Bob Carpenter predicts a Teddy Roosevelt win in the playoffs

Bob Carpenter MASNMASN play-by-play man Bob Carpenter thinks the end of Teddy Roosevelt’s losing streak is near, but color commentator F.P. Santangelo is not on the same page.

“It’s only a guess on my part. I have no inside information,” Carpenter said on Thursday’s Washington Nationals game broadcast.

“I don’t know what game,” he continued. “I think some time in the postseason, Teddy’s going to win a race. I mean, I’m probably not even going out on a limb, there.”

“Oh, you are,” responded Santangelo. “I don’t think he’s winning. He’s too fat. Not in shape. Took the offseason lightly and that’s what happens. You don’t win.”

Roosevelt has lost 81 straight and counting.

Video: Racing presidents attacked by Oktoberfest pretzels as Jefferson locks up first title since 2006

Nats Racing Presidents Oktoberfest pretzelsNats Racing Presidents Oktoberfest pretzels 003Nats Racing Presidents Oktoberfest pretzels 004 Thomas Jefferson winsThe Washington Nationals Celebrated Oktoberfest Friday night at Nationals Park, and the racing presidents got into the act, sporting their rarely-seen giant lederhosen for the fourth inning presidents race.

The otherwise normal race was interrupted when Blonde Ale Blanche, a character dressed as one of the special beers the team was selling for Friday’s celebration, ran onto the field and pummeled the presidents with bavarian pretzels.

But a “Secret Service” member ran onto the field and corralled Blanche with an even bigger pretzel, paving the way for Thomas Jefferson to get by, beating the other presidents and thereby locking up the presidents race title for the 2017 season.

It was Jefferson’s first full-season Nationals presidents race title, having won the inaugural presidents race half-season in 2006.

Meanwhile, Teddy Roosevelt lost his 81st straight.

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:

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