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Teddy wins

Oct 3, 2012, 6:19 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Teddy crosses the finish line first, at long last.

Updated at 6:25 p.m.

In a season of plenty of baseball firsts for the Nationals, perhaps the biggest first of them all just happened: Teddy won the Presidents Race.

OK, so maybe a victory by the giant-headed mascot resembling the old Rough Rider isn't quite as significant as the Nationals' first-ever NL East title and postseason appearance. But for plenty of fans who have cheered him on in vain since the live-action race began in the summer of 2006 at RFK Stadium, this was no small accomplishment.

Loser of 525 consecutive races prior to this afternoon, Teddy faced long odds to finally beat his three counterparts in the Nationals' regular-season finale against the Phillies. And when he burst out of the gate in center field well behind George, Tom and Abe in the middle of the fourth inning wearing gold Under Armor cleats, things didn't look good.

But then, one of those unfortunate calamities that befell Teddy so many times over the years finally did in the other presidents. A makeshiftRead more »

  1. Terry Griffin - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

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  2. Secret wasian man - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Teddy spotted hanging out with Melky Cabrera shortly before the game. Urine test has been submitted. This victiry may not yet be official.

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    leave it to the toxic downer to invoke his negativism.

  4. Secret wasian man - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Its a joke. Lighten up and enjoy life. GEEESH

  5. Gumbo in Gotham - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Great job Teddy!!

  6. peric - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I like it. Its about time!

  7. Dave - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    The curse is lifted.Now on with more winning baseball. And possibly more creative plots for the presidents' race.

  8. Stew Magnuson - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    to do anything less would have invited a Billy-Goat like curse on the franchise.

  9. Jim Zurer - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I don't like it…unless it means the end of this sideshow. Shouldn't Teddy have been disqualified for cheating?

  10. peric - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Shouldn't Teddy have been disqualified for cheating?He had nothing to do with the Pathetic Phanatic. (I assume that is what they were shooting for). Even Screech has to give it to him. Werth should have run out, knocked down the pathetic Phanatic and escorted Teddy to the win.

  11. Jim Zurer - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Are you sure that faux-phanatic and Teddy weren't in collusion?Looked fishy to me…..Enough of this unseemly nonsenae….let's focus on baseball.

  12. Swift Eagle - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I think the new gimmick should be Teddy ALWAYS wins….I was expecting a video review like Morse's Phatom Slam last week…but after further review, the result stands…

  13. Tcostant - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I think Teddy need to win ever third race from here on out. If he just stops winning all together, that what is the point.

  14. peric - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    I think Teddy need to win ever third race from here on out. If he just stops winning all together, that what is the point.They have 2 republican presidents (probably the best 2 from that party) along with Jefferson who was a Democrat-Republican versus a Whig. And George was in his own party. So, they need a democrat or two.

  15. Secret wasian man - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    one democrat is too many.

  16. greg - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    thank.#(@&*$@(.god.this schtick had gotten *so* tired.

  17. NCNatsie - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Peric, Jefferson never ran against a Whig. The Whig Party wasn't founded until he was long dead. And remember, the Racing Presidents were selected by Gutzon Borglum, and each had to get his mug up on Mr. Rushmore first. All that chiseling takes time, so it may be a while before any Democrat will qualify.

  18. Chevy Chase Bob - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Now, if they can get rid of the annoying "cheerleaders" I can die happy.

  19. Schumatrix - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Washington was a Federalist, just FYI.

  20. JaneB - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I am so glad Teddy is being put in storage now

  21. Wendell - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    The Democratic-Republican Party became the Democratic Party. That's why they call their fundraising events Jefferson-Jackson Dinners.

  22. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Just got home, as we went out to dinner with some friends after the game. Was shocked to see Teddy actually pull it off, but, seriously, dude, it's about time. :-)

  23. Raise the Jolly Scooter - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    I loved how after the race, everyone was pulling out their twitterphones, telling all their friends the momentous news. Srsly, I looked around my section, and they were everywhere.I came to enjoy the Teddy-losing schtick, because I liked watching people get so worked up about it. I'm glad now that he won, though. It got such a big cheer, and it's nice when people can cheer.

  24. Dana Larson - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Help KEEP TEDDY from retiring! Please like & share: http://www.facebook.com/KeepTeddy

  25. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Uh, no. Can't get on board with that one. You had a good run, Teddy. Now it's time to move on. It's not you; it's me. :-)

  26. Andrew - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Any chance they can swipe Teddy out for Taft?

  27. Brother Juniper - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I am also glad to see this "Let Teddy Win" stuff be put to rest. As if the race was fixed. Teddy was just that bad (if the Cubs can have a bad century, Teddy can have a bad 7 years).Ya know, some people even think that pro wrestling is fixed.

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