In 2005 a beleaguered Montreal Expos was bought and the team moved to Washington DC; becoming the Washington Nationals. Looking to find a way to bring fans to the game, the Nationals created the Presidents race to be run in the middle of the fourth inning of home games. The Presidents to run the race were, , , and Theodore Roosavelt.
For the past six years – 525 races – George, Thomas, and Abe have managed to beat out poor Teddy. Ole Teddy would always bring up the rear; often having stopped to greet fans along the way. After a few years of Teddy never winning a race, a campaign was launched that included an entire catalogue of merchandise to “Let Teddy Win”; but all to no avail, Teddy still lost the race.
That is…until October 3 when with a little help from an uninvited guest Teddy finally won a race.
The Washington Nationals – the Nats – were hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. The fourth inning race began like all the other races with Teddy trailing far behind when suddenly a mini edition of the Phillies iconic mascot the Philly Phanatic ran out onto the field tripping up the first three Presidents allowing Teddy to win the race. The 37,000 fans in the stands screamed Teddy’s name as he won the race and then celebrated his win with Nats mascot Screech.
Teddy wasn’t the only one to win this season. After finishing the season at or near the bottom for the past six years, the Nats took home the National League East title this season, securing a spot in the postseason playoffs.