Rugby, raccoons, and puppies can’t keep Abe Lincoln from claiming a record fifth presidents race season title

“Honest” Abe Lincoln closed out the 2015 home season Monday with an emphatic wire-to-wire victory at Nationals Park, sealing the Great Emancipator’s record fifth presidents race season title.

It was only Lincoln’s fourth victory since August 9th, but that was more than enough to hold off the increasingly crowded field. Five presidents had remained in contention heading into the final homestand, and four of them won, allowing Abe to back into the championship before the weekend.

Nationals Presidents Race Rugby World CupNationals Presidents Race Rebecca Raccoon helps CoolidgeTeddy Roosevelts dog TeddyA tribute to the Rugby world cup on Tuesday had the founding fathers carrying a rugby ball downfield, but a fumbled pass and a bit of fan interference put the ball in Teddy’s hands.

Teddy stiff-armed Abe and carried it over for the win.

Thursday night marked the return of Rebecca Raccoon, Calvin Coolidge’s famous pet, who made her first appearance back in August.

The nocturnal pest reprised her role as interloper, pouncing on Abe Lincoln and causing a pile-up in the home stretch before escorting her owner across the finish line.

Saturday was Pups in the Park day at Nationals Park, and Teddy Roosevelt used the occasion to introduce his own pet dog Teddy to the field.

Wearing a “Teddy 01” dog jersey, Teddy accompanied the Rough Rider as he followed the racing presidents onto the field, then lapped them to take the win and finish third in the season standings.

And with that, the tenth presidents race season comes to a close, a little earlier than most Nats fans expected.

Select videos of the final races of the season:

The September 22 Rugby race, as seen on Nats HD:

The September 24 Raccoon-infested race, as seen from the finish line:

The September 26 “Pups in the Park” race, featuring Teddy’s dog “Teddy”:

And the final race, as seen on Nats HD:

Video: Nats racing presidents pay tribute to Yogi Berra

The Washington Nationals racing presidents paid tribute to baseball great Yogi Berra during Wednesday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park, peppering the play-by-play with well-known quotes from the hall-of-famer who died yesterday at the age of 90.

Abe Lincoln Racing Presidents Yogi Berra

Abe Lincoln is remninded that 90% of the presidents race is mental. The other half is physical.

The Yankee great was a 3-time league MVP, 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion, but was best known over the years for his malapropisms, which Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska peppered into Wednesday’s play-by-play.

“It’s deja vu all over again,” Hruska claimed as Teddy jumped out to an early lead. When Abe Lincoln then surged from behind, Hruska cheered him on. “C’mon Abe, 90% of the presidents race is mental. The other half is physical.”

Abe responded by turning and pummeling all of his competitors into the outfield fence, then turned and ran alone towards the finish line. “He’s off to the races all by himself,” Hruska followed. “But it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Here’s the race as called in the stadium:

Martha Washington knocks out five racing presidents with her purse

Martha Washington attacked Nats racing presidentsMartha Washington made yet another appearance during the Nationals Presidents race on Labor Day, and once again, the beneficiary was husband George.

This time, Martha appeared from the Nationals bullpen and swung her purse at each of George’s opponents as they approached the right field turn.

It was Martha’s fifth appearance this season, and while only some of those appearances have occurred on Mondays, both Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft introduced a hashtag indicating that we should expect more of the first first lady on Mondays yet to come:

Photo: Washington Nationals
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Video: Taft dives at Teddy, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose

William Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltWilliam Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltJust one night after William Howard Taft slammed Teddy Roosevelt into the outfield wall, the Chief Justice was at it again.

On Saturday night at Nationals Park, Taft sat out of the fourth inning presidents race, but the portly president was hiding in the tunnel between section 134 and 135, and darted out onto the field as the Rough Rider was approaching the finish line.

Taft dove at Roosevelt, but as Teddy was fond of saying, it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. The two fell over the finish line, and Teddy was awarded the win.

Video: Taft slams Teddy into the wall, Roosevelt calls for revenge

The drama Friday night at Nationals Park wasn’t limited to Michael A. Taylor’s tenth inning heroics.

Nationals racing presidents Taft slams Teddy RooseveltPresidents race newcomer Calvin Coolidge won his third straight race, thanks to interference from the other “new” racing president, William Howard Taft.

Teddy Roosevelt held the lead out of the starting gate and looked to be cruising to victory, when Taft slammed him into the wall.

Taft then bragged on Twitter: “The time has come for #Calvin and me to take over!,” and Teddy responded with a call to arms by the original Rushmore Four.

The homestand’s just getting started. Look for things to get interesting over Labor Day weekend. Here’s the race as called by Nats HD announcer Jerome Hruska:

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Video: Gnomes attack Nationals racing presidents

Garden Gnomes Nationals Park - Anthony RendonNationals Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceNationals Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceNationals GIF Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceThe gnomes are back, and shield your eyes, because it’s not pretty.

It was one year ago this month that the Nationals started a fan frenzy by introducing the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome. That night, the a life-size gnome clobbered the racing presidents with a single swing.

On Tuesday, gnome fever returned to Nationals Park with Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome night; and sure enough, when it came time for the fourth inning presidents race, a life-size Rendon gnome was waiting in the wings, giant bat in hand.

But the gnome was not alone. As the race began, the original life-size Jayson Werth gnome took a position along the first base line, and a new life-size Rendon gnome positioned himself just downfield.

As the presidents entered the home stretch, they cautiously approached the bruising tandem, not wanting to repeat last year’s debacle; but as Abe Lincoln tiptoed around the Werth gnome, the Rendon gnome sprang to life and clobbered the Great Emancipator.

Teddy Roosevelt was next. The Werth gnome sprang to life, swinging at Teddy, knocking the Bull Moose to the ground.

George Washington followed, and the Werth gnome knocked him out with a second swing that caused a chain reaction presidential pile up.

That left William Howard Taft as the only president on his feet, but the Rendon gnome clotheslined the Chief Justice to knock out the last of the competitors.

Washington recovered to his feet and ran wide to take the win.

Taft tweeted this brief clip. Full finish line video below.

Photos and video by lfahome for

Video: Martha Washington trap stops Teddy’s presidents race motorcade

Presidents Race motorcadeGeorge and Martha WashingtonGeorge and Martha WashingtonSaturday night’s presidents race brought the sort of complicated story line that leaves many in the Nationals Park stands scratching their heads. But that’s why we’re here.

As all good presidential historians know, Saturday marked the 113th anniversary of the day Teddy Roosevelt became the first president to make a public appearance in an automobile.

Accordingly, the Bull Moose made a grand entrance for the fourth inning race, standing aboard a motorcade and waving to the crowd as the other presidents jogged behind.

But alas for Teddy, a trap had been set by none other than Martha Washington, who played the damsel in distress by her scooter, which had apparently broken down in the middle of the warning track.

The roadblock stopped the motorcade, as as the other presidents all bent over to help, Martha and husband George took off for the finish line.

Video by lfahome


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