Teddy Roosevelt, one of the four presidential mascots for the Washington Nationals baseball team, has never won the Presidents Race, which debuted in July 2006 and occurs at every home game. Supporters of the Let Teddy Win blog think its about time.
Nearly five years later, the blog is well-known among Nationals fans and has allowed Ableman to meet a variety of people, ranging from other season ticket holders to people who are simply curious about why Teddy can’t win.
Last year, he met with a group of eighth-graders who had dedicated themselves to the Teddy cause after their teacher showed them the blog.
When he can’t make it to a home game, other fans are quick to update him on the race results.
“We’re all devoted to this,” Ableman said. “I’m really just the caretaker. The fans want this to happen.”
Rumor has it that Teddy won’t win until the Nats make the playoffs or the World Series.
And if that’s the case, then Teddy might be in for a bleak future: The Nats have finished last in the National League Eastern Division nearly every year since they came to Washington (the exception being 2007, when they finished second to last).
But, in the immortal words of Yankee great Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Ableman said: “I know he’s going to win someday. All I know is I better be there when it finally happens.”
Teddy does love his fans, Davis said. And maybe this is the season when his luck finally changes.
“It’s cute how the fans rally around Teddy,” he said. “Maybe there will finally be enough support that he’ll actually dedicate himself to the cause they all believe in.”