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Teddy may finally win

Sep 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

President's Race

The Nationals do the President’s Race during the fourth inning of every home game. Famously — and, increasingly, tediously — the Teddy Roosevelt mascot has never won the race.  It has become a thing, as they say, and people have been lobbying to Let Teddy Win.

Now, he may win:

But rumors are now swirling that the parody of the spectacled 26th president could finally have his day in the sun. Whispers is hearing that the Nationals, who have already secured a playoff spot, are planning to have Teddy win the Presidents Race in the Nationals final regular season game next Wednesday.

Is it too much to ask that, on the day Teddy finally wins, the Nationals complete their late season collapse and lose the NL East, forcing them into a wild card game that, in a sane world, Stephen Strasburg would start?  Curse of Teddy kind of thing?  I sort of feel like that’s too much to ask. But, you know, just sayin’.

In other news:

Whispers is hearing, too, that a brand new racing president could be introduced next season, though no word on whether that president would replace Teddy or be added to the roster.

Let Chester A. Arthur win!


  1. sophiethegreatdane - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    As a former President (I was elected and served a three year term as President of my community association) I must say that I am utterly OFFENDED regarding the depiction of our former Presidents by the Natinals. How dare they use the images of actual persons without their consent, or permission! Did anyone bother to ask the Roosevelt family how they FEEL about poor Teddy’s won-loss record? (Furthermore, what are we to make of the idea of assigning wins in a veritable statistical vacuum — where is the sabermetric analysis here? Perhaps Teddy has a higher WARP — Wins Above Replacement President — than Lincoln?).

    Depiction of our past leaders as bumbling, giant-headed fools hardly seems accurate, now does it? And unlike the teeth gnashing inherent to (as Gator would call it ) L’affairre Wahoo these cartoonish and stylized depictions are purposefully offensive caracatures of actual people, not just some nebulous representation of one group or another. Whatever will our children think of future Presidents? We must stop the insanity! FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN!!

    I’m only thankful that the Natinals were not named the “Senators” — has there ever been a more repressed, hated, victimized group of millionaires in the history of the world? Imagine the offense we could have mustered in defense of THEIR image and reputations. Delicious.

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