Are you one of those people who cares if the Washington Nationals would ever let the Teddy Roosevelt presidential mascot defeat his fellow Mount Rushmore-ites in the race the team has them run at every home game? If so, rejoice. It's finally happened. On the final day of the 2012 Washington Nationals regular season, Teddy won.
Wearing a red headband and bright gold shoes modeled after those made famous by world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, Teddy got off to a slow start, trailing Abe, then Jefferson, then Washington.
But a green blob intended to resemble the Phillie Phanatic felled the three leaders in the right field corner, and Roosevelt strolled home by himself as the crowd roared and began chanting his name (really).
He then ripped off his usual jersey, revealing a red “Natitude” t-shirt, and soaked in the cheers.
Adults hugged and cheered at this development. No, I'm not joking about that -- people really did react that way. While I'll always remember the fact that I was at the game when the Nats clinched their first playoff spot and I will be at the first home playoff baseball game played in Washington, D.C. in 79 years, apparently there are fans who can't wait to tell their grandchildren -- born or unborn -- that they witnessed Teddy's first win in the presidential mascot race.
So, if you're the sort of person who cares about this stuff, enjoy it. You never know when it'll happen again.