Teddy Wins His First Presidents Race on Historic Day at Nationals Park (Videos, Photos, & More)

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Rumors had swirled that today would be the day for Teddy to break his epic streak — rumors fed by the team’s own “Teddy in 2012″ theme that dominated the final series vs. the Phillies.

A Let Teddy Win reader poll showed fans were expecting nothing less, with 39% expecting Wednesday to be the day.

The Nats, in fact, played it out to such a degree that anything short of a win for the Rough Rider might have sparked a riot. Videos played on the HD scoreboard for the series showed Teddy training with the U.S. Army, getting pep talks from WWE wrestler John Cena, and working out at the Under Armour training facility in preparation for Wednesday’s Fan Appreciation Day.

The movement turned out in vast numbers, with with “Let Teddy Win” t-shirts and homemade signs dotting the stands, and Twitter abuzz before the game with rumors that turned out to be true, but not before one final tease.

In the third inning, the HD scoreboard lit up with a video pep talk for Teddy by Nationals players Kurt Suzuki, Craig Stammen, Mike Morse, Drew Storen, coach Bo Porter, and GM Mike Rizzo.

“Time to turn it up,” Rizzo said. ” It’s playoff time. Now get it going, and finish strong.”

“There’s still time to save the season,” added Storen. “We need you Teddy.”

Teddy then was presented with a glowing pair of Usain Bolt-style golden Under Armour sneakers.

When the fourth inning race began, Teddy came out wearing his new sneakers, but trailed the pack by a significant margin. Then, as Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln approached the outfield corner, a character resembling the Phillie Phanatic mascot appeared from the bullpen.

The “Fake-natic” proceeded to take out Honest Abe and the Founding Fathers single-handedly, despite losing his fake nose in the process.

That left only Teddy Roosevelt on his feet. As he and the Fake-Natic turned the corner together, the crowd went wild with the knowledge that Nationals brass would never have allowed Teddy to be defeated by such an unsavory foe with the Phillies watching from the visitor’s dugout.

The Fake-natic bowed out quickly, leaving the Rough Rider with a clear path to victory, as fans along the first base line chanted “Teddy, Teddy, Teddy” in celebration.

The Hero of San Juan Hill, victorious for the first time after seven long years and 525 races, posed for the crowd, displaying an October Playoff Natitude t-shirt beneath his jersey.

Twitter exploded with the news, and within minutes it was a national story, with articles appearing on sites as diverse as Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The New York Times, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, every local news outlet, and multiple stories by The Washington Post including the intrepid DC Sports Bog.

Turns out the Post even had an infographic prepared for the event, based on a recent interview with this blog.

In the at-bats immediately following Teddy’s victory, Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run, Michael Morse doubled, and Tyler Moore doubled to score Morse. Coincidence?

Below is the team’s official race video, capturing Nationals Park P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska’s live call from the ball park:

This fan video by Ryan Eades captures the euphoria of fans behind the Nats dugout:

Here’s Teddy getting his golden shoes:

And here’s Teddy’s pre-game workout with Under Armour:

Finally, our finish line video from stalwart contributor lfahome:

Video of Teddy’s take down of the Orioles’ Bird

Here it is. Video of Friday night’s John Cena-inspired take-down of the Orioles’ Bird by Teddy Roosevelt.

AND here it is in slo-mo:

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Wrestler John Cena pumps Teddy up to tackle Orioles Bird

The largest crowd at Nationals Park since opening day was rewarded richly Friday night after an hour-long rain delay postponed the start of the game.

John Cena gives Teddy Roosevelt a presidents race pep talkTeddy Roosevelt chases the Orioles Bird, who takes the lead in the presidents race at Nationals ParkTeddy Roosevelt tackles the Orioles Bird during the presidents race at Nationals ParkChildrens Chorus of Washington at Nationals ParkThe Nationals continued their torrid offensive streak with the 7th win in a row, and Teddy Roosevelt, despite losing the 4th-inning presidents race, delivered a satisfying blow to a longtime nemesis.

Following Tuesday night’s appearance at Nationals Park, WWE wrestler John Cena appeared Friday in a series of scoreboard video segments with Teddy Roosevelt, teaching Teddy his “You Can’t See Me” moves, and pumping up the Nats’ perennial loser both literally and figuratively in preparation for a visit from the Baltimore Orioles and their not-so-creatively named mascot, The Bird.

Before the game, The O’s fowl cheerleader pranced around Nationals Park like he owned the place, trying with little success to incite the smattering of Baltimore fans in attendance.

When the presidents race began, The Bird jumped out in front of the presidents, threatening to steal the thunder from the home town mascots; but with Teddy chasing closely behind as they turned the right field corner, the partisan crowd cheered in anticipation of what was to come.

Teddy put his newly-learned wrestling moves to use, catching The Bird and taking him down with a satisfying blow.

“You can’t see me O-bird!,” Teddy tweeted. “No WAY I was gonna let you win the race tonight!”

The antics would have to be satisfaction enough for Teddy’s long-suffering fans, who then watched George Washington blow by for the win.

A special nod to members of the Childrens Chorus of Washington, who did an amazing job with the National Anthem Friday night, and could be heard chanting the most beautiful chorus ever of “Let Teddy Win! Let Teddy Win!” from the 400 level during the presidents race!

Video to follow.

Video: Jefferson cheats, knocks out Abe, wins anyway!

Will somebody please hold Screech accountable?

In one of the most blatant examples ever of the anti-Teddy conspiracy, the Nationals’ feathered mascot and presidents race judge handed the victory to Thomas Jefferson Tuesday night, despite an overwhelming case for Tom’s disqualification.

Thomas Jefferson Presidents Race CheatsThomas Jefferson Presidents Race CheatingThomas Jefferson as John Cena - You Cant See Me!When the race began, Abe Lincoln jumped out to a big lead, and despite running into the outfield wall, still held a big advantage over George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt entering the home stretch.

Jefferson, meanwhile, failed to participate, instead appearing for the duration of the race just in front of the finish line in first base foul territory.

As Lincoln approached the tape, Tom jumped out and slammed him to the ground. The Sage of Monticello then waltzed across the finish line, and to the dismay of 26,759 in the stands, was declared the victor.

Is there any doubt that Teddy Roosevelt would have faced instant disqualification?

After being declared the winner, Jefferson faced the in-stadium cameras and waved his hand in front of his face. Apparently Tom’s ambush and the “You Can’t See Me!” reference were a tribute to WWE wrestler John Cena, who was in the house. [Thanks Tom]

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

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