Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Let Teddy Lose
As is always the case in the America we live in today, When popularity rises someone has to begin complaining/trashing in an attempt spoil the enjoyment. Once again, its happened, this time in today's Examiner Newspaper. Columnist Rick Snider writes an article/editorial declaring Our Washington Nationals are destroying Teddy Roosevelt's, well earned, "Tough Guy" image by making Teddy "The Lovable Loser" in the very popular Presidents Race at RFK Stadium.
Included in the story are the typical quotes from The T.R. Historical Society and an Area Teddy Club claiming The Nationals are Humiliating Roosevelt. And, how Teddy's losing has got to stop.
Come on!! Its a gimmick. A Gimmick that has RAISED THE PROFILE OF ALL FOUR FAMOUS PRESIDENTS. The Presidents Race is known throughout this country as something SPECIFIC TO WASHINGTON, DC and Our Washington Nationals. Nightly, video of the race is shown on Sports News Programs-nationwide.
Last time I checked, American's, both Adults and Children, have retained limited knowledge of historical facts and figures from their schooling. History does not matter to us. We live in a technology run society where instant gratification appears to be the only goal. "What can we get next?", always the next question. I am sure the great majority of Americans can not even name the 43 Presidents Of The United States. That's sad, but its true.
What The Racing Presidents have done is put History Back on The Map, at least in the Washington, DC area. Before The Nationals started the live "Rushmores" Race last summer, I would guarantee you virtually NO ONE thought about Teddy Roosevelt. Although the so called experts in The Examiner Article would never admit it, I would bet more Baseball Fans, both young and old, ARE Curious about Teddy Roosevelt, in fact, George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, as well.
They are no longer just expressionless portraits on a wall!
These Presidents have LIFE. And, in giving life they are drawing interest from many. Many folks that otherwise would never have cared in the first place about history. We are fortunate to live in one of THE MOST HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT CITIES IN THE WORLD!! Any opportunity to raise that profile and give even the slightest immersion of knowledge should not be blasted.
To those Historical Society Folks, NO ONE WAS TALKING ABOUT YOUR BOY, TEDDY, BEFORE LAST SUMMER!! EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT HIM NOW!! You should be happy that thousands more are interested in Teddy Roosevelt. Before Our Washington Nationals arrived, and The Presidents Race began, T.R. was just another distant figure in history to most baseball fans. Someone that only your Historical Society and Club really cared about.
Fess Up. Times have changed and you should be enjoying the ride. Not bitching about it!
LONG LOSE TEDDY!!