April 20, 2019

PHOTOS: TEDDY WINS!

He did it! Teddy finally won during last game of regular season of Nats first winning season! [Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012] (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Well, it FINALLY happened. Teddy Won.

On October 3, 2012, Teddy was decked out in his shiny new gold sneakers and red headband, both by Under Armour.

After 525 losses and never winning a race, it seemed fitting that Teddy Roosevelt would win his first race during the last game of the regular season during the Washington Nationals first winning season.

If it hadn’t happened today, fans thought it just would not happen. Teddy has gotten a lot of attention lately and has appeared in the ESPN E:60 video, on the cover page of the Wall Street Journal, topic of an ABC special and the subject of many local news stories.

It was fun to see the Nationals players and coaches watch the race and celebrate Teddy’s victory as well. Several players have voiced their opinion on Teddy’s losing streak including Jayson Werth’s attemped coup with the bullpen last season and most recently, Drew Storen.

After Teddy’s milestone, Jayson Werth said, “I think I said last year that it’s going to be tough to win without Teddy winning, but I guess he was waiting for us.” “I guess,” Werth continued, “it marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in Nats baseball.”

Read all about Teddy’s first win and the Presidents Race history at our friends over at Let Teddy Win.

Now that Teddy has won, what happens next? Does he go back to a long losing streak? Retire? Either way, let’s hope that the race is no longer announced as the, “Main Event.” Stephen Strasburg agrees.

Congrats Teddy.

Fans under press box held up Teddy signs early in the game. – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fans were ready for Teddy to win today! Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy started off in last place – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy was decked out in his shiny new gold sneakers and red headband, both by Under Armour – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy’s new shiny gold sneakers – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

A creepy looking faux Philly Fanatic is on the far right and apparently took out the other Racing Presidents – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy leaping after victory! Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy flashed his postseason Natitude shirt to the screaming fans during Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Nats players and coaches even watched Teddy win and high-fived after Teddy’s victory – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

NATS: Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Ride on ESPN E:60

In case you missed it on ESPN on Tuesday night, here is the video featuring Senator John McCain, Ken Burns, Washington Nationals Racing Presidents, Nats’ Tom Davis, Let Teddy Win blog and many fans. Surprised that there was no mention of Jayson Werth and his thoughts on Teddy always losing.

Fun side note: I make a very brief appearance in one of the last race clips taking photos during the June 17 game.

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