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.


Videos: Racing president Thomas Jefferson (as Rey) wins Nats’ Star Wars Day lightsaber battle

Jabba the Hut tackles Nationals Racing Presidents Star Wars DayNationals Star Wars Day racing presidents lightsaber battleSaturday was Star Wars Day at Nationals Park, and after just three seasons, a couple of traditions have clearly been established: the fourth inning presidents race will end in an epic lightsaber battle, and Thomas Jefferson will be in drag.

Teddy Roosevelt (Chewbacca) and Abe Lincoln (Finn) jumped out to an early lead before being clotheslined by Jabba the Hut, who had emerged from the Nats’ bullpen.

Thomas Jefferson, who had dressed as Princess Leia the previous two years, passed them both in a Rey costume, before running into George Washington (Kylo Ren).

Jedi master Screech leaped onto the field to hand a lightsaber to Rey, who used the force to disarm Ren in the ensuing battle.

Meanwhile, another year has gone by without the Nats heeding Han Solo’s advice to let the wookie win.

Finish line video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Video: Abe Lincoln tricks the racing presidents on National Paper Airplane Day

img_1514img_1517If learning about obscure holidays is your thing, there are worse places to start than the Nats’ presidents race.

During Friday night’s fourth inning, fans at Nationals Park learned that it was National Paper Airplane Day when master trickster Abe Lincoln interrupted the race to toss a paper airplane with his fellow presidents.

Lincoln stopped George, Tom, and Teddy by floating a giant paper airplane in their direction, then coaxed them to get it and toss it back.

Of course, when they paused to send the airplane flying back towards him, “Honest” Abe turned and bolted for the finish line.

Abe’s latest victory means Teddy Roosevelt is now 0-for-23 on the season.

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Video: On National Lucky Penny Day, Teddy finds a penny , Abe steals it

Nationals racing presidents Lucky Penny DayNational Lucky Penny Day Nationals Racing PresidentsThe Nationals returned to DC to kick off a homestand on a rainy Tuesday night, and in keeping with tradition, the team’s racing presidents used the occasion to celebrate another obscure holiday.

So fans who happened to know that it was National Lucky Penny Day would not have been surprised in the fourth inning, when Teddy Roosevelt, who a quarter into the season is 0-for-20 in the presidents race, took a big lead out of the gate only to be distracted when he found a giant penny lying in foul territory.

Unfortunately the penny was anything but lucky, as being distracted was only the beginning of Teddy’s problems.

“Honest” Abe Lincoln, who’d been trailing behind, stole the penny from the Bull Moose and raced ahead for the victory.

Lincoln is once again alone atop the presidents race standings.

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Video: Jefferson slams Teddy Roosevelt into the stands as Nationals attempt to quell curse talk

thomas-jefferson-playoff-presidents-racethomas-jefferson-nats-playoff-presidents-race-3thomas-jefferson-shoves-teddy-roosevelt-playoff-presidents-race-3thomas-jefferson-wins-playoffs-presidents-raceThe 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 Thomas Jefferson for Sunday’s Game 2 — which the Nationals won.

So for Thursday night’s decisive Game 5, another elaborate plot had Roosevelt fooling his fellow presidents by running the wrong way, then reversing course and bolting for the finish.

Again, it was Jefferson who caught up from behind, this time plowing into the Bull Moose and knocking Teddy into the stands.

Sadly for Nationals fans, the victories for Jefferson turned out to be as unrelated to the outcome as those historic Roosevelt wins, as the Nationals lost an epic heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Dodgers to end their 2016 season.

It was nonetheless a great showcase game for a team that has come a long way in it’s relatively short tenure in DC. Fans stayed — and stayed on their feet — until nearly 1:00am despite the closure of the Metro an hour earlier. The #NatsRide program, generated entirely by fans the day before the game, was an unqualified success, and a badge of honor for the team’s passionate and supportive fan base.

Some fans (see below) manage to still blame things on Teddy, but here’s hoping we’re finally past that.

Thanks to LetTeddyWin contributor lfahome for another season of great finish line videos:

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