Video: Presidents Race Deja Vu as That Cat tackles Teddy Roosevelt, Abe wins

With a losing record since Teddy Roosevelt first tasted victory in October, the Washington Nationals came to the conclusion Tuesday that something’s not working and shook up the roster to try to recapture some of their 2012 mojo.

Washington Nationals presidents race That Cat tackles Teddy RooseveltWashington Nationals presidents race That Cat tackles TeddyIf Wednesday’s fourth inning antics were any indication, they came to the same conclusion regarding the presidents race.

Following a familiar script from the previous six seasons, Teddy Roosevelt jumped out to a big lead that he extended into the home stretch.

Ignoring his recent victories, Nationals PA Announcer Jerome Hruska intoned “This could be the day. C’mon Teddy!,” before Teddy’s longtime nemesis “That Cat” appeared to block the finish line and tackle the Rough Rider to the ground.

Completing the narrative and adding insult to injury, the trailing president was Abe Lincoln, with only one win to his name this season, stealing the victory as Teddy lay on the ground.

Abe’s win pulled him into a tie with Teddy for last place in the presidents race standings.



Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Lincoln celebrates prematurely, Washington wins Capital Bikeshare race

Capital bikeshare Washington Nationals presidents race photo finish

Capital bikeshare presidents race Nationals Park

Perhaps the closest presidents race ever (Image/MASN)

Capital bikeshare Nationals presidents race Abe celebrates

…and Lincoln celebrates prematurely

Abe Lincoln thought he had his second presidents race victory of the season, but it turns out he celebrated prematurely.

The Nationals returned to town Tuesday night and got down to the business of protecting their turf, dealing a home brewed walk-off win vs. the New York Mets.

Abe Lincoln, who’s had a rough start to the 2013 season, also sought a return to his old winning ways in the fourth inning presidents race, as the mascot team pulled out an old favorite gimmick, riding aboard Capital Bikeshare bikes.

Teddy had the early lead, but was overtaken by George Washington and Abe Lincoln, who sprinted for the finish line neck and neck.

In possibly the closest photo finish in presidents race history, the bikes hit the tape seemingly simultaneously. Lincoln raised his fist in triumph, but though TV replay suggested that his front wheel may have been a hair in front of Washington’s, it was George who had leaned forward with his ten foot frame and taken the victory.

Lincoln remains in sold possession of last place in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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