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Jayson Werth was declared the winner of today's presidents race.
This afternoon, Werth finally decided to get into the act himself in what ultimately proved to be a fruitless attempt to get Teddy across the finish line first.
When the middle of the fourth inning between the Nationals and Braves arrived, Werth and center fielder Rick Ankiel waited around for the presidents to emerge, then tried to hold off Thomas Jefferson from taking the lead. Several members of the Nationals bullpen also joined in, leading to a scrum of flailing bodies and giant foam heads in the right-field corner.
Alas, Teddy fell down and never had a chance to pull off the victory. Neither did any of his fellow presidents, who gave up on the race and departed through the stands.
Werth ultimately decided to jog across the finish line himself, and with arms raised was declared the winner of the race (even though he didn't seem willing to accept the designation).
"Well, if Teddy can't win, then no one wins in my book," Werth said following the Nationals' 4-1 victory over Atlanta. "I'm the last remaining member of the Bull Moose Party, I guess. I don't really know what else to say."
Asked if he and his teammates had informed the racing presidents of their plan in advance, Werth played coy.
"I can't really comment," he said. "When you stage a coup, it's better to keep it quiet."
With only Sunday's home finale remaining, Abe Lincoln currently leads Jefferson 30-29 in the season race standings. George Washington has clinched third place with 23 victories.
Teddy, as always, remains winless.