Posted on September 29, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
Dot drawing of Teddy Roosevelt from the front page of Saturday’s Wall Street Journal
The Nationals are seeking a tête-à-tête between racing president Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama, as Arizona Senator John McCain calls Teddy’s losing streak a “vast left-wing conspiracy being organized by pinko commie liberals,” according to Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.
King’s profile revisits the outrage expressed by McCain and White House spokesman Jay Carney over Teddy’s losing streak, adding additional perspectives from Roosevelt biographer Edmund Morris, and from Teddy’s great great grandson Kermit Roosevelt.
“I find this whole thing extraordinarily unfunny,” Morris tells the Journal.
“Teddy would have physically dominated any of those guys,” adds Roosevelt, who turns out to be a Phillies fan, and believes in a curse. “The Nationals will not win the World Series until Teddy wins the presidents’ race,” he said.
The Let Teddy Win blog gets a few nods as well, and the online story features a compilation of our race videos taken by longtime blog contributor lfahome:
A Brutal Presidential Race (On The Baseball Field) – The Wall Street Journal
Posted on September 28, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
Brandon Wetherbee of the Huffington Post writes today about the Let Teddy Win movement from the perspective of a Cubs fan, arguing that the Nationals shouldn’t let Teddy win until the season after a World Series victory.
It’s not that Wetherbee isn’t a supporter. He simply argues that a Teddy victory followed by anything short of a championship will forever link Roosevelt to an alleged curse, much like the probably-coincidental Curse of the Billy Goat that has haunted Wrigley Field for 104 years.
On the other hand, perhaps we’re already suffering from the Curse of Teddy Roosevelt.
Posted on September 28, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
Speculation about a looming victory for Teddy Roosevelt has reached an all-time peak, with dozens of media outlets reporting that an October victory for Teddy is in the cards. A feature article is expected on the front page of Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, and even the Nats themselves have gotten in on the act.
Everybody including the president of the United States seems to have an opinion these days on when it’s going to happen. Today’s WTOP listener poll seems to point to next week as the date, but we think the choices are inadequate, thus we introduce the OFFICIAL LET TEDDY WIN READER POLL. We’ll keep it open until Teddy Wins, or until after the playoffs, whichever comes first.
Don’t like the choices? Share your theory in the comments below.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
With the Let Teddy Win movement becoming national news, the Nationals are ironically trying to jump on the bandwagon.
The Nationals social media team introduced the #Teddyin2012 hashtag, implying that they somehow want to see Teddy win, along with a new Teddy-focused page on Nationals.com.
The page prominently features the quote from Teddy’s “Man in the Arena” speech that has been featured on Let Teddy Win t-shirts and was quoted by Arizona Senator John McCain in the recent Ken Burns video that has been running on various ESPN shows this week.
The team also announced that fans attending next week’s final homestand of the season October 1-3 will receive a Teddy-themed giveaway.
The first 20,000 fans On Monday October 1st will receive Eye Black Strips (“Teddy” for one eye and “26” for the other). On Tuesday the 2nd, it’s Teddy bumper stickers for the first 20,000 fans, and on fan appreciation day Wednesday the 3rd, it’s Teddy pins for the first 20,000 fans.
I think I need at least 40 sets of those eye black strips.
“Gotta believe when they clinch first place that that’ll be the day when perhaps…,” Ravech said on tonight’s show, before cutting himself off.
Teddy, meanwhile, lost again today in the final race of the homestand. The hero of San Juan Hill was forced to cut the outfield corner when Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln formed a makeshift blockade in centerfield.
George Washington took the win.
And if you missed it the first time:
Video: McCain calls for congressional investigation into Nationals presidents race
Posted on September 22, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
Sarge the black lab joins the movement
A sold out Nationals Park crowd had much to celebrate Saturday afternoon, from Pups in the Park day, to a post-game concert by Dierks Bentley, to a stellar league-leading 20th victory for pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
Those expecting a Teddy Roosevelt win unfortunately had less to celebrate.
The movement has spread to the canine community, as evidenced by dogs now showing up in Let Teddy Win t-shirts; but despite looking good out of the gate for the second day in a row, Teddy was ambushed in the right field corner by his fellow commanders-in-chief.
The hit by George Washington knocked Teddy out of the lead, and Abraham Lincoln pulled away for the win.
The presidents then yanked off their uniforms to reveal president-sized versions of the Nationals’ official
playoff “Natitude” t-shirts.
Twitter photo by espnW’s Amanda Rykoff
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome