Video: Nats get superstitious, reverse presidents race direction and put a stop to Teddy victories

Blame the team. Blame Twitter. But the seven year conspiracy against Teddy Roosevelt seems to have been resurrected.

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt takes a dive July 25

Teddy Roosevelt takes a dive just short of the finish line July 25

Rally Cicada arrives too late to tackle Teddy Roosevelt July 26…

Teddy Roosevelt Takes a Dive Jul 26 Nationals Presidents Race 2

…but Teddy Roosevelt pretends to be tripped and falls anyway

Abe Lincoln leaps from the stands to tackle Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race

Abe Lincoln leaps from the stands to tackle Teddy Roosevelt July 27…

Abe Lincoln leaps from the stands to tackle Teddy Roosevelt 4

…as George Washington races by for the win


The Washington Nationals’ struggles have prompted hundreds of Tweets tallying the team’s total record since letting Teddy win at the end of last season, with some even calling it “the curse of Let Teddy Win.”

After suffering their sixth straight loss Wednesday, the Nats tried to shake things up. The direction of the race was switched, with the presidents now running towards a finish line on the third base side of the field. More significantly, a familiar but suspicious pattern suggests that the team revived its longstanding ban on Teddy Roosevelt victories at the same time.

On Thursday, the presidents ran left for the first time all season, and Teddy took a huge lead into the home stretch, but stumbled as if on queue, falling flat on his face just short of the finish line.

The next day, the Rally Cicada returned to Nationals Park, and appeared ready to ambush Teddy along the finish line. The bug arrived late and missed Teddy completely, yet Teddy pretended to be tripped and fell just short of victory.

Nats play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter captured it best. “This town loves a good conspiracy,” he said on the broadcast. “That was the worst, ever.”

On Saturday, the Rough Rider once again took a big lead into the home stretch, but Abe Lincoln was waiting in ambush, and jumped out of the stands along the third base line, tackling Teddy to the ground, allowing George Washington to race by for the win. On Sunday, George Washington slammed into Teddy with a bicycle.

Teddy had won five races this season, but none on this homestand, and the team has won 4 of 5 games since the changes. If superstition holds, Teddy may be in for a long rest of the summer.

Videos: Teddy ambushes Pittsburgh’s Pierogies, who return the favor

Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies and Washington’s racing presidents have a history of bad blood, including most famously a vicious hit on Teddy Roosevelt by the retired Potato Pete at PNC Park, and one of only two instances in history when the presidents race was sabotaged by a non-president.

Washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt attacks Pittsburgh Racing PierogiesPittsburgh Pierogie tackles Washington Nationals Teddy RooseveltOn Monday night the pierogies returned to Nationals Park and joined the fourth inning presidents race, jumping out ahead of the pack, chased by George, Tom, Abe, and Bill.

But Teddy Roosevelt was waiting for them in foul territory, yielding a giant fork and knife. Teddy chased the pierogies back into their pursuers, and as Jalapeno Hannah tried fending them off with her purse, Lincoln raced past for the victory.

On Tuesday night, the pierogies sought their revenge, with Oliver Onion waiting in ambush as Teddy raced toward the finish. Oliver jumped off a table, with Sauerkraut Sal right behind, taking Teddy down as Abe once again raced by.

Oliver’s leap captured in slo-mo below.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Sharknado takes out Nationals racing presidents

Sharknado invades Washington Nationals presidents raceThe Washington Nationals returned home Friday night expecting to face the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest baseball phenom Yasiel Puig. They didn’t expect Los Angeles to bring along their even newer L.A. phenom, the Sharknado.

In just over a week since premiering on the SyFy Network, the made-for-TV disaster flick about a freak hurricane that hits Los Angeles and floods the city with man-eating sharks, has become a social media sensation.

In the fourth inning of Friday’s game, the Sharknado hit the Washington Nationals presidents race, appearing mid-race from the home bullpen and spinning its way through the field, knocking down everything in its path.

Well, almost everything. Abe Lincoln slipped past the Sharknado’s grasp, but the freak phenom chased after the Great Emancipator, taking him down as he fell over the finish line.

