Nats botch attempt to break playoff “curse” as Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t cooperate

teddy-roosevelt-presidents-race-playoff-curset-rex-chases-teddy-roosevelt-racing-presidentst-rex-chases-teddy-roosevelt-nationals-presidents-raceteddy-roosevelt-presidents-race-playoff-curse-t-rex-fixWhen 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 team’s six historic playoff games, the team conspired to prevent a recurrence.

The race began innocently enough, as the presidents stopped on the warning track to entertain the fans with some dance moves.

When the music stopped, Teddy got the early jump and dashed toward the finish. That’s when one of the dinosaurs from Friday’s race emerged from the stands to chase Teddy down.

The T-Rex was clearly supposed to stop Teddy short of the finish line, but the Bull Moose was too much to handle, and Teddy broke the tape as he fell.

What happened then stunned the crowd, and judge Screech and PA announcer Jerome Hruska followed the script and declared Thomas Jefferson the winner anyway.


Video: Teddy’s postseason dominance continues as two T-Rex chase down the racing presidents

presidents-race-t-rex-teddy-rooseveltteddy-roosevelt-t-rex-racing-presidentsteddy-roosevelt-t-rex-presidents-raceWhen 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 in the past, and Friday’s National League Division Series Game 1 was no exception.

An overly-elaborate narrative for the fourth inning race began when the presidents found two large eggs blocking their path on the warning track. Roosevelt stopped, turned around, and carried the eggs beyond the center field fence.

After some crunching sounds were heard, Teddy reappeared being chased by two people in T-Rex costumes. The dinosaurs pursued the presidents toward the finish line, tackling Hoover, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Taft in succession.

But they couldn’t catch up to the hero of San Juan Hill.

Meanwhile, the team lost a squeaker to the dreaded Dodgers, stranding nine runners along the way.

Let the curse talk begin anew.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Video: Visiting president Herbert Hoover wins last race of the regular season, but Teddy Roosevelt is the season champion

img_8601-editWith a comfortable lead in the season standings, Teddy Roosevelt wrapped up the 2016 Nationals racing presidents season championship before this weekend’s final series vs. the Miami Marlins. It was Teddy’s second crown, having claimed the title in 2014.

So there was little drama on Sunday as the presidents took the field for the last time in the regular season. That would probably explain why the big-headed presidents “eased up” in the stretch of the fourth inning race, and let 2016 visiting president Herbert Hoover take the last battle of the season.

The playoffs start Friday at Nationals Park, and Teddy Roosevelt has never lost a race in the playoffs. Let the curse talk begin.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Video: Garden gnomes attack Nats racing presidents

nationals-presidents-race-garden-gnomesnationals-presidents-race-garden-gnome-attackIn 2014, a single life-sized garden gnome clobbered the racing presidents. In 2015, on the team’s second garden gnome night, two gnomes teamed up to take them down once again.

On Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the team celebrated Ben Revere Garden Gnome night, and yes, fans saw all three of the Nats historic gnomes — Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, and Revere — team up to topple the presidents once again.

As the fourth inning race began, the presidents found their path blocked by Revere’s doppelganger, but the evening’s star gnome was unarmed, and so they slipped by him easily.

Chased by Revere, George, Tom, Abe, Teddy, Bill and Herbie found a familiar site waiting for them along the first base line.

Werth Gnome and Rendon Gnome were both holding oversized bats, and as the presidents approached, the gnomes popped to life and pummeled them to the ground.

Only Abe, who trailed the pack, managed to slip by Rendon Gnome. Then, followed by Revere Gnome, took the tape.

Teddy Roosevelt’s magic number remains at one.

Finish line video by lfahome

Video: Presidents race in lederhosen for Oktoberfest at Nationals Park

nationals-presidents-race-oktoberfestConcession stands featured beer cheese and sauerkraut balls, the Edelweiss Band and Bavarian & Austrian Dance Company performed in the center field plaza, members of the Nat Pack wore traditional bavarian dirndl dresses, and the Washington Nationals racing presidents wore giant lederhosen for Saturday night’s Oktoberfest celebration at Nationals Park.

During the fourth inning presidents race, Blond Ale Blanche, a character dressed as one of the beers on sale Saturday night, ran onto the field mid-race and chased away the presidents back to the starting gate, but William Howard Taft escaped and darted past Blanche to take the win.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Video: Secret Service attacks racing presidents on National Teddy Bear Day

national-teddy-bear-day-secret-servicenational-teddy-bear-day-teddy-rooseveltIt’s presumed that the Secret Service is supposed to protect our presidents, but on Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nats’ mascot handlers, who wear “Secret Service” jerseys, conspired with racing president Teddy Roosevelt to take out the competition.

It was National Teddy Bear Day, and so as the race began from center field, Roosevelt appeared from the tunnel below section 134 and could be seen directing his Secret Service Agent Wooddell into the stands in the right field corner, carrying a large Teddy bear.

As the competition hit the home stretch, the secret service agent threw the Teddy bear from the stands and nailed lead runner William Howard Taft in the nose, knocking him over and toppling the others like dominoes.

The Bull Moose picked up the prize Teddy bear and bolted for the finish, then carried the bear around the park for the rest of the night.

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Bottom Photo: Luis Albisu

Thomas Jefferson swings a big book on National Read A Book Day

thomas-jefferson-national-read-a-book-day-readingthomas-jefferson-national-read-a-book-dayThomas Jefferson didn’t seem clear on the concept.

Tuesday was National Read A Book Day, and so when the Washington Nationals presidents race began, it stood to reason that the Sage of Monticello, who started the Library of Congress with a donation from his personal library, skipped the race to read a giant book in the first base foul territory.

But as his opponents approached the finish line, Jefferson’s competitive nature got the best of him, and he wielded the book like a weapon to take out his opponents.

UPDATE: As revealed by alert friend @NatsBobbles, who was in section 134, Jefferson was reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Apparently our nation’s third president is about eleven years behind on the boy wizard saga. If you see him on the centerfield concourse, don’t tell him “you know who” is back.

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