Video: Lavar Arrington tackles racing president Abraham Lincoln

With his recent surge in the presidents race standings, fans at Nationals Park had begun wondering if anything could stop Abraham Lincoln.

Lava Arrington Nationals Park presidents raceThe answer arrived Thursday night in the form of three time Pro Bowl linebacker Lavar Arrington.

It began with a misdirection play, as William Howard Taft darted toward left field, leading Lincoln and the other presidents in the wrong direction.

The move gave Taft enough time to race ahead to the finish line and pull Arrington from the stands.

Arrington, who played six seasons for the Washington Redskins and is now a radio host on DC’s 106.7 The Fan, went straight for Lincoln, executing an open field tackle, then chasing the other presidents back toward the bullpen.

“That’s how you do it!,” Arrington declared as he walked off the field.

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Video: Teddy commemorates “Man in the Arena” Speech during presidents race

Teddy Roosevelt wearing boxing glovesApril 23 Boxing Gloves Presidents Race Nationals Park Teddy Man in the ArenaOn this day in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave his famous “Man in the Arena” speech at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France.

Roosevelt used the occasion to extol the virtues not of the critic, but of “the man who is actually in the arena,” who “if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

The speech established the philosophy that guided the Let Teddy Win movement since 2006, and provided locker room inspiration for the Nationals before a huge playoff victory in 2012.

To commemorate the 104th anniversary, the Rough Rider donned boxing gloves for Wednesday’s fourth inning race at Nationals Park.

Teddy entered the race from the bullpen and ambushed his opponents with a series of jabs as they approached the right field corner. But Abe Lincoln wasn’t phased, and the Great Emancipator was able to hold off a late charge from Roosevelt to take his third straight race.

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Video: Presidents recycle field trash during Earth Day race, Abe tops the standings for the first time since 2012

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Abe Lincoln shows off his Earth Day trophies (Twitter Photo:@Teddy26Nats)

The Nats racing presidents recycled an Earth Day tribute on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, pausing during the fourth inning race to pick up trash from the warning track and deposit it in recycle bins before continuing the race.

The presidents have celebrated Earth Day at home before, but this was the first time they all got into the act. In previous years, Teddy has paused to pass out beads and hats, planted a tree in foul territory, and picked up Abe Lincoln’s litter. Yet despite this year’s even playing field, Abe Lincoln prevailed to take over first place in the standings for the first time since 2012.

No finish line video tonight, but here’s the call by Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo from the MASN broadcast:

Video: Lincoln catches Teddy in the standings

Abe Lincoln wins Nationals presidents raceIt’s early still, but 2014 is shaping up to be the a historically tight battle in the presidents race standings.

Perennial cellar dweller Teddy Roosevelt has suddenly emerged as a competitive force, but his notorious rival Abe Lincoln isn’t sitting still. On Monday night at Nationals Park, it was Abe’s turn, pulling away at the finish to take his third victory and tie the Rough Rider atop the presidents race standings.

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Video: Easter Bunny Takes Out 4 Racing Presidents

Easter Bunny Attacks Nationals Racing PresidentsOn Easter Sunday at Nationals Park, the racing presidents wore their Sunday finest and ran a tight, clean fourth inning race with Teddy in the lead down the home stretch.

But the Easter Bunny was waiting in foul territory and took a leap towards Roosevelt, taking out the Rushmore Four in one fell swoop.

With George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy on the ground, the plodding William Howard Taft was able to race by for his second win of the season.

It was the first regular season appearance for the Easter Bunny, who last appeared in an exhibition game in 2012.

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.

Video: Teddy & the racing presidents reverse course to exorcise Cardinals demons

Nationals racing presidents running left Teddy winsNationals racing presidents running left Teddy winsThe home team had not beaten the visiting St. Louis Cardinals since the 2012 playoffs, and so, coming off an inauspicious series opener Thursday, the Nats needed to exorcise some demons.

In the fourth inning Friday, Teddy Roosevelt and the racing presidents did their part, reversing the direction of the nightly presidents race and heading towards a new finish line along the third base side.

Perennial loser Roosevelt came on strong from behind and pulled away for an easy victory, perhaps inspiring the Nats toward victory and enabling the hero of San Juan Hill to take regain sole possession of first place in the standings.

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Video: Teddy gives up lead to celebrate National High Five Day

National High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsNational High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsNational High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsThe Nationals returned to DC Friday to kick off an eleven game homestand on what apparently was National High Five Day.

Nats racing president Teddy Roosevelt celebrated the occasion by running a fourth inning race reminiscent of his epic six year losing streak.

The Rough Rider surged from the rear of the pack to overtake his fellow presidents heading into the home stretch, but waiting in the stands along the first base line were members of the Nat Pack holding signs of encouragement.

