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.