Video: Teddy Roosevelt turns Abe Lincoln into a giant Chia Pet

Chia Pet Nats presidents race Teddy Roosevelt magicianChia Pet Abe Lincoln Nats presidents race Teddy magicianOver 37,500 fans were on hand Wednesday night for Jayson Werth Chia Pet night at Nationals Park, and as is often the case for such special promotions, the racing presidents joined in on the fun.

Before the start of the fourth inning presidents race, Teddy Roosevelt appeared along the outfield warning track, wearing a magician’s outfit, complete with cape, top hat and wand.

The race began with only Washington, Jefferson, Taft, and Coolidge, who were stopped by mid-race by the conjurer Teddy.

The Wizard of San Juan Hill then turned and pointed his wand at the bullpen gate, where he “conjured” a giant Chia Pet, aka Abe Lincoln, whose beard shed a stream of chia leaves as he dashed for the finish line.

No finish line video today, but here’s the race as it was called in-stadium by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska:

Video: When George Washington stumbles, Abe cleans up

In baseball, you’re supposed to run out those grounders, because you never know what’s going to happen.

George Washington stumblesAbe Lincoln gets that, which is one reason he leads the Nationals’ racing presidents in all-time victories. When another president fails to seal it at the finish, Lincoln is often the one to scavenge the win.

On Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, it was George Washington who had a big lead in the home stretch, but when the top-heavy founding father stumbled and crashed, “Honest” Abe was right behind to add to his win total.

The Great Emancipator finished the homestand tied with William Howard Taft for the lead in the season standings, and Jefferson suspiciously remains winless.

Racing presidents trot out Hawaiian shirts for Weather Day

Racing presidents in Hawaiian Shirts Abe winsRacing presidents in Hawaiian Shirts Abe winsOn a muggy “Weather Day” afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats’ racing presidents cooled off in their colorful Hawaiian shirts for the first time this season Tuesday, then mixed things up further by moving the finish line to foul territory along the third base side of the park and racing along the left field warning track. The finish line is usually on the first base side.

For the regulars in attendance, these elements may have been novel, but the results on the field looked very familiar.

For the fourth race in a row, Abe Lincoln raced near the rear of the pack, then roared from behind to pass the field at the finish.

Photos: Washington Nationals

Video: In a first, Nationals presidents race goes to replay review, Lincoln robs Teddy of title

The Nationals racing presidents entered the penultimate regular season race of 2014 on Saturday with four-time champion Abraham Lincoln on a tear.

Presidents race photo finish Teddy GeorgeThis Play Under Review - Replay BaseballReplay official Abraham Lincoln - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsLincoln, the all-time winningest racing president, had been dominated most of the season by Teddy Roosevelt, the perennial loser who came into the season with an all-time regular season record of 12-595 (yes, that’s twelve wins against nearly 600 losses).

But after clawing and cheating his way to victory in eight of eleven races in September, the Great Emancipator entered Saturday having tied the Rough Rider atop the presidents race standings.

So it was a surprise to most in the stands when “Honest” Abe failed to show up for Saturday’s race.

When the tightly-fought contest ended in a photo finish between Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington, race judge Screech the Eagle called for a replay review.

That’s when Lincoln appeared from the sidelines wearing a headset, having been appointed replay official by Screech.

After a delay in which the replay was shown on the Nationals Park scoreboard, Lincoln called the race for Washington, setting up a final showdown with Teddy in Sunday’s season finale.

Here’s the race as called in the stadium by PA Announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video:


Videos: Washington Nationals and YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Abe Lincoln enlists Secret Service to cheat his way into a tie with Teddy Roosevelt

Abe Lincoln Cheats - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln Cheats - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsWith a win Friday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats clinched home field advantage through the playoffs, but Teddy Roosevelt’s magic number stayed stuck at one, as “Honest” Abe Lincoln cheated his way to two victories in the day-night doubleheader, pulling into a tie with Teddy Roosevelt atop the presidents race standings.

The afternoon game featured $1 ice cream cones, so it was no surprise when “Nice Cream Cone” made a return appearance to Nationals Park during the presidents race. The giant dessert first went after Lincoln, but then took down all of his opponents, leaving a clear path for the Great Emancipator to take the opener.

In the nightcap, Lincoln enlisted the Secret Service to clear a path to the finish line, first clotheslining Teddy Roosevelt in the outfield, then tackling Washington, Jefferson, and Taft while Lincoln preened for the fans.

Abe’s antics ensure that the 2014 presidents race title will come down to the final game of the season.

Photo:@NatsBigChief27
Videos:YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy wins for the first time in a month, looks to clinch first title this weekend

Abe Lincoln wins game 1 presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt Wins - October“Honest” Abraham Lincoln has been on a tear in September, pushing and shoving his way to victory after victory in the presidents race. After winning his fifth in a row during the first race of Thursday’s day-night doubleheader, the Great Emancipator pulled within one win of Teddy Roosevelt in the presidents race standings with 5 home games left in the season.

Perhaps it was the dominant pitching performance of Gio Gonzalez, or maybe it was the cool October-like weather, but something woke up the Bull Moose. In Thursday’s nightcap, Teddy, who hadn’t won in more than a month, jumped out in front and led wire to wire.

After crossing the finish line and pushing his season lead back up to two games over Lincoln, Roosevelt pulled open his jersey to reveal a “Nothing but October” t-shirt.

With one more win, Roosevelt will guarantee at least a share of his first presidents race championship.

Race photos/@Teddy26Nats
Video by YouTube member lfahome

GIF: Abe Lincoln wins presidents race in a tutu

Abe Lincoln Color Run Tutu

Thomas Jefferson pulls up at the finish, allowing Abe Lincoln to pass by for the victory.

Abraham Lincoln wore a Tutu during Tuesday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park, and with a little help, the Illinois Rail Splitter opened the final homestand of the season by stealing his fourth straight victory.

Lincoln wore the tutu along with a paint-stained t-shirt to promote the upcoming Color Run this weekend at Nationals Park. Thomas Jefferson had Lincoln beaten, but pulled up at the finish to allow Abe to stay within two wins of Teddy Roosevelt with six games remaining.

Abe Lincoln wins presidents race in a tutu

Videos courtesy of MLB and YouTube member lfahome

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