Video: Teddy Roosevelt avoids disqualification by losing

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt cuts the outfield cornerRacing President Thomas Jefferson beats Teddy RooseveltThe 34,821 fans who packed Nationals Park Saturday night got an unexpected thrill during the 4th inning presidents race, as 426-time loser Teddy Roosevelt made an exciting late charge after emerging last out of the starting gate.

Though Teddy barely failed to catch front-runner Thomas Jefferson, the exciting charge by Teddy got the crowd on its feet.

What most of Teddy’s fans in the stands failed to notice was that Teddy had gained much of his momentum by cutting the right field corner. Had he taken the tape, he likely would have faced disqualification.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy nearly takes win #1 in series opener

Teddy Roosevelt almost wins the presidents raceIt’s officially the last month of the season, which means time is running out for Teddy Roosevelt to notch his first win in 2011. Friday night’s series opener vs. the New York Mets might have been his best chance.

The Rough Rider was running a solid race, passing Abe Lincoln on the warning track and starting to pull away in the home stretch, but just within feet of the finish line, Teddy’s momentum toppled him over.

#26 ended up flat on his face, and Lincoln fell on top of him, allowing George Washington to clean up and take the tape.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy distracted by giant Buffalo chicken wing

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt is distracted by a Buffalo Bisons Chicken WingThe Washington Nationals’ racing presidents were in Buffalo, New York Thursday night as the Nats’ AAA affiliate Syracuse Chiefs took on the Buffalo Bisons.

The presidents’ exhibition appearance usurped Buffalo’s usual mid-game race between a chicken wing, celery, and blue cheese.

With Roosevelt in the lead mid-race, the Bisons’ giant Buffalo chicken wing ran onto the field, providing a distraction for Teddy, who went off course, giving George the unofficial victory.

Video: Buffalo.com

Full Video: Presidents Race Marriage Proposal at Nationals Park

Nationals Park Marriage Proposal - Racing Teddy Roosevelt for her affectionsThis you have to watch.

Twitter was all abuzz Wednesday after we told the story of the very lucky Jennie Kushlis, who’s fiance’, Matt Hendrickson, raced Teddy Roosevelt to win her affections.

Here now is the incredible video of the whole thing, compiled for the couple by Emma Patti Photography. It’s pure joy:

If you’d like to hear Matt’s video a little more clearly, that can be found in Wednesday’s post.

Racing presidents invade Canada, visit Buffalo tonight

Nationals Racing Presidents on the Road - TorontoNationals Racing Presidents on the Road - Niagra FallsNationals Racing Presidents on the Road - BuffaloGive credit to the Nationals’ racing presidents. These guys get around.

This week, the Rushmores decided to use the team’s current road trip as an excuse to hit the road themselves.

No, they didn’t follow the team south to Atlanta. They went in the opposite direction, touring Canada and upstate New York on their way to Buffalo.

Their destination? Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field, where the Mets Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons (Bison? Bisons?) will close out their home season tonight by hosting the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs.

The presidents will greet fans, run an exhibition race, and presumably pay a visit to familiar faces on the Syracuse Roster such as Roger Bernadina, Craig Stammen, and J.D. Martin.

In the meantime, Teddy Roosevelt has been tweeting photos as the presidents have taken the scenic route through Toronto, Niagra Falls, and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, where Roosevelt took the oath of office in 1901.

With the team returning to Nationals Park Friday night to begin a 10-game homestand, here’s hoping Teddy doesn’t overexert himself on the trip.

Photos/Teddy26Nats

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