Bully! Teddy Roosevelt finally wins a race in D.C.

Teddy Roosevelt celebrates his first win in the Presidents race at Nationals Park. MANUEL BALCE / Associated Press
Teddy Roosevelt celebrates his first win in the Presidents race at Nationals Park. MANUEL BALCE / Associated Press
Posted: October 04, 2012

WASHINGTON - Teddy wins! Teddy wins!

For the first time, the Teddy Roosevelt mascot won the Presidents Race in the middle of the fourth inning at Nationals Park - a pursuit that drew attention even from a White House spokesman and Sen. John McCain.

Teddy - Mr. Rough Rider, himself - had lost more than 500 times since 2006, when the Washington Nationals baseball team began having races among 10-foot-tall foam renderings of Roosevelt, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln at home games.

The crowd cheered wildly Wednesday when Teddy triumphed in the last game of the 2012 regular season, helped when a green mascot wearing a jersey of the Phillies - not the actual Phillie Phanatic - knocked down the other three presidents.

The game's very next batter, Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, hit a homer leading off the bottom of the fourth for the home team's first run of the afternoon. The hitter after that, Michael Morse, doubled and eventually scored, too.

Last month, White House press secretary Jay Carney playfully called Teddy's losing streak "an outrage."

McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008, even took part in a video shown on the stadium's scoreboard this week.

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