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Nats Presidents Race bigger than ever with William Howard Taft added

If you were hoping that the Washington Nationals would tone done the Racing Presidents following last season’s long-awaited victory by the Theodore Roosevelt character you are probably disappointed. After the Nats finally “Let Teddy Win“in the final regular season game of 2012 they decided to expand the roster in the offseason. William Howard Taft (“Bill”) is now part of the Presidents Race as a foil to Teddy which is historically accurate — Taft had been Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor, but Roosevelt found himself outraged at the Taft presidency.

Oddly enough, the Taft character isn’t fat (The Nats Enquirer).

Since every idea worth doing is worth overdoing, the Nats are going big with the Presidents Race, traveling over the past week to Mount Rushmore, stopping at several spots along the way to South Dakota. Let Teddy Win has been covering “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” which includes them riding snowmobiles (the baseball equivalent of “I see Abraham Lincoln on a personal watercraft” I suppose) and Teddy in Deadwood playing poker. There was twitter taunting between @Teddy26Nats and @NatsBigChief27 They reached Mt. Rushmore yesterday:



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I’m resigned to this being a big part of the Nats identity, but for all that is holy in the church of baseball, please stop calling this “THE MAIN EVENT.”

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Is today the day Teddy Roosevelt wins the Nats President’s Race?

The Washington Nationals won their division and with a win today could have the #1 seed in the NL playoffs. Other than that, the biggest mystery is will the Nats Let Teddy Win?

Given all the publicity of late with ESPN, the Wall Street Journal, ABC World News Tonight and even the White House and thousands of (untagged) DC Sports Bog posts. I have to wonder if we’re at a crescendo? The bit got old years ago, but in a sense, Nats PR was trapped because just ending it for the sake of ending it would be a disappointment. After all, had they done that, they could haven’t gotten Sen. John McCain in this (one-take, apparently) video:

Four years seems like a lifetime ago, senator…

I’d like to think that clinching the division and heading to the playoffs is sufficient motivation to end this on the final day of the season. From my perspective, having him win in the playoffs takes attention away from the achievements of the players, manager and coaching staff, front office, etc. If it were up to me, Teddy would win today. I’m not just saying that because I have tickets.

By chance, I happened to meet Ken Burns, who produces lots of epic documentaries about our nation, but also narrated that ESPN feature on Teddy. I asked him if Teddy would win and he dodged the question and noted he’s doing a Roosevelt documentary soon.

I asked the man behind the Let Teddy Win blog/store if Teddy winning today would be a tragedy of a dream come true:

Tragedy? Of course not. Many people have asked me what I’ll do when Teddy wins, as if it puts me out of business. The blog takes a lot of time, so if nobody wants to read it, I’m happy to close the door. But the reality is that the presidents race speaks to a lot of people in this town, and they want to know what’s happening at Nationals Park. I doubt that will change. When Teddy wins, and it will happen, we’ll pop some champagne, celebrate, and then go back to writing about the fan experience at Nationals Park.

LAST NIGHT

4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Adam LaRoche homered for the 33rd time, driving in his 100th run. Comeback player of the year? MVP talk is silly. The victory, number 97 on the season, was the 8th against the Phillies, meaning a win today would tie the Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge which we don’t really have a contingency plan for this year. Oops.

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Nats: Let Teddy Win video from ESPN E:60 and a doubleheader today

Video: Ken Burns narrates and John McCain featured as ESPN E:60 profiles the Let Teddy Win movementLet Teddy Win
Ken Burns narration. Sen. John McCain and Theodore Roosevelt’s great-great grandson Winthorp testifying. Scott Abelman explaining the Let Teddy Win movement. E:60 gave Teddy never winning the Presidents Race the serious coverage it deserved. Here’s the video which you won’t have to sit through 50 minutes of non-Teddy segments to get to:

Good work all.

A real doubleheader for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. First game is at 4:05 p.m. NL East magic number is 10. A Nats weep clinches a play-in game berth at worst. Hopefully, getting those 10 wins, 10 Atlanta Braves losses or something in-between will be enough to Let Teddy Win.

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