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All coming up Ws for Nationals: Teddy wins his first Presidents Race


Among Crash Davis' numerous lessons to Nuke LaLossh in "Bull Durham" was this one: Never, ahem, mess with a winning streak. Now, it wasn't a winning streak but the Washington Nationals messed with their most famous streak in their season finale Wednesday and superstitious types wonder how that might impact their playoff hopes.

Forget about shutting down Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals let Teddy win. I don't call bully on that. I fear for them now. At least today, they beat the Phillies, 5-1, to clinch homefield in the NL playoffs. We'll see from here.

The Racing Presidents are a fixture at Nationals Park. Giant bobblehead figures of George (Washington), Thomas (Jefferson), Abe (Lincon) and Teddy (Roosevelt) race once a night. And much like the doom that greets Celery at Bisons games every night in the Chicken Wing Race, Teddy has never won a single race. Lost all 534 of them.

Until today, when he won with the help of a phake Phillie Phanatic.

Here's the official video from the Nationals (man, the PA guy is annoying).

Tweeted Teddy after the race (yes, he has a Twitter account): "I'm just getting warmed up! Time to get ready for the postseason! You ain't seen nothing yet! The Rough Rider has arrived!"

Pretty certain there will be more later today on and the Let Teddy win blog. Yes, there really are such things.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

(Photo: Associated Press)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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