George Washington fails to deliver again on Fathers Day

Nationals fans approached Fathers Day with an heightened level of excitement Sunday as the Nationals took an eight-game winning streak into their series finale vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park.

What followed was a series of disappointments, from the rain that dampened the stands, to uncharacteristic lapses in pitching and defense, to yet another Fathers Day no-show by George Washington.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day 2011Team officials have denied it for years, but it’s no secret the presidents race result has been fixed on occasion. We don’t call this blog “Let Teddy Win” for nothing.

So it’s fair to ask the question: Why has the father of our country NEVER won a presidents race on Fathers Day?

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day at Nationals ParkIn the middle of a rain-soaked fourth-inning Sunday at Nationals Park, it was Teddy Roosevelt who got the crowd to its feet, cutting the outfield corner and hanging onto the lead through most of a tight race, only to go off course and lose the lead at the finish.

But it was Thomas Jefferson and not George who stole the victory. After winning the previous four consecutive
races, Washington finished last.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy gets the royal treatment, sits out Fathers Day

With temparatures in the mid-90s at Nationals Park Sunday afternoon, Teddy Roosevelt, father of six, decided it would be a good opportunity to celebrate Fathers Day as so many dads do — by taking the day off.

Fathers Day at Nationals Park, by Joan JankowskiFor Sunday’s 4th-inning presidents race, George, Thomas, and Abe took to the hot and muggy outfield, but Teddy Roosevelt was in the stands on the first baseline, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and sipping a cold beverage from the Beltway Bar behind section 132, while getting fanned by two members of the Nat Pack.

The scene bothered Abe Lincoln enough that he gave up his lead to
stop and mock Teddy, letting Thomas Jefferson run by him to take the victory.

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEhZ1wUOIQw]

Photo courtesy of Joan Jankowski
Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt

George serves suspension, Teddy fails to capitalize

George Washington SuspendedThe Teddy Roosevelt fans were out in force this afternoon as the Washington Nationals hosted the Toronto Blue Jays for the final match of their 3-game interleague series.

After last night’s race, in which George Washington was ejected for arguing with the umpires, George was forced to serve the first-ever 1-game suspension in the history of the Nationals’ presidents race. Perhaps the father of our country was just trying to engineer a day off for Fathers Day.

With his odds improved by George’s misfortune, Teddy Roosevelt attempted to further boost his chances by slamming Thomas Jefferson into the right field wall as they turned into the home stretch. Tom fell, but Teddy failed to take advantage, losing his lead to Abe Lincoln.

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