Teddy and an all star cast of villains hold off Lincoln to hand George Washington the 2013 presidents race title

Bullee the Moose tackles Abraham Lincoln Washington Nationals racing presidents

Bullee the Moose tackles Abe Lincoln

Martha Washington hands off to the Rally Pigeon Washington Nationals racing presidents

Martha Washington hands off to the Rally Pigeon

The Rally pigeon hands off to the Sharknado Washington Nationals presidents race

The Rally pigeon hands off to the Sharknado

Kool Aid Man hands off to Bullee the Moose in the anchor leg of the Nationals presidents race

Kool Aid Man hands off to Bullee the Moose in the anchor leg

Bullee the Moose takes out our cameraman Luis Albisu - Washington Nationals presidents race

Bullee the Moose takes out our cameraman at the presidents race finish line

After cheating his way into contention entering the final day of the 2013 season, Abraham Lincoln was thwarted by Teddy Roosevelt and an all star cast of interlopers on the final home date of 2013.

Abe needed to sweep the doubleheader to take the title, and The Great Emancipator appeared to be on his way to victory during the afternoon opener; but a rare appearance by Roosevelt conspirator Bullee the Moose ended Abe’s chances. Bullee tackled Abe just short of the finish line, giving the victory to Teddy.

The evening finale was occasion for a relay race featuring a who’s who of presidents race sabateurs.

Martha Washington began the affair by shoving her husband aside and staking the villains to an early lead. The Rally Pigeon held the lead vs. Thomas Jefferson, but in the third leg, Abe Lincoln gained ground vs. the Sharknado, and the Kool Aid Man was unable to gain it back, falling behind to William Howard Taft.

That left Teddy Roosevelt behind in the anchor leg to Bullee the Moose. The Rough Rider and his usual co-conspirator pushed and shoved along the home stretch before the Moose was thrown over the rail into Row A of Section 134.

Bullee plowed into our intrepid cameraman along the presidents race finish line, knocking out what exclusive footage we had hoped to share from the final day of the season.

The prognosis is positive for a full recovery by 2014.

Teddy took the tape to pull even with William Howard Taft for the final season standings.

Abe showboats, wins race from left field bullpen

Racing president Abe Lincoln taunts cheats winsDespite needing to win out the remaining home games to claim the presidents race season title, “Honest” Abe Lincoln has gotten cocky. After attacking rival George Washington Thursday night, Abe gave the field a head start Friday, starting the race from the left field bullpen.

Lincoln caught the pack and surged ahead, turning to taunt his fellow presidents as he took yet another improbable victory.

With a victory Saturday night, Abe could set up a final battle vs. George for the season title on Sunday afternoon.

GIF: Abe Lincoln refuses to pass the baton to George Washington. Literally.

Abe Cheats - refuses to hand the baton to George Washington - hits racing presidentKnown for his dirty tricks, “Honest” Abe Lincoln has established himself as the winningest racing president since the opening of Nationals Park; but this season, George Washington has been the class of the field, holding a comfortable lead in the season standings since April.

Yet George has been unable to put away a resurgent Abe, and entered Thursday night’s contest still needing just one victory to seal the season.

In what began as a traditional relay race, Abe Lincoln was called upon to pass the baton to George Washington for the anchor leg, but the Great Emancipator wasn’t willing to hand the victory to his rival. Instead of passing the baton, Abe reared back and clobbered the founding father, stealing the victory for himself.

Full finish line video below, plus a slo-mo version:

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Abe Lincoln mirrors the Nats, keeps the pressure on George as pigeon interferes with presidents race

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A pigeon interferes with Zach Walters during Sunday’s game at Nationals Park

Teddy Roosevelt pets a pigeon at Nationals Park

Teddy Roosevelt greets the pigeon on the field after Sunday’s game (Photo:@KryaSchu)

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Abe Lincoln cuts the outfield corner to take the first race of Tuesday’s doubleheader

Washington Nationals presidents race rally pidgeon trips Teddy Roosevelt

The Rally Pigeon returns to trip Teddy during Tuesday night’s presidents race

From pigeons on the field over the weekend, to Monday’s tragedy and Tuesday’s miraculous doubleheader, strange things are conspiring to make the final homestand of the year at Nationals Park a whirlwind of emotions and surprises.

Until recently, George Washington’s lead in the 2013 presidents race standings has seemed as comfortable as the Cincinnati Reds’ lead in the wild card standings, and yet like the Reds, the founding father has just not been able to close it out.

Going into Tuesday’s doubleheader, Abe Lincoln, who had been written off for dead by May, had mirrored the Nationals’ own resurgence with a late season run that moved him within six games of Washington for first place.

In Tuesday’s first game, Lincoln started at the back of the pack, but as the presidents approached the right field corner, Abe took to the inside and blatantly cut the corner to pass Teddy Roosevelt. The transgression went unnoticed by race judge Screech, and Abe fended off Washington in the stretch to take the tape.

