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He had help. No, not the Phillie Phanatic, who ran interference for Teddy on the front-running George, Abe and Tom; and no, not the gold shoes provided by Under Armour.

According to a source on Twitter, Teddy had some chemical assistance:

Don’t tell anyone but Teddy was pounding the Cortisone shots at Duffy’s last night

— Duffy’s Irish Pub (@Duffysirishpub) October 3, 2012

Nats fans know how vital the commonly-used compound has been to the sore muscles of players like Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse this season. But the cortisone shot at Duffy’s, as our own Fritz Hahn detailed last week, is a different substance entirely.

Whatever works, right? So congratulations, Teddy. We’re happy for you, even if the superstitious fan inside us is slightly alarmed.

Read more from the Going Out Guide:

Bars with Natitude

Pre- and post-game happy hours near Nationals Park

Eating and drinking at Nationals Park