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We’re about to have a World Series presidents race, and Teddy needs to win

Nationals Park is hosting its first World Series game Friday, and the national spotlight on all things Nats has never been brighter. So when the fourth inning arrives, if the team knows what’s good for them, they’ll make sure Teddy Roosevelt wins the presidents race. The superstitious among us will point to Teddy’s season trajectory, … Continue reading We’re about to have a World Series presidents race, and Teddy needs to win

Wild indeed! Nats “Lose Control” of PA system during NL Wild Card game, run presidents race in silence, and Brittney saves the day

An hour into Tuesday’s NL Wild Card game at Nationals Park, as Max Scherzer was completing his 4th inning on the mound, the stadium’s emergency alert system malfunctioned. Alarms blared in the press box, and the stadium’s PA system went silent. For baseball purists, it was a rare opportunity to temporarily enjoy the sounds of … Continue reading Wild indeed! Nats “Lose Control” of PA system during NL Wild Card game, run presidents race in silence, and Brittney saves the day

In new book, professor argues that Nats should never let Teddy Roosevelt win again. Wait. What?

This week marked the publication of an excellent new book on Teddy Roosevelt and his relationship with American sports and fitness. The 329-page volume The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete is a lively account of how a sickly child became obsessed with athletic and fitness, carried that obsession into the White … Continue reading In new book, professor argues that Nats should never let Teddy Roosevelt win again. Wait. What?

Heading to Nationals Park in 2019? Download these new apps first.

The Washington Nationals’ historically busy offseason has drawn much attention in baseball circles for GM Mike Rizzo’s high-profile signings and trades that addressed every perceived area of need on the field. But fans heading to Nationals Park beginning next week are advised to turn their attention off the field for a moment and take note … Continue reading Heading to Nationals Park in 2019? Download these new apps first.

New food, seven bobbleheads, and the return of fireworks highlight Nationals changes and promotion schedule for 2019

The Washington Nationals revealed their 2019 promotion/giveaway schedule today (weeks earlier than usual), featuring a bump in the number of popular bobblehead dolls that so many fans look forward to annually. After offering only three bobbleheads two years ago, the team has equaled it’s historical high of seven bobblehead giveaways, including first-ever bobbleheads for outfielders Juan … Continue reading New food, seven bobbleheads, and the return of fireworks highlight Nationals changes and promotion schedule for 2019

From DCist: An Oral History of the Nationals racing presidents, and a major first admission of conspiracy

DCist today published a wonderful Oral History of the Nationals Racing Presidents, lovingly curated by intrepid journalist Matt Blitz. including a first-ever formal admission by a team official that the fix was in for Teddy Roosevelt. Blitz tells the history of the presidents race through interviews with many of the people behind the scenes and involved … Continue reading From DCist: An Oral History of the Nationals racing presidents, and a major first admission of conspiracy

After throwing in the towel on 2018, Washington Nationals let Teddy win

The Washington Nationals formally threw in the towel on the 2018 season Tuesday, then promptly let Teddy win. 125 games into the season, the once heavily-favored but snake bitten Nationals finally accepted the reality of their losing record and today announced trades of Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams — key players in the final year … Continue reading After throwing in the towel on 2018, Washington Nationals let Teddy win

On opening day, Teddy Roosevelt breaks presidents race losing streak with help from an unlikely ally

On a frigid opening day at Nationals Park, the Washington Nationals reversed course from last year and decided to let Teddy win, as racing president Theodore Roosevelt kicked off the season by snapping his multi-year, 86-game losing streak. The MLB’s new pace-of-play initiatives leave little wiggle room for presidents race shenanigans, but the Nationals managed … Continue reading On opening day, Teddy Roosevelt breaks presidents race losing streak with help from an unlikely ally

Data visualization guru maps Nationals presidents race results, and it’s a beautiful thing

Every year at about this time, as I prepare to archive another year’s racing president standings, I ask myself whether it’s worth it to continue the blog. Then I meet somebody  — a loyal reader who’s a team employee or a descendant of Teddy Roosevelt. Or somebody like Mike Cisneros comes along. Cisneros is a … Continue reading Data visualization guru maps Nationals presidents race results, and it’s a beautiful thing

Yankees fan runs the numbers, concludes Nats fans should root for George, opponents should root for Teddy

On Tuesday, Reddit user and Yankees fan Constant_Gardner11 posted a detailed analysis of presidents race results during the Nationals Park era, using data we’ve collected here at Let Teddy Win. His conclusion: Nats fans should root for George Washington. Nats’ opponents should root for Teddy. The many comments from the Reddit community show that conspiracy theories about Teddy … Continue reading Yankees fan runs the numbers, concludes Nats fans should root for George, opponents should root for Teddy

In perfect game 5 metaphor, Nats racing presidents trade leads in lengthy, confusing obstacle course

The Washington Post’s Tom Boswell called the Nats’ final playoff game of 2017 an exhilarating, exhausting, donnybrook that “staggers even the baseball imagination.” The Nationals 9-8 deciding game 5 loss to the Chicago Cubs was a marathon filled with improbable and confusing twists and turns that were hard to process for many in attendance. So in … Continue reading In perfect game 5 metaphor, Nats racing presidents trade leads in lengthy, confusing obstacle course

Washington Nationals Fans revive #Natsride hashtag to help each other get home after Thursday’s late playoff game

UPDATE: On Thursday, Pepco parent Exelon has funded an additional hour of operating time for the Metro. Times have been updated below.  The Washington Nationals return to DC Thursday for a deciding NLDS playoff game 5 vs. the Chicago Cubs. However, with an announced start time of 8:08pm, just over 4 hours before the last … Continue reading Washington Nationals Fans revive #Natsride hashtag to help each other get home after Thursday’s late playoff game

Video: Fans sacrifice rubber chicken outside Nationals Park in advance of pivotal NLDS playoff game 4

After Monday’s come-from-behind victory by the Chicago Cubs over the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series playoffs, fans gathered outside Nationals Park in Washington at noon Tuesday to try to do their part to exorcise the team’s playoff demons. Nationals fan “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman led the ancient kaporos ritual as he … Continue reading Video: Fans sacrifice rubber chicken outside Nationals Park in advance of pivotal NLDS playoff game 4

After 2-1 playoff loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday outside Nationals Park

For the first time in more than two years, there will be a chicken sacrifice at Nationals Park. Longtime readers are familiar with the ritual performed by Hugh Kaufman, aka the Washington Nationals’ “Rubber Chicken Man,” whenever the team has run into a string of bad “juju.” “There hasn’t been a chicken sacrifice in the … Continue reading After 2-1 playoff loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday outside Nationals Park