Is Teddy Roosevelt finally, finally, going to win the Presidents Race at Nationals Park? Signs point to the possibility of it happening during the team’s final homestand of the regular season: the E:60 documentary featuring John McCain lamenting Teddy’s futility; three nights of Teddy-related giveaways; the Nationals’ own #Teddyin2012 Twitter hashtag; photos of Teddy working out with the Army; Nats broadcasters remarking that Teddy’s racing form is much improved.
Also noteworthy: Teddy is stepping up a series of public appearances in the next few days. Teddy — who famously tried to win the Presidents Race on a Segway — will lead the parade of decorated bikes at the Southwest Arts Festival on Saturday afternoon. On Tuesday, Teddy will join the lunchtime crowds at Bullfeathers, a politico-heavy Capitol Hill restaurant that uses Roosevelt’s image in its logo. Could these be signs that a win is in the offing?
Honestly, as someone who puts Trustbuster T.R. fairly close behind James Knox Polk on his list of favorite presidents, I hope not. If Teddy does win, and the Nats crash out of the first round of the playoffs? You’re looking at the beginning of The Curse Of Teddy. And that might be a worse way to be remembered.
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