As the playoffs approach and national media types start paying even more attention to the Nats, there will be zillions of stories and video pieces about all the compelling stories surrounding this team. Like Stephen Strasburg’s shutdown.
But there will also be zillions of stories and video pieces about the charming off-field aspects of the team that are old news to us but perhaps novel to casual baseball fans. Like Teddy Roosevelt.
Of course, the team could pre-empt those stories by having Teddy win his first race sometime before the end of the regular season. Ha.
In any case, I now present a recent discussion of Teddy’s epic losing streak from Fox Sports South’s coverage of the Nats-Braves series. This began when a foul ball down the left-field line on Monday night nearly plunked Teddy, who was hobnobbing with fans. Color analyst Joe Simpson got things started.
Simpson: Almost got Teddy. You see Teddy down there in the distance. Better duck that big head.
Caray: Maybe if it’d hit him he’d win the race, for crying out loud.
Caray: I can’t believe Teddy Roosevelt has not won the presidents race yet.
Simpson: Well, they ran the other way tonight. First time we’ve seen that. They usually run along the right -field line; today they ran to the left-field line. He shouldn’t have told the other presidents that that’s what they were doing tonight.
Caray: I understand he’s 0 for 500.
Caray: You know the curse of the Billy Goat with the Cubs? Maybe we can start the curse of Teddy Roosevelt.
Simpson: He had the lead the whole race, too. And then out of nowhere, here came Thomas Jefferson.
Caray: We could say that the Nationals will NEVER EVER win a World Series until Teddy Roosevelt wins a presidents race. They haven’t yet.
Hey, I’m on board. The Curse of Teddy. Someone make it end.