Video: Nationals racing presidents at the All Star Game

Tyler Clippard wasn’t the only Washington National making an all star game appearance this week. The Nationals’ own racing presidents made a guest appearance at the All Star game — no, not that All Star game. George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy appeared Thursday at the Atlantic League All Star Game in York, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to reader Kyle Mace, a Camp Hill, PA native who provided the video, and to Chris Stetler, a Let Teddy Win fan and self-described baseball fanatic who offered this report from her home town:

While the Nationals may be still off enjoying their last day of the All-Star break, the President’s hit the road.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameInvited to attend the Atlantic League All-Star game at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, PA, home of the York Revolution, the 2010 Atlantic League Champions, they traveled north to the delight of the home town crowd. It is a fitting journey north as York housed the Continental Congress when they wrote the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the newly formed United States of America in 1776-1777.

Throughout the game, the President’s could be seen mingling with the fans, having their photos taken, and being all-around great ambassadors. But, they got down to business in the fourth inning when they came out of the center field gates and prepared to do battle.

As they do at home, the quartet turned towards right field and at the count of three, raced around the outfield warning track aiming for the finish line just to the right of first base and before the home team’s dugout.

Teddy started out slow, and then poured it on as they came around the curve to the infield. Sadly, he was overtaken by George Washington who finished with a commanding lead. Just before the finish line Thomas Jefferson pulled ahead of Teddy, leaving Teddy to finish in third ahead of Abraham Lincoln.

The fans cheered on the Commander’s-in-Chiefs and I even heard a few Let Teddy Win! cheers during the race. It was so fun to hear other people cheering Teddy on and hoping, just hoping, he might finally break the streak and win. Sadly, it was not to be.

From a York Revolution fan to the Washington Nationals and Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt, thank you for coming up to add even more excitement to the Atlantic League All-Star game!

Thanks Chris and Kyle! It’s great to know that the Let Teddy Win movement reaches far beyond DC.

Photos by Christina Stetler Photography.
Video by Kyle Mace.

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