Video: When George Washington stumbles, Abe cleans up

In baseball, you’re supposed to run out those grounders, because you never know what’s going to happen.

George Washington stumblesAbe Lincoln gets that, which is one reason he leads the Nationals’ racing presidents in all-time victories. When another president fails to seal it at the finish, Lincoln is often the one to scavenge the win.

On Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, it was George Washington who had a big lead in the home stretch, but when the top-heavy founding father stumbled and crashed, “Honest” Abe was right behind to add to his win total.

The Great Emancipator finished the homestand tied with William Howard Taft for the lead in the season standings.

GIF: Racing president Teddy Roosevelt tries to head butt Taft but misses badly

Like several members of the Nationals, racing president Teddy Roosevelt had a game plan for Saturday, but tripped up on the execution.
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It was a beautiful day for baseball, with both the players and the racing presidents decked out in their patriotic jerseys for Memorial weekend at Nationals Park.

But the sun did not shine on either for long. The Nats’ pitching and defense was unraveling in the middle of the fourth inning just as the presidents race began.

Teddy Roosevelt ran a clean race and held the lead in the home stretch, but decided to turn and execute a diving head butt into his rival William Howard Taft.

Teddy missed badly, and Taft soared past to take over first place in the presidents race standings.

Presidents Race Teddy dives and misses

Video courtesy of lfahome

GIF: Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft clothesline Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt with a folding table

Nationals Racing presidents folding table clothesline 2Nationals Racing presidents folding table clotheslineBryce Harper and Danny Espinosa apparently provided inspiration for Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft Friday night as the Nationals resumed their homestand at Nationals Park.

With two homers each, Harper and Espinosa teamed up to bring the hammer down on the Atlanta Braves. Jefferson and Taft don’t swing the bat, but did one better by bringing a folding table onto the field.

With the presidents running toward the left field side for the second night in a row, Tom and Bill teamed up to slam the table into Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt.

Taft took the win to move within one win of Abe in the standings.

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Video:MASN

Video: Nats Racing presidents leave Taft behind in RFK throwback race

William Howard Taft is lostNationals Racing PresidentsBefore 2008, when the racing presidents moved to Nationals Park, the Nats’ fledgling fourth inning race started from RFK Stadium’s right field corner.

On Tuesday night, the presidents continued their season-long tribute to ten years of National history as the original four presidents — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt — started the race once again from the right field corner.

William Howard Taft, who didn’t join the Rushmore Four until 2013, didn’t get the memo, starting instead from the centerfield gate. Taft never had a chance, and Abe won the short sprint to the finish.

Video courtesy of lfahome

Video: ESPN’s Doug Glanville helps Teddy Roosevelt on Earth Day

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ESPN’s Doug Glanville joined racing president Teddy Roosevelt to celebrate Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope during Wednesday’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

The Ivy League engineer and former major leaguer helped the Rough Rider set up a telescope along the first base line, presumably to help Teddy find the Hubble in orbit.

Meanwhile, Teddy’s fellow racing presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Taft entered from the center field gate aboard bicycles.

As George, Tom, Abe, and Bill approached the finish line, Glanville raised his arms to block their path, and invited them to get off their bikes and look into the telescope.

The ol’ misdirection ploy worked like a charm, and with Washington leaning into the telescope Teddy turned and took off for the finish line.

The presidents’ bicycles were donated by Capital Bikeshare, to promote Earth Day of course.

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Video: Nats Racing Presidents relive the first-ever presidents race to kick off “Ten Year Tuesdays” celebration

10 year Tuesday Nationals Throwback presidents raceNationals Throwback presidents race scoreboardGeorge Washington wins 10 year tuesdayThe Nationals kicked off a season of “Ten Year Tuesdays” this evening at Nationals Park, featuring theme events and giveaways to celebrate ten years of Nationals history. So in the fourth inning, the racing presidents chipped in with a tribute of their own.

Back in 2006, before the Lerner family bought the Washington Nationals from Major League Baseball, the Nationals presidents race was simply an animated scoreboard diversion on the original RFK Stadium “jumbotron” (the graphics, which were limited by the RFK scoreboard, look positively primitive by today’s standards).

On Tuesday night, rather than run a live race, the original Rushmore Four — George Tom, Abe, and Teddy — lined up by the finish line with giant joysticks and looked toward the Nationals Park scoreboard, where they “replayed” the inaugural video game version of the presidents race.

As William Howard Taft looked on, George Washington was able to relive his historic victory of April 11, 2006 before then turning to cross the finish line.

Video courtesy of lfahome

Taft recruits rats from National Opera to ambush his fellow racing presidents

Racing presidents ambush TaftRacing presidents ambush William Howard TaftWashington National Opera Rats ambush Nationals Racing PresidentsWashington Nationals Racing President William Howard TaftWhether William Howard Taft is a rat may be subject to debate, but Saturday left no doubt whether the newest racing president hangs out with them.

After Taft won his second race on Friday, his fellow racing presidents decided they needed to put the Big Chief in his place, and so on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, the original Rushmores planned an ambush.

Unfortunately for them, Taft had an ambush of his own in the works.

George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy turned on Taft shortly after the race began, surrounding him on the outfield warning track and forcing him to the ground.

All seemed lost for big Bill as his fellow presidents turned and continued toward the outfield corner.

That’s when a half dozen rats emerged from the bullpen in right field. The rats were friends of Taft’s, currently rehearsing at the Kennedy Center for next month’s Washington National Opera production of Cinderella.

As the rats jumped on the Rushmores and held them to the ground, the portly Taft caught up from behind and lumbered past the field unopposed to claim his third victory of the young season.

Here’s the race as called at Nationals Park by P.A. Announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video:

Finish line video courtesy of lfahome

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