Harper is already beloved for his throwback-style approach to the game, and perhaps in appreciation, the Nationals brought back the “classic” racing presidents to kick off the homestand. It was their first appearance of the season, and with luck they’re back to stay.
For those who hoped Harper’s debut might be an excuse for the team to finally let Teddy win, the fourth-inning festivities were yet another cause for disappointment.
The presidents ran left for the third time this season, moving the finish line to the third base side. Teddy had an early lead, but may have been slowed by his bulging belly, which seemed to drop lower and lower as the race progressed.
George Washington put on a burst of speed to take the victory and move past Abe Lincoln in the season standings.
Finish line photos courtesy Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page