Observers of the Nationals presidents race have been asking why it seems the presidents have suddenly begun running so many race to the 3B side of the field.
We have the answer.
Beginning with the previous homestand that started August 17, the Nationals mascot team has switched sides every time the Nationals lose a game.
Most recently, after the September 1 loss vs. the Cardinals, the Nats began a six game winning streak which kept the presidents running “left” all this week. If form holds, today’s race will move back to the traditional “right” side after last night’s extra-innings loss.
Why the change?
A team spokesman denied the link. “The direction of the races have shifted between base sides over the last few seasons.,” she said. “It’s really just another way to keep things interesting for our fans.”
But down on the field, members of the mascot crew were not so quick with their denials. “You figured it out,” one admitted Thursday.
The Nationals have clearly come to the conclusion that the presidents race has an impact on the luck of the team, which raises the question, why do they continue to prevent Teddy from winning?