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Nats' Werth stages a coup in presidents race

Posted on: September 24, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 7:12 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Sometimes you wonder if baseball players take any notice of the other things going on around the ballpark during the game. Well, with 162 games, they're bound to take notice of somethings, especially in a team's home park.

In Washington D.C., the team holds the President's Race during each game with large-headed mascots of ex-Presidents racing from the bullpen down the right-field line. The joke, of course, is that Teddy Roosevelt has never won the race. Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is on a crusade to change that.

Saturday, Werth, center fielder Rick Ankiel and the Nationals' bullpen took out all the presidents in an attempt to win the race. However, Roosevelt also fell down and all the mascots went back into the stadium through the bullpen before finsihing the race, so Werth crossed the finish line himself.

Here's the video of the incident:

"Well, if Teddy can't win, then no one wins in my book," Werrth told reporters after the team's 4-1 victory over the Braves (via "I'm the last remaining member of the Bull Moose Party, I guess. I don't really know what else to say."

Werth was asked if he and his teammates had warned the presidents what was coming, he didn't exactly answer the question.

"I can't really comment," Werth said. "When you stage a coup, it's better to keep it quiet."

Friday night, Werth  tried to hold up Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in order to give Roosevelt the win. He slowed them down, but he couldn't get to Thomas Jefferson, who finished ahead of Roosevelt.

Here's the video of Friday's shenanigans:

Werth wouldn't say if he had any plans for Sunday's presidents race, the final one of the season at Nationals Park. Lincoln currently leads Jefferson 30-29 in the season series.

The genesis of Werth's membership in the Bull Moose Party goes back to May when Werth said "things need to change" after a loss to the Brewers.

Later when asked to expand on his statement, he joked, "Why doesn't Teddy get to win?" as a way of saying what kind of change the team needed to make.  

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Nats' Werth stages a coup in presidents race

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Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:04 am

Nats' Werth stages a coup in presidents race

OK today is the last chance, and possibly Teddy has been told no matter what he is not to cross the line first per tradition, so this time what needs to happen is the players need to pick Teddy up and run with him to the finish line while the others get blocked by the bullpen. See thats the problem. Teddy wa a cavalry man. he is used to riding. He might get DQ'ed by the house announcer but who cares, it will get on sportcenter again and for real, how else will the Nats warrant another sportscenter highlight.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 2:18 am

Nats' Werth stages a coup in presidents race

Highlight of the season for Jayson

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