Teddy wins! Teddy wins!
For the first time, the Teddy Roosevelt mascot won the Presidents Race in the middle of the fourth inning at Nationals Park — a pursuit that drew attention even from a White House spokesman and Sen. John McCain.
McCain gave a pep talk to Roosevelt in a video shown on the scoreboard during their game against the Phillies in Washington on Monday.
Teddy — Mr. Rough Rider, himself — had lost more than 500 times since 2006, when the Washington Nationals baseball team began having races among 10-foot-tall foam renderings of Roosevelt, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln at home games.