Video: Jefferson trips then jumps the gun in backwards presidents race

Washington Nationals presidents race backwardsNationals Presidents race backwardsAfter Thursday night, when the Nats tossed a 1-hitter after the racing presidents ran backwards, the Nationals Park mascot team decided it was best not to mess with a good thing.

On Friday night, with pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on his way to a complete game 1-hitter, the racing presidents set up once again in first base foul territory to run the fourth inning race backwards.

All of them, that is, except Thomas Jefferson. As caught on video by reader Jeramy Compton, the sage of Monticello tripped in the tunnel and struggled to get up, then dashed onto the field in front of the other presidents, before the introductions were finished.

George, Abe, Teddy, and Bill waited for the starting gun, then went after the cheating Jefferson, with George Washington catching him on the warning track to take back the lead in the presidents race standings.


Race video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy, Taft get revenge, Taft sits on George Washington

Nationals racing presidents Teddy tackles George WashingtonNationals Racing President William Howard Taft Sits on George WashingtonA day after George Washington bowled over his competition, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft sought presidents race revenge, each in his own unique way.

On Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, George Washington continued an early season trend, once again taking a lead in the fourth inning race; but Teddy Roosevelt gained ground on him from behind and slammed the founding father into the outfield wall.

With Washington lying on the warning track, William Howard Taft, who didn’t even start the race, emerged from the bullpen and sat his infamously large posterior on the father of our country, keeping him in place until Thomas Jefferson made it to the finish line.

video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: George Washington plows Tom, Abe, Teddy and Taft

Nationals Racing President George WashingtonWith only seven races in the books for 2013, George Washington has established himself as Nationals Park’s new 4th-inning enforcer, a role historically owned by “Honest” Abe Lincoln.

If there was any doubt before Friday night’s race, it was quickly erased soon after the racing presidents were introduced. Washington was last to emerge from the centerfield gate, but as the field raced along the warning track, George surged ahead chased down Jefferson, Lincoln, Taft, and Teddy in succession, knocking each to the ground.

After crossing the finish line, the father of our country pimped for the crowd.

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: Washington, Jefferson collude in Thursday’s presidents race

George Washington Thomas Jefferson collude Nationals Presidents RaceGeorge Washington Thomas Jefferson collude Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWilliam Howard Taft TwitterWith the first short homestand of the season wrapping up Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson stood alone atop the presidents race standings, and apparently they want to keep it that way.

During the fourth inning presidents race, the two founding fathers colluded to systematically knock out their competition, slamming Abe Lincoln into the outfield wall, tripping Teddy Roosevelt in the right field corner, and slamming William Howard Taft to the ground in the home stretch.

The final tackle took George down as well, but rather than cross the finish line, Jefferson waited for the first president to come to his feet to be handed the victory.

What Jefferson gets in return remains to be seen, but the newest president Taft is not taking it lightly.

“Collusion, I say!,” he tweeted after the race. “Fine then, it appears that I need to find a partner before the next race.”

Both Teddy and Taft remain winless.

Video courtesy of Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page

Teddy slams Abe Lincoln into the outfield wall

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt slams Abe LincolnAfter losing 27 races to Abe Lincoln this season, Teddy Roosevelt let his frustrations get the best of him Friday night at Nationals Park.

With Abe threatening to pull away from the pack, Teddy Roosevelt gave Lincoln a running push in his back. The Great Emancipator fell to the warning track along the left field wall, allowing both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to get buy.

Slo-mo video from the MASN broadcast:

Video: Teddy Roosevelt rides a tricycle but can’t catch Thomas Jefferson

Nationals presidents race Teddy Roosevelt Tricycle by Cheryl NicholsAfter wowing the crowd Saturday with his Gangnam Style dance, Teddy Roosevelt reached back into his bag of tricks Sunday at Nationals Park, entering the race aboard an oversized tricycle.

The trick might have worked, but a wet warning track and a big early lead by Thomas Jefferson proved insurmountable, as the presidents raced to the 3B side in their traditional Sunday finest.

Jefferson took the tape to keep the heat on Abraham Lincoln in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page

Video: In extra 13th-inning race, Abe steals a W

Presidents race observers have long suspected that race judge Screech was in the pocket of speedy rail splitter Abraham Lincoln.

Sure enough, with few fans still awake to serve as witness, Screech slipped an extra “W” Lincoln’s way early Tuesday morning as the Nationals ran a bonus post-midnight presidents race in the 13th inning of the Nats’ victory over the Atlanta Braves.

After barely losing a photo finish to Thomas Jefferson in the evening’s first race, the Great Emancipator replayed the scene in the bonus frame, this time apparently crossing the finish line just behind George Washington, but Screech awarded the win to Lincoln anyway.

Judge for yourself:

Nationals Racing presidents kick off a week of Olympic races

Nationals racing presidents Olympic race walkingNationals racing presidents Olympic race walking Teddy Roosevelt LosesThe Washington Nationals racing presidents opened a six game home stand at Nationals Park promising to dedicate all races this week to events of the Olympic Games.

