GIF: Taft’s wife Nellie pops up to disrupt Nationals presidents race

Presidents Race Jack in the Box Nellie TaftFriday night marked the anniversary of “Nellie” Taft’s death in 1943, and to memorialize the occasion with dignity, the 27th first lady popped out from a jack-in-the-box to spook the Nationals’ racing presidents and spur her husband William Howard Taft to victory.

Perhaps the late Helen Louise Herron Taft was making her first appearance at Nationals Park to check out the Cherry Blossoms. After all, it was Mrs. Taft who arranged for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry trees that grace the Washington, DC Tidal Basin.

The victory by husband Bill moved the Chief Justice into a first place tie with Abe Lincoln in the season standings.

GIF: Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft clothesline Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt with a folding table

Nationals Racing presidents folding table clothesline 2Nationals Racing presidents folding table clotheslineBryce Harper and Danny Espinosa apparently provided inspiration for Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft Friday night as the Nationals resumed their homestand at Nationals Park.

With two homers each, Harper and Espinosa teamed up to bring the hammer down on the Atlanta Braves. Jefferson and Taft don’t swing the bat, but did one better by bringing a folding table onto the field.

With the presidents running toward the left field side for the second night in a row, Tom and Bill teamed up to slam the table into Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt.

Taft took the win to move within one win of Abe in the standings.

Photo:Washington Nationals
Video:MASN

Video: Nats Racing presidents leave Taft behind in RFK throwback race

William Howard Taft is lostNationals Racing PresidentsBefore 2008, when the racing presidents moved to Nationals Park, the Nats’ fledgling fourth inning race started from RFK Stadium’s right field corner.

On Tuesday night, the presidents continued their season-long tribute to ten years of National history as the original four presidents — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt — started the race once again from the right field corner.

William Howard Taft, who didn’t join the Rushmore Four until 2013, didn’t get the memo, starting instead from the centerfield gate. Taft never had a chance, and Abe won the short sprint to the finish.

Video courtesy of lfahome

Taft recruits rats from National Opera to ambush his fellow racing presidents

Racing presidents ambush TaftRacing presidents ambush William Howard TaftWashington National Opera Rats ambush Nationals Racing PresidentsWashington Nationals Racing President William Howard TaftWhether William Howard Taft is a rat may be subject to debate, but Saturday left no doubt whether the newest racing president hangs out with them.

After Taft won his second race on Friday, his fellow racing presidents decided they needed to put the Big Chief in his place, and so on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, the original Rushmores planned an ambush.

Unfortunately for them, Taft had an ambush of his own in the works.

George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy turned on Taft shortly after the race began, surrounding him on the outfield warning track and forcing him to the ground.

All seemed lost for big Bill as his fellow presidents turned and continued toward the outfield corner.

That’s when a half dozen rats emerged from the bullpen in right field. The rats were friends of Taft’s, currently rehearsing at the Kennedy Center for next month’s Washington National Opera production of Cinderella.

As the rats jumped on the Rushmores and held them to the ground, the portly Taft caught up from behind and lumbered past the field unopposed to claim his third victory of the young season.

Here’s the race as called at Nationals Park by P.A. Announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video:

Finish line video courtesy of lfahome

GIF: The Easter Bunny tackles Teddy Roosevelt on Opening Day

Easter Bunny tackles racing president Teddy Roosevelt Nationals Slo Mo GIFEaster Bunny Tackles Teddy RooseveltEaster Bunny tackles TeddyHope and anticipation were in the air Monday at Nationals Park, as a sellout crowd of over 42,000 fans came to see new ace Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals open their 2015 campaign.

Sadly, Scherzer’s masterful outing was wasted, as defensive miscues made some in attendance wonder whether things really would be different this time.

The 4th inning presidents race brought a similar feeling of deja vu for longtime Nationals fans. In a relay race that featured only the original Rushmore Four, Teddy Roosevelt bolted ahead of the pack when The Easter Bunny jumped out from the stands to tackle George Washington.

But Teddy stopped short of the finish line to celebrate, and William Howard Taft appeared to summon the Bunny from the outfield.

The Bunny lept over a table to take out The Rough Rider, handing Taft the opening day victory.

Above is a slo-mo GIF of the takedown. Below are videos of the race…
(1) as called in the stadium
(2) as recapped on the ESPN broadcast, and
(3) as seen in our finish line video:

Finish line video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome.

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

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