After high expectations are dashed, even Abe Lincoln implores the Nationals to Let Teddy Win

Washington Nationals Presidents Race 5-30-2011Abe Wins.  Teddy far behind.Abe Lincoln supports Teddy?The “Let Teddy Win” buzz hit a fever pitch on Memorial Day at Nationals Park, with rumors spreading rampant that after high-level meetings in the Nats’ front office, a decision had been made to finally let Teddy win.

From the stands to the press box, from Twitter to even the Phillies’ TV and radio broadcasts, word was spreading to watch for a breakout race from Teddy Roosevelt.

Even outspoken outfielder Jayson Werth, who had refused to watch Sunday’s race, stepped out of the dugout and onto the field to see the big event.

Fans and reporters alike approached to say they had come not to see Roy Halladay and the Phillies, but to see Teddy take victory #1. Yes, everybody got the message.

Except Teddy.

In possibly the most disappointing performance in five years, Teddy ran wire to wire in last place, and failed to even finish.

Even showboat Abe Lincoln, after taking his 13th victory of the season, grabbed a Let Teddy Win sign from the crowd and held it up in support.

Nats management clearly doesn’t buy into the notion that Teddy must win to break the curse that keeps their team in the basement; but after roughing up Phillies ace Roy Halladay only to end up on the losing end of another 1-run game, why continue to tempt fate?

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Dan Steinberg explains why Teddy’s going to win on Monday

Could Monday be the day we’ve all anticipating — even begging for — for nearly five years?

In tonight’s Sports Bog over at washingtonpost.com, the always-on-the-ball Dan Steinberg spells out ten reasons why Teddy Roosevelt could win the presidents race on Memorial Day.

In addition to the vocal opinions of Jayson Werth and the reactions we’ve chronicled here, Steinberg points out many other reasons it makes sense for the team from a Marketing standpoint to let Teddy win on Memorial Day.

I’ll add another: It could take an event of Great Bull Moose proportions to steal the thunder from Roy Halladay and the Phillies.

Whatever happens at Nationals Park tomorrow, I know I’ll be there to see it. Here’s hoping FP’s prediction comes true.

Santangelo guarantees Memorial Day victory for Teddy

It appears that Jayson Werth may have lit a fire under Teddy and the Nationals.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race 5-29-11Werth’s call for Nats management to let Teddy Win drew the attention of NBC 4 and The Washington Post yesterday, in addition to a slew of online chatter; so all eyes were on Teddy at the start of Sunday’s race at Nationals Park.

Roosevelt had an unusually strong start, and surged mid-way through the race to take the lead into the home stretch. Rather than fade as usual, Teddy kept his momentum, but was passed by George Washington at the wire.

Werth did not come out of the dugout to watch.

In the wake of Werth’s public criticism, Teddy’s tweets included “Jayson I’m trying!,” and “Sooo close I could taste it today!! I’ve gotta good feeling about tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, on MASN’s TV broadcast, color commentator F. P. Santangelo upped the ante. “Teddy’s going to win tomorrow,” he declared after today’s race. “That’s my call, and I’m sticking to it.” He repeated the prediction later in the broadcast.

With Roy Halladay scheduled to take the mound for the Phillies Monday, Nats fans may need something to celebrate.

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Jayson Werth shows disgust as Nats fail to let Teddy win

Nationals Presidents Race 5/28/2011Jayson Werth disgusted that Teddy never wins the Presidents Race

Abe Cheats

On Friday night, a Nat Pack member helps Abe cheat. Teddy has been disqualified for similar antics, but Abe gets a pass every time.

Abe Cheats Button from LetTeddyWin.comA day after revealing his displeasure that Teddy never wins, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth clearly held hope that the Nationals had listened.

As George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy began the presidents race Saturday afternoon, the Nationals’ 126 million dollar man moved to the top of the dugout steps in anticipation. Werth watched the race until it became clear that Teddy had no chance, then turned back to the dugout and waved in disgust.

The open disdain demonstrated by Werth was noted immediately by Nats followers across Twitter, and by the MASN broadcast team, who replayed the brush off in the bottom of the 4th inning.

Overnight, Werth has brought a spotlight onto the nearly five-year shut down of Teddy by Nationals officials who persist in denying any conspiracy.

What pushed Werth to suddenly “come out” Friday night in favor of letting Teddy Win? Perhaps it was that night’s race, which may have been the most blatant example ever that the Nats will help Abe cheat at the expense of Teddy Roosevelt.

Lincoln was dressed as pro wrestler Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and halfway through the race, his hat fell down over his face, blinding the 16th president.

No sooner had the hat slipped than a member of the Nationals mascot team raced onto the field and helped push Abe to the finish line. Race judge Screech turned the other cheek and failed to disqualify “Honest” Abe, who was awarded the victory.

Screech has disqualified Teddy for a myriad of reasons, including unnecessary roughness, cutting the corner, and even running when he should be walking. Lincoln, who has a track record of pushing and shoving his way to victory, has never been disqualified.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Jayson Werth joins the “Let Teddy Win” movement

Reporters who cover the Nationals have been buzzing about Jayson Werth’s comments following Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee.

