Videos: Extra presidents race in 13th inning takes title away from Lincoln

Yesterday we reported that Abe Lincoln had clinched at least a share of the 2011 presidents race title, but on Saturday night at Nationals Park, the title was put back into doubt as a pitcher’s duel and a leprechaun conspired to achieve the impossible and actually knock two games off Lincoln’s lead.

Trailing Abe Lincoln in the standings by five wins with five games to go, Thomas Jefferson was hanging by a thread with only an outside chance at a tie for the season; but for just the eighth time in team history, the Nationals took a home game into the 13th inning, forcing a second official presidents race to be run in the middle of the 13th.

The Sage of Monticello jumped on the opportunity and notched two victories in one day, improbably moving within three games of Abe with four remaining. Lincoln, who thought he needed just one victory to clinch the title, now suddenly needs two.

Teddy Roosevelt is tackled by a LeprechaunTeddy Roosevelt is tackled by a LeprechaunThomas Jefferson wins extra-innings presidents race at Nationals ParkThe Nationals were celebrating “Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day,” with green hats, beer and Irish-themed festivities throughout the park, so it should not have surprised Teddy Roosevelt that a leprechaun was in the house.

Yet that didn’t stop the Rough Rider from running the presidents race carrying a box of Lucky Charms.

With the inebriated crowd chanting “Teddy! Teddy!” in the fourth inning, the leprechaun appeared from the Nationals bullpen and tackled Roosevelt as he turned the outfield corner, clearing the way for Jefferson to take his first victory of the night.

In the 13th, Teddy quickly separated himself from the pack, but failed to notice that the finish line had been moved for the extra-inning affair. George, Tom, and Abe raced counter-clockwise toward the third base finish line, leaving Teddy all alone in frustration at the conspiracy that robbed him of another victory.

The baseball gods have now conspired to give Thomas Jefferson a shot at knocking Lincoln off his perch. If TJ can pull off another win Sunday, it will set up an exciting final showdown next weekend.



Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy tries a little misdirection, Abe’s magic number is now 1

With just two home series remaining, Nationals’ racing president Thomas Jefferson is running out of time to catch Abraham Lincoln in the season standings.

Washington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt tries a presidents race misdirection playTeddy Roosevelt, meanwhile, is simply desperate to notch a single win, and on a brisk Friday night at Nationals Park, he pulled a trick out his hat that nearly worked.

Teddy jumped in front of the other presidents at the center field gate, and with the help of an orange cone and barricade stick, he redirected the presidents towards left field.

All followed suit without hesitation, and Teddy dashed toward the finish line.

Abe wasn’t fooled for long, though, and turned around quickly to begin his pursuit. Much to the crowd’s dismay, the Great Emancipator caught Roosevelt at the finish line to notch his 30th victory of the season and guarantee at least a share of his fourth consecutive presidents race season title.

The victory dropped Lincoln’s magic number to 1 for the outright season title. Thomas Jefferson, who was featured in today’s Social Studies DC Celebrities Without Eyebrows blog post, needs to reel off five straight wins for a chance at the tie.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Washington Nationals 2012 Schedule

Interleague highlights include New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at home, Boston Red Sox on the road. Marlins now the Miami Marlins

The Washington Nationals today released their 2012 schedule, a late starter compared to previous seasons beginning on the road on Thursday, April 5 at Wrigley Field, followed by the home opener on Thursday, April 12 vs. Cincinnati. Highlights include a three-game interleague visit from the New York Yankees June 15-17, and holiday matchups against the San Francisco Giants (Independence Day) and Chicago Cubs (Labor Day). The Nationals are not at home on Memorial Day.

The Nationals receive three visits apiece from all National League East rivals, including seven weekend sets against the Philadelphia Phillies (May 4-6), New York Mets (August 17-19), Atlanta Braves (June 1-3, July 20-22) and the newly-named Miami Marlins (April 20-22, August 3-5, September 7-9).

