After Jonathan Karl profiled the prolific presidential loser on “World News” Tuesday night, Teddy Roosevelt, the bobbleheaded Washington Nationals’ mascot, managed a historical victory in today’s President’s Race — breaking away from the field to capture his first win in seven seasons.
The victory snaps a long losing streak for the unfortunate mascot, who had never, before today’s game against the Phillies, won in the mascot race against other presidents from Mt. Rushmore. (If you’ve never seen it, people in cartoonish costumes of the presidents chase each other around the perimeter of the baseball field, to the delight of fans.)
Teddy got a poor start out of the bullpen, in last place against his oversize adversaries. But as Abe Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson all turned the corner of the warning track in right field, the Phillie Phanatic mascot sacrificed its body to knock the trio out of the race.
Teddy avoided the heap of mascots, and sprinted past the Phanatic to the cheers of the hometown fans, who chanted “Teddy, Teddy, Teddy” after he finally triumphed and cross the finish line first.
@SenJohnMcCain rejoiced with a tweet, “#Teddy won! #Teddy won! #Teddy won! We’ve defeated the massive left wing conspiracy!” per Sunlen Miller.
Here are some outtakes from Jon Karl’s profile of Teddy’s struggles.