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Teddy Roosevelt had two chances to take his first presidents race victory Saturday at Nationals Park, as the Nationals and Yankees took their contest past the 13th inning, triggering a rare second presidents race.
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.
Perhaps Teddy was inspired by recent events.
Perhaps, just 2 days after “honest” Abe Lincoln pushed and cheated his way to victory, avoiding disqualification while knocking down his opponents, Teddy Roosevelt concluded that the judges weren’t paying attention.
Of course, he could have picked a more subtle way to cheat.
On Sunday, before a crowd of 20,747 at Nationals Park, Teddy pulled out one of his old tricks, coming from behind aboard a motor scooter, passing the other presidents and leaving them in the dust.
Screech, of course, ignored the roar of the approving crowd and disqualified Teddy immediately. Abe Lincoln, sensing opportunity, paced the other presidents and was granted the win.
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