Jayson Werth tries to help Teddy win presidents' race, but wins it himself (video)

Jayson Werth: Winning more than Teddy

You can't count on wins or home runs or even RBIs, but rest assured that if you attend a Washington Nationals game, you'll see Teddy Roosevelt lose the presidents' race. It's become the twist that makes the race different than any other themed race in baseball. But this weekend, Nats players decided they were tired of seeing Teddy lose.

On Friday night, Jayson Werth stayed on the field after the bottom of the fourth, standing up to the presidential stampede by single-handedly trying to stop all presidents not named "Teddy." Then his teammates in the bullpen joined the effort.{ }Teddy still lost.

On Saturday, it got more confusing. Once again, Werth was waiting{ }— this time with center fielder Rick Ankiel and again the bullpen{ }— and proceeded to battle the former presidents. Here's what happened, per Let Teddy Win:

Thomas Jefferson attempted to cut across the outfield once again, but Werth was waiting for him, and wrestled the sage of Monticello to the ground.

Meanwhile, four bullpen pitchers intercepted George Washington and Abe Lincoln on the warning track, potentially clearing the way for Roosevelt; but Teddy instead chose to join the melee, helping to force Abe Lincoln into the corner, where the bullpen pitchers awaited.

After clearing the way for Teddy, Werth could do nothing but watch as Teddy ended up face flat on the ground himself.

And then, Jayson Werth did something no player had done before.{ }As the presidents were being called off the field,{ }Werth finished the race himself, becoming the first non-president in team history to win the race.

It doesn't seem that it was staged. In this video, you can hear an employee yelling at the presidents to get off the field before Werth decided to go through the tape on his way to the dugout:

After the game, Werth explained that he did what he did because "if Teddy can't win, no one wins," adding, "It's bigger than me, man. It's bigger than me."

We are all Jayson Werth.

[NBC Washington]