Video: Racing presidents push and shove to the finish line

Nationals presidents race - George Washington shoves Abe Lincoln and Teddy RooseveltNationals presidents race - George Washington shoves Abe Lincoln and Teddy RooseveltNationals presidents race - Thomas Jefferson decks George WashingtonThe Nationals may be running away with the National League East, but with only eleven home games remaining, the 2012 presidents race title remains very much up for grabs, and Saturday’s contest showed that the contestants will do just about anything to gain an advantage.

As predicted, the fourth inning race shifted back to the first base side following Friday night’s loss to the Marlins, and by all accounts, it looked like a clean race to start.

But with Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln leading the pack along the right field warning track, George Washington came from behind and shoved them both into the outfield wall.

With Abe and Teddy on the ground, Washington raced toward the finish line. It looked like George would maintain his lead over a charging Thomas Jefferson, but the Sage of Monticello pushed him from behind, knocking the father of our country to the ground in front of the shocked crowd.

It seems these days like every racing president except Teddy Roosevelt will do anything it takes to win, and race judge Screech has remained hands off, having yet to disqualify any of them this season.

It should make for an interesting September.

Video courtesy YouTube member lfahome

Why do the presidents keep running left? We have the answer.

Observers of the Nationals presidents race have been asking why it seems the presidents have suddenly begun running so many race to the 3B side of the field.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents running leftIn fact, as of Friday night, six straight races and 11 of the past 14 have had the finish line along the 3B side of the field, rather than the traditional spot along the first base line.

We have the answer.

Beginning with the previous homestand that started August 17, the Nationals mascot team has switched sides every time the Nationals lose a game.

Most recently, after the September 1 loss vs. the Cardinals, the Nats began a six game winning streak which kept the presidents running “left” all this week. If form holds, today’s race will move back to the traditional “right” side after last night’s extra-innings loss.

Why the change?

A team spokesman denied the link. “The direction of the races have shifted between base sides over the last few seasons.,” she said. “It’s really just another way to keep things interesting for our fans.”

But down on the field, members of the mascot crew were not so quick with their denials. “You figured it out,” one admitted Thursday.

The Nationals have clearly come to the conclusion that the presidents race has an impact on the luck of the team, which raises the question, why do they continue to prevent Teddy from winning?

Teddy slams Abe Lincoln into the outfield wall

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt slams Abe LincolnAfter losing 27 races to Abe Lincoln this season, Teddy Roosevelt let his frustrations get the best of him Friday night at Nationals Park.

With Abe threatening to pull away from the pack, Teddy Roosevelt gave Lincoln a running push in his back. The Great Emancipator fell to the warning track along the left field wall, allowing both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to get buy.

Slo-mo video from the MASN broadcast:

Nats were almost renamed the Washington Teddies

Ghosts of DC revealed a terrific bit of history Thursday in the form of a Washington Times article from 1905.

After the 1904 Senators produced one of the worst seasons in professional baseball history, there was a call to rename the team, and the Times published many of the more than 400 suggestions.

“There were some unique ideas,” the article said,”such as that of the man who, out of compliment to the strenuous character of the President, wants the club called “Teddies.” “

If that contributor were alive today, what would he think of the mockery the Nationals have made of our 26th president?

Video: Did George Win? Jefferson handed controversial presidents race victory

Did Screech blow the call?

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Photo FinishWednesday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park may have been the closest in racing president history, with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson hitting the finish line at precisely the same time.

With NASCAR champion Austin Dillon on hand to wave the checkered flag Wednesday, race judge Screech was unusually liberated to focus on making the correct call.

Yet many on hand, including the MASN play-by-play team of Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo, felt that George Washington was robbed when Screech awarded the ‘W’ to Thomas Jefferson.

George reached out and grabbed the tape as he fell forward across the finish line, but even the slo-mo replay below is inconclusive as to whether Jefferson had already touched the tape.

Video #2 courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

George Washington wins first presidents race in over a month

Mitt Romney take note.  A lot can change in a month.

Nationals Presidents Race George Washington Wins Teddy LosesOn August 3, George Washington held a commanding lead in the 2012 presidents race standings; but that was before Abraham Lincoln went on his trademark late summer tear. A winless month left the father of our country mired in third place, riding the second longest losing streak in presidents race history.

Alas, Teddy Roosevelt’s record remains safe for now, as the Labor Day crowd saw Washington win his first presidents race in over a month to keep the season standings tight heading into the final weeks of the season.

Tight, that is, for everybody except Teddy Roosevelt.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt rides a tricycle but can’t catch Thomas Jefferson

Nationals presidents race Teddy Roosevelt Tricycle by Cheryl NicholsAfter wowing the crowd Saturday with his Gangnam Style dance, Teddy Roosevelt reached back into his bag of tricks Sunday at Nationals Park, entering the race aboard an oversized tricycle.

The trick might have worked, but a wet warning track and a big early lead by Thomas Jefferson proved insurmountable, as the presidents raced to the 3B side in their traditional Sunday finest.

Jefferson took the tape to keep the heat on Abraham Lincoln in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page

Video: Racing presidents dance “Gangnam Style”

When Saturday’s game between the Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals was picked up by FOX Sports as the game of the week, the Nats’ mascot team was faced with a golden opportunity: an entire extra minute of commercial time to fill during the middle of the 4th inning.

The result? Presidents race bonus time, “Gangnam Style.”

Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln started Saturday’s race wearing their day game jerseys and running from left field to the traditional music of “Let’s Go!” by Richie Valens, but Teddy Roosevelt entered from the center field gate wearing his hawaiian shirt and sunglasses, carrying an oversized boom box.

Gangnam Style racing presidents Washington NationalsThe music stopped, Teddy pushed a button, and the Korean dance pop hit “Gangnam Style” began pumping through the stadium speakers.

Abe and the founding fathers ripped off their jerseys to reveal hawaiian shirts, and to the cheers of 34,000 fans, the four Rushmore presidents broke into the “horse riding dance” made popular by Korean pop star PSY.

When the music stopped, Lincoln dashed towards the finish line to steal an easy victory.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Here’s another angle from YouTube member shmaggie23, where you can better hear the crowd reaction:

 

And on the chance you haven’t seen the original phenomenon that has turned into an Internet meme, here it is:

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