Thursday night’s 10-9 marathon battle between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals could best be described as a bizarre affair, and by all counts, the 4th-inning presidents race did not fail to keep up with the theme of the evening.
The presidents broke out of the centerfield gate in speed walking mode, but with Teddy Roosevelt in last place, and the slow-paced race looking like it might extend into the 5th inning, Teddy ran across the outfield grass, and bolted into a sprint.
Roosevelt’s maneuver put him safely in the lead and ignited the crowd. That is, until he abruptly took a left turn into the right field wall.
Calling the race from high atop Nationals Park, P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska declared “I’m just as confused as you, folks.”
As a disoriented Roosevelt stumbled toward the finish line, Thomas Jefferson caught up and stole the win.
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