Posted on October 14, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
The 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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Posted on April 13, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
Just as fans began to ask “will Herbert Hoover ever lose?,” the Nationals racing presidents provided an answer Wednesday night at Nationals Park
It was Thomas Jefferson’s 273rd birthday, and the presidents celebrated by letting the sage of Monticello run the race alone, greeting him with a giant birthday cake as he approached the bottom of section 135.
But as they paused to celebrate with Tom, the newest racing president turned and dashed towards the finish line, attempting to steal victory #4.
That’s when the birthday boy came to the rescue. TJ caught Hoover from behind, and reclaimed the win for himself.
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Posted on June 24, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
As many had predicted, Thomas Jefferson finally nabbed his first presidents race victory of 2015 on Wednesday night, as thousands of University of Virginia students and alumni filled the stands at Nationals Park for for College Rivalry Night.
With UVA’s Cavalier mascot and Virginia Tech’s HokieBird holding the finish line tape, the sage of Monticello came from behind to take a huge lead into the home stretch, but then turned and tripped just before the finish line.
It looked for a moment like Jefferson would lose his shot at victory, but he sprung to his feet and fell over the finish line in a pile of founding fathers.
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Posted on June 24, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Thomas Jefferson lost Tuesday night’s rain-delayed presidents race at Nationals Park, marking his 34th loss of the season against zero victories heading into Wednesday’s College Rivalry Night.
Jefferson has been the presidential whipping boy this season, losing in a variety of unflattering ways and causing some to question whether the Nats are trying to make Tom the new Teddy.
But among those who’ve followed Tom’s misfortune this season, many have circled Wednesday night’s game against the Braves. Nationals Park will host “College Rivalry Night” featuring sections devoted to Virginia Tech and University of Virginia students and alumni. The UVA money has Tom taking victory number one.
Oh yes. George outraced Tom on Tuesday as the presidents wore their Hawaiian shirts and raced to the theme from Hawaii Five-O:
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Posted on June 5, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nationals efforts to turn Thomas Jefferson into the new “lovable loser” reached new heights on Thursday night at Nationals Park.
After a nearly two hour rain delay, a sparse crowd was on hand when the presidents race finally began at close to 10:00pm. As is becoming common, Thomas Jefferson took a huge lead into the home stretch.
But Teddy Roosevelt was standing near the finish line with a sign reading “Ponchos $5.”
Sure enough, like Roosevelt had been so many times before him, the founding father became easily distracted, as he stopped to see a man about a poncho, Lincoln stole the win.
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Posted on May 9, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
The pattern was hauntingly familiar during the fourth inning Saturday at Nationals Park.
The mid-inning presidents race started with the season’s only winless president tripping all the others out of the gate, then running unopposed toward the finish line. Just as P.A. Announcer Jerome Hruska proclaimed “Nothing’s going to stop him now!,” a costumed cow going by the moniker Beef Nachos Libre leaped from the stands to tackle the leader just short of the finish line. To add insult to injury, longtime nemesis Abe Lincoln was trailing close enough behind to scavenge the win and extend his lead in the season standings.
It’s a pattern that repeated itself seemingly hundreds of times between 2006 and 2012, as Teddy Roosevelt racked up 525 consecutive losses, one near miss at a time. When Teddy notched his first win on the final day of the 2012 regular season, it seemed the era of presidents race conspiracies was over.
Now, sixteen races into the 2015 home season, it was Thomas Jefferson who found himself winless, tried to take things into his own hands, and ended up running into the surprise buzz saw of the day.
Here’s hoping the Nationals haven’t decided to revisit their troubled presidents race pass by fixing every race for Thomas Jefferson to lose. If they thought Teddy had a strong movement behind him, wait till they mess with the Sage of Monticello.
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Posted on April 24, 2013 by Presidents Race Fan
Thomas Jefferson is getting cocky.
After surging past the field in three of the last four presidents races, the Sage of Monticello was on a roll heading into Tuesday night’s contest at Nationals Park.
So as the presidents were being introduced on the video scoreboard, Jefferson parked himself in a chair on the outfield warning track to watch the start of the presidents race.
After spotting his competitors a head start, Tall Tom darted ahead from behind the field, catching up as they turned the left field corner.
“C’mon Tom, get back in the race! Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible,” shouted Nationals P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska, quoting Shakespeare on his birthday.
TJ passed the pack in the home stretch, crossed the tape and popped off his shoes. “His shoes are on fire, he’s so fast,” chimed in Hruska.
The presidents raced to the third base side for the first time in 2013, a move perhaps designed to change the Nationals’ recent luck on the field, but the Nats lost another close one to the Cardinals to even their record at 10-10.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
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