No. 26: Nats' Most Lovable Loser
In the last home game of the season, Teddy Roosevelt lost the Washington Nationals' Presidents Race. Really, what did you expect? He's never, ever won.
The big foam loser has blown 280 races since 2006, when the presidents began the fourth-inning competition. The gimmick is always how the fan favorite blows it: On Wednesday afternoon, Teddy failed to get the memo that the finish line had been moved from right field to left field; only George Washington had the intel, so he handily won.
We found TR on the entrance plaza directly after the race and confronted him -- and yes, we looked about as ridiculous doing this as you're imagining. Even more humiliating: He just shook his big foam head. No comment.
Which means we can provide no definitive explanation to Teddy's mysterious absence last week from four races. The official explanation from the Nats: hamstring injury. But Scott Ableman, season ticket-holder from Virginia and founder of the "Let Teddy Win!" blog, alleges a classic Washington coverup at the park. "A number of insiders sent their theories and tips," he told us. "There were several reports about problems with his costume. It's apparent that the frame inside the foam head broke."
Ableman, 45, has obsessively followed the Presidents Race since 2007 -- his blog chronicles every race with video or pictures. Teddy always loses, cheats or is disqualified for some reason: Ableman's favorites are the time Teddy got a rogue panther to tackle the other foam presidents (Teddy was disqualified for "Illegal Use of a Feline") and the time he stopped in the middle of the race to Twitter ("no one can stop me!").
The "Let Teddy Win" campaign landed Ableman's photo on a Nats ticket this year, and earned a growing fan base for his blog. But will the team ever let Teddy score a victory?
"Stan Kasten insists he will win," said Ableman. "My readers speculate it will be when they have a winning season or make the playoffs." Which means ... ever? "I am the eternal Nats optimist," he said.
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