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
Baseball is known for its superstitions, and nothing brings out the eccentric behavior like a good losing streak.
While Nats fans are preparing a chicken sacrifice Thursday at noon, the mascot team has been doing what it can to change the team’s recent fortunes.
On Wednesday afternoon, the powers that be who run the fourth inning presidents race moved the finish line to the third base side for the second day in a row. The racing presidents ran along the left field warning track, in the opposite direction of their usual path. The team tried a similar tactic last season, switching directions only when the Nats lost, but the system was soon abandoned.
Rather than move the finish line, Nats brass should be more concerned with the race results. George Washington won again on Wednesday, keeping Teddy Roosevelt winless for the season. Teddy’s historic October victory as the Nats tied up their first winning season was said to have broken a long-standing curse. Why would they now not let Teddy win?
Photo of Wednesday’s race courtesy of Joan Jankowski
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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.
The front page story by diplomatic correspondent Neil King, Jr. caps a week in which the Let Teddy Win movement has become national news, following an ESPN profile by Ken Burns and a White House statement in support of the cause.
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:
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Posted on May 30, 2011 by Presidents Race Fan
The “Let Teddy Win” buzz hit a fever pitch on Memorial Day at Nationals Park, with rumors spreading rampant that after high-level meetings in the Nats’ front office, a decision had been made to finally let Teddy win.
From the stands to the press box, from Twitter to even the Phillies’ TV and radio broadcasts, word was spreading to watch for a breakout race from Teddy Roosevelt.
Even outspoken outfielder Jayson Werth, who had refused to watch Sunday’s race, stepped out of the dugout and onto the field to see the big event.
Fans and reporters alike approached to say they had come not to see Roy Halladay and the Phillies, but to see Teddy take victory #1. Yes, everybody got the message.
In possibly the most disappointing performance in five years, Teddy ran wire to wire in last place, and failed to even finish.
Even showboat Abe Lincoln, after taking his 13th victory of the season, grabbed a Let Teddy Win sign from the crowd and held it up in support.
Nats management clearly doesn’t buy into the notion that Teddy must win to break the curse that keeps their team in the basement; but after roughing up Phillies ace Roy Halladay only to end up on the losing end of another 1-run game, why continue to tempt fate?
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
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Posted on June 11, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
A day after picking closer Drew Storen in the first round of the draft, the Washington Nationals signed the #10 overall pick to his first contract and introduced him to the fans at Nationals Park.
In a young season that has already had more than its fair share of screw-ups, the quick signing and introduction was meant to show Nats fans that Nationals management can get things right.
So what the heck were they thinking when they put their new pitcher in uniform #26?
#26 is, of course, Teddy Roosevelt’s number…
a number which the Nationals avoided issuing
to any player this season… a number which, frankly, should be retired until Teddy Roosevelt breaks the curse and wins the presidents race.
Hasn’t this organization had enough bad luck? Wearing #26, Teddy has easily been the most snakebitten National of all.
Lest you think the number has nothing to do with it, remember that the last Nationals player to don #26 gave Teddy a run for his money. It was outfielder Wily Mo Peña, the slugger with the .205 batting average who hit a whopping two home runs for the Nationals last season before being chased out of town.
Why curse the new kid?
Last night, Storen got a first-hand introduction to Teddy’s travails as the newest National was on hand to throw out the first pitch. In the 4th inning, the crowd went wild as Teddy broke out to a huge and seemingly insurmountable lead, but Teddy stopped just short of the finish line to pull out a sign for the cameras welcoming the new #26 to Nationals Park.
AP photo by Gerald Herbert
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
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Posted on June 4, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
We’ve been saying it here for 2 seasons — the dishonor being done by the Washington Nationals to the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt has got to stop. What we didn’t realize back in 2007 was that it came along with a curse.
But how can you deny it?
In today’s Washington Times, columnist Thom Loverro finally comes to the unfortunately simple conclusion that the Nationals are suffering from the curse of Teddy Roosevelt.
As Loverro points out, the Nationals were surprisingly respectable contenders before the live presidents race started in 2006. Since Teddy lost his first race, the team is a horrific 176-262. This is not just the record of a rebuilding team; It’s the record of a cursed franchise, snakebitten by everything from freak injuries to timely bad weather to misspelled uniforms.
If you’ve been watching the Washington Nationals closely this year, can there be any doubt that this team is cursed? It’s time to end the curse and let Teddy win!
Photo by Scott Ableman
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