At every home Nationals game, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt race in the outfield. In the history of The Presidents’ Race, Teddy had never won—not once. But, on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, when George, Abe, Tom, and Teddy raced at Nationals Park during the fourth inning of the Nationals/Phillies game that marks the end of Washington’s 2012 regular season, Teddy earned his first victory, thanks, in part, to a fake Phillie Phanatic. It marked an end to his 538-game losing streak. Twitter reacted appropriately.
Phillie Phanatic Helps Teddy to First Win
Storified by PhiladelphiaMagazine · Wed, Oct 03 2012 11:17:27
Teddy wins, with the help of the Phillies mascot.James Wagner
The Phillies Phantic helped Teddy win? Cue the pundit columns about it being a sign of the nations desire for bi-partisanship.Vincent Frillici
Here’s the proof: http://pic.twitter.com/jBhoYaTJMark Zuckerman
Teddy wins, Zim homers next at-bat. Eat it, HollywoodDan Steinberg
I can’t believe what I just saw. Teddy won. Politicians can go back to work now.James Wagner
Teddy wins the President’s Race for the first time at Nationals Park. I was there.Todd Zolecki
Fans on their feet. Crowd roars. Chants of "Teddy, Teddy!" throughout the stadium.James Wagner
Under Armour sent Teddy bright gold shoes for today’s race. For realz.Dan Steinberg
Ryan Zimmerman has never not homered when coming up to bat immediately after Teddy winning the presidents race.DL Thurston
Homer, double, double. "See what happens when teddy wins," says @LetTeddyWinDan Steinberg
In summation: Had Teddy simply won this race back in 2006, the #Nats would have 7 consecutive 162-0 seasons.Mark Zuckerman
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