Posted on June 22, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
For the first time ever, the Nationals racing presidents donned varied uniforms for the fourth inning presidents race, in preparation for Sunday night’s USA vs. Portugal World Cup match.
Instead of wearing their usual Sunday best, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt wore their patriotic uniforms to represent Team USA. Thomas Jefferson wore his red home jersey to represent Portugal, and William Howard Taft dressed in black to represent the Portuguese goalie.
Team USA entered the field with Lincoln kicking a soccer ball along the warning track. Jefferson entered from the bullpen, immediately faked a pulled hamstring, and was given a red card for flopping by a referee.
Taft waited by the finish line for the oncoming team, but Abe faked to his right, Bill dove to his left, and Lincoln kicked the ball across the finish line, leading fans along the first base line chanting “USA! USA!”
Here’s the finish line video, followed by the full call as heard in the stadium by Nationals PA announcer Jerome Hruska:
(Video: Washington Nationals)
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Posted on June 18, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
Wednesday was Army Night at Nationals Park, and during the fourth inning presidents race, the racing presidents stopped in the outfield to hold an impromptu tug-of-war competition.
With Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln anchored on one side by the portly William Howard Taft, it appeared that George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt didn’t stand a chance on the other side.
But the two former Army leaders let go of the rope, and as their competitors tumbled to the warning track, Teddy took off for the finish line.
The victory was the second straight for Teddy, who vaulted into unprecedented territory this late in the season: sole possession of first place in the standings.
On Tuesday night, Teddy had won after being the only racing president to survive the onslaught of a man in an ice cream cone who hunted down and tackled all of Teddy’s competitors.
The costumed character, dubbed “Nice Cream Cone,” was celebrating Tuesday’s $1 dollar ice cream night at Nationals Park.
Race video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome.
Tuesday’s Vine video by @recordsANDradio
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Posted on May 31, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
You have to hand it to the Nationals mascot team. They really do their homework.
Friday marked the 92nd anniversary of the dedication of D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial — a ceremony presided over by the 27th U.S. president, William Howard Taft.
So on Friday night at Nationals Park, racing presidents Taft and Abe Lincoln stopped mid-race to reenact the ceremony.
Lincoln grabbed a chair and struck his famous pose, while Taft grabbed an oversized camera to preserve the moment.
Meanwhile, George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt raced by, with Teddy edging the Founding Father by a nose.
On the MASN TV broadcast, Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo were just confused:
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Posted on May 26, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
Led by self-styled “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman, Nationals fans will sacrifice a rubber chicken at noon Tuesday outside the Nationals Park centerfield gate.
Despite outscoring opponents over the last eight games, the Nationals have won only two of those contests, and find themselves with a losing record after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.
As we’ve reported previously, Kaufman has performed the ritual “dozens of times” in the team’s ten year history. The act, which is designed to “remove bad juju” from the ball park, has become less frequent as the team has done well in recent years, but pitcher Gio Gonzalez has adopted the cause, having participated in the most recent sacrifice himself last August. Some fans have begun sporting Chicken Mode t-shirts when Gonzalez pitches.
“Our injury plagued squad has fallen below .500,” said Kaufman. “They need the extra Chicken Mode juju to help heal them, and energize our sedated bats.”
In unrelated news, George Washington edged Teddy Roosevelt wearing military fatigues for the Memorial Day presidents race win.
Kaufman encourages fans to attend on Tuesday. “Although it’s a work day,” he said, “I hope all Nats fans who can make it to this short ritual at lunch time, will come to help add good juju to our team.”
Race video below:
Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome
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Posted on May 25, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
Confrontations between the Nats’ racing presidents and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies tend to attract national media attention, and Friday night was no exception.
At PNC Park, fan favorite Pierogie Potato Pete came out of retirement once again to play a trick on the visiting Teddy Roosevelt.
For a moment, Potato Pete’s surprise appearance looked like it would be a repeat of the famous body slam on Teddy Roosevelt that ESPN Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt called “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen” in 2009.
But Pete stopped short, pulled out a giant cell phone, and got Teddy to pose for a selfie as Jalapeño Hannah raced by for the win.
The highlight was featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter:
And here’s the selfie, courtesy of @Teddy26Nats:
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Posted on May 20, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
On Monday night’s broadcast of the Nationals’ 14-inning game vs. the Cincinnati Reds, MASN replays of the first presidents race picked up an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.
