Video: Lincoln catches Teddy in the standings

Abe Lincoln wins Nationals presidents raceIt’s early still, but 2014 is shaping up to be the a historically tight battle in the presidents race standings.

Perennial cellar dweller Teddy Roosevelt has suddenly emerged as a competitive force, but his notorious rival Abe Lincoln isn’t sitting still. On Monday night at Nationals Park, it was Abe’s turn, pulling away at the finish to take his third victory and tie the Rough Rider atop the presidents race standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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: 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

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

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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

Video: Abe Lincoln brings back the dirty tricks, George wins photo finish

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“Honest” Abe Lincoln returned to familiar territory Friday night at Nationals Park, disrupting and otherwise clean race with dirty tricks directed at the winless Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Lincoln sat out the race, but emerged from the bullpen to put a body slam on Teddy and Bill to knock them out of contention.

In the first photo finish of the season, George Washington leaned across the tape to edge out Thomas Jefferson at the wire.

With his eighth consecutive win, the father of our country is threatening to turn the season into a laugher.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: George wins again, but who is Abe paying off?

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents George WinsWashington Nationals Racing Presidents Abe CheatsWashington Nationals Racing Presidents Abe CheatsIn just the fifth home game of the young season, George Washington claimed his fourth presidents race win Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

After sharing a relay race victory Tuesday, he and fellow founding father Thomas Jefferson remain the only racing presidents to have tasted victory in 2013.

Yet somehow, the Nats continue to credit Abraham Lincoln with a victory on the Nationals Park presidents race scoreboard.

The mistake appeared after the final race of last week’s brief homestand vs. the Marlins. George won that race, but when the team returned to DC, both he and Abe had been credited with a victory.

This isn’t the first time the Nats have slipped an extra victory into Abe’s column. Last September 19, with Lincoln clinging to a narrow late season lead in the standings, the team returned to Nationals Park for the final homestand of 2012 to find that Lincoln’s victory total had magically been boosted from 27 to 28. George would go on a streak to pass Abe in the standings in the season’s penultimate race, but the Nats called the season a tie.

The team did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Video: Abe beats Teddy again, this time both on bikes

Abe Lincoln Cheats presidents race Nationals ParkJust one day after Abe Lincoln blatantly stole a race while riding a tricycle, the Great Emancipator was at it again.

On Wednesday night at Nationals Park, the presidents ran a 2-wheel relay, with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson running the first leg aboard Segway personal transporters, and Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt running the anchor leg aboard Capital Bikeshare bikes.

“Honest” Abe was teamed with Washington, but Lincoln decided he wasn’t waiting for the tag. Abe jumped head of Teddy on the anchor leg and never looked back, to win steal his second race in a row, this time a shared victory with George.

Video courtesy YouTube member lfahome
Twitter photo/DC Pro Sports Report

Abe cheats on tricycle. Screech fails to disqualify him.

Abe Lincoln Cheats Presidents Race Nationals ParkAbe Lincoln Cheats Presidents Race Washington NationalsAnyone who doubted the Nationals’ conspiracy against Teddy Roosevelt need only have witnessed the travesty on display at Nationals Park Tuesday night.

No, it wasn’t the Henry Rodriquez wild pitch, or the back-to-back bases-loaded strikeouts in the tenth, or the excuse for pitching the Mets trotted out in extra innings.  It was the blatant double standard on display as Abe Lincoln was handed a presidents race victory he didn’t deserve.

The Nationals moved the presidents race finish line to the third base side Tuesday, but only one president got the memo. George, Tom, and Teddy were first out of the gate, but stopped mid-race when they realized that Abe Lincoln had taken off in the other direction aboard a large tricycle.

As Lincoln approached the finish line, the Nats’ official race judge Screech didn’t hestitate to wave the checkered flag and declare Abe the winner.

Of course, Screech has previously disqualified Teddy Roosevelt for, among other things, riding a motor scooter, a golf cart, and a segway.  The hypocrisy was not lost on fans, as Twitter lit up immediately following the race:

@cnichols14: Why wasn’t Abe disqualified? If @Teddy26Nats had pulled that, he would have been!

@WallyHuron: @LetTeddyWin so teddy wins with a segway and is disqualified. But Abe wins with a bike and wins? IT’S A CONSPIRACY I SAY!

@msdavisteacher @LetTeddyWin not fair! They disqualified Teddy for a Segway last year. How can Abe use a bike?

Let Teddy Win Teddy Roosevelt fans at Nationals ParkHow indeed?

Tuesday’s Let Teddy Win cheering section of 8th-graders from Fort Worth, Texas remained an impressive presence in the Nationals Park Right Field Terrace through the full 12 innings, and even got a visit from the Bull Moose himself  after the presidents race was finished.

Video and guest blog report to follow.

Twitter Photo: @NatzfFan

Lincoln wins one for Mark Grace.

Mark Grace with the racing presidents - Photo by Teddy26NatsAbe Lincoln wears a Mark Grace mask to win the presidents race at Nationals ParkAbe Lincoln wears a Mark Grace mask to win the presidents race at Nationals ParkRacing Mark Grace may have never won the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Legends Race, but at least he can now claim a victory in the Washington Nationals presidents race.