After the outfielder’s suggestions that things had to change drew a mix of speculation and ridicule from the press, Werth chose to clarify after tonight’s game at Nationals Park.

As reported by Mark Zuckerman at Nats Insider, Werth pointed to the attitude both on and off the field. “”There’s more to it than [just needing to win games],” Werth said. “If you want to start talking about it, we can talk about it. I mean, why doesn’t Teddy get to win?”

We agree, Jayson! If the team wants to avoid a culture of losing, then why continue to perpetuate a great U.S. president as both a representative of the team, and a comical, lovable loser? It’s time to Let Teddy Win!

Abe Lincoln pays tribute to Randy “Macho Man” Savage

Nationals racing president Abe Lincoln tribute to Macho ManNationals racing president Abe Lincoln paid tribute to Randy “Macho Man” Savage, who died last week while the Nats were on the road.

Lincoln entered the race from the centerfield starting gate dressed in some of the professional wrestler’s famous trademark gear, including a huge cowboy hat, wild black and yellow sunglasses, and a championship wrestling belt.

Unfortunately for Abe, the hat fell over his face midway through the race, but our 16th president managed to yank off the hat and stumble past the other presidents at the finish line.

Note: Nationals intrepid PA Announcer Jerome Hruska fell ill, and in-game host Clint Khoury stepped in to call both the game and the presidents race, doing a nice job in Jerome’s absence.

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Teddy waits in line for $1 hot dog, misses presidents race

A crowd of 21,960 were rewarded with a great ball game after Monday evening’s thunderstorm as the Nationals’ held their Dollar Monday promotion, in which outfield tickets were available for a dollar, plus $1.00 parking and $1.00 hot dogs, peanuts, and popcorn available in the park.

The cheap treats were such an attraction that Teddy Roosevelt managed to miss the 4th inning presidents race. When George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln ran out from the centerfield gate, Teddy was spotted standing in line at the Nats Dogs stand.

Jefferson pulled away for the win, plowing into the GEICO Gecko at the finish line.

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Video: Teddy knocks out showboating Abe Lincoln

After watching Abe Lincoln take 8 of the last 10 presidents races, the Great Emancipator got a little cocky, but Teddy Roosevelt decide to take things into his own hands on Sunday at Nationals Park.

Washington Nationals Presidents RaceAfter jumping out to a quick start, Lincoln turned around to taunt the other presidents, but Teddy caught up and slammed the Great Emancipator into the outfield scoreboard. Abe came up limp and failed to finish, as Thomas Jefferson pulled away for the victory.

In a post-race tweet, Teddy declared “How you like me now Abe? You won’t get in my way anymore!”

The Nats are mum regarding the extent, if any, of Honest Abe’s injuries.

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Video: Teddy fails to reel in the fish

In an attempt to inspire the Nationals to beat the Florida Marlins, Teddy Roosevelt ran the length of the presidents race on Saturday sporting fishing gear and rod.

Alas, while Teddy despite a great pitching effort by Livan Hernandez, the Nats failed to score as the Fish continued their dominance at Nationals Park.

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Presidents fail to scare up a Nats victory on Friday the 13th

Washington-Nationals-Friday-the-13thThe Washington Nationals racing presidents tried to help the Nats scare up a victory Friday night at Nationals Park, but the team was ultimately spooked by a missed tag at the plate in the 11th inning.

As they did last August, the presidents paid homage to Jason Voorhees of the “Friday the 13th” movies, running the length of the presidents race in oversized hockey masks.

Abe passed George in the stretch to take the tape.

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Presidents debut new uniforms for Military Appreciation Day

New Nationals UniformsWashington Nationals Military Appreciation DayNationals Military Appreciation DayNew Washington Nationals Patriotic UniformsThe Washington Nationals donned their new patriotic uniforms for the first time Monday night in honor of Military Appreciation Day at Nationals Park, and the racing presidents joined the festivities with new matching uniforms of their own.

With Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny and San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner locked in an intense, fast-paced pitchers duel, Monday’s race came less than an hour after first pitch.

The presidents raced single file wire to wire in the order of their presidencies, with George Washington leading the pack carrying an American flag. After the race, they tossed t-shirts into the crowd.

The new uniforms, which feature a stars and stripes Curly “W,” will be worn for the new “Patriotic Series” announced by the team for 2011.

In addition to Monday’s game, the series will include Memorial Day (May 30 against the Philadelphia Phillies), Independence Day (July 4 vs. the Chicago Cubs), Labor Day (Sept. 5 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers), and Heroes Day (Sept. 11 vs. the Houston Astros).

UPDATE: I’ve added this close-up of the new uniform in response to some of the comments complaining that you couldn’t see the new uniforms.

With the team now on the road, the presidents races will return with the homestand beginning May 13.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.
New uniform photo courtesy of the Washington Nationals.

Photo Finish

In one of the closest presidents races in Nationals Park history, all four presidents ran neck and neck for nearly the entire length of the race on Saturday at Nationals Park. As they approached the finish line, George faded and Abe Lincoln put on a burst of speed as Tom and Teddy dove for the tape.

Lincoln has now won five of the last six races to take over the top position in the standings.

And that finish again, in Slow Motion!:

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