The Nats have clinched. Time to let Teddy win. For Jayson.

With ten home games remaining in the season, the 2017 presidents race crown remains up in the air, with George Washington and Abe Lincoln each within four victories of leader Thomas Jefferson in the standings. But one thing we know for sure:

Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t stand a chance.

Teddy Roosevelt Washington Nationals Presidents Race

Teddy Roosevelt is winded on an extra-long presidents race course, August 26

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle racing president Teddy Roosevelt

Teenage Mutant Ninja Teddy stops to gloat on 90s Night, August 13

Washington Nationals racing presidents vogue on Madonna's birthday

Racing presidents pause to Vogue on Madonna’s birthday, August 16

On Sunday, as Stephen Strasburg and the Nats were clinching their fourth NL East championship, Roosevelt quietly faded at the finish to lose his 73rd consecutive presidents race at Nationals Park.

We haven’t published full stories about every race this season, but we’ve continued to post summaries and videos after every race, and the narrative is worth revisiting. The Nationals revived their conspiracy against Theodore Roosevelt, and he is losing in spectacular and creative ways.

Teddy has been bowled over by Lincoln, battled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on 90s night, danced the Vogue on Maddona’s birthday, and been fooled by counterfeit currency on National Dollar Day.

He’s been distracted by the 2018 All Star Game logo, by fans in the stands, by Nats 50/50 raffle tickets, and by a book about Mount Rushmore on National Book Lovers Day.

And that’s just since the All Star break.

But now that the Nats have clinched, some fans are saying on social media that that’s enough. Harkening back to the 2012 season, when the Nationals won their first division, they say the Nats will now let Teddy win.

For others, letting Teddy win is a bad memory. They’ve reversed the curse concept, as they did in 2014 and again in 2016, saying that the Nats won’t win a playoff series if they let Roosevelt win.

To those fans, I point to Barry Svrluga’s column in Sunday’s Post, in which he chronicles Jayson Werth’s decision to sign with baseball’s losing-est franchise in 2010, and the team’s rise to elite status during the course of Werth’s seven-year contract.

Soon after joining the team, Werth become the most prominent member of the Let Teddy Win movement, lobbying and scheming to get the team to allow Teddy to win. “To me, the Presidents Race and Teddy Roosevelt are very symbolic of where this organization goes,” he said on ESPN in 2012. “It needs to be addressed. It needs to be answered.”

Entering the final year of his contract with the winningest record in baseball over the previous six seasons, Werth proclaimed “We did it” when I saw him in 2016.

Now Werth, who teammates call the heart of the franchise, faces what is likely his last opportunity to win a championship with the Nationals. Why on this occasion would the Nats decide to rub it in his face and turn Teddy into a loser again?

Dear Nationals. Let Teddy Win!

The presidents stop to admire the 2018 All Star Game logo:

Teddy stops to wave at former Nat Pack members in the crowd:

Abe pummels Teddy, then is attacked by a shark:

Washington fools the presidents with fake currency on National Dollar Day:

Teddy is distracted by a Mount Rushmore book on National Book Lover’s Day:

Abe distracts Teddy with Dream Foundation raffle tickets:

On 90s night, Teenage Mutant Ninja Teddy pauses to gloat:

Presidents dance The Vogue on Madonna’s birthday:

On extra-long extended course, Teddy gets winded:

Grounds crew enters field to tackle the presidents:

Washington Nationals Nickname Jerseys for MLB’s Players Weekend

The Washington Nationals kick off MLB “Players Weekend” Friday night at Nationals Park with alternate nickname jerseys for their unusual 4-game weekend series vs. the New York Mets. So you don’t get confused, here is your guide, including coaches:

Washington Nationals Nickname Jerseys MLB Players Weekend

NUMBER NICKNAME PLAYER
  1 El Lindo Wilmer Difo
  2 Mouse Adam Eaton
  3 Mikey T Michael A Taylor
  4 Kendrick Howie Kendrick
  5 El Chamo Adrian Sanchez
  6 Ant Anthony Rendon
  7 Triple T Trea Turner
  8 B Good Brian Goodwin
  9 Bautista Rafael Bautista
 10 Dirt Stephen Drew
 11 Zim Ryan Zimmerman
 12 Dusty Dusty Baker
 13 Ole Hen Bob Henley
 15 Davey Davey Lopes
 17 De Aza Alejandro De Aza
 18 Bobbie Ryan Rayburn
 20 Murph Daniel Murphy
 21 Kintzler Brandon Kintzler
 22 AJ AJ Cole
 24 Double J Jacque Jones
 26 Donnie Adam Lind
 27 Bak-Pak Shawn Kelley
 28 Dub Jayson Werth
 31 Blue Eye Max Scherzer
 32 Wiety Matt Wieters
 33 Gracey Matt Grace
 34 Big Kid Bryce Harper
 35 Spy Chris Speier
 36 Show-Show Sammy Solis
 37 Stras Stephen Strasburg
 39 Schu-Man Rick Shu
 40 E Jax Edwin Jackson
 43 Albie Matt Albers
 44 Blest Ryan Madson
 45 Steveo Andrew Stevenson
 46 Ollie Oliver Perez
 47 Double G Gio Gonzalez
 51 MadK9 Mike Maddux
 54 Fovo Dan Firova
 56 Joe B Joe Blanton
 57 T-Ro Tanner Roark
 59 Lobi Jose Lobaton
 62 Doooooooo Sean Doolittle
 88 Robo Nilson Robledo

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


Teddy Roosevelt doesn't even try Nationals presidents race

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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Racing presidents washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt blueberry pie day

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.

Finish line video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

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

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