Despite being in the Nationals Park press box for Fox Sports Arizona, the Dbacks veteran and broadcaster failed to respond to a challenge from the racing presidents; so Honest Abe took things into his own hands.

After Wednesday night’s race, the presidents held up signs saying “Racing Gracie = No Show,” and “He Must Be Scared.”

On Thursday, Lincoln emerged for the fourth inning presidents race wearing a makeshift “Racing Gracie” mask.  The great emancipator then proceeded to smoke his competition, earning a first victory of sorts for the hard-luck Legend.

After winning the game and yet another series, the Nationals are riding high entering Take Back the Park Weekend, which kicks off Friday night vs. the Phillies.  The effort has drawn national attention, and most recently led D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to issue a proclamation declaring an official “Natitude Weekend.”  With Stephen Strasburg set to kick off the festivities Friday night, Nationals Park should be rocking, and fans should leave extra time to get to the park.

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Video: Teddy gets his grudge match, but is clotheslined by George and Tom

A day after issuing a challenge to Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt got his wish — a one-on-one grudge match vs. Abe on Sunday at Nationals Park.

Well, almost.

As George Washington and Thomas Jefferson sat on the sidelines, Teddy and Abe bolted from the centerfield gate for their first-ever mano-a-mano presidents race.

The two exchanged leads, pushing and shoving each other the entire way, until Teddy slammed Abe into the right field wall, sending the Great Emancipator to his knees.

It appeared that Teddy would run away with his first victory, but George and Tom would have nothing of the kind, jumping in front of Teddy at the warning track and clotheslining the Rough Rider, allowing Abe to run by to take the tape for the first time this season.

In recent seasons, there has been little love lost between Lincoln and Roosevelt, and the two presidents wasted little time renewing their rivalry in the opening homestand. Teddy now has a week off to lick his wounds and plot his revenge.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Lincoln holds off challengers to take his 3rd title as the Nationals racing presidents bid farewell to Stan Kasten

In the end, it was no contest.

After a back and forth month in which both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson made strong runs at first place in the presidents race standings, back-to-back repeat champion Abraham Lincoln held off all challengers in the final race of the season, pulling away for a convincing victory and claiming the presidents race title for the third year in a row.

More importantly, the race marked the fifth straight season of futility for #26, Teddy Roosevelt, who failed to deliver in the final home game for Nationals president Stan Kasten, the aleged architect of the anti-Teddy conspiracy.

Racing presidents farewell to Stan KastenNo sooner had Nationals mascot Screech declared Lincoln the winner, when he joined the presidents in holding up signs of appreciation for Kasten, who announced last week that he would be leaving the team at the end of the season.

During his five year tenure with the Nationals, Kasten has been both praised and criticized for his marketing of the team and the Nationals Park experience, including the now-famous 4th-inning presidents race. A Nationals Park farewell tribute was punctuated by a presentation of cupcakes to Kasten by Teddy Roosevelt.

The racing presidents will carry some compelling story lines into the off season. After three straight titles, is it fair now to declare this a presidents race dynasty for the Great Emancipator? With Kasten departing, will we see the team take a tougher stance on Abe’s cheating? Most importantly, with new management in place, will 2011 be the year the Nationals finally let Teddy win?

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome (whose video of Tuesday’s race was featured tonight on ESPN)

Another Curse against the Nats? Or just the reason Abe Lincoln gets away with cheating.

In today’s Baltimore Sun, Mark Greenbaum and David O’Leary argue that the Nationals poor record in the team’s short history is not due to the fact that Major League Baseball decimated the Expos organization and talent pool, but because Nationals Park is haunted by the ghost of John Wilkes Booth.

Yes, it seems the the Nationals’ shiny new ball park happens to be on the site where Abraham Lincoln’s assassins were tried, hung, and buried.

Of course, the Nationals’ weak on-field performance dates not to the opening of Nationals Park, but to the introduction of the presidents race in 2006, leading others to have speculated about the curse of Teddy Roosevelt.

Interestingly, if any performance-related trend can be tied to the opening of Nationals Park, it’s the unlikely dominance of Abraham Lincoln in the team’s 4th-inning presidents race.

Back at RFK stadium, the first presidents race season titles went to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

But since moving to Nationals Park, Abe Lincoln has simply dominated, winning the crown going away in 2008 and 2009. This year, after losing his lead briefly to George, Abe went on a late season tear and with just ten home games remaining is positioned to take his third title in a row.

It’s been well established that Abe gets away with cheating, but perhaps it’s not Abe at all, and rather a higher power allowing the Great Emancipator to get away with murder…

Abe Lincoln takes out the GEICO Gecko

Thomas Jefferson took an early lead in the Nationals presidents race Friday night at Nationals Park and held onto the lead, showboating as he spun across the finish line.

But it was Abe Lincoln who stole the show, veering off course at the last minute and drawing gasps as he plowed into the sponsor. The diminutive GEICO Gecko was clearly not prepared for Abe’s open field tackle.

Perhaps Abe wasn’t able to save 15% on his car insurance.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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