football to binge eating contests.
During a stretch where the Padres were having a hard time beating the St. Louis Cardinals, Matt Vasgersian thought that he was speaking off air, but in reality the microphone caught his words. Here is a paraphrasing of what was heard as was posted on Gaslamp Ball by thenerdhater:
During an video replay of a play in which Brad Hawpe was injured and required assistance from EMTs, Matt Vasgersian asked that video be backed up just so he could point out that one EMT looked just like Donovan McNabb. After seeing the video, most people saw only a slight resemblance to the Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback. The comment could have been interpreted as racially insensitive, since there is common racist refrain that's been used along the lines of all Black people looking alike.
Matt Vasgersian later apologized: