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:

GIF: George slams Teddy into the visitor’s bullpen fence

George Washington Slams Teddy Roosevelt Animated GIF VideoGeorge Slams Teddy Cardinals reactionRunning the wrong way seemed to help the team on Friday night, so on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, the racing presidents took off toward the third base side again, but as was the case in the game vs. the Cardinals, things got ugly quickly.

Teddy Roosevelt had an early lead, but as the presidents passed the visitors’ bullpen, George Washington slammed Teddy into the fence, to the surprise and horror of the Cardinals’ relievers.

Roosevelt fell to the ground, and oncoming presidents Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson tripped over him. With his competition dispatched, George Washington managed to avoid disqualification and cruised to an easy victory.

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

Pigeon interferes with Washington Nationals game

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

Teddy’s sicks his pet moose “Bullee” on the competition, punches Mr. Met

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Teddy Roosevelt punches Mr Met after finishing second in Friday night’s presidents race

Nationals racing president Abraham Lincoln has been on a tear recently, riding a four game winning streak into Friday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park. But Teddy Roosevelt brought a new character onto the field to disrupt Abe’s rhythm.

As the fourth inning race began, Roosevelt was in front of the bullpen with a new character, “his pet moose, ‘Bullee,'” playing catching with a small stuffed Mr. Met mascot. As the field approached, Bullee turned and attacked the oncoming racers, leaving only Thomas Jefferson standing.

“I guess Lewis and Clark showed him how to avoid moose,” said P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska. Teddy only finished second, taking his frustrations out on Mr. Met.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: “Sharky” takes out George’s competition as shark week continues at Nationals Park

Shark Week at Nationals Park SharkyShark Week continued Tuesday night at Nationals Park as George Washington stole another presidents race victory, appearing from the bullpen with a short “shark,” who proceeded to take out all of Washington’s competition.

“He’s given up his hunting hound for his pet shark, Sharky,” intoned Nationals Park P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska. As his pet mowed down the competition, George turned and crossed the finish line unopposed.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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