Video: Taft teams with Pittsburgh racing pierogies to attack fellow presidents

Taft enlists Pittsburgh Pierogies to win Presidents RaceTaft enlists Pittsburgh Pierogies to win Presidents RaceTaft enlists Pittsburgh Pierogies to win Presidents RaceFor those who ever wondered whether racing president William Howard Taft was loyal to the home team, any doubt was removed Friday night at Nationals Park.

With the Pittsburgh Pirates in town, Taft missed the start of the fourth inning presidents race, instead waiting near the finish line to wave in an onslaught of racing pierogies from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.

Taft then sent the interlopers after his fellow presidents, and it wasn’t pretty.

Bacon Burt missed Jefferson, but Sauerkraut Saul was right behind him and managed to take out TJ with a nifty spinning move.

Oliver Onion finished George Washington and Cheese Chester took out Abraham Lincoln, which left Potato Pete, who has a history with Teddy Roosevelt, to knock out his nemesis.

Jalapeño Hannah stayed out of the melee but ushered the traitor Taft across the finish line.

This was the eighth year that the pierogies have visited Nationals Park, but the first time six made the trip. We should expect more antics from the visiting dumplings this weekend.

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Video: Paula Abdul judges Presidents Race Dance Off, Abe Lincoln steals it

Paula Abdul Dance Off Presidents Race WashingtonPaula Abdul Dance Off Presidents Race JeffersonPaula Abdul Dance Off Presidents Race LincolnPaula Abdul participated in a dance-off against the Nats’ mascot at Nationals Park Saturday, but it turned out her competition against Screech the Eagle was just a warm-up to the antics that unfolded during the fourth inning presidents race.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln started off the race alone, but were halted in the home stretch by a waiting Teddy Roosevelt, who called on each of them to dance for judge Paula Abdul before continuing.

The two founding fathers got their groove on, but judges Abdul, Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft gave each of them scores averaging under 5 points.

Lincoln then stepped up and lamely flapped his arms around, but Abdul, who was clearly on the take, gave “Honest” Abe a nine, and the victory.

For those who never thought she was the best dance judge, your proof is below.


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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, and Jefferson suspiciously remains winless.

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

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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: 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.

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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.

Photos and video: Washington Nationals

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