Videos: Teddy Roosevelt takes ALS Challenge during Nationals game

Lindsay Czarniak Ice Bucket ChallengeTeddy Roosevelt ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeOn Tuesday, ESPN sports reporter Lindsay Czarniak issued the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg and racing president Teddy Roosevelt “because he never wins anything.”
Ouch.

During Wednesday night’s game at Nationals Park, Teddy delivered.

The Rough Rider jumped in front of his competitors during the fourth inning presidents race, crossed the finish line wearing a shower cap, and held up a series of signs. After accepting Czarniak’s challenge, a bucket of water was dumped on his head.

Roosevelt shook off the cold shower, then issued challenges of his own to WWE wrestler El Torito, Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner, and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.

Here’s a GIF of the action, plus Czarniak’s original challenge, as well as the full race video as seen on Nats HD.

Teddy Roosevelt takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The full race as seen in the stadium on Nats HD and called by PA announcer Jerome Hruska:

And finally, our finish line footage:

Nats HD video: Washington Nationals
Finish Line video: lfahome

Video Presidents attack GEICO Gecko, Jefferson gets stuck

It’s hard to say what got the Rushmore Four riled up Tuesday night, but after watching fellow racing president William Howard Taft cross the finish line at Nationals Park, the Nats’ remaining racing presidents decided to gang up on the GEICO Gecko.

Presidents attack GEICO GeckoThe sponsor, who helps out at the finish line nightly, is usually off limits to the presidents’ antics, but immediately after Tuesday’s race, Thomas Jefferson pushed the amphibian insurance salesman into the Grounds Crew’s tarp in foul territory.

The slippery mascot evaded Jefferson, who got stuck behind the tarp, but then Teddy Roosevelt charged at him, followed by George Washington, who grabbed the lizard and jumped on top of him.

Perhaps they didn’t save as much as they’d expected on their car insurance.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy sets palm tree and pineapple obstacle course for the racing presidents

Presidents race through palm treesTeddy Roosevelt Pineapple trapPresidents trip on pineapplesIt was a beautiful day to play hooky from work, and Teddy Roosevelt took advantage.

For Thursday’s afternoon game at Nationals Park, The Rough Rider parked himself in a Hawaiian shirt in a lawn chair, sunning himself along the first base line.

As his fellow presidents were forced through an obstacle course of palm trees on the warning track, Teddy scattered pineapples on the ground in foul territory.

As the presidents approached the home stretch, Abe, George, and Tom tripped on the pineapples. Taft got through the obstacles, but Teddy got up and threw a pineapple at him from behind, knocking the Big Chief to the ground.

The victory pushes Teddy further into uncharted territory, in first place by 5 races as the Nats head to Atlanta.

Video:MLB.com

Justice is not blind as Taft steals blindfold relay race

Blindfold presidents raceThe Nationals’ racing presidents held a blindfold relay race Wednesday night at Nationals Park, with Washington and Jefferson lining up against the unlikely pairing of Lincoln and Roosevelt.

Just before the gun, William Howard Taft entered the field without a blindfold, and the former Chief Justice spun Tom and Teddy around, leading them to collide with their counterparts.

Bill took the tape to notch his ninth win of the season.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Best video of the year? Jayson Werth Garden Gnome clobbers racing presidents

Jayson Werth Garden Gnome LiveAs Teddy crossed the finish line, members of the secret service carried the frozen "gnome" off the field.With a sellout crowd on hand for Jayson Werth Garden Gnome night Tuesday at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt enlisted the mischievous magical gnome himself to help take his fourth consecutive presidents race.

Wearing a pointed hat and holding a bat and ball, Jayson Werth’s doppleganger stood still as a statue as Teddy took photos of him on the first base line, but when Roosevelt’s rival presidents approached, the gnome abruptly swung his bat, knocking out all four competitors before returning to his statuesque pose.

As Teddy crossed the finish line, members of the secret service carried the frozen “gnome” off the field.

Full and slo-mo GIFs below in what may be the best video of the year. The whole finish line video, which is also below, is really worth watching.

Jayson Werth Garden Gnome Clobbers Racing Presidents

Jayson Werth Garden Gnome Clobbers Racing Presidents

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

GIF: Teddy Roosevelt Clobbers Racing Presidents with “Rally Mitt”

Teddy Roosevelt clobbers Jefferson Nationals presidents raceWearing a protective mitt apparently borrowed from Bryce Harper, Teddy Roosevelt ambushed his fellow racing presidents at the finish line of Sunday’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

After using the mitt to defeat Sharknado Abe the night before, Teddy tweeted a message of thanks to Bryce Harper. Harper and Ryan Zimmerman have been wearing the mitts when running the bases as they recover from hand injuries.

Here’s the highlight GIF, with slo-mo enhancements. Full sound video below.

Teddy Roosevelt Clobbers Racing Presidents with Rally Mitt [Slo Mo]

Video: Abe Lincoln turns into Sharknado, attacks fellow presidents

Abe Lincoln as the SharknadoTeddy Roosevelt Wins the Presidents RaceAfter watching the Sharknado disrupt the presidents race for the last two nights, Abraham Lincoln got a little inspiration.

When race time came Saturday night at Nationals Park, The Great Emancipator emerged from the Nationals’ bullpen wearing his own makeshift Sharknado costume.

“Honest” Abe went on the attack, spinning his way through Washington, Jefferson, and Taft, but Teddy Roosevelt was waiting with a weapon of his own — a Rally Mitt!

Teddy swatted Lincoln to the ground, and raced ahead for the victory.