In the nightcap, Teddy Roosevelt once again took the lead into the home stretch, but then, appearing along the first base line was a giant relative of the pigeon that wouldn’t leave the field during Sunday’s game. The pigeon extended a leg to trip the Rough Rider short of the finish line. Slo-Mo video below.

Lincoln raced by the prone Roosevelt to earn win number 21 and move within four games of Washington with five remaining.




Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: “Best Presidents Race of the Year” as Teddy dives to rob George Washington

Best Washington Nationals presidents race of 2013 Teddy wins photo finishIn what Nationals play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter said “might be the best GEICO presidents race of the year,” the Nationals racing presidents ran neck and neck for a breakneck 25 second pace Sunday after noon at Nationals Park.

In the home stretch, it appeared that George Washington had victory at hand, but Teddy Roosevelt charged from behind and dove for the finish line, falling over the tape as George stretched out his hands in apparent victory.

Race judge Screech awarded the photo finish victory to Roosevelt, keeping Washington’s magic number stuck at three.

Here’s the call by Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo from Sunday’s broadcast:

Video: Abe Lincoln makes balloon animals for Pups in the Park

Abe Lincoln Racing President beats Teddy Roosevelt crioAbe Lincoln Balloon Animals Pups in the ParkAbe Lincoln needs to get hot to have any chance of catching George Washington for the 2013 presidents race title. It may seem a daunting task, but unlike the Nationals themeselves, Abe’s fate is completely in his own control.

On Saturday night, he looked like he had what it takes, fending off a surging Teddy Roosevelt to move within 6 wins of Washington in the standings.

Lincoln then fashioned a balloon puppy at the finish line, honoring all of the canines in the stands Saturday for “Pups in the Park” night.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Taft plays Jason for Friday the 13th, gets clocked by George

Friday 13th William Howard Taft as Jason Washington Nationals Presidents RacePresidents Race Friday the 13th Jason GIF William Howard TaftThe Nationals racing presidents kicked off the final homestand of the season as the presidents race was meant to be, with the Rushmore four — George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy — racing closely along the warning track.

But it being Friday the 13th, this season’s interloper William Howard Taft emerged from the bullpen midway through the race wearing a hockey mask, and mucked up the proceedings, attacking the competition and leaving them lying in the outfield.

But “Jason” took his time grandstanding for the crowd as he proceeded towards the finish line, and George Washington caught him from behind.

As the crowd cheered, the father of our country triumphantly waved an American flag as he crossed the tape.

With nine home games to go, Washington’s magic number is three.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Jayson Werth and Joey Votto chat about the presidents race

It can’t get much dumber than Yahoo!’s Sports Friends, but when Jayson Werth and Joey Votto chat at first base about the racing presidents, we have to listen in.

The authors decided to make Werth look clueless by calling Alexander Hamilton a president. Of course, followers know better, as Jayson Werth has always been among the more prominent members of the Let Teddy Win movement.

Video: Grounds crew pummels presidents, Teddy stumbles to victory

Grounds Crew Attacks TeddyTeddy Roosevelt Wins Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Wins Nationals Presidents RaceA Nationals homestand characterized by presidential dirty tricks continued at Nationals Park as the team played its only Sunday night game of the season, beating the Mets in come-from-behind fashion on national television.

Sunday’s fourth inning presidents race started out cleanly enough, with fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt hanging onto a close lead as the presidents raced into the home stretch.

But the grounds crew was waiting in ambush along the first base line. They swarmed the field and took down front-running Teddy before pummeling each of the other racing presidents.

The Rough Rider pulled himself to his feet and looked up to see finish line just ahead. He stumbled forward, taking a final and dramatic leap over the tape to secure only his eighth victory of the 2013 campaign.

Video: Abe Lincoln cheats his way into contention

Back on May 24, the Washington Nationals began their fifth homestand of 2013, and Abe Lincoln lost his 32nd consecutive presidents race. The once dominant speedster looked listless, and 2013 was looking like a runaway season for George Washington.
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Now, a remarkable run has vaulted Lincoln past Jefferson and within striking distance of our Founding Father.

With eleven home games remaining, Lincoln is just six victories behind Washington, and unlike the Nationals’ own predicament, he doesn’t have to leapfrog anybody to catch the prize.

On Saturday night, Abe showed he’s willing to do anything to gain ground. The Great Emancipator blocked the starting gate with his body, allowing George and Teddy to get by.

Lincoln then teamed up with the pair to take revenge out on Jefferson for Friday’s win.

After Lincoln pummeled Jefferson, he turned to chase down the portly William Howard Taft, who had cut the outfield corner. Lincoln pushed Taft to the ground and ran away with the win.

NOTE: Lincoln is somehow cheating in more ways than one. The Nationals have once again gotten the standings wrong on the outfield scoreboard, crediting one extra victory each to Abe, Tom, and Teddy. Here’s hoping they check the video and fix things before the final homestand.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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