Chain reaction of presidents race cheating leaves George Washington Standing

Washington Nationals presidents race demolition derbyWashington Nationals presidents race demolition derbyWashington Nationals presidents race demolition derbyWashington Nationals presidents race demolition derbyWashington Nationals presidents race demolition derbyThe recent Washington Nationals homestand was characterized both by an offensive explosion on the field and a cheating explosion in the Nats’ fourth inning presidents race.

During the fourth inning Sunday at Nationals Park, the week of presidential cheating reached a crescendo, with everybody getting into the act as presidents fell like dominoes.

George Washington took the early lead, but Thomas Jefferson caught him from behind, pushing the father of our country to the warning track and racing past.

But trailing close behind Jefferson was the Great Emancipator Abe Lincoln, who slammed into the Sage of Monticello to steal the lead himself.

The Big Chief William Howard Taft was trailing behind Lincoln, and caught up to “Honest” Abe in the right field corner, slamming him into the wall.

That left only Teddy Roosevelt trailing, and the crowd of 31,483 rose to its feet in anticipation of the final takedown.

Teddy did in fact catch up, but as he pushed Taft to the ground, the momentum carried him tumbling forward himself.

Washington, the lone president who hadn’t cheated, had risen to his feet and raced by to take the tape.

Videos: Abe Lincoln returns to his cheating ways, and Taft takes notes

Abe Lincoln tackles Teddy Roosevelt Nationals Presidents Race 7-5-13William Howard Taft and the Rally Cicada throw water coolerWilliam Howard Taft and the Rally Cicada throw water cooler
A week of non-stop presidents race cheating continued this weekend at Nationals Park, with William Howard Taft taking a few lessons from long-time cheater Abe Lincoln.

On Friday night, “Honest” Abe returned to old form, emerging from the bullpen to plow into Teddy Roosevelt mid-race. As Teddy tried to recover, Taft and Jefferson each piled on, pushing the Rough Rider back to the warning track as Abe preened and pranced across the finish line.

For Saturday’s game, it was Taft who positioned himself along the first base line, enlisting the return of this summer’s unlikely new foil, the Rally Cicada.

In the blistering afternoon heat, the cicada offered Taft a drink of water, but Taft took the entire water cooler and tossed it at his oncoming competitors, knocking them all to the ground and leaving him a clear path to victory.

Once again, no disqualifications were issued.

Here’s the video of Friday night’s victory by Abe:

And here’s is Saturday’s victory by Taft:

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Taft competes with Teddy for Twitter followers, Abe slams him with a folding chair, and more

The cheating is getting out of hand in the Nationals presidents race, and if that sounds like nothing new, the difference vs. previous years is that now even Teddy isn’t getting disqualified.

Nationals Tweetup Taft vs TeddyTaft tackles Teddy at Nats tweetupAbe Lincoln hits William Howard Taft with a Folding ChairAbe Lincoln hits William Howard Taft with a Folding ChairOn Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft escalated their 100 year-old war, taking each other out as race judge Screech looked the other way.

The Nationals sponsored a #VoteNats Tweetup on Wednesday evening, and the team’s longtime face of Twitter Teddy Roosevelt paced the field, holding up a sign as he approached the finish line reading “#voteNATS Tweetup ’13 Follow me @Teddy26Nats.”

But Taft was trailing close behind with his own sign, and slammed the Rough Rider to the ground, taking the victory and holding up his own sign saying “No Teddy, they should follow ME @NatsBigChief27.”

Taft’s antics were simply revenge for the previous night, when Teddy had enlisted the help of longtime nemesis Abraham Lincoln to take Taft out of the competition.

On Tuesday, “Honest” Abe sat out the race — literally. When the race began, Lincoln parked himself on a folding chair on the warning track by the Nationals bullpen.

Teddy Roosevelt tore out of the starting gate and slapped hands with the Great Emancipator as he race by the bullpen.

Lincoln then stood up, folded up the chair, and swung it right into the oncoming Taft.

With the Chief Justice flattened to the ground, Abe unfolded the chair, stood on it, and taunted his victim. No disqualifications were issued.

Here’s Teddy’s victory from Tuesday night:

And Taft’s take down of Teddy on Wednesday:

I was not around for the race on the 27th, but here is the video, in which Lincoln apparently celebrated the anniversary of the decommissioning of Route 66:

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