Presidents close out series with a traditional footrace

Presidents Race vs Pierogies - NationalsWashington Nationals Presidents RaceWhen the Nationals’ racing presidents and the Pirates’ racing pierogies get together, fireworks usually ensue, and this week was no different.

But after Friday’s hard hits and Saturday’s beatings, the eight participants managed a traditional footrace Sunday at Nationals Park.

Wearing their traditional period garb for Sunday’s race, the presidents got off to a slow start, but once again Abe Lincoln turn on the afterburners, and passed all four pierogies at the finish to secure his lead in the presidents race standings.

For Teddy, pitcher Jason Marquis, and Nationals fans who endured blistering heat to watch a 10-2 loss, Sunday was otherwise a notable failure. Even an appearance by SpongeBob Squarepants for Nickelodeon Day turned problematic. As noted by NatsNQ, the Square One failed in his attempts to climb onto the dugout, and got stuck in the stands.

Race video and photos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.
SpongeBob Squarepants fail courtesy of NatsNQ

Video: Abe is unlikely hero vs. Pittsburgh’s pierogies

The biggest crowd of the season took in a rare old fashioned double header under sunny skies Saturday at Nationals Park, and Abe Lincoln emerged as the unlikely hero, delivering two victories to George Washington in a presidents race twin bill.

Racing president Abe Lincoln passes the Pittsburgh PierogiesRacing pierogie Jalapeno Hannah beats racing president Abe Lincoln with a purse

In the afternoon opener, the presidents and Pittsburgh’s visiting racing pierogies paired off in a relay race. Teddy and Tom teamed against George and Abe, with Teddy and Abe running anchor.

Pierogies Jalapeño Hannah and Oliver Onion were leading the anchor leg when Abe Lincoln took over, shooting past them to claim victory in race #1 for himself and George.

In race #2, the pierogies were all ahead of the presidents, but Abe shot out once again and passed the field. Just as PA announcer Jerome Hruska began to declare him the victor, Abe turned around, ran back at the field, and toppled three oncoming pierogies with a single body blow.

As Jalapeño Hannah beat Abe with her purse, George ran for the finish line, claiming victory #2 for the day.

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Introducing the Teddy Roosevelt Loss-O-Meter

The-Teddy-Roosevelt-Loss-o-MeterHere at the singularly obsessive Let Teddy Win blog, we get asked a lot about the presidents race, and with Teddy Roosevelt approaching 400 consecutive losses in the merciless Nationals ritual, there’s been an unusual amount of interest recently not just in the standings, but in the number of losses by Teddy.

In recent weeks, well-intentioned sources ranging from The Washington Post to Major League Baseball have incorrectly added up Teddy’s losses, thinking that Teddy had reached the 400 mark.

In fact they were relying on the historical Presidents Race Standings on this blog, but counting wins by Teddy’s opponents, rather than losses by Teddy.

The confusion stems from this: On occasion, including twice this year, the race has been declared a tie. In such cases, two presidents are granted a “W” in the standings, but of course, giving Teddy two “Ls” for one race would be cruel and unusual.

As there was clearly an information void, we had no choice but to fill it. Hence the all-new Teddy Roosevelt Loss-O-Meter, which will persist in the Let Teddy Win margin forever more. We will do our best to make sure it is updated within a day of every race.

We have high hopes that the Nats will Let Teddy Win one of this weekend’s races, but as you can see, barring that occasion, Teddy will actually have a shot at loss #400 on Independence Day.

Video: Pierogies’ send Teddy and Tom airborne

Pittsburgh's Pierogies take on the Nationals' racing presidentsGeorge Washington takes the presidents raceAn animated crowd welcomed the Washington Nationals back to Nationals Park Friday to begin an extended home stand, and celebrated in walk-off style with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As they have done every year since Nationals Park was opened, the Pirates brought their racing pierogie mascots along for the ride to participate in the 4th-inning presidents race.

Teddy, in particular, had some unfinished business with the pierogies, but fans hoping for Teddy to leverage his home field advantage were sorely disappointed.

The four pierogies started the race at the opposite end of the course, running towards the predidents. Pierogies Sauerkraut Saul and Oliver Onion went straight for Thomas Jefferson and Teddy, plowing into them hard enough to knock them into the air.

Cheese Chester broke off and dragged down Lincoln, but Jalapeño Hannah simply missed her assignment, leaving George Washington with a clear path to the finish line.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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