Video: Racing presidents recall “The Hangover,” George Washington assaults Taft with a cinnamon shaker

With the Detroit Tigers visiting Nationals Park for the first time Wednesday night, the racing presidents chose to trot out one of the most obscure cultural reference in their seven year history of obscure cultural references.

Nationals Racing President George Washington hits Bill TaftIn the fourth inning, the presidents attempted to throw off the Tigers by running a relay race in which batons were replaced by cinnamon shakers. The cinnamon reference recalled the movie “The Hangover,” when the Zack Galifianakis character Alan Garner declares “Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.”

Nationals Racing President George Washington hits William Howard TaftSince a fifth racing president was added this year, the relay race concept was unbalanced, with Teddy Roosevelt running on his own against two teams. After Abe handed off to anchor Bill, and Tom handed off to George, Teddy tripped and fell, leaving Taft with only George to beat, but it was Washington who did the beating, taking down Taft with a single swing of the cinnamon shaker.

Inexplicably, the Nationals awarded a victory to the cheating George, but not to his relay partner Thomas Jefferson. As expected to start this homestand, the race resumed its normal direction toward the first base line.



Race video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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:

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