Video: Teddy gives up lead to celebrate National High Five Day

National High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsNational High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsNational High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsThe Nationals returned to DC Friday to kick off an eleven game homestand on what apparently was National High Five Day.

Nats racing president Teddy Roosevelt celebrated the occasion by running a fourth inning race reminiscent of his epic six year losing streak.

The Rough Rider surged from the rear of the pack to overtake his fellow presidents heading into the home stretch, but waiting in the stands along the first base line were members of the Nat Pack holding signs of encouragement.

Faced with messages of “Happy NH5D Teddy!!,” “Teddy Win = High-5″, and “Go Teddy Go!!,” our 26th president stopped to high five all the fans along the rail, letting Thomas Jefferson run by to pick up that president’s first victory of the young season.

Video below. For readers interested in the baseball-related history of the high five, check out this piece from ESPN The Magazine.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy gives priority to National High Five Day

Thursday was National High Five Day, and even if presidents race fans are unfamiliar with the holiday, it should come as no surprise that it did not escape the attention of one Theodore Roosevelt.

When the presidents were announced for Thursday night’s race at Nationals Park, Teddy failed to appear on the field. As George, Tom, and Abe paused to look up at the Nationals Park HD scoreboard, Teddy appeared on the concourse, still giving out high fives to fans.

In a sprint to a photo finish, George Washington took his second victory of the young season.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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