George Washington dons horns for Running of the Bulls

Running of the BullsRunning of the BullsAlexandria KleztetNationals Holidays at Nationals ParkThe annual Running of the Bulls takes place this weekend in Pamplona, Spain, and on Sunday at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ racing presidents paid tribute by strapping horns onto George Washington, who chased Tom, Abe, and Teddy across the outfield during the 4th-inning presidents race.

Thomas Jefferson broke away for the early lead, but couldn’t escape Washington’s charge.

After passing Abe and Teddy, the father of our country tucked his horns and caught up to Jefferson, flipping the Sage of Monticello head first into the Section 133 stands before claiming the victory. The move puts George within two of Abe in the standings heading into the All Star break.

Sunday was Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park, and throughout the game, the HD scoreboard featured famous jewish baseball players through history. Klezmer recording artists The Alexandria Kleztet performed in the centerfield plaza before the game.

Finally, we have to give a nod to these guys who formed their own 5-man cheering section along the first baseline. The leprechaun, angel, Easter Bunny, native American, and Uncle Sam got together to send a simple message: Every Nationals win should be a National Holiday.

Well done, gentlemen.

Suddenly it’s Dog Days at Nationals Park

Teddy in the lead on Pups in the Park DayOver five hundred canines were among the nearly 30,000 in attendance Saturday night at Nationals Park, as the Nationals hosted their second “Pups in the Park” day for 2011.

Sadly, the game was a dog as well — a third consecutive one-run loss filled with missed opportunities for the Nationals.

Lacking a real dog to accompany him, Teddy Roosevelt made up his own for the 4th-inning presidents race. Teddy competed while carrying a balloon-animal dog, which appeared to weigh him down in the home stretch as Thomas Jefferson took the win.

The popular Pups in the Park promotion allows a limited number of fans to buy $5 tickets for their canine pets, and sets aside a special section with relief areas and other dog-specific amenities.

To meet the demand, the Nationals added a third Pups in the Park day on Saturday, September 24. Tickets are available at Nationals.com/pups.

Pup photo courtesy JudyMayka.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
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Presidents race honors final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis

Washington Nationals Presidents Race - Honoring the Space Shuttle AtlantisThe Washington Nationals have a tradition of using the 4th-inning presidents race to pay tribute to significant cultural events.

On Friday night at Nationals Park, the team attempted to honor the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, wrapping the heads of George, Tom, and Abe in tinfoil, presumably to represent astronaut helmets.

We’re not sure if they ran out of tinfoil, or were just in a hurry, but thankfully for the Nationals Park crowd, P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska explained the reference.

Photo and video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

“I’m just as confused as you, folks”

Presidential Walk RaceWashington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt hits the wallLet Teddy Win!Thursday night’s 10-9 marathon battle between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals could best be described as a bizarre affair, and by all counts, the 4th-inning presidents race did not fail to keep up with the theme of the evening.

The presidents broke out of the centerfield gate in speed walking mode, but with Teddy Roosevelt in last place, and the slow-paced race looking like it might extend into the 5th inning, Teddy ran across the outfield grass, and bolted into a sprint.

Roosevelt’s maneuver put him safely in the lead and ignited the crowd. That is, until he abruptly took a left turn into the right field wall.

Calling the race from high atop Nationals Park, P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska declared “I’m just as confused as you, folks.”

As a disoriented Roosevelt stumbled toward the finish line, Thomas Jefferson caught up and stole the win.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Nationals’ racing presidents lobby for Michael Morse

Washington Nationals Presidents Race - Let Teddy WinAbe Lincoln wins the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWashington Nationals Racing Presidents Vote for Michael MorseOn Wednesday’s TV broadcast of the Nationals’ 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs, MASN play-by-play man Bob Carpenter called it “one of the best races Teddy has ever raced.”

Unfortunately for Teddy, it wasn’t quite enough.

Abe Lincoln led wire to wire in an all-out sprint, with Teddy Roosevelt tailing him step for step the whole way. It was an impressive showing that sent the crowd to its feet, but didn’t prevent Abe from capturing win #19 on the season.

Upon crossing the finish line, the four presidents revealed the message hidden on their t-shirts.

“Vote 4 Morse,” said the message on their chests. Thomas Jefferson added Morse’s signature “Beast Mode” t-shirt.

Morse is a finalist in the All Star team Final Vote. Voting is unlimited and is open until Thursday afternoon.
Vote often!

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: Teddy locks out competition, celebrates prematurely

Nationals Presidents Race - Teddy Roosevelt Locks Out George, Tom, and AbeNationals Presidents Race - Teddy Roosevelt CelebratesIt seems Teddy Roosevelt has tried just about every way, legitimate and otherwise, to gain advantage over his opponents in the Washington Nationals’ presidents race.

Yet Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the hero of San Juan Hill came up with an entirely new 4th-inning strategy — lock up the competition.

After bursting through the center field starting gate, Roosevelt turned and latched the gate behind him, before George, Tom, and Abe could get through.

Teddy began his victory celebration almost immediately, prancing across the warning track to the cheers of over 19,000 fans.

But the celebration was short-lived. The other presidents got the gate open and Abe sprinted ahead, ensuring that Teddy’s losing streak would continue.



Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Photo: Racing presidents at the White House on July 4

The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents visit the White HouseThe Washington Nationals’ racing presidents made yet another appearance at the White House yesterday, joining president Barack Obama and his family for an Independence Day barbecue honoring military heroes and their families.

The appearance was part of a renewed effort by the Nats’ organization to embrace the military this year.

The First Lady also appeared at Nationals Park Tuesday night in support of her Joining Forces initiative, which focuses on mobilizing all sectors of society to support military families.

Photo: Washington Nationals

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