After having lost 75 consecutive races you would begin to think we had seen every possible way there is to lose a Legends race but Racing Gracie somehow seems to invent news ways to finish out of the winners circle.
During the fifth inning of the game the Arizona Diamondbacks received a huge boost when shortstop Stephen Drew lined a ball off the centerfield wall for a bases-clearing triple. As the fans cheered Drew’s heroics the Racing Legends looked on from the Nationals bullpen.
I commented wondering whether Racing Gracie had picked up any tips from watching Drew motor around the bases for a stand-up triple. As the inning ended with the Diamondbacks winning 4-0 it was time for the Legends race.
The trumpet sounded and the four contestants emerged from the bullpen streaking towards home plate. It looked as though Racing Gracie had indeed been paying attention he got an inside track and was cruising past the Washington Nationals dugout.
Suddenly Racing Gracie’s near flawless running form developed a hitch. At first I thought he had pulled a hamstring but as I watched that wasn’t the case. Instead he began prancing around like he was riding a stick horse.
With each hop and gallop the other legends got closer and by the time they reached the other side of home plate Racing Gracie had gone from the lead to last place. Clearly Racing Gracie was losing horse power.
In the end Matt Williams took the checkered flag and Racing Gracie pranced across the line in last place. I’m afraid if Gracie would have been a horse we would be sending him to the glue factory. But then kids expect their glue to flow faster than Racing Gracie is capable. Alas the streak continues and he is now 0-76.