As founding father’s George Washington and Thomas Jefferson clotheslined Abe Lincoln, a human head briefly pops out of the Great Emancipator’s chest as horrified bullpen pitchers look on.
It was not a great night for Abe, who moments later was clobbered by Teddy Roosevelt. and was blocked again in the 13th inning race.
Thanks to @FederalBaseball for the video, and to the intrepid DC Sports Bog for never missing a thing.
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Posted on May 20, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
For the first time since August, 2012, the Washington Nationals took a home game to the 13th inning Monday night, triggering a rare treat for presidents race fans: a bonus presidents race.
Earlier in the evening, Teddy Roosevelt had clobbered Abe Lincoln to gain a spot in the season standings.
In race #2, Teddy’s compatriots conspired once again to slow Lincoln down, as George, Tom, and Bill formed a roadblock in the outfield but let Teddy get by to take his historic second victory of the night.
The extra-innings affair moved Roosevelt within two games of Lincoln in the standings. It was the 12th double-header in presidents race history.
Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome
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Posted on May 19, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nationals presidents race season is turning into an unlikely battle between perennial contender Abraham Lincoln and longtime loser Teddy Roosevelt.
During the current homestand, Abe had extended his lead over the hero of San Juan Hill to four games, but when “Honest” Abe got too cocky Monday night at Nationals Park, the Bull Moose exacted his revenge.
Lincoln began the race by chasing down William Howard Taft on the warning track. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson then attempted to clothesline the Great Emancipator, but Abe forced his way through and it was the founding fathers who ended up on the ground.
Lincoln took off for the finish line but stopped to showboat for the crowd along the foul line. That’s when Teddy leaped from the stands and planted Lincoln face down in the grass.
Teddy’s victory was his second of the series.
On Friday night, Teddy celebrated the night’s big movie opening by racing with a stuffed baby Godzilla. Roosevelt tossed the lizard at his competitors as they approached the finish line, and as they all hit the dirt, Teddy turned to claim the win.
Videos for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome
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Posted on May 11, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nats road trip did not get off to a great start this weekend, but that didn’t seem to bother racing president Teddy Roosevelt.
With the team in California dropping a series to the As, the original Rough Rider was back in DC Saturday night at Stroga in Adams Morgan, getting down on the dance floor to Miley Cyrus.
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Posted on May 7, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
After taking the first race of the homestand in the rain Monday night, Teddy Roosevelt looked well positioned to make a run for first place in the standings, but Abe Lincoln turned it up a notch to take the last two races of the short series on Tuesday and Wednesday, nosing out William Howard Taft then Thomas Jefferson to widen his lead before the break.
The presidents race returns May 16th when the next homestand begins.
Videos for LetTeddyWin.com courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
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Posted on May 6, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
The pouring rain wasn’t the only hurdle facing the racing presidents during the fourth inning Friday night at Nationals Park.
As the race began, the team’s “Secret Service” had set up hurdles in the form of folding tables in foul territory along the first base line.
The race was tight approaching the tables, but as his fellow presidents tumbled into the obstacle, the Rough Rider took a beautiful leap over the tables and stuck a clean landing that carried him to victory.
Video for Let Teddy Win courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
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Posted on April 27, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nationals racing presidents were decked out in their Sunday finest for the final game of the team’s homestand this afternoon at Nationals Park, but with the sun shining on a beautiful April afternoon, they removed their jackets and ties and switched to Hawaiian shirts for the fourth inning race.
With 34,873 cheering fans on hand, Teddy Roosevelt pulled away for his fourth victory of the young season.
Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube user lfahome
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Posted on April 26, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nats racing presidents chased the rain away Friday night by trotting out their Hawaiian Shirts, and decided to keep it away Saturday afternoon by wearing them again.
With Lavar Arrington nowhere to be seen, Abe Lincoln jumped out of the starting gate in the fourth inning and led the presidents race wire to wire. It was a surprisingly clean performance to match the efficiency of Nats starter Tanner Roark, who raced through the Padres lineup for a complete game 3-hitter.
Video by YouTube member lfahome for LetTeddyWin.com
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Posted on April 24, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
With his recent surge in the presidents race standings, fans at Nationals Park had begun wondering if anything could stop Abraham Lincoln.
The 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.
Video for Letteddywin.com by YouTube user lfahome
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Posted on April 23, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
On 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.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
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