Posted on September 2, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
With a month of baseball to go, it may be too early to start talking about a magic number for the Washington Nationals to clinch the 2014 division championship.
Teddy Roosevelt shows off the Presidents Race Championship Belt. The Rough Rider is exploring uncharted territory in 2014
But the presidents race season may be another matter.
The first half of the Nats’ home season marked uncharted territory for perennial loser Teddy Roosevelt, who won enough races to jockey back and forth for first place with all-time presidents race victory leader Abraham Lincoln.
But since the All Star break, it’s been all Teddy. The Rough Rider has won ten times to Lincoln’s two. In fact, Wednesday’s win was the Great Emancipator’s sole victory in the month of August.
When the team returns Friday to Nationals Park, Teddy will have a seven game lead with just a dozen home games to go, for a magic number of 3.
There are many who still say the Nationals should never have let Teddy win, but those people should take note: The Nationals are 16-8 when Teddy wins this season.
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Posted on November 4, 2013 by Presidents Race Fan
Historian, author, and baseball fan Doris Kearns Goodwin appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss her new book “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.”
Goodwin talks about her favorite president, Theodore Roosevelt, and of visiting Nationals Park and realizing her dream of getting Teddy and William Howard Taft to stand together.
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Posted on April 25, 2013 by Presidents Race Fan
The folks over at Seamheads.com know a thing or two about baseball, having authored 90 books about the subject. So the Washington Nationals might do well to pay attention when Seamheads managing editor, baseball author, longtime MASN contributor and SABRmetrics expert Ted Leavengood offers some advice for getting the season on track.
On Thursday at Seamheads.com, Leavengood makes the case that the Nats messed up their juju by introducing new racing president William Howard Taft for the 2013 season, while turning Teddy Roosevelt into a perpetual loser once again.
“What must be accepted,” Leavengood writes, “is that the Natinals (sic) have violated the first rule of Juju. You don’t change the narrative when your team is winning.”
Citing The Juju Rules by Hart Seely, Leavengood argues that the prescription is simple. “The first step must be to have Teddy win again. He must win by running directly over William Howard Taft. That may be enough, but if not then Taft must be shipped out to Syracuse. The Nationals need to get down to the business at hand and it is all about Teddy.”
You can find some of Leavengood’s books on Washington baseball here.
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Posted on April 24, 2013 by Presidents Race Fan
In an effort to break the team’s losing streak, Washington Nationals “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman will perform a ritual sacrifice of a rubber chicken in front of the Nationals Park center field gate at noon on Thursday.
Kaufman has performed the ritual many times since 2005, whenever he determines that the Nationals have hit a streak of particularly bad luck. Last season, chickens were sacrificed after a string of injuries to the team’s catchers, and again after the Nationals lost Game 3 of their playoff series vs. the Cardinals. Just ten weeks ago, Kaufman was called into service by a Washington Capitals fan to help end their own losing streak.
Kaufman, who inspired Chicken Mode t-shirts, also plans to burn sage on Thursday, to honor a postgame request by outfielder Jayson Werth. “Somebody was talking about Phil Jackson the other day,” Werth said after Wednesday’s loss. “We need to call him up, have him come in and burn some sage or something. We’re not very feng shui.”
No word on whether Jackson will make an appearance, but the ritual will be open to the public.
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Posted on December 10, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
What does Teddy Roosevelt have in common with Honey Boo Boo, Gangnam Style, and Binders Full of Women?
They all made Yahoo!’s new video tribute to the Most Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012.
Watch the video at Yahoo! News (including the Blog’s finish line video by regular contributor lfahome).
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Posted on December 3, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
The Washington Nationals presidents race has been named Best On Field Promotion in Sports for 2012.
The award is bestowed annually by Gameops.com, a web site which connects sports teams and event producers with ideas and tools for on-field promotions. This is the third time that the Nats’ racing presidents have nabbed the award, having taken the prize in 2007 and again in 2009.
Gameops editor John Cudo, who works for the Cleveland Cavaliers and spent 7 years as the mascot for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has written frequently about the racing presidents, and follows it via the blog, which he called “a season long tutorial on how to keep a promotion you do every night interesting.”
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Posted on November 17, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
David Petraeus throws out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Military Appreciation Day September 9, 2012 (AP)
Turns out General David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell were members of the Let Teddy Win movement. According to a new article by Dave Kindred
, Petraeus, a known fitness freak, was asked about Teddy before a planned visit to Nationals Park on the team’s Military Appreciation Day in September.
Communicating through Broadwell, Kindred asked if Petraeus would be doing one of those segments where he coaches Teddy Roosevelt before the race. Broadwell told Kindred that Petraeus “insists he won’t coach unless the Nats let Teddy win.”
So that’s one thing that worked out well for them this fall.
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