Did the Nationals create a red herring on Memorial Day?

The disappointment over Teddy Roosevelt’s Memorial Day loss is still stinging not just the Natosphere, but also the National press, with Yahoo! Sports and even the Philadelphia Inquirer joining the ranks of news media wondering why the Nats haven’t let Teddy win.

Which raises the question: After nearly 400 consecutive losses, why were expectations so high on Monday?

The rumors that the Hero of San Juan Hill would take his first victory on Monday appear to have started in the press box. Could it be that the Nationals planted this story as a red herring?

Teddy Roosevelt Loses the Nationals Presidents Race on Memorial Day

Despite widespread expectations of victory, Teddy Roosevelt finishes a distant 4th on Memorial Day at Nationals Park


The catalyst, no doubt, came Friday night when outfielder Jayson Werth called for the Nats to Let Teddy Win, and picked up steam on Saturday, when the Nationals’ star player started clearly watching the race with anticipation, and disgust.

But something happened on Sunday, and unlike many Nats rumors, this one started in the press room, as newspaper, radio, and TV journalists all started reporting that Monday could be Teddy’s big day.

Washington Nationals Broadcaster FP Santangelo on MASN

Nationals color man F.P. Santangelo: "Somebody set me up good.


Nationals TV color man F.P. Santangelo guaranteed a Memorial Day victory on the air. Washington Post blogger Dan Steinberg published his ten reasons why Teddy could win on Memorial Day. Teddy’s quest was previewed on local news stations around DC, and Danny Rouhier of 106.7 The Fan devoted extensive time during the Nats pregame show to “inside information” suggesting that Teddy might win.

Rumor has it that the inside source was none other than the Nationals PR department. We don’t know whether the Nats seriously considered letting Teddy win on Monday, but it’s apparent that they wanted the press to think so.

On Tuesday’s broadcast, Santangelo apologized. “I got to check my sources,” he said, “I was almost sure that Teddy was going to win yesterday. I got some bogus information, partner. Somebody set me up good.”

You and me both, F.P.

At least one Teddy hopeful remains undeterred. On Tuesday night, Jayson Werth stayed in the dugout, but watched the presidents race closely. You have to keep the faith:

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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