Rugby, raccoons, and puppies can’t keep Abe Lincoln from claiming a record fifth presidents race season title

“Honest” Abe Lincoln closed out the 2015 home season Monday with an emphatic wire-to-wire victory at Nationals Park, sealing the Great Emancipator’s record fifth presidents race season title.

It was only Lincoln’s fourth victory since August 9th, but that was more than enough to hold off the increasingly crowded field. Five presidents had remained in contention heading into the final homestand, and four of them won, allowing Abe to back into the championship before the weekend.

Nationals Presidents Race Rugby World CupNationals Presidents Race Rebecca Raccoon helps CoolidgeTeddy Roosevelts dog TeddyA tribute to the Rugby world cup on Tuesday had the founding fathers carrying a rugby ball downfield, but a fumbled pass and a bit of fan interference put the ball in Teddy’s hands.

Teddy stiff-armed Abe and carried it over for the win.

Thursday night marked the return of Rebecca Raccoon, Calvin Coolidge’s famous pet, who made her first appearance back in August.

The nocturnal pest reprised her role as interloper, pouncing on Abe Lincoln and causing a pile-up in the home stretch before escorting her owner across the finish line.

Saturday was Pups in the Park day at Nationals Park, and Teddy Roosevelt used the occasion to introduce his own pet dog Teddy to the field.

Wearing a “Teddy 01” dog jersey, Teddy accompanied the Rough Rider as he followed the racing presidents onto the field, then lapped them to take the win and finish third in the season standings.

And with that, the tenth presidents race season comes to a close, a little earlier than most Nats fans expected.

Select videos of the final races of the season:

The September 22 Rugby race, as seen on Nats HD:

The September 24 Raccoon-infested race, as seen from the finish line:

The September 26 “Pups in the Park” race, featuring Teddy’s dog “Teddy”:

And the final race, as seen on Nats HD:

Video: Nats racing presidents pay tribute to Yogi Berra

The Washington Nationals racing presidents paid tribute to baseball great Yogi Berra during Wednesday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park, peppering the play-by-play with well-known quotes from the hall-of-famer who died yesterday at the age of 90.

Abe Lincoln Racing Presidents Yogi Berra

Abe Lincoln is remninded that 90% of the presidents race is mental. The other half is physical.

The Yankee great was a 3-time league MVP, 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion, but was best known over the years for his malapropisms, which Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska peppered into Wednesday’s play-by-play.

“It’s deja vu all over again,” Hruska claimed as Teddy jumped out to an early lead. When Abe Lincoln then surged from behind, Hruska cheered him on. “C’mon Abe, 90% of the presidents race is mental. The other half is physical.”

Abe responded by turning and pummeling all of his competitors into the outfield fence, then turned and ran alone towards the finish line. “He’s off to the races all by himself,” Hruska followed. “But it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Here’s the race as called in the stadium:

ESPN analyst Dallas Braden dresses as a hot dog, helps Teddy Roosevelt win the Nationals presidents race

Teddy Roosevelt Dollar Hot Dog Stand Racing PresidentsTeddy Roosevelt Dollar Hot Dog Stand Racing Presidents Dallas Braden DogDallas Braden Tackles Racing PresidentsFormer major league pitcher and ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Dallas Braden visited Nationals Park on Wednesday night, and joined in the fourth inning presidents race to help Teddy Roosevelt notch a victory.

Wednesday was dollar hot dog night, so when the presidents race began, Teddy got into the spirit by wheeling a giant dollar hot dog cart onto the field along the first base line:

As Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Taft, and Coolidge approached the home stretch, Teddy stopped them to offer a bargain dog.

That’s when “Dallas Dog”, aka Dallas Braden in a hot dog costume, jumped out of the cart and startled Teddy’s opponents.

As Teddy turned to steal the victory, Braden chased Taft back into the bullpen in right field, taking down the Big Chief before he could reach the tunnel (GIF at right).

Our finish line video is below, followed by the official call by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska as heard on Nats HD.

After the race, mascot Screech stayed on the sidelines to help lead the crowd in a happy birthday serenade for a longtime season ticket holder who sits along the finish line.

Martha Washington knocks out five racing presidents with her purse

Martha Washington attacked Nats racing presidentsMartha Washington made yet another appearance during the Nationals Presidents race on Labor Day, and once again, the beneficiary was husband George.

This time, Martha appeared from the Nationals bullpen and swung her purse at each of George’s opponents as they approached the right field turn.

It was Martha’s fifth appearance this season, and while only some of those appearances have occurred on Mondays, both Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft introduced a hashtag indicating that we should expect more of the first first lady on Mondays yet to come:

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Video: Taft dives at Teddy, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose

William Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltWilliam Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltJust one night after William Howard Taft slammed Teddy Roosevelt into the outfield wall, the Chief Justice was at it again.

On Saturday night at Nationals Park, Taft sat out of the fourth inning presidents race, but the portly president was hiding in the tunnel between section 134 and 135, and darted out onto the field as the Rough Rider was approaching the finish line.

Taft dove at Roosevelt, but as Teddy was fond of saying, it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. The two fell over the finish line, and Teddy was awarded the win.

Video: Taft slams Teddy into the wall, Roosevelt calls for revenge

The drama Friday night at Nationals Park wasn’t limited to Michael A. Taylor’s tenth inning heroics.

Nationals racing presidents Taft slams Teddy RooseveltPresidents race newcomer Calvin Coolidge won his third straight race, thanks to interference from the other “new” racing president, William Howard Taft.

Teddy Roosevelt held the lead out of the starting gate and looked to be cruising to victory, when Taft slammed him into the wall.

Taft then bragged on Twitter: “The time has come for #Calvin and me to take over!,” and Teddy responded with a call to arms by the original Rushmore Four.

The homestand’s just getting started. Look for things to get interesting over Labor Day weekend. Here’s the race as called by Nats HD announcer Jerome Hruska:

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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:

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