Posted on May 24, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
In baseball, you’re supposed to run out those grounders, because you never know what’s going to happen.
Abe Lincoln gets that, which is one reason he leads the Nationals’ racing presidents in all-time victories. When another president fails to seal it at the finish, Lincoln is often the one to scavenge the win.
On Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, it was George Washington who had a big lead in the home stretch, but when the top-heavy founding father stumbled and crashed, “Honest” Abe was right behind to add to his win total.
The Great Emancipator finished the homestand tied with William Howard Taft for the lead in the season standings.
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Posted on May 23, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Like several members of the Nationals, racing president Teddy Roosevelt had a game plan for Saturday, but tripped up on the execution.
It was a beautiful day for baseball, with both the players and the racing presidents decked out in their patriotic jerseys for Memorial weekend at Nationals Park.
But the sun did not shine on either for long. The Nats’ pitching and defense was unraveling in the middle of the fourth inning just as the presidents race began.
Teddy Roosevelt ran a clean race and held the lead in the home stretch, but decided to turn and execute a diving head butt into his rival William Howard Taft.
Teddy missed badly, and Taft soared past to take over first place in the presidents race standings.
Video courtesy of lfahome
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Posted on May 22, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Friday night marked the anniversary of “Nellie” Taft’s death in 1943, and to memorialize the occasion with dignity, the 27th first lady popped out from a jack-in-the-box to spook the Nationals’ racing presidents and spur her husband William Howard Taft to victory.
Perhaps the late Helen Louise Herron Taft was making her first appearance at Nationals Park to check out the Cherry Blossoms. After all, it was Mrs. Taft who arranged for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry trees that grace the Washington, DC Tidal Basin.
The victory by husband Bill moved the Chief Justice into a first place tie with Abe Lincoln in the season standings.
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Posted on May 19, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
The Washington Nationals announced that the long-awaited opening of the new flagship Nationals Park team store will arrive Tuesday night as the Nats open a homestand vs. the New York Yankees.
Also opening Tuesday is the newest locally-themed concession, Virginia Country Kitchen, behind section 113 on the 3rd base side, serving buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, house made kettle chips, and Virginia-made beverages.
The new team store on the centerfield plaza has been under contruction since before the 2014 season, and will be more than double the size of the former flagship store across the plaza. That location will eventually be turned into a restaurant.
Here’s the full Virginia Country Kitchen menu, courtesy of the Reston Patch:
• Virginia Ham Biscuit: Country Ham, Cheddar Cheese, Apple Butter
• Old Dominion Chicken Biscuit: Crispy Chicken Breast, Pickle Chips, Firecracker Ranch
• TJ’s Mac-n-Cheese: Inspired by Virginia made cheeses
• Virginia Crunch: Popcorn, Smoked Bacon, Bourbon Caramel Sauce, Virginia Roast Peanuts
• Blue Ridge Bourbon and Tea: Virginia’s Filibuster Bourbon, Peach Schnapps, Iced Tea, Mint
• Beverages including Redd’s Apple Ale and Star Hill Grateful Pale Ale, Two Shillings Red Wine and James River White Wine from Williamsburg Winery
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Posted on May 10, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
After Bryce Harper’s walk-off home run Saturday, fans watched as pitcher Max Scherzer doused the outfielder with chocolate syrup, a ritual Scherzer created this season as an alternative to the traditional shaving cream pie in the face.
Beginning Sunday at Nationals Park, any fan can have the opportunity to reproduce the feat, perhaps even as a means of summoning another walkoff.
The exemplary bakers at Fluffy Thoughts Bakery, known for the Teddy Roosevelt and Jayson Werth cupcakes they sell in their stand behind section 135 at Nationals Park, are introducing the HarpCake, a “funfetti” cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream and chocolate, complete with an edible fondant hat plus brohawk and eye black.
More importantly, anybody purchasing one of these little bundles gets to douse it in all the chocolate syrup they want.
“We are trying it out for today, and if it works out we will have it for the next homestand as well,” said Owner/Cake Artist Lara Stein. “You just have to purchase a HarpCake and then go to town with the chocolate syrup. Put on as much as you would like! Who doesn’t love chocolate syrup?”
Demonstration video below. The HarpCake runs $6.50 at the Fluffy Thoughts stand behind section 135, while supplies last. And by the way, the cupcakes are outstanding.
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Posted on May 9, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
The pattern was hauntingly familiar during the fourth inning Saturday at Nationals Park.
The mid-inning presidents race started with the season’s only winless president tripping all the others out of the gate, then running unopposed toward the finish line. Just as P.A. Announcer Jerome Hruska proclaimed “Nothing’s going to stop him now!,” a costumed cow going by the moniker Beef Nachos Libre leaped from the stands to tackle the leader just short of the finish line. To add insult to injury, longtime nemesis Abe Lincoln was trailing close enough behind to scavenge the win and extend his lead in the season standings.
It’s a pattern that repeated itself seemingly hundreds of times between 2006 and 2012, as Teddy Roosevelt racked up 525 consecutive losses, one near miss at a time. When Teddy notched his first win on the final day of the 2012 regular season, it seemed the era of presidents race conspiracies was over.
Now, sixteen races into the 2015 home season, it was Thomas Jefferson who found himself winless, tried to take things into his own hands, and ended up running into the surprise buzz saw of the day.
Here’s hoping the Nationals haven’t decided to revisit their troubled presidents race pass by fixing every race for Thomas Jefferson to lose. If they thought Teddy had a strong movement behind him, wait till they mess with the Sage of Monticello.
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Posted on May 8, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa apparently provided inspiration for Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft Friday night as the Nationals resumed their homestand at Nationals Park.
With two homers each, Harper and Espinosa teamed up to bring the hammer down on the Atlanta Braves. Jefferson and Taft don’t swing the bat, but did one better by bringing a folding table onto the field.
With the presidents running toward the left field side for the second night in a row, Tom and Bill teamed up to slam the table into Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt.
Taft took the win to move within one win of Abe in the standings.
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