A DAY AFTER clinching the NL East title, the fans of the Washington Nationals are celebrating another victory: Teddy Roosevelt winning the fourth-inning mascot race for the first time in 534 races.
Dressed in a red Under Armour headband and Usain Bolt-like gold shoes, Roosevelt bobbed and weaved his way across the finish line for the win. Chants of "Teddy, Teddy" erupted as he ripped off his shirt to reveal a red shirt reading "Natitude."
But just like Nationals COO Andy Feffer and his "Take back the park" campaign, the race was infused with an anti-Phillies message. As the mascots were approaching the rightfield corner on their way toward the first-base finish line, an incredibly awful facsimile of the Philly Phanatic, playing the role of the villain, took out the three other mascots and enabled Teddy to get his first win in over 7 years.