Weekend Videos: Pac-Man eats the racing presidents, cherry turnovers and more

National Cherry Turnover DayNationals Racing Presidents 80s nightPac Man racing presidents 80s nightPac Man racing presidents 80s nightThe Nationals racing presidents put on a show for Nationals Park fans over the weekend, first passing out free food during Friday night’s race, then going all-in to to join in the team’s “80s night” celebration on Saturday.

Friday, as it turns out, was National Cherry Turnover Day. Never ones to miss out on an opportunity to celebrate something obscure, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft skipped the starting gate and passed out cherry turnovers along the first base line as their fellow presidents ran the race.

Sporting a “Free Cherry Turnovers” sandwich board, Teddy then stopped the race and encourage the other presidents to help out.

That’s when Taft handed off his turnovers and dashed to the finish line.

Saturday was 80s night, and everybody from the racing presidents to Screech the Eagle to the grounds crew got into the spirit with brightly colored clothes, headbands, and big hair.

When the fourth inning race came around, Teddy Roosevelt emerged first and jumped out to a big lead, carrying a large yellow “power pellet.”

As he reached the bullpen, he stopped and turned, then handed off the power pellet to Abe Lincoln.

That’s when the Pac Man music started.

As the other presidents passed around the power pellet like a hot potato, Pac Man appeared from center field, and raced toward the pack.

By the time Pac Man had devoured the presidents, Teddy had bolted for the finish line.

Official Nats HD videos below, but check out our finish line version for all the Pac Man sound effects.

Saturday’s finish line video:

On Sunday, Calvin Coolidge moved from last to first:

Video: Washington Nationals and lfahome

Video: Calvin Coolidge’s pet racoon disrupts presidents race

Rebecca Raccoon Grace Coolidge Calvin presidentMr Nice Cream Cone Selfie with TeddyCalvin Coolidge’s pet raccoon Rebecca made her first appearance at Nationals Park Thursday by disrupting the fourth inning presidents race and helping Calvin to victory.

The raccoon was adopted as a pet by first lady Grace Coolidge in 1926, after she saved the raccoon from being served for Thanksgiving dinner.

If tweets by Teddy are any indication, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Rebecca.

The raccoon’s appearance came just one night after another recurring interloper disrupted Wednesday’s presidents race.

That race featured the return of Mr. Nice Cream Cone, who promoted his local ice cream shop by stopping each of the presidents in the middle of the race and snapping selfies to share on social media.

The ice cream man then videotaped the rest of the race.

Videos below include two from Thursday’s race, followed by Mr. Nice Cream Cone’s video and the race as seen on Nats HD.

Video: Gnomes attack Nationals racing presidents

Garden Gnomes Nationals Park - Anthony RendonNationals Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceNationals Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceNationals GIF Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceThe gnomes are back, and shield your eyes, because it’s not pretty.

It was one year ago this month that the Nationals started a fan frenzy by introducing the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome. That night, the a life-size gnome clobbered the racing presidents with a single swing.

On Tuesday, gnome fever returned to Nationals Park with Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome night; and sure enough, when it came time for the fourth inning presidents race, a life-size Rendon gnome was waiting in the wings, giant bat in hand.

But the gnome was not alone. As the race began, the original life-size Jayson Werth gnome took a position along the first base line, and a new life-size Rendon gnome positioned himself just downfield.

As the presidents entered the home stretch, they cautiously approached the bruising tandem, not wanting to repeat last year’s debacle; but as Abe Lincoln tiptoed around the Werth gnome, the Rendon gnome sprang to life and clobbered the Great Emancipator.

Teddy Roosevelt was next. The Werth gnome sprang to life, swinging at Teddy, knocking the Bull Moose to the ground.

George Washington followed, and the Werth gnome knocked him out with a second swing that caused a chain reaction presidential pile up.

That left William Howard Taft as the only president on his feet, but the Rendon gnome clotheslined the Chief Justice to knock out the last of the competitors.

Washington recovered to his feet and ran wide to take the win.

Taft tweeted this brief clip. Full finish line video below.

Photos and video by lfahome for LetTeddyWin.com

Video: Martha Washington trap stops Teddy’s presidents race motorcade

Presidents Race motorcadeGeorge and Martha WashingtonGeorge and Martha WashingtonSaturday night’s presidents race brought the sort of complicated story line that leaves many in the Nationals Park stands scratching their heads. But that’s why we’re here.

As all good presidential historians know, Saturday marked the 113th anniversary of the day Teddy Roosevelt became the first president to make a public appearance in an automobile.

Accordingly, the Bull Moose made a grand entrance for the fourth inning race, standing aboard a motorcade and waving to the crowd as the other presidents jogged behind.

But alas for Teddy, a trap had been set by none other than Martha Washington, who played the damsel in distress by her scooter, which had apparently broken down in the middle of the warning track.

The roadblock stopped the motorcade, as as the other presidents all bent over to help, Martha and husband George took off for the finish line.

Video by lfahome

Video: Fans watch Teddy Roosevelt and the Nats racing presidents whip, watch them nae nae

Teddy Roosevelt does the whip nae naeThe Nationals racing presidents returned to DC in style Friday night, kicking off the Nats’ latest homestand by dancing to Silentó’s Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) during the fourth inning presidents race.

The race began with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Taft and Coolidge emerging from the usual starting gate, but Teddy Roosevelt emerged from the bullpen carrying a boom box and stopped the race on the right field warning track.

The presidents then did the whip and the nae nae, drawing cheers from the Nationals Park crowd; but with his competitors distracted, Teddy then bolted for the finish line.

Video below, followed by some bullpen-view videos by Taft and Teddy themselves:

Finish line video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Video: MASN’s Dan Kolko reports from inside a racing president costume

Dan Kolko Nationals presidents race GoProDan Kolko Nationals presidents race GoProDan Kolko Nationals presidents race GoProEver wonder what it’s like to be in the Nationals’ presidents race?

After donning the Thomas Jefferson costume Friday night in response to a challenge by Nats’ manager Matt Williams, MASN sideline reporter Dan Kolko has created the best insider chronicle yet of the true racing president experience.

The segment aired on Saturday’s Nats Xtra pregame show, and featured GoPro camera footage coupled with the first “mic’d up” audio in racing president history.

Weighing 40 to 50 pounds each and towering over 4 feet above the racer’s head, the Nats’ presidents costumes don’t make running very easy, and Jefferson’s costume is both the tallest and heaviest of the bunch.

“They were kind of putting me to the test a little bit,” Kolko said, “and I think we can all say that I failed.” Kolko finished eleven seconds behind the pack.

The outstanding segment is below. See Friday night’s report for more photos and video from the finish line.

Video: MASN’s Dan Kolko races as Thomas Jefferson

Dan Kolko presidents race Thomas Jefferson 2 Dan Kolko presidents race Thomas Jefferson 2When MASN sideline reporter Dan Kolko donned the costume of Thomas Jefferson and ran in the Nats’ presidents race Friday night at Nationals Park, he wasn’t the first journalist to have attempted the feat. He was, however, the first to have done so while wearing a GoPro camera strapped to his chest.

Kolko …er, Jefferson… got a good start out of the gate, but faded quickly as Abe Lincoln turned on the afterburners and ran away with the race. Jefferson did cross the finish line, but was a full eleven seconds behind the leader.

Kolko’s unique perspective will be featured on MASN’s Nats Xtra show on Saturday evening, so check back Saturday. In the meantime, here’s the race as called on MASN, followed by our finish line video:

Finish line video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

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