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Teddy finally won the President’s race

Oct 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT


The way, way, way over-played drama of Teddy Roosevelt not winning the President’s Race at Nats Park is finally over.  Today, in Game 162 of the Nats best season, Teddy finally won. The campaign to get the previously-hapless Teddy a win can now cease.

If the Nats lose in the NLDS, I’m gonna make a point of blaming the Curse of Teddy. Not that I actually believe in such things. Mostly because I think it’ll annoy the heck out of overly-sensitive Nats fans.

There’s a rumor going around that the Nats are gonna add a new president next year. My vote: History’s Greatest Monster, Jimmy Carter.

  1. natsattack - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    After a homer and a double followed it, a graphic said. “Nats have 6 total bases since Teddy won.”

    • smnick - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Hah…you said Nats fans!

  2. number42is1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    “My vote: History’s Greatest Monster, Jimmy Carter.”

    I love when craig drops a bomb in an open room and watches from the distance
    (incidentally i agree)

    • historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      too obvious

    • Max Power - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      This, like many things, was a Simpson’s reference.

      • number42is1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Yup. Marge in chains… fully aware but this is one of the more obscure Simpsons references that he has made. and given the nature of the crowd here with politics….

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Say’s you, Max Power….

  3. goskinsvt - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    “If the Nats lose in the NLDS, I’m gonna make a point of blaming the Curse of Teddy. Not that I actually believe in such things. Mostly because I think it’ll annoy the heck out of overly-sensitive Nats fans”

    A+ trolling.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Announcing that you’re going to troll? Not springing it on us unsuspecting Nats fans? Sounds more like gentleman’s C trolling.

      Besides, Craig was going to blame any failure to win the World Series on shutting down Stephen Strasburg. So saying he’s going to blame it on Teddy winning strikes me as an empty threat.

      • ajcardsfan - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Aha, but see that’s where Craig’s announcement is so dubious and in it of itself a form of trolling. If the Nats do happen to lose, you’ll wonder to yourself, which angle will he strike? You’ll lie awake wondering, only to realize you’re dreaming, and the trolling has yet to occur. It’s a troll within a troll…Inception

      • natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        Why did the image of Rod Serling and the theme music from “The Twilight Zone” just pop into my head? Aside from the fact that I’m an old fart?

    • paperlions - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      He’s only trying to annoy the overly-sensitive Nats fans, which is like….2% of them, the other 98% won’t care.

  4. makeham98 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    If the Nats hired a well, fat chick carrying a bear claw to pace the race, they could get the real Bill Clinton to run every night. And wouldn’t have to pay him. He’d go 81-0.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Ha! I”m laughing like it’s 1998 all over again! Boom!

  5. themuddychicken - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I was stuck listening on the radio at work 1 block away from Nats Park, wondering why he had to win during a day game.

    I’ve always felt they should wait until after the playoffs to let him win, as superstitious as baseball fans are. I’m theory, I don’t believe in such nonsense.

    In theory.

  6. verytalldad - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    JFK has appeared a few times, last year most recently. So I think he is the likely choice since they already have a giant head version of him.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Will Marilyn Monroe be at the finish line. JFK cant lose if he can finish first in front of Monroe…

  7. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    “Annoy overly sensetive Nat’s fans.”
    So your sayin the Nat’s actually have fans?

    • natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Wow, you need some new material. That crap is about a year past its expiration date.

      • b7p19 - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        So is the material used against every single fan base…ever. Ever hear the one about Santa Clause getting booed? I agree that illad…whatever…didn’t win any cleverness awards, but you did just prove Craigs “overly-sensitive Nats fans” comment right by letting it bother you.

      • thrstr - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        agreed, and the philly loser below is obviously “overly sensitive” because watching the Nats throw the final shovel fulls on their pathetic season has has clearly bothered him.
        Get used to it, and start gripping for the upcoming disappointments in philthy football . . .

      • natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        Bothered? Seriously?

        I was just being helpful. Trying to raise the level of trolling. What’s wrong with that?

  8. jayscarpa - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    He won the April 3 2010 race but was wrongly disqualified for unnecessary roughness. Justice has prevailed.

  9. lew24 - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    As a Dodger fan, this the best news of the day!

  10. xmatt0926x - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    They really missed an opportunity though. Instead of coming up with that really lame fake Phillie Phanatic, they should have just had the real Phanatic knock down the other presidents. Then they could have spun it as an another example of those trouble making Philly fans or something like that. After all that went on early in the year with “take back the park” and all that nonsense it would have worked perfectly. Friggen Rizzo……

  11. butchhuskey - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Our long Nationals nightmare is over.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Not enough upturned thumbs in the National Capital Region to give to this comment.

  12. sportsdrenched - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Does this whole narrative mean Teddy is a small market President?

  13. natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    On this momentous occasion, a hearty Whatever. After all the hype and merchandising surrounding this series, Wednesday was going to be the day.

  14. runteddyrun - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Now what do I do about my HardBallTalk user name?

    • b7p19 - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM


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  15. meng47 - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I vote for President William Taft, and have him still be stuck in the bathtub

  16. digbysellers - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    They haven’t been around long enough to have overly sensitive fans yet.

  17. dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Funny how this was reported 2 weeks ago. No surprise when its leaked. Question is does Teddy win with any kind of regularity from now on or no.

    • kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      The real Teddy Roosevelt was a fitness buff and a superior equestrian, hunter, hiker, swimmer and runner who passionately advocated for what he called “the vigorous life.” He’s probably been turning over in his grave at this spectacle. So yeah, they ought to let him kick some butt next year.

  18. contraryguy - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    The current Prez runners jumped the shark when they busted a move Gangnam Style earlier this year; time for new blood.

    Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon and Reagan? Of course Nixon would have Ford finish for him.

  19. KR - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    William Henry Harrison could be the new president, but he dies before the end every time.

    They could race two Grover Clevelands, as long as they start the race non-consecutively.

    • number42is1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      well there is taylor and tyler and there’s fillmore and there’s Hayes
      Theres William Henry Harrison….

  20. vcupats - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    This is great – I’ve been going to games for years and he never won. Good to see him (and the Nats) finally pull through!

  21. greymares - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    at least the president race will never feature Mitt Romney unless they include presdential candidates that lose.

  22. mazblast - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Carter would lead the race, then turn around just before the finish line, surrender, and blame the Israelis.

    • albertmn - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      But, after the race he would mediate a fight and help build a house. The odd thing is that Carter has been a better ex-President than he was a President. Who else has done that?

      • recoveringcubsfan - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        Lots of ’em. I nominate Nixon, though: pretty much disappeared, but when he did pop up for an appearance, it was always to say something criminally outrageous and entertaining, like how he was right all along.

  23. recoveringcubsfan - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I’m sure we all know the stats, but it bears mentioning that Teddy lost 525 races in a row. So, it isn’t like this was a 6-month fad.

  24. mgdsquiggy17 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    “The way, way, way over-played drama ”

    Like the way way way over played MY articles?

  25. maegreen18 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Drillbit never wins at the House that Chipper built. Let’s focus on what really matters.

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