One of my favorite ongoing stories while I lived in the Washington, DC area: the ongoing plight of Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race. Click the link above to view an E:60 piece on Teddy and company. What fascinates me about the Presidents Race is how indicative it is of the Nationals’ own team philosophy of delayed gratification. Whether it’s Teddy’s races, Strasburg’s arm, or Bryce Harper being plunked by a pitch, the Nationals seem not to take delight in any success now, focusing instead on what success might look like in 5-10 years.
I can’t tell you how many “Teddy’s going to win!” false alarms there have been over the years. I was even in the ballpark for a few of them. I’ll be interested to see when they do let him win — if they ever.