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July 20, 2012
Washington's Presidents Race
Just back from the final two games of the Mets/Nationals series. Along with the action on the field as the first place Nats battled the improved Mets, I got to watch the ballpark's most distinctive attraction -- besides the game -- The Presidents Race!
In the middle of the 4th inning, the oversized mascots representing four of our most beloved presidents -- George (Washington), Tom (Jefferson), Abe (Lincoln) and Teddy (Roosevelt) come out of the center field gate and amble toward a finish line along the 1st base line. Teddy -- who up till now has never won -- holds the early lead (truth be told, he came out of the gate first).
History was not to be made, as Teddy veered off toward the stands, while Tom broke the tape (Apologies for a fan in front of me cutting into the lower-left corner), The "standing" as July 20th -- George has won 19 times this season, Tom and Abe - 14 each. And Teddy retains his goose-egg.
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Wikipedia has the whole story of this clever promotion.