It was nearly 110 years ago when the 26th President of the United States of America Theordore Roosevelt named William Howard Taft his Secretary of War, a move many believed Teddy made with an eye to the future – grooming the heft man from Ohio as his successor in the nation’s highest office.
Fast-forward to this past Saturday when, after some cursory wikipedia-ing, somebody in the Nationals office realized this rich vein of comedy must not go unmined. With more fanfare than just about anything in this world deserves, the Washington Nationals announced William Howard Taft is the fifth president in their famous fourth inning race.
Taft, of course, has a rich baseballing history from which to draw. Credited with the creation of the seventh inning stretch in addition to performing the first-ever ceremonial first pitch. Known for his weight and great love of sleep, “Bill” Taft sets the stage for many cheap jokes best executed with twelve-foot tall mascots in front of a stadium full of people.
Expect lovable loser Teddy Roosevelt to complete a full heel turn, as the taste for victory acquired at the end of the 2012 season plus the introduction of his protege/heated rival sets the stage for ample between-inning silliness.