Faced with messages of “Happy NH5D Teddy!!,” “Teddy Win = High-5″, and “Go Teddy Go!!,” our 26th president stopped to high five all the fans along the rail, letting Thomas Jefferson run by to pick up that president’s first victory of the young season.

Video below. For readers interested in the baseball-related history of the high five, check out this piece from ESPN The Magazine.

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Video: Teddy pulls ahead on Capital Bikeshare bicycle

Presidents race capital bikeshare Teddy wins on bicycleThe Nats racing presidents did their part to speed things up during Wednesday night’s epic victory over the Miami Marlins, running the fourth inning presidents race aboard special edition cherry blossom bicycles provided by Capital Bikeshare. Teddy Roosevelt put on an impressive showing, racing from far behind the pack to pull away at the end.

The Rough Rider is now once again alone atop the presidents race standings.

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Video: Presidents trample Jefferson, keep him winless

Nationals Racing Presidents Teddy George BillIn what looks to be the most competitive season in the history of the Nationals’ presidents race, Thomas Jefferson is now the only president who has yet to taste victory.

On Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the competition was committed to keeping it that way.

As they approached the home stretch in the fourth inning race, George Washington knocked over Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln stayed behind to finish the job. Teddy turned back to look, and Washington raced by for the win.

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Video: Eight area mascots pummel racing presidents, Abe Lincoln rips off Talon’s head

It’s become an annual tradition. Each April at least a half dozen area mascots show up on a Sunday at Nationals Park to celebrate Nats mascot Screech’s birthday.

Screechs Birthday - Mascots visiting Nationals Park racing presidentsMascots tackle Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln knocks off DC United Talon's Head - Nationals Park Presidents RaceNationals Park racing presidents photo finish William Howard TaftAnd each year, they take great joy in ambushing the racing presidents.

In the 4th inning today, as the presidents rounded the right field corner in their Sunday finest, the mascots poured out of the stands along the first base line.

YoUDee and Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue (University of Delaware) ganged up on the charging Teddy Roosevelt. Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals) and George (George Washington University) teamed up on George Washington. True Grit (UMBC) tripped up William Howard Taft, and what appeared to be Bill the Goat from Navy (with a new uniform number) downed a spinning Thomas Jefferson. Clawed Z. Eagle (American University) mostly just joined in high-fiving the other mascots.

Abe Lincoln managed to burst through the melee, but like a catcher guarding home plate, DC United’s Talon held ground as the last line of defense against the Great Emancipator. Abe plowed into the mascot and knocked off his head, but fell just short of the finish line.

As the Goat pounded relentlessly on the downed Jefferson, Washington and Taft both stumbled to their feet and raced for the tape, leading to a surprising photo finish, with Taft claiming his first victory of the season.

Full video below, plus a bonus slo-mo version of the big hits


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Video: Washington Nationals presidents race year in review

The 2013 season was one of high expectations for fan favorite racing president Teddy Roosevelt. But things got off on the wrong foot with the introduction of a fifth president, Roosevelt rival William Howard Taft, and it was Memorial Day before Teddy notched his first victory.

Along the way, the presidents were visited by Teddy’s great great grandson Winthrop, HBO’s VEEP Selina Myer, The Bird, The Racing Pierogies, That Cat, a giant cicada, Mr. Kool Aid, the Sharknado, Martha Washington, Sharky, the grounds crew, Teddy’s pet moose Bullee, a rally pigeon, and a dozen other mascots from the DC area.

Here for your pleasure, a finish line view of the presidents race season:

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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.




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Video: “Best Presidents Race of the Year” as Teddy dives to rob George Washington

Best Washington Nationals presidents race of 2013 Teddy wins photo finishIn what Nationals play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter said “might be the best GEICO presidents race of the year,” the Nationals racing presidents ran neck and neck for a breakneck 25 second pace Sunday after noon at Nationals Park.

In the home stretch, it appeared that George Washington had victory at hand, but Teddy Roosevelt charged from behind and dove for the finish line, falling over the tape as George stretched out his hands in apparent victory.

Race judge Screech awarded the photo finish victory to Roosevelt, keeping Washington’s magic number stuck at three.

Here’s the call by Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo from Sunday’s broadcast:

Video: Abe Lincoln makes balloon animals for Pups in the Park

Abe Lincoln Racing President beats Teddy Roosevelt crioAbe Lincoln Balloon Animals Pups in the ParkAbe Lincoln needs to get hot to have any chance of catching George Washington for the 2013 presidents race title. It may seem a daunting task, but unlike the Nationals themeselves, Abe’s fate is completely in his own control.

On Saturday night, he looked like he had what it takes, fending off a surging Teddy Roosevelt to move within 6 wins of Washington in the standings.

Lincoln then fashioned a balloon puppy at the finish line, honoring all of the canines in the stands Saturday for “Pups in the Park” night.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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