Video: Presidents pass out flags, Abe sneaks by FTW

Presidents Race Abe Lincoln passes flagsFor the final game of the Nationals’ “Patriotic Series” Wednesday at Nationals Park, the racing presidents wore their patriotic blue jerseys and stopped along the first base line to pass out flags to the crowd.

Abe Lincoln, who had been trailing the pack, snuck by his fellow presidents and stole his third straight win.

With the victory, the Great Emancipator took four of six races in the first homestand of September — as many┬ávictories as he had in all of July and August combined — and closed the gap with Teddy Roosevelt for the 2014 presidents race crown.

Teddy’s magic number entering the final homestand of the season will remain at 2, setting up an epic showdown for the end of September.

Here’s the play-by-play call by MASN’s Bob Carpenter:

Video: George Washington conspires to help Abe Lincoln steal victory from Teddy Roosevelt

Presidents Race Abe Lincoln CheatsPresidents Race Abe Lincoln Cheats with George Washington helpPresidents Race George Washington Cheats TeddyApparently, Abe Lincoln will do just about anything to keep Teddy Roosevelt from clinching his first presidents race championship.

With just eight home games to go, “Honest” Abe couldn’t afford to let Teddy win more than one more race. Yet as the fourth inning contest began Tuesday night, Lincoln sat on a chair and let his competitors run by.

The reason became clear as the presidents reached the home stretch with Teddy in the lead.

George Washington reached out and grabbed Roosevelt by the uniform, dragging him back to clear a path for his compatriot from Illinois.

The flagrant cheating was ignored by race judge Screech, and Lincoln took the tape to close within 4 games of Teddy with seven remaining.

Roosevelt’s magic number remains at 2.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com courtesy of lfahome

GIF: Presidents race melee keeps Lincoln’s hopes alive

Presidents Race MeleeIn a race that Washington Nationals color commentator F.P. Santangelo called a “three in the morning job,” the Nats’ racing presidents tripped and pushed each other through an epic shoving match in which everyone participated. On Monday night, not even the sponsor GEICO Gecko escaped the dirt.

Despite face planting twice, it was Abe Lincoln who emerged victorious, stumbling across the finish line and slamming the sponsor’s mascot into the tarp.

With just eight home games left in the season, The Great Emancipator moved within five games of season leader Teddy Roosevelt, whose magic number remains at 2.

Here’s the near-speechless call by MASN’s Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo:

Video: Teddy loses, but his magic number drops to 2

Time is not on Abraham Lincoln’s side.

Abe Lincoln Teddy Roosevelt racing presidentsThe Great Emancipator kicked off the current homestand Friday night with a presidents race victory to move within 6 games of Teddy Roosevelt in the hunt for the season title, but his failure to win on Saturday or Sunday made the task more unlikely.

Teddy Roosevelt lost each of those races at the wire, first to Thomas Jefferson and then to William Howard Taft, but with only 9 races remaining in the season, Teddy’s “magic number” still shrank to 2.

Here’s Friday’s victory by Abe:

…and Taft’s Sunday triumph:

Friday night’s video courtesy of lfahome

Is it too early to talk magic numbers? Not if you’re Teddy Roosevelt

With a month of baseball to go, it may be too early to start talking about a magic number for the Washington Nationals to clinch the 2014 division championship.

Teddy Roosevelt holds up the Presidents Race Championship Belt

Teddy Roosevelt shows off the Presidents Race Championship Belt. The Rough Rider is exploring uncharted territory in 2014

But the presidents race season may be another matter.

The first half of the Nats’ home season marked uncharted territory for perennial loser Teddy Roosevelt, who won enough races to jockey back and forth for first place with all-time presidents race victory leader Abraham Lincoln.

But since┬áthe All Star break, it’s been all Teddy. The Rough Rider has won ten times to Lincoln’s two. In fact, Wednesday’s win was the Great Emancipator’s sole victory in the month of August.

When the team returns Friday to Nationals Park, Teddy will have a seven game lead with just a dozen home games to go, for a magic number of 3.

There are many who still say the Nationals should never have let Teddy win, but those people should take note: The Nationals are 16-8 when Teddy wins this season.

Video: George Washington distracts fellow presidents by sharing a Coke

Nationals Racing Presidents Share a CokeTeddy Roosevelt Hunter PenceNationals racing president George Washington jumped onto the “Share a Coke” bandwagon Friday night at Nationals Park, setting up a table with personalized Coca Cola bottles for each of his fellow racing presidents near the finish line of the fourth inning race.

The shameless plug distracted George’s competitors, who each stopped to get their drinks as the founding father dashed off toward the finish line to take his second straight victory.

The game was the first of a weekend series vs. the San Franciso Giants, prompting one fan to compare the Giant’s Hunter Pence to a certain racing president.

Video below.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Teddy Roosevelt takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during Nationals game

Lindsay Czarniak Ice Bucket ChallengeTeddy Roosevelt ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsOn Tuesday, ESPN sports reporter Lindsay Czarniak issued the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg and racing president Teddy Roosevelt “because he never wins anything.”
Ouch.

During Wednesday night’s game at Nationals Park, Teddy delivered.

The Rough Rider jumped in front of his competitors during the fourth inning presidents race, crossed the finish line wearing a shower cap, and held up a series of signs. After accepting Czarniak’s challenge, a bucket of water was dumped on his head.

Roosevelt shook off the cold shower, then issued challenges of his own to WWE wrestler El Torito, Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner, and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.

Here’s a GIF of the action, plus Czarniak’s original challenge, as well as the full race video as seen on Nats HD.

Teddy Roosevelt takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The full race as seen in the stadium on Nats HD and called by PA announcer Jerome Hruska:

And finally, our finish line footage:

Nats HD video: Washington Nationals
Finish Line video: lfahome

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