Posted on September 29, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
Dot drawing of Teddy Roosevelt from the front page of Saturday’s Wall Street Journal
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.
King’s profile revisits the outrage expressed by McCain and White House spokesman Jay Carney over Teddy’s losing streak, adding additional perspectives from Roosevelt biographer Edmund Morris, and from Teddy’s great great grandson Kermit Roosevelt.
“I find this whole thing extraordinarily unfunny,” Morris tells the Journal.
“Teddy would have physically dominated any of those guys,” adds Roosevelt, who turns out to be a Phillies fan, and believes in a curse. “The Nationals will not win the World Series until Teddy wins the presidents’ race,” he said.
The Let Teddy Win blog gets a few nods as well, and the online story features a compilation of our race videos taken by longtime blog contributor lfahome:
Posted on September 28, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
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 of a championship will forever link Roosevelt to an alleged curse, much like the probably-coincidental Curse of the Billy Goat that has haunted Wrigley Field for 104 years.
On the other hand, perhaps we’re already suffering from the Curse of Teddy Roosevelt.
Posted on September 28, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
Speculation about a looming victory for Teddy Roosevelt has reached an all-time peak, with dozens of media outlets reporting that an October victory for Teddy is in the cards. A feature article is expected on the front page of Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, and even the Nats themselves have gotten in on the act.
Everybody including the president of the United States seems to have an opinion these days on when it’s going to happen. Today’s WTOP listener poll seems to point to next week as the date, but we think the choices are inadequate, thus we introduce the OFFICIAL LET TEDDY WIN READER POLL. We’ll keep it open until Teddy Wins, or until after the playoffs, whichever comes first.
Don’t like the choices? Share your theory in the comments below.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
With the Let Teddy Win movement becoming national news, the Nationals are ironically trying to jump on the bandwagon.
The Nationals social media team introduced the #Teddyin2012 hashtag, implying that they somehow want to see Teddy win, along with a new Teddy-focused page on Nationals.com.
The page prominently features the quote from Teddy’s “Man in the Arena” speech that has been featured on Let Teddy Win t-shirts and was quoted by Arizona Senator John McCain in the recent Ken Burns video that has been running on various ESPN shows this week.
The team also announced that fans attending next week’s final homestand of the season October 1-3 will receive a Teddy-themed giveaway.
The first 20,000 fans On Monday October 1st will receive Eye Black Strips (“Teddy” for one eye and “26” for the other). On Tuesday the 2nd, it’s Teddy bumper stickers for the first 20,000 fans, and on fan appreciation day Wednesday the 3rd, it’s Teddy pins for the first 20,000 fans.
I think I need at least 40 sets of those eye black strips.
“Gotta believe when they clinch first place that that’ll be the day when perhaps…,” Ravech said on tonight’s show, before cutting himself off.
Teddy, meanwhile, lost again today in the final race of the homestand. The hero of San Juan Hill was forced to cut the outfield corner when Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln formed a makeshift blockade in centerfield.
Posted on September 21, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
For years now, many Nationals fans have been advancing a common theory about the presidents race: Teddy will win when the Nationals win.
From the Nationals Park stands to the Red Loft bar to Twitter and online discussion forums, the only thing up for debate among many fans is the exact timing. When they make the playoffs. When they win the division. When they finish their first winning season. When they host their first playoff game. When they win a pennant. When they make the Worlds Series. When they win the World Series. Everybody has a theory.
On Thursday night, the first of those milestones passed. The Nationals clinched their first playoff berth, and if the chatter on Twitter is any indication, quite a few people are expecting a Roosevelt victory Friday night at Nationals Park.
“If, say, Teddy wins during the Nationals’ first home playoff game, and the Nats subsequently lose that game,” Hamilton writes, “the ‘When will Teddy win?’ discussion will devolve into ‘The Curse of Teddy.’
Hamilton’s solution? “Avoid the decision. Announce he’s reached his (between) innings limit for the season, and shut him down. It worked with Strasburg.”
Personally, I don’t know when Teddy’s going to win. I just know I have to be there when it happens.