The 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.