GIF: Presidents race melee keeps Lincoln’s hopes alive

Presidents Race MeleeIn a race that Washington Nationals color commentator F.P. Santangelo called a “three in the morning job,” the Nats’ racing presidents tripped and pushed each other through an epic shoving match in which everyone participated. On Monday night, not even the sponsor GEICO Gecko escaped the dirt.

Despite face planting twice, it was Abe Lincoln who emerged victorious, stumbling across the finish line and slamming the sponsor’s mascot into the tarp.

With just eight home games left in the season, The Great Emancipator moved within five games of season leader Teddy Roosevelt, whose magic number remains at 2.

Here’s the near-speechless call by MASN’s Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo:

Video: Teddy loses, but his magic number drops to 2

Time is not on Abraham Lincoln’s side.

Abe Lincoln Teddy Roosevelt racing presidentsThe Great Emancipator kicked off the current homestand Friday night with a presidents race victory to move within 6 games of Teddy Roosevelt in the hunt for the season title, but his failure to win on Saturday or Sunday made the task more unlikely.

Teddy Roosevelt lost each of those races at the wire, first to Thomas Jefferson and then to William Howard Taft, but with only 9 races remaining in the season, Teddy’s “magic number” still shrank to 2.

Here’s Friday’s victory by Abe:

…and Taft’s Sunday triumph:

Friday night’s video courtesy of lfahome

Is it too early to talk magic numbers? Not if you’re Teddy Roosevelt

With a month of baseball to go, it may be too early to start talking about a magic number for the Washington Nationals to clinch the 2014 division championship.

Teddy Roosevelt holds up the Presidents Race Championship Belt

Teddy Roosevelt shows off the Presidents Race Championship Belt. The Rough Rider is exploring uncharted territory in 2014

But the presidents race season may be another matter.

The first half of the Nats’ home season marked uncharted territory for perennial loser Teddy Roosevelt, who won enough races to jockey back and forth for first place with all-time presidents race victory leader Abraham Lincoln.

But since┬áthe All Star break, it’s been all Teddy. The Rough Rider has won ten times to Lincoln’s two. In fact, Wednesday’s win was the Great Emancipator’s sole victory in the month of August.

When the team returns Friday to Nationals Park, Teddy will have a seven game lead with just a dozen home games to go, for a magic number of 3.

There are many who still say the Nationals should never have let Teddy win, but those people should take note: The Nationals are 16-8 when Teddy wins this season.

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