Is Teddy Roosevelt even trying anymore?

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt lost his 50th consecutive race on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, extending a streak that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

Teddy Roosevelt brings up the rear on 7 25 2017

Teddy brings up the rear on 7/25


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Teddy stops to wave to fans on 7/27

Teddy’s latest losing streak may be unsurprising to most observers, but it has taken a markedly new turn since the first half of the season, when, as documented both here and by the Washington Post, the team revived an old anti-Teddy conspiracy. The Bull Moose has been robbed of victory not only by cheating by his fellow presidents, but by tricks ranging from the Easter Bunny to blueberry pies to hamburgers and hot lava.

But since the All Star break, Teddy’s just been losing, and it hasn’t been close as he’s pulled up the rear nightly and failing to reach the finish line at all. On Tuesday night, he faded quickly and never competed. On Wednesday, he stopped in the outfield to admire the team’s new 2018 All Star Game logo, unveiled earlier that day. On Thursday, he barely jogged along, waving to his fans in section 136 before exiting the field.

Could the hero of San Juan Hill have resigned himself to playing the role of loser? That would be a travesty of presidential proportions.

The Nats are halfway through the home season and Teddy Roosevelt hasn’t won a race, so the Loss-O-Meter returns.

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Teddy Roosevelt has been shoved, tackled, pushed, and tossed aside on the way to 0 victories in the first half of 2017

Teddy Roosevelt Loss-o-Meter Let Teddy Win

Sadly, Teddy Roosevelt hasn’t won in 2017, so the Loss-O-Meter is returning

Before the 2017 baseball season started, fans of the Nationals’ presidents race celebrated on social media when recent additions Taft, Coolidge, and Hoover were “retired” to the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. That meant a return to the original “Rushmore Four” who patrolled Nationals Park from 2006 through 2012.

What fans didn’t anticipate was the Nats bringing back the ugliest aspect of that period — a conspiracy that kept Teddy Roosevelt from winning the first 525 presidents races over a 6 1/2 year stretch.

Alarm bells sounded on opening day, when Washington and Jefferson pushed Roosevelt from behind to rob the Bull Moose of an easy victory. It was eerily reminiscent of past collapses, and sure enough, the scene has repeated itself from April into July, with Teddy getting shoved, tackled, tripped, distracted, or otherwise tricked before reaching the finish line. Even mascot Screech the Eagle has more wins this year than Teddy.

Teddy’s sole victory this season? At the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which doesn’t count in the standings.

By the time the home season reached its halfway point Tuesday, fans had started to take notice, and they aren’t happy. So sadly we’ve brought back the Teddy Roosevelt Loss-O-Meter to help shine a spotlight on this injustice, and encourage the Nationals to end the conspiracy. It will stay in the top margin of this blog until justice is served.

Let’s end this nonsense before the curse talk starts up again, not to mention before Jayson Werth ends the final year of his contract (Werth was famously outspoken about the need to let Teddy win, and took some credit for finally making it happen in 2012).

Forty three consecutive losses (going back to last year’s playoffs) is plenty. Teddy’s previous losing record was one for the ages.

Fans agree. Let’s keep it that way.

Video: Teddy Roosevelt thinks the track is hot lava, takes a dive into the stands

Nationals Racing presidents on the groundTeddy Roosevelt dives into the standsThe Nationals are on a roll after their west coast road trip, and didn’t skip a beat Thursday night as they returned to Nationals Park to beat the Orioles 6-1.

Thomas Jefferson is also on a roll, picking up where he left off last homestand with an unconventional win in the fourth inning presidents race.

As has happened frequently this season, Teddy Roosevelt held the lead heading into the home stretch, but that’s when Nationals PA announcer Jerome Hruska yelled “Hey Teddy! The track is lava!” The Bull Moose stopped and spun around before taking a dive into the stands.

Roosevelt’s three competitors also jumped off the track onto the infield grass, but Thomas Jefferson regained his footing and raced ahead of Lincoln to steal the win.


Videos: Racing president Thomas Jefferson (as Rey) wins Nats’ Star Wars Day lightsaber battle

Jabba the Hut tackles Nationals Racing Presidents Star Wars DayNationals Star Wars Day racing presidents lightsaber battleSaturday was Star Wars Day at Nationals Park, and after just three seasons, a couple of traditions have clearly been established: the fourth inning presidents race will end in an epic lightsaber battle, and Thomas Jefferson will be in drag.

Teddy Roosevelt (Chewbacca) and Abe Lincoln (Finn) jumped out to an early lead before being clotheslined by Jabba the Hut, who had emerged from the Nats’ bullpen.

Thomas Jefferson, who had dressed as Princess Leia the previous two years, passed them both in a Rey costume, before running into George Washington (Kylo Ren).

Jedi master Screech leaped onto the field to hand a lightsaber to Rey, who used the force to disarm Ren in the ensuing battle.

Meanwhile, another year has gone by without the Nats heeding Han Solo’s advice to let the wookie win.

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Video: Abe Lincoln tricks the racing presidents on National Paper Airplane Day

img_1514img_1517If learning about obscure holidays is your thing, there are worse places to start than the Nats’ presidents race.

During Friday night’s fourth inning, fans at Nationals Park learned that it was National Paper Airplane Day when master trickster Abe Lincoln interrupted the race to toss a paper airplane with his fellow presidents.

Lincoln stopped George, Tom, and Teddy by floating a giant paper airplane in their direction, then coaxed them to get it and toss it back.

Of course, when they paused to send the airplane flying back towards him, “Honest” Abe turned and bolted for the finish line.

Abe’s latest victory means Teddy Roosevelt is now 0-for-23 on the season.

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Racing presidents scramble on National Scavenger Hunt Day

National Scavenger Hunt Day Nationals Racing PresidentsThe Nationals racing presidents found another obscure holiday to celebrate Wednesday at Nationals Park, running a scavenger hunt for the fourth inning presidents race as a tribute to National Scavenger Hunt Day.

What looked like chaos to most in the stands was actually a hunt for the hidden checkered flag.

George Washington found it and took the prize.

Video: On National Lucky Penny Day, Teddy finds a penny , Abe steals it

Nationals racing presidents Lucky Penny DayNational Lucky Penny Day Nationals Racing PresidentsThe Nationals returned to DC to kick off a homestand on a rainy Tuesday night, and in keeping with tradition, the team’s racing presidents used the occasion to celebrate another obscure holiday.

So fans who happened to know that it was National Lucky Penny Day would not have been surprised in the fourth inning, when Teddy Roosevelt, who a quarter into the season is 0-for-20 in the presidents race, took a big lead out of the gate only to be distracted when he found a giant penny lying in foul territory.

Unfortunately the penny was anything but lucky, as being distracted was only the beginning of Teddy’s problems.

“Honest” Abe Lincoln, who’d been trailing behind, stole the penny from the Bull Moose and raced ahead for the victory.

Lincoln is once again alone atop the presidents race standings.

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