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.

The Nats are halfway through the home season and Teddy Roosevelt hasn’t won a race, so the Loss-O-Meter returns.

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Racing presidents washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt blueberry pie day

Teddy Roosevelt has been shoved, tackled, pushed, and tossed aside on the way to 0 victories in the first half of 2017

Teddy Roosevelt Loss-o-Meter Let Teddy Win

Sadly, Teddy Roosevelt hasn’t won in 2017, so the Loss-O-Meter is returning

Before the 2017 baseball season started, fans of the Nationals’ presidents race celebrated on social media when recent additions Taft, Coolidge, and Hoover were “retired” to the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. That meant a return to the original “Rushmore Four” who patrolled Nationals Park from 2006 through 2012.

What fans didn’t anticipate was the Nats bringing back the ugliest aspect of that period — a conspiracy that kept Teddy Roosevelt from winning the first 525 presidents races over a 6 1/2 year stretch.

Alarm bells sounded on opening day, when Washington and Jefferson pushed Roosevelt from behind to rob the Bull Moose of an easy victory. It was eerily reminiscent of past collapses, and sure enough, the scene has repeated itself from April into July, with Teddy getting shoved, tackled, tripped, distracted, or otherwise tricked before reaching the finish line. Even mascot Screech the Eagle has more wins this year than Teddy.

Teddy’s sole victory this season? At the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which doesn’t count in the standings.

By the time the home season reached its halfway point Tuesday, fans had started to take notice, and they aren’t happy. So sadly we’ve brought back the Teddy Roosevelt Loss-O-Meter to help shine a spotlight on this injustice, and encourage the Nationals to end the conspiracy. It will stay in the top margin of this blog until justice is served.

Let’s end this nonsense before the curse talk starts up again, not to mention before Jayson Werth ends the final year of his contract (Werth was famously outspoken about the need to let Teddy win, and took some credit for finally making it happen in 2012).

Forty three consecutive losses (going back to last year’s playoffs) is plenty. Teddy’s previous losing record was one for the ages.

Fans agree. Let’s keep it that way.

Three streaks extended at Nationals Park

The red hot Washington Nationals pulled off another come-from-behind victory today at Nationals Park, keeping their homestand perfect and extending their current winning streak to an improbable six straight games.

Teddy Roosevelt extends his losing streak in the Washington Nationals presidents raceIn the 4th inning presidents race, Teddy Roosevelt looked like he was about to break a streak of his own, taking the lead into the final turn. It looked like he had the victory in hand, but Teddy’s lack of experience crossing the finish line first proved to be his undoing. Teddy leaned forward to break the finish line tape a good 20 paces too early, and as he stumbled forward, Tom and Abe passed him from behind. When all was done, Teddy’s losing streak and Abe’s winning streak were both extended by another game.

Having swept the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves at home, the Nationals now welcome the slugging Philadelphia Phillies to Nationals Park on Monday for a three-game series. With a sunny, 80-degree forecast for Labor Day and a late afternoon start, I can’t think of a better way to end the summer holiday season.

Photo courtesy of flickr member afagen

Losing Streaks Continue at Nationals Park

With George, Tom, and Abe having each won one of the first three presidents races at Nationals Park, and the snakebitten Washington Nationals coming into the evening on a 6-game skid, the question on the mind of Nats fans was whether they would see the end of somebody’s losing streak tonight against the Florida Marlins.

Unfortunately, the luck of neither Teddy nor the team changed tonight, as Thomas Jefferson took the 4th inning contest to take the season lead, and our Nats suffered their fourth heartbreaking one-run loss just ten games into the season. After consecutive sweeps by the Cardinals and Marlins, the Nationals 3-game winning streak to start the season is a distance memory.

Friday night the Atlanta Braves come to Nationals Park for the final series of this homestand. Let’s hope for a big turnout and an end to some losing streaks this weekend!

Photo by flickr user afagen.

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