The festivities kicked off Tuesday night with a “race walk” at Nationals Park set to Olympic music (yes, race walking is in fact an Olympic event).

George Washington led a tight pack into the right field corner, but the pace picked up in the home stretch, and Thomas Jefferson broke into a moderate sprint.

George and Abe gave chase, leaving Teddy Roosevelt as the only president to stick to the rules.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe Lincoln shoves his way to presidents race victory

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Thomas Jefferson tackled Teddy RoosveltWashington Nationals Presidents Race Abe Lincoln CheatsAbraham Lincoln returned to form Sunday at Nationals Park — cheating form, that is.

In a race more fitting for a roller derby, “Honest” Abe took out George Washington with an anabashed body check along the outfield wall, clearing a path to victory after Thomas Jefferson had taken out Teddy Roosevelt in similar fashion. As has become the custom, corrupt race judge Screech turned a cheek and failed to disqualify Lincoln.

Abe’s third victory in the last four races helped Lincoln keep pace with season leader Washington as the team hits the road for the week. Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy tries winning aboard a motorcycle — twice — but can’t pull it out in extra innings

Presidents race Teddy Roosevelt MotorcyclePresidents race Teddy Roosevelt MotorcyclePresidents race Teddy Roosevelt Motorcycle13th Inning Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt Blindfolded on a motorcycle13th Inning Presidents Race Teddy on Motorcycle Runs out of Gas Abe WinsTeddy Roosevelt had two chances to take his first presidents race victory Saturday at Nationals Park, as the Nationals and Yankees took their contest past the 13th inning, triggering a rare second presidents race.

Roosevelt threw caution to the wind Saturday, risking disqualification by entering the field aboard a motorcycle.

The Bull Moose had speed on his side, but was done in by the details. Teddy started the race by going the wrong way, and by the time he realized and turned around, he was far behind the field.

With a sellout crowd of 41,287 cheering him on, Teddy almost caught up to the pack, but Abe Lincoln took the tape, and Roosevelt skidded out, falling off the bike at the finish line.

The arrival of the thirteenth inning triggered just the tenth doubleheader in presidents race history, and this time, Teddy was sure to get the directions straight.

In fact, Roosevelt was so confident, he rode the motorcycle blindfolded.

With the finish line moved to the 3rd base side for the second race, Teddy got off to a quick start and took a huge lead.

Nationals Park PA Announcer Jerome Hruska got the crowd cheering as #26 pulled away from the pack, but just as it seemed victory was at hand, Teddy started slowing down and came to a stop just short of the tape.

He had forgotten to fill up between races, and ran out of gas.

Teddy could have walked across the finish line, but tried getting the motorcycle going, and once again, Abe Lincoln was there to steal the victory.

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

Video: Change in presidents race direction confuses Teddy too. Abe cheats but gets the win.

Presidents Race Teddy Runs the wrong wayNationals presidents race Teddy behindWashington Nationals Presidents Race Abe Lincoln WinsTeddy in Cherry Blossom Parade photo by Sarah GuthrieThe Nationals’ apparent decision to vary the location of the presidents race finish line in 2012 isn’t just confusing for the spectators at Nationals Park. Apparently Teddy Roosevelt is a bit out of sorts over it as well.

After alternating the location for the first two games, the Nationals gave the reasonable impression that the pattern might continue, so when the gates opened for Saturday’s 4th inning presidents race, Roosevelt took off for the 3rd base line.

After realizing he’d run the wrong way, Teddy slammed on the breaks and reversed course, but by then, he was a distant 4th with no chance to catch George Washington.

Abe Lincoln, however, cut the outfield corner to pass George at the turn, and in a tight 3-way finish, edged out his competition to take the tape.

“Honest” Abe’s history of cheating is well-documented, but presidents race finish line judge Screech once again ignored Abe’s transgression, and awarded the victory to Abe.

The race capped a busy day for Teddy and the rest of the racing presidents.

After completing a rare late night presidents race doubleheader in extra innings last night, the team was up early to participate in this morning’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

Video below courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.
Parade photo by Sarah Guthrie.

Video: Teddy Roosevelt avoids disqualification by losing

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt cuts the outfield cornerRacing President Thomas Jefferson beats Teddy RooseveltThe 34,821 fans who packed Nationals Park Saturday night got an unexpected thrill during the 4th inning presidents race, as 426-time loser Teddy Roosevelt made an exciting late charge after emerging last out of the starting gate.

Though Teddy barely failed to catch front-runner Thomas Jefferson, the exciting charge by Teddy got the crowd on its feet.

What most of Teddy’s fans in the stands failed to notice was that Teddy had gained much of his momentum by cutting the right field corner. Had he taken the tape, he likely would have faced disqualification.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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