The Nationals-Orioles interleague rivalry is resumed at Nationals Park May 18-20. The Nationals visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards from June 22-24.

The Nationals will also host a three-game interleague series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, June 19-21, and will also make interleague treks to Boston (June 8-10) and Toronto (June 11-13).

You can view the full schedule here: 2012 Washington Nationals Schedule

George and the racing presidents commemorate 9/11

The Washington Nationals on 9/11 Remembrance DayThe Washington Nationals observed 9/11 Remembrance Day Sunday throughout the team’s 8-2 win over the Houston Astros. Many of the usual between-inning routines at Nationals Park were replaced by commemorative honors, videos, and tributes. Even the racing presidents showed solidarity, running their 4th-inning course wearing their new patriotic uniforms in single file behind our first president George Washington, who carried an American Flag from wire to wire.
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Video: Teddy turns on the racing presidents, and regrets it

It’s that time of the season, when, with only a handful of home games left, the race to the finish makes the competition desperate.

Racing President Teddy Roosevelt Knocks Out his fellow racing presidentsNationals presidents race pile upStephen LombardozziSuch was the case Saturday night at Nationals Park, when Teddy Roosevelt, still searching for win #1 in the Nationals’ presidents race, turned on the competition, trapping them in a pack against the outfield scoreboard and slamming them to the ground.

Unfortunately for Teddy, he didn’t knock them out.

After Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln hit the ground, they jumped back to their feet and chased down the Rough Rider, piling on en mass.

Teddy never recovered, and Thomas Jefferson took the tape to keep his hopes alive in the 2011 presidents race standings.

The National’s continued their tradition of embracing social media by hosting a group of bloggers on Saturday, as we were given the opportunity to meet September call-ups Brad Peacock, Chris Marrero, and Stephen Lombardozzi, as well as skipper Davey Johnson and members of the Nationals staff including Director of Minor League Operations Mark Scialabba and Sr. Director of Community Relations Israel Negron, who shared his enthusiasm over the team’s newly-announced sponsorship of the Washington Nationals Wounded Warrior Softball Team.

For the record, Lombardozzi joins the ranks of players who’ve thrown their support behind the Let Teddy Win movement, noting that he’s come to Nationals Park in previous seasons to sit in the stands. “I hope he wins,” Lombardozzi said. “I’m hoping he gets
a ‘W’ before the end of the season.”

Yes, when September call-ups arrive, hope springs anew.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: That Cat Returns to thwart a sure Teddy Roosevelt Victory

That Cat returned to Nationals Park Tuesday night, and as the mysterious feline is known to do, threw a wrench into the presidents race procedings.

That Cat tackles Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceThat Cat tackles Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWith a crowd braving the rain to see Stephen Strasburg’s return to baseball, perpetual showoff Abe Lincoln jumped out to a big lead, but as Abe traversed the warning track, Teddy Roosevelt put on an uncharasteristic burst of speed, passing all of the presidents and waving goodbye as he took the lead.

“Teddy’s got a huge lead now. There’s no way he’s gonna lose,” proclaimed Nationals Park P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska.

The kiss of death, apparently.

As Teddy passed by the stands in section 134, That Cat pounced.

Teddy never saw what him him, and George stole the tape.

Slo-mo take-down video follows:


Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy taunts the other presidents a little too early

Teddy Roosevelt in the lead, Washington Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt taunts Abe and Tom at Nationals ParkAfter yesterday’s embarrassing taunting by Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt was motivated to exact a little revenge on Labor Day at Nationals Park.

Unfortunately for Teddy, he was a little too aggressive.

With the racing presidents decked out in their holiday patriotic uniforms, Teddy jumped out to a quick start, and in an unusually fast-paced race, actually extended his lead as the presidents raced along the warning track.

But with the race barely more than halfway over, the Rough Rider decided to start rubbing it in.

With Teddy’s back turned toward the other presidents, his lead evaporated quickly, and the Rough Rider soon
found himself spun around and huffing
to catch up to the pack.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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