Thanks to scubasteveo887 for this new video of Thursday night’s presidents race from Nationals Park, in which a panther attacked Teddy Roosevelt during a wild game between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals.
Followers of the presidents race agree that of all the crazy ways Teddy Roosevelt has managed to lose this year, few stack up to the panther attack that derailed our 26th president on
Last night at Nationals Park, the panther made a surprise return.
With Tim Redding and the Washington Nationals leading the St. Louis Cardinals by a seemingly comfortable margin in the middle of the 4th inning, Teddy dashed out to take an early presidents race lead. But the panther followed him out of the centerfield gate and chased him as he rounded the warning track.
The crowd was cheering for Teddy to beat the panther to the finish line, but there was little any of us could do other than grab a camera and record the inevitable.
It was a clean take-down.
As has happened so often this season, Abe was there to steal the victory. It makes one wonder who That Cat is working for.
It was all a fitting complement to a wild day at the ball park. With the teams’ already-thin pitching staffs stretched to the max by the last-minute doubleheader, big hits and wild plays were the order of the day. Two players hit their first career home runs, leads were blown by both teams, and finally, in the 10th inning of a 29-hit slugfest, Elijah Dukes capped a career night with his first homer as a National — a 2-run no-doubt-about-it game-winning shot.
Now that I think about it, it was such a night to remember that I forgot about the first game of the doubleheader. Did Teddy win?
It took a couple of weeks, but alert youtube user squidpants has finally emerged with a video of the end of the April 27, 2008 presidents race, in which a person in a panther suit raced out of the stands to tackle Teddy Roosevelt as he approached the finish line.
The footage is grainy and there is a problem with the sound, but this has definitely earned its place on the Presidents Race Videos page.
Just when you thought you’d seen it all, when you thought Teddy had lost the presidents race in every conceivable way, comes the inconceivable at Nationals Park.
On Saturday night in front of a restless crowd watching the Washington Nationals trail the Chicago Cubs by a score of 5-0 in the fourth inning, Teddy broke from the pack just as he had done the night before. However, on this night, he stuck to the rules and ran a clean race. No cheating, no cutting the outfield corners, just looking like he was going to hang onto the lead from wire to wire.
That’s when the panther — yes, a panther — pounced out from the stands and tackled him, stunning the crowd and bringing a chorus of boos as the other presidents raced by. Thanks to Miss Chatter for snapping the photo. In all the confusion, did anybody see who won? More importantly, is Teddy okay?