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

Washington Nationals Jobu Rubber Chicken Sacrifice 1Washington Nationals Rubber Chicken Sacrifice 1Washington Nationals Rubber Chicken Sacrifice 3After 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 has “dozens of times” since the team came to Washington in 2005.

“We’ve been doing this since 2005 when our backs are to the wall,” Kaufman declared to more than a dozen fans and Nationals employees gathered in front of the stadium. saying that the Nats “have always won at least one game after we do a chicken sacrifice.”

Kaufman brought an autographed baseball from the 1924 Washington Senators (the last DC team to have won a World Series), a Jobu doll “to help the bats get rid of their fear and wake up,” and a Tanner Roark bobblehead, as Roark is scheduled to pitch game four.

Kaufman then thanked the crowd. and swung the rubber chicken above his head.  “Take all the bad juju from the Nats,” Kaufman said. “Putting it in the Chicken.”

Kaufman then did the deed, those assembled wished the team good luck, and dispersed for lunch.

George Washington leaves Nationals presidents race, returns on a bicycle

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Race George Washington cheats bicycleWashington Nationals Racing Presidents Race on bicyclesAfter stealing the Nationals’ first 2017 postseason presidents race on Friday, George Washington wasn’t taking any chances for Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday at Nationals Park.

Another extra-long race (thanks to the national broadcast) appeared to leave Washington winded as the racing presidents approached center field, but it turned out to be yet another ruse.

After letting the other presidents pass him, the father of our country ducked into the center field gate and emerged aboard a bicycle.

The founding father then sped past Abe, Teddy, and Tom to steal another postseason win.

Teddy Roosevelt, meanwhile, lost his 85th consecutive race.

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Racing president Teddy Roosevelt completes his seventh winless season

Teddy Roosevelt loss number 81There 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 for the hero of San Juan hill.

While some are predicting a Roosevelt victory in the playoffs, others seem to be pleased that the team is putting the squeeze on the bull moose until they win a playoff series, and perhaps longer.

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:

Is Teddy Roosevelt even trying anymore?

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt lost his 50th consecutive race on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, extending a streak that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

Teddy Roosevelt brings up the rear on 7 25 2017

Teddy brings up the rear on 7/25


Teddy Roosevelt doesn't even try Nationals presidents race

Teddy stops to wave to fans on 7/27

Teddy’s latest losing streak may be unsurprising to most observers, but it has taken a markedly new turn since the first half of the season, when, as documented both here and by the Washington Post, the team revived an old anti-Teddy conspiracy. The Bull Moose has been robbed of victory not only by cheating by his fellow presidents, but by tricks ranging from the Easter Bunny to blueberry pies to hamburgers and hot lava.

But since the All Star break, Teddy’s just been losing, and it hasn’t been close as he’s pulled up the rear nightly and failing to reach the finish line at all. On Tuesday night, he faded quickly and never competed. On Wednesday, he stopped in the outfield to admire the team’s new 2018 All Star Game logo, unveiled earlier that day. On Thursday, he barely jogged along, waving to his fans in section 136 before exiting the field.

Could the hero of San Juan Hill have resigned himself to playing the role of loser? That would be a travesty of presidential proportions.

Video: Teddy Roosevelt thinks the track is hot lava, takes a dive into the stands

Nationals Racing presidents on the groundTeddy Roosevelt dives into the standsThe Nationals are on a roll after their west coast road trip, and didn’t skip a beat Thursday night as they returned to Nationals Park to beat the Orioles 6-1.

Thomas Jefferson is also on a roll, picking up where he left off last homestand with an unconventional win in the fourth inning presidents race.

As has happened frequently this season, Teddy Roosevelt held the lead heading into the home stretch, but that’s when Nationals PA announcer Jerome Hruska yelled “Hey Teddy! The track is lava!” The Bull Moose stopped and spun around before taking a dive into the stands.

Roosevelt’s three competitors also jumped off the track onto the infield grass, but Thomas Jefferson regained his footing and raced ahead of Lincoln to steal the win.


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