Panther Attacks Teddy Roosevelt During Presidents Race

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, when you thought Teddy had lost the presidents race in every conceivable way, comes the inconceivable at Nationals Park.

On Saturday night in front of a restless crowd watching the Washington Nationals trail the Chicago Cubs by a score of 5-0 in the fourth inning, Teddy broke from the pack just as he had done the night before. However, on this night, he stuck to the rules and ran a clean race. No cheating, no cutting the outfield corners, just looking like he was going to hang onto the lead from wire to wire.

That’s when the panther — yes, a panther — pounced out from the stands and tackled him, stunning the crowd and bringing a chorus of boos as the other presidents raced by. Thanks to Miss Chatter for snapping the photo. In all the confusion, did anybody see who won? More importantly, is Teddy okay?

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5 Responses

  1. George won saturday night

  2. But, Teddy was a big game hunter! How did a Panther attack? Of the four Presidents, Teddy is the most likely to be carrying a weapon. Bizarre.

  3. Thank you Ms. Bart! This is of course Fred Malek’s main complaint about the Nationals’ portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt. If this goes on much longer, an entire young generation of Washingtonians will view Teddy Roosevelt as a comical, cheating, pathetic loser. At least the fans were smart enough to boo loudly.

  4. this was awhile ago, but I made a cameraphone video of the vicious mauling! Didn’t know the panther came back until today!

  5. Actually, Andrew, your video has been on our 2008 videos page for a very long time now (with attribution, of course):

    http://blog.letteddywin.com/presidents-race-videos-washington-nationals/#2008

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