Now that the Washington Nationals have become the first D.C. baseball team to head to the playoffs in more than 70 years, fans still have one burning question: When will Teddy win?
The homegrown controversy revolves around the quartet of giant-headed former presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt — who race each other in the middle of the fourth inning of each Nats home game.
In more than six years of running, Teddy has never crossed the finish line first. And some fans, including one-time political opponents President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), are none too happy about it. McCain even cut a spot for the Nationals that aired at Monday night's Nats-Phillies game, where the Arizonan gave Teddy a pep talk, vowing Congressional action and spurring him to go out and win that night's race.
Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Teddy lost again, this time to Washington.
Bullfeathers is capitalizing on the race-related zeitgeist by organizing a “Teddy Wins” rally at the restaurant (410 First St. SE) this afternoon. The giant-headed mascot will pose for pictures with fans from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Guests can also participate in a raffle — the drawing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and purchasers must be present to win — featuring prizes ranging from a semi-private happy hour for up to 15 people to a signature milkshake.
Bullfeathers co-owner Jessica Mulroy declined to guesstimate how many folks she expected to show at the pep rally but told HOH they have sold about 1,000 “Teddy Wins” T-shirts this year alone.
The fanfare appears to be working.
The Nationals recently launched the #Teddyin2012 campaign — a high-profile push that some believe could culminate in a Teddy victory before the final regular season game this Wednesday.