Panetta Honors Mascot’s Win at Nats Game

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and wounded warriors from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center wave their hats during the salute to military members at the Washington Nationals baseball game in Washington D.C. July 18, 2012. (DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

As Washington gears up for postseason baseball for the first time in nearly 80 years, the Nationals gave fans something else to cheer about Wednesday when the beloved mascot of President Teddy Roosevelt for the first time won a footrace against fellow mascots of presidents George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

Teddy’s win was icing on the cake of what is the best season in Nationals history. The fan-favorite mascot had never won a race prior to his Oct. 3 victory, his first in 525 attempts.

And Washingtonians — including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Sen. John McCain — are savoring the victory.

Panetta, through Pentagon Press Secretary George Litte via Twitter, said:

As Teddy once said himself, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Congratulations!

As for McCain:

#Teddy won! #Teddy won! #Teddy won! We’ve defeated the massive left wing conspiracy!

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