Presidents Race Results: Readers Take Over

The Washington Nationals racing presidents at Nationals ParkI am in Alaska this week, where needless to say we are unable to attend the rest of the Nationals homestand vs. the Braves and Phillies. As we did in previous summers, we are going to ask the loyal Let Teddy Win readers to take over!

Were you at Nationals Park? Please leave a comment on this blog post with your reports describing what happened in the presidents race (be sure to mention the date).

Got photos? Add them to the Flickr presidents race group, or on our Facebook page. When we return we’ll update the Presidents Race Standings page with all the results!

Photo by flickr member afagen

Racing Presidents get Botox treatment over All Star break

The Washington Nationals returned to town Tuesday night after a lengthy road trip that was preceded by the traditional All Star break — a two week stretch that represented the longest break of the season between games at Nationals Park.

The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Abe Lincoln

Was Abe Lincoln's grimace too menacing for the kiddies?


With the trade deadline looming, it’s the season for surprise moves, and some fans arrived at Nationals Park expecting to see changes by general manager Mike Rizzo before the homestand concludes; but few expected a wholesale makeover of the presidents race roster.

Yet there it was on Tuesday night. Over the All Star break, every member of the Nationals racing presidents received a facelift.

The oversized caricatures of the Rushmores that first appeared in 2006 were gone — now replaced by slightly more cartoonish, smiling figures.

Was it a rumored licensing dispute with the designer that led to the change, or did the team simply think Abe Lincoln was just too menacing for the kiddies? Both the originals and the new-look racing presidents were created by Randy Carfagno Productions in New York.

No explanation yet from the Nats.

The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents

The Nationals racing presidents as we knew them (July 2006 - July 2010)

The Washington Nationals racing presidents got new costumes and a facelift courtesy of Randy Carfagno Productions

The presidents as they appeared after a 2010 All Star break facelift

Readers – What do you think of the new “botox smile” look?

New presidents photo by Flickr member Randy Carfagno

Teddy plays Santa once again for Christmas in July

The Washington Nationals wrapped up their homestand and their annual Christmas in July event on Sunday at Nationals Park, with the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves on hand all weekend collecting toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Teddy Roosevelt appeared to have a gift in store for his fans as well, bolting out of the centerfield gate for the 4th inning presidents race, and staking a huge lead while wearing a Santa hat.

But Teddy failed to deliver the gift of victory, instead stopping along the first baseline to pass out presents for fans in the stands. He never finished the race.

George Washington surprised the field by winning his third race in a row, ensuring that the fellow racing presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln will remain deadlocked atop the Nationals presidents race standings through the All Star break and the road trip that follows.

Video by YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt

Teddy makes George Washington pay for showboating

Presidential winning streaks have been few and far between for George Washington this season, so after winning convincingly Friday night, George got a little cocky after leading Saturday’s presidents race from wire to wire.

As he crossed the finish line, the father of our country pulled out some talcum powder and clapped it on his hands, Lebron style. That’s when Teddy Roosevelt, who finished second, brought Washington’s big head down to the ground. Literally.

Will the presidents race standings remained tied heading into the All Star break?

Expect the racing presidents to making it interesting on Sunday for the last day of the Nationals’ Christmas in July Toy Drive. Livan Hernandez will be on the mound for a day packed full of promotions, including Scout Day, Family Fun Day, Signature Sunday, Kids Run the Bases, and free backpacks for the first 10,000 kids 12 and under.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Lincoln and Jefferson remain deadlocked in first

For those crazy enough to follow these things, Thomas Jefferson’s recent surge has created an unusually tight race in the presidents race season standings as the All Star break approaches.

Washington Nationals racing president George WashingtonDeadlocked at 17 wins apiece, Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson were looking to make a statement as the final series of the homestand got underway Friday at Nationals Park.

But George Washington would have none of it.

As the Nationals Park crowd watched Tom and Abe jostle for position, the father of our country high-stepped his way past them both to take his first presidents race win of the long homestand.

Teddy trailed the pack, and barring a major upset this weekend, appears to be headed for the All Star break winless for the fourth time in as many years.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy Roosevelt flattens Abraham Lincoln with a right hook

Teddy Roosevelt had a choice to make Thursday night at Nationals Park.

Our 26th president took a healthy lead into the home stretch of the 4th-inning presidents race. With a 20-yard lead over Abraham Lincoln, Teddy had nothing but daylight between himself and a first-ever presidents race victory.

Teddy Roosevelt punches Abe Lincoln in the Nationals Park presidents raceBut the first base foul territory proved
too tempting a spot for an ambush.

With his chief rival closing in from behind, Teddy stopped, turned, and cold-cocked Abe Lincoln with a right hook that sent the Great Emancipator spinning.

It was a double-defeat for Lincoln, who got to his feet in time to watch Thomas Jefferson waltz across the finish line,
and into a tie with Abe for first place in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Nats racing presidents ask fans to send Zimm to Anaheim

Ryan Zimmerman needed little help making his case for the All-Star team on Tuesday, belting a double and two home runs, including a walk-off game-winner to lead off the 9th inning.

Nationals racing presidents vote for Ryan ZimmermanBut in fact the best third baseman in the National League did not draw the fan votes he needed for an automatic berth, and while he was honored to be named to the “Final Vote” ballot by National League managers, he still needs fan support to be named as the final member of the roster.

So after Abraham Lincoln narrowly edged Thomas Jefferson to take Tuesday’s presidents race victory, the Nats’ racing presidents made a plea of their own, holding up signs that said “Send Zimm to Anaheim.” Even the Gecko joined in. VOTE HERE.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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