Teddy tries winning aboard a motorcycle — twice — but can’t pull it out in extra innings

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Roosevelt threw caution to the wind Saturday, risking disqualification by entering the field aboard a motorcycle.

The Bull Moose had speed on his side, but was done in by the details. Teddy started the race by going the wrong way, and by the time he realized and turned around, he was far behind the field.

With a sellout crowd of 41,287 cheering him on, Teddy almost caught up to the pack, but Abe Lincoln took the tape, and Roosevelt skidded out, falling off the bike at the finish line.

The arrival of the thirteenth inning triggered just the tenth doubleheader in presidents race history, and this time, Teddy was sure to get the directions straight.

In fact, Roosevelt was so confident, he rode the motorcycle blindfolded.

With the finish line moved to the 3rd base side for the second race, Teddy got off to a quick start and took a huge lead.

Nationals Park PA Announcer Jerome Hruska got the crowd cheering as #26 pulled away from the pack, but just as it seemed victory was at hand, Teddy started slowing down and came to a stop just short of the tape.

He had forgotten to fill up between races, and ran out of gas.

Teddy could have walked across the finish line, but tried getting the motorcycle going, and once again, Abe Lincoln was there to steal the victory.

Presidents race blindfolded. Teddy runs the wrong way.

The Washington Nationals presidents race blindfolded.The Washington Nationals racing presidents surprised the crowd at Nationals Park tonight by emerging from the centerfield gate for the 4th-inning presidents race wearing red blindfolds around their giant heads.

Thus the first-ever blindfolded presidents race plunged into chaos
Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt runs blindfolded into the Nationals Park standsfrom the start.

Abe Lincoln jumped out first and crashed into the outfield wall, while poor Teddy Roosevelt got spun around and ran the wrong way. Meanwhile, Thomas Jefferson’s blindfold slipped down to his neck.

With George and Abe bumping into each other, and Teddy wandering right into the stands along the 3rd base line, Jefferson won uncontested. Somebody tell Teddy that dropping your blindfold is apparently not grounds for disqualification.

Photos by flickr member afagen
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

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