Video: George shines, Teddy struggles with Standard Obstacle Course on Army Day at Nationals Park

Nearly 32,000 fans welcomed the Washington Nationals home from a lengthy road trip Thursday night as part of the team’s Army Night military celebration.

Army Day Nationals Park Racing Presidents Lift WeightsArmy Day Nationals Park Racing Presidents Obstacle CourseThe evening was chock full of military tributes, highlighted by a first-ever racing presidents Army obstacle course.

Former Army Colonel Teddy Roosevelt had no trouble with the hurdles that opened the fourth inning race, but TR met his end at the next stop. Each of the other presidents tackled the weightlifting obstacle, but Teddy proved unable to lift the weights (marked “200″), and failed to continue as Taft dashed ahead.

The final obstacle, a classic Army Crawl, proved to be the portly Taft’s undoing. As the Big Chief keeled over, first Commander In Chief George Washington crawled ahead on elbows and knees, and took the series opener.

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Video: Teddy Roosevelt wins as racing presidents salute military on Memorial Day

The Nationals saluted the U.S. Military on Memorial Day at Nationals Park, with the racing presidents joining the team in donning their military-style fatigue uniforms.

Teddy Roosevelt wins presidents race military memorial dayTeddy Roosevelt wins presidents race military memorial dayThe fourth inning presidents race wasn’t so much a race as it was a salute to our nation’s soldiers. The racing presidents positioned themselves around the field along the warning track, waiting to pass an American Flag from president to president in order of their service — well, almost.

Our first military veteran president George Washington kicked things off, passing the flag to our third president Thomas Jefferson, who then handed it to #16 Abe Lincoln. The Nats thought better than to let war hero #26 Teddy Roosevelt hand the flag to #27 William Howard Taft; so it was Taft who went next, letting the leader of the Rough Riders and Hero of San Juan Hill take the honors in this least competitive of races.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: George Washington thwarts Tigers with cinnamon again

Racing presidents Tigers hate cinnamonAfter trotting out the cinnamon shakers to thwart the Tigers Wednesday night, Nationals Racing Presidents decided that another dose of cinnamon would continue to keep Detroit at bay.

On Thursday afternoon, the presidents raced with cinnamon shakers once again, subscribing to the philosophy of Zack Galifianakis’ character Alan Garner from the movie The Hangover.

Teddy Roosevelt put in an inspired performance, but turned to trip an oncoming Thomas Jefferson with his cinnamon shaker. Jefferson indeed tripped but fell into Roosevelt, taking both down.


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Video: Presidents switch directions, but Nats luck doesn’t change

Thomas Jefferson Sits for Nationals Presidents RaceWashingtion Nationals Racing Presidents Run LeftThomas Jefferson Sits Nationals Presidents Race Shoes on fireThomas Jefferson is getting cocky.

After surging past the field in three of the last four presidents races, the Sage of Monticello was on a roll heading into Tuesday night’s contest at Nationals Park.

So as the presidents were being introduced on the video scoreboard, Jefferson parked himself in a chair on the outfield warning track to watch the start of the presidents race.

After spotting his competitors a head start, Tall Tom darted ahead from behind the field, catching up as they turned the left field corner.

“C’mon Tom, get back in the race! Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible,” shouted Nationals P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska, quoting Shakespeare on his birthday.

TJ passed the pack in the home stretch, crossed the tape and popped off his shoes. “His shoes are on fire, he’s so fast,” chimed in Hruska.

The presidents raced to the third base side for the first time in 2013, a move perhaps designed to change the Nationals’ recent luck on the field, but the Nats lost another close one to the Cardinals to even their record at 10-10.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

HBO’s VEEP Selina Meyer to join Nationals presidents race Tuesday night

Teddy Roosevelt Selina Meyer VEEP Washington Nationals Presidents RaceA giant Selina Meyer mascot will join the Washington Nationals racing presidents Tuesday night at Nationals Park, as part of a promotion for Sunday’s season premier of the HBO series VEEP.

As first reported by the intrepid Dan Steinberg at The Washington Post, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus character will join Teddy Roosevelt in a relay race vs. a team of Abe Lincoln and William Howard Taft. No news on what the founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson will be up to.

The giant likeness of Dreyfus will also be in the center-field plaza before the game, and will be featured in several in-game promotions.

Steinberg’s report did state that this “will mark the first time a television character will appear in the race,” but in fact, a giant Brian Griffin from Family Guy participated in a similar promotion back in May, 2010.

Photo/Washington Nationals

Taft skips first presidents race of 2013, Gecko flattens Washington

New racing president William Howard Taft sat out the first presidents race of 2013 at Nationals Park.

Taft sits out first presidents raceThe unofficial race was part of Friday’s exhibition opener vs. the New York Yankees. Taft wasn’t part of the introductory video, and spent the entire race in the stands at section 133, taking notes on his new opponents in preparation for Monday’s official opener.

The race was otherwise reminiscent of previous seasons, with Teddy Roosevelt trailing far behind Abe Lincoln at the tape. George Washington tried to take out his frustrations on the sponsor GEICO Gecko, who was ready for George and flattened him.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

No Teddy, no Taft for racing president auditions

George Washington President Race Auditions Nationals ParkThe Nationals held their annual racing president auditions Saturday at Nationals Park, but hopefuls looking to taste a first victory dressed as William Howard Taft left disappointed.

In continuing with a long-standing tradition, only the costumes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln were available for the auditions. Teddy Roosevelt, as usual, was reportedly on vacation, and contestants were told newcomer William Howard Taft is resting for the season.

With the Nats expected to draw record crowds this season, the part-time job is as coveted as ever. 58 candidates were invited to the tryouts from about 300 applicants. Previous jobholders must reapply annually.

Racing president auditions have become a Presidents Day weekend tradition in DC in recent years, but the 2013 tryouts were postponed to March as the presidents paid a special visit to Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota to celebrate Presidents Day this year.

Video: WTOP

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