A day after issuing a challenge to Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt got his wish — a one-on-one grudge match vs. Abe on Sunday at Nationals Park.
As George Washington and Thomas Jefferson sat on the sidelines, Teddy and Abe bolted from the centerfield gate for their first-ever mano-a-mano presidents race.
The two exchanged leads, pushing and shoving each other the entire way, until Teddy slammed Abe into the right field wall, sending the Great Emancipator to his knees.
It appeared that Teddy would run away with his first victory, but George and Tom would have nothing of the kind, jumping in front of Teddy at the warning track and clotheslining the Rough Rider, allowing Abe to run by to take the tape for the first time this season.
In recent seasons, there has been little love lost between Lincoln and Roosevelt, and the two presidents wasted little time renewing their rivalry in the opening homestand. Teddy now has a week off to lick his wounds and plot his revenge.
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