It’s safe to say that the Washington Nationals presidents race was not the main event Tuesday at Nationals Park. The mood was absolutely electric as 40,315 came to witness the major league debut of Stephen Strasburg, and despite hype and expectations that seemed impossible to meet, the rookie managed to exceed them, posting one of the greatest pitching debuts in major league history.
Expectations were high for Teddy Roosevelt as well, as many in the crowd expressed their hope that the Bull Moose would do his part to help mark the dawn of a new Nationals era with a 4th-inning victory.
The Nationals pulled out all the stops when the race began, as the “Un-racing sausages” (the Nationals’ parodies of Milwaukee’s famous racing mascots) jumped out of the gate to start the presidents race. The four presidents followed, tailed by Pittsburgh’s own racing pierogies, and a couple of secret service agents on Segways, creating a very crowded field.
Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt broke away from the crowded pack early, along with racing sausage Choriz-No. Then Teddy put on a burst of speed, sending the packed house into a frenzy.
That’s when pierogie Cheese Chester appeared along the first base line. It was a familiar site to presidents race fans, and a Teddy ambush looked inevitable.
Chester took a running start as the racers entered the home stretch, but instead of tackling Teddy, Chester ran between the two presidents and put a full-on body slam on Choriz-no.
That left nothing but daylight between Teddy and his first-ever presidents race victory; but in a race to the finish, Teddy ran out of steam, and Thomas Jefferson passed him on the inside to capture the win.
As Tom celebrated, and boos rained down from the sellout crowd, Teddy could do nothing but bend over in shame.
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