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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, …
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?
There could not have been less drama in the 81st and final presidents race of the Washington Nationals’ 2017 regular season. Wearing their Sunday best, Teddy Roosevelt faded fast while George Washington pulled away to secure second place behind Thomas Jefferson in the final season standings. Sunday’s race capped the seventh completely winless regular season … Continue reading Racing president Teddy Roosevelt completes his seventh winless season
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. On Sunday, as Stephen Strasburg and the … Continue reading The Nats have clinched. Time to let Teddy win. For Jayson.
The Nationals can’t seem to win — and not just division series. Faced with relentless criticism about an alleged curse of Teddy Roosevelt, the team responded by having Teddy win every playoff presidents race from 2012 to 2014 through last week’s Game 1. When that didn’t work out so well, they shifted gears and plotted a victory for … Continue reading Video: Jefferson slams Teddy Roosevelt into the stands as Nationals attempt to quell curse talk
When the Washington Nationals were a perennial loser, many blamed the curse of Teddy Roosevelt; but the narrative switched after 2012, and fans began to believe that the Nats couldn’t win a playoff series precisely because they had let Teddy win. So on Sunday, with Roosevelt having won the presidents race in each of the … Continue reading Nats botch attempt to break playoff “curse” as Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t cooperate
When the Nationals won their first division championship in 2012, Teddy Roosevelt snapped a six-year losing streak and dominated his opponents in the playoffs. Two years later, it happened again, and this year, with the Nationals winning their third division title, it appears Teddy can’t be stopped in the postseason. Of course, Teddy’s had some help … Continue reading Video: Teddy’s postseason dominance continues as two T-Rex chase down the racing presidents
For six years from 2006 through 2012, Washington Nationals fans talked of The Curse of Teddy Roosevelt, and everybody knew what they meant: Teddy’s continued losses in the team’s presidents race were seen as a curse that kept the team from winning. But since the Rough Rider won his first-ever presidents race title this year, and extended … Continue reading Fans blame Teddy Roosevelt for Nats playoff collapse
The folks over at Seamheads.com know a thing or two about baseball, having authored 90 books about the subject. So the Washington Nationals might do well to pay attention when Seamheads managing editor, baseball author, longtime MASN contributor and SABRmetrics expert Ted Leavengood offers some advice for getting the season on track. On Thursday at … Continue reading Seamheads.com & SABRmetrics expert says dump Taft, Let Teddy Win
Baseball is known for its superstitions, and nothing brings out the eccentric behavior like a good losing streak. While Nats fans are preparing a chicken sacrifice Thursday at noon, the mascot team has been doing what it can to change the team’s recent fortunes. On Wednesday afternoon, the powers that be who run the fourth … Continue reading Nats get superstitious with presidents race direction
For the third time since his historic first win last week, Teddy Roosevelt scored a victory in the Washington Nationals postseason presidents race. Unfortunately, after the St. Louis Cardinals completed the biggest comeback in MLB playoff elimination game history, the race would prove to be Teddy’s last of the season. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and … Continue reading Video: Grounds crew pummels presidents. Teddy wins again. Nats don’t.
The Nationals are seeking a tête-à-tête between racing president Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama, as Arizona Senator John McCain calls Teddy’s losing streak a “vast left-wing conspiracy being organized by pinko commie liberals,” according to Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. The front page story by diplomatic correspondent Neil King, Jr. caps a week in which the … Continue reading Wall Street Journal reports Teddy seeks meeting with Obama, McCain calls it a “vast left wing conspiracy”
Brandon Wetherbee of the Huffington Post writes today about the Let Teddy Win movement from the perspective of a Cubs fan, arguing that the Nationals shouldn’t let Teddy win until the season after a World Series victory. It’s not that Wetherbee isn’t a supporter. He simply argues that a Teddy victory followed by anything short … Continue reading Huffington Post says: Don’t let Teddy be our goat
Saturday’s presidents race coup attempt by Jayson Werth stirred up expectations for more 4th-inning fireworks during Sunday’s home season finale at Nationals Park. After Werth proclaimed that ““If Teddy can’t win, then no one wins,” speculation was rampant that one of two things would happen: either the Nats would succumb to popular pressure, or Werth … Continue reading Jayson Werth: “It’s bigger than me, man. It’s bigger than me.”