Abe Lincoln Sharknado

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Photo and Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Sharknado attacks Teddy Roosevelt

Followers of the Washington Nationals racing presidents should not have been surprised by what was waiting in Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt Sharknadostore for Teddy Roosevelt Thursday night at Nationals Park.

The debut Wednesday of the sequel Sharknado 2: The Second One on the SyFy Network portended the return of Teddy’s nemesis Sharknado, who made four appearances at Nationals Park during the 2013 season.

Roosevelt passed his fellow presidents early in Thursday’s race, but a spinning Sharknado was waiting to take him down with a flying leap. Abe Lincoln mopped up for the win.

Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt Sharknado

Full video below.

Video by YouTube member lfahome for LetTeddyWin.com

GIF: Teddy Roosevelt scares MLB with astronaut costume

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing Sunday at Nationals Park by donning a makeshift astronaut helmet fashioned from tinfoil.

The tactic helped propel Teddy to his 16th victory and an unprecedented July lead in the presidents race standings, but it apparently scared the folks at Major League Baseball, who tweeted this GIF:

For the record, it was the fourth time Roosevelt has attempted the astronaut helmet, but the first time he’s won while wearing it.

Video: Teddy goes after George Washington, who returns the favor

It was not Teddy’s finest hour.
Teddy Roosevelt tackles George WashingtonGeorge tackles Teddy as Tom wins
In the first presidents race after the All Star break, Teddy Roosevelt came out swinging Friday night at Nationals Park, turning on his fellow presidents before they even finished coming out of the centerfield gate.

The Rough Rider shoved George Washington to the ground, but failed to down his other competitors, backpedaling as Thomas Jefferson slipped by him on the warning track.

Teddy chased Jefferson for the length of the race, and cut the outfield corner to try to catch up, but Washington, who had recovered early, caught up to the Bull Moose and exacted his revenge.

It should be a fun second half of the season.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

Video: Bear cub attacks Teddy Roosevelt in the outfield

Chicago Cub tackles Teddy RooseveltThe beating that Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals put on the Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon was nothing compared to the grizzly scene that played out in the fourth inning presidents race at Nationals Park.

With Teddy Roosevelt in the early lead, an orange, oversized bear cub came running from the home bullpen and shoved the Rough Rider to the ground, but the other presidents exacted revenge on Teddy’s behalf, as George Washington finished the job with a body slam.

Chicago Cub tackles Teddy Roosevelt - Washington Nationals Presidents Race

Abe and Tom pushed and shoved to the finish line, and Abe eked out the victory to extend his lead over Teddy in the season standings.

Finish line video courtesy of lfahome

Video: George Washington leads a July 4th Parade at Nationals Park

George Washington 4th of July Nationals ParkWhen baseball returned to Washington DC, Major League Baseball established an annual tradition of playing a morning baseball game on Independence Day in the nation’s capital.

For the first several years of the Nationals’ presidents race, it was also an annual tradition for the writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, to lead the other presidents while carrying an American flag.

But last year, the team handed the honor to George Washington, and once again in 2014, it was George who led the parade.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe shows no sense of humor on International Joke Day

Abe Lincoln cheats presidents race Nationals ParkOn Tuesday night at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt stopped his fellow racing presidents on the warning track to read them the “Joke of the Day” in celebration of International Joke Day.

George, Tom, and Bill started laughing, but Abe Lincoln grabbed the joke from Teddy’s hands, tore it up, and raced for the finish line.

We knew Abe cheated. Apparently he’s also got no sense of humor.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Nats Park crowd chants “USA” as racing presidents act out USA vs. Belgium

Nationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USAAs they did before last week’s World Cup soccer match, the Nationals racing presidents acted out Tuesday’s upcoming match between Team USA and Belgium on Monday night at Nationals Park.

And this time, the crowd really got into it.

George Washington and Abe Lincoln represented Team USA on Monday, wearing their home white uniforms. They got off to a rough start, as “Honest” Abe had trouble handling the ball and tripped on the outfield warning track.

But Belgian defenders Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft (wearing red uniforms) weren’t able to capitalize. George held them up then broke away as Lincoln recovered and pushed the ball past them.

Washington took Abe’s pass and advanced the ball towards goalie Teddy Roosevelt (who was wearing his Hawaiian shirt). The Rough Rider managed to stuff Washington’s shot, but the Founding Father recovered the ball, put a fake on Teddy, and sent the goalie flying to his left as he passed to the charging Lincoln.

The Great Emancipator finished the job, then joined Washington in leading the Nationals Park crowd in a rawcous chant of “USA! USA!”

Here’s the finish line video:

And here’s the official full call of the race by P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska:

Video: Meet the man who dressed as Teddy Roosevelt at the World Cup

When the USA scored for the second time during Sunday’s World Cup match vs. Portugal, international broadcasts caught a glimpse of a fan dressed as Teddy Roosevelt celebrating the go-ahead goal.

The image of the Rough Rider cheering in the stands was instantly shared on Twitter and Vine, but credit Yahoo! Sports
for tracking the man down.

His name is Mike D’Amico, and he told Yahoo! he was “super stoked” to find out he had he had become a Twitter sensation.

“I’ll take your word for it until I get some WiFi,” he said. “We’re out in the Amazon. I don’t have a whole lot of Internet here.”

D’Amico explained that he wears the costume because “…it gets people excited. It gets people involved. When I’m trying to start a song in the stands, it’s easier to listen to Teddy Roosevelt than some other guy in another shirt.”

Bully!

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