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Teddy! Teddy!

Have we discussed this?

I kinda feel like we have, but Steinberg and I can't figure it out.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 7, 2008; 10:35 AM ET
 
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I've seen mention of the site elsewhere, but can't remember whether I saw it here as well.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 7, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I saw a family wearing Let Teddy Win shirts at the final game last year.

Cute. It will probably catch on.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 7, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

That's cool and all but what are they going to do after Teddy wins the first race at Nationals Park? Sure it will be a grand celebration but then the gig is up and the slogan seems kinda pointless. Right? They can't possibly keep the lovable loser image going forever. Right?

Posted by: Gibby | February 7, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

What would be really creative is if, just beneath the "Let Teddy Win!" slogan, one could just make out the faded image of the shirt's supposed previous slogan, "Cito Sucks!"

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Teddy will never win. If he didn't win on his bobblehead day, didn't win on the last game at RFK, he's never gonna win.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 7, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Just glad I'm not the one who has to dream up the next schtick for after Teddy wins a race. (Maybe invite guest racers, like a pierogi from Pittsburgh?)

Posted by: Hendo | February 7, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

But he did win in the last game at RFK, NatsNut... he was the first person to home plate at the new ballpark.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | February 7, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Forget Teddy, how bout some new racers. Let Dickie do it! JFK all the way! I like Ike! Run Ronnie Run!

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | February 7, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"Run Ronnie Run" would be entertaining no matter what, whether it's our Jelly-Belliard hustlin' on the field or a cartoon-ized version of Reagan joining the Ike, JFK, or any other Racing President.

New quest for Jim: we need more players with Presidential names. If we had a Calvin or a Woodrow on the team, we'd be pretty classy.

Posted by: faNATic | February 7, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

NatsNut wondered: What's the measurement term for commenting simultaneously with a new post from Barry, often requiring a re-post?

...which leads me to carry forward my post from the last entry -

John in Mpls weighed in on intangibles: Plus, you have to admit we have intangibles that make us valuable assets (attention to detail, eye for grammar, snark appreciation, and literary allusion, to name a few). Those qualities just don't come through in the stats.

...which leads me to wonder: we've examined the five tools of snark in past postings, but what of the five tools of posting (of which "posting for average" seems to equate to 46)?

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 7, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement." TR on something else but it applies to his standing in the president race.

Posted by: theraph | February 7, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"In Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress' you may recall the description of the Man with the Muck-rake, the man who could look no way but downward, with the muck-rake in his hand; who was offered a celestial crown for his muck-rake, but who would neither look up nor regard the crown he was offered, but continued to rake to himself the filth of the floor."

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | February 7, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

At his Smithsonian talk the other night, Kasten hinted that Teddy hasn't won yet because otherwise we wouldn't have that to talk about anymore.

Posted by: Cosmo | February 7, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

not "run ronnie run." it should be "run baerga run!" man, i used to get a kick out of watching him run, he was so funny chugging around the bases.

Posted by: 231 | February 7, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure somewhere in the Bible is says Teddy winning the President's race is one of the seven signs of the Apocalypse.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

NEVER!!!
In an online chat late last year, I asked Boz if Teddy would ever win. He said "no" because it the the best thing going.
He will NEVER win.
This year my money is on Abe to pass George in the standings.

Posted by: ChrisC | February 7, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

[Re-post]

Sources/links for Livan's comments and Stan's Q&A??

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | February 7, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of funny around the bases, I'm absolutely looking forward to have NJ chug around them as well. Even before the injury, the way he ran was hilarious.

It always reminded me of watching grainy old video of Babe Ruth run... big stumpy upper body running on toothpick legs.

To visualize, hold your fist out pointing straight down, then extend and move the pointer and middle fingers quickly underneath. From the side, you've approximated the proportion of body to legs and the toothpick effect is apparent.

Do I think about these things too much? Probably yes.

Posted by: faNATic | February 7, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, Barry. I am a big fan of Nationals Journal and will miss you on the beat.

No, you hadn't discussed it before. I have been pretty quiet but am gearing up for the '08 season. I have a blog as well (blog.letteddywin.com) where I've been collecting Presidents Race facts, history and videos, and plan to follow the race closely.

teddyroosevelt@letteddywin.com

Go Teddy!

Posted by: Teddy Roosevelt ;-) | February 7, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Teddy won't win for 1 simple reason.

If you let Teddy win, it ruins the whole bit. It's not as funny when there's a mishap.

Posted by: Section 114, Row E | February 7, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree, 231. He was a riot on the basepaths.

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not "run ronnie run." it should be "run baerga run!" man, i used to get a kick out of watching him run, he was so funny chugging around the bases.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 7, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I just bought a Teddy shirt for my daughter, you should add more kids options, I wanted one with a picture of Teddy on it.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | February 7, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Sources/links for Livan's comments and Stan's Q&A??

I don't think it was covered by the WaPo or Times, so the best we can do is the coverage provided by several of the BPGs, who attended. Myself included.

http://www.ballparkguys.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=41;t=015776

Posted by: Section 114 Row E | February 7, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

New post up. Barry is dealing.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 7, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Teddy will win the Presidents Race on the same day that the Post prints the "Classic Peanuts" comic strip where Lucy doesn't yank the ball away when Charlie Brown comes running up to kick it. Or on the Twelfth of Never, whichever comes first. You heard it here first.

Actually, folks who succumb to any rumors such as "Teddy will win on his bobblehead night, or at the last RFK game, or at the first game in the new park, or at the first Nationals home World Series game, etc, etc" are just as gullible as Charlie Brown was when Lucy said "I'll hold the ball and you come running up and kick it." The Nationals don't want to let Teddy win, because they know that if they did pretty soon no one would care about the Presidents Race any more and it would no longer help draw fans to the games. Even Mr. Let Teddy Win himself doesn't *really* want Teddy to win, because if he ever does win then there will be no more need for anyone to buy the T-shirts he's selling.

Which is not to say that I might not be buying one of them myself some day.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | February 7, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I wish the Nats team store had as good as selection as the Teddy team store.

Posted by: sect 315 | February 7, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Not to take anything away from the Nationals team store, but it is time they stop featuring christmas ornaments under their new items section.

Hey PowerBoater69 thanks for the feedback. Let me know what you'd like to see and I'll do my best to add it.

Posted by: Teddy Roosevelt ;-) | February 7, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

i do think we need new prez racers. after this year retire the 4 originals and get 4 new ones. they are all ripe for parody. may i suggest adams, madison, grant and taft

Posted by: love | February 7, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It would be funny to get Charles Evans Hughes, Thomas Dewey, Samuel Tilden, and Al Gore racers (and for the kicker "reveal" at the end, it's actually Gore himself in the suit!) for the end of the season.

If they had any real sense of humor they'd get FDR, but I can see how that might go horribly wrong.

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i do think we need new prez racers. after this year retire the 4 originals and get 4 new ones. they are all ripe for parody. may i suggest adams, madison, grant and taft
Posted by: love | February 7, 2008 02:05 PM

Posted by: Let Hillary Win! | February 7, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Only if you bring back Baerga to race against me.

Posted by: Taft | February 7, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Otherwise, if nominated I will not run.

Posted by: Taft | February 7, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

BULLY! BULLY!
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I wish the Nats team store had as good as selection as the Teddy team store.

Posted by: sect 315 | February 7, 2008 01:01 PM

Posted by: TR's fan and proud of it | February 7, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

DCist had an entertaining article about the Prez races yesterday:

http://dcist.com/2008/02/07/teddy_for_presi.php

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