Photos & Video from Star Wars Day at Nationals Park: Jedi Knights, stormtroopers, an epic battle between costumed racing presidents, and Teddy Roosevelt dressed as a Wookie

Sunday was the first Star Wars Day at Nationals Park. The Nats transformed every aspect of the fan experience into an intergalactic voyage, but the hit of the day by far was the Nationals’ racing presidents, who dressed as characters from the movies and were swarmed by the sellout crowd wherever they went.

Despite the brutally hot weather and the 5-0 beating that the team took at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s fair to say that the promotion was a resounding success, though when it came to the 4th-inning presidents race, the Nats forgot two important rules: the good guys always prevail, and you always let the wookie win.

More on that in a moment, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, here without further ado is our photo compendium of the Nats Star Wars Day.

First, representing the evil empire:

Nats racing president “Honest” Abraham Lincoln was Darth Vader (of course):Nationals Star Wars Day Darth Vader Abraham Lincoln

Nats racing president George Washington as Darth Maul:Darth Maul Nationals Star Wars Day

Nats racing president William Howard Taft as Boba Fett:Nationals Star Wars Day Racing Presidents Boba Fett

Next, representing the good guys:

Nats racing president newcomer Calvin Coolidge as Luke Skywalker:Nats Star Wars Day Luke Skywalker Racing Presidents Calvin Coolidge

Nats racing president Thomas Jefferson as, yes, Princess Leia:Nationals Star Wars Day Princess Leia Racing Presidents Jefferson

…and Nats racing president Teddy Roosevelt as Chewbacca the wookie:Nationals Star Wars Day Teddy Roosevelt Chewbacca Wookie

The inspired costume for Teddy was a seeming nod to the Let Teddy Win movement, leading some in the stands to adopt a “Let the Wookie Win” chant during the 4th inning race, a reference to this notable clip:

The costumes certainly didn’t stop with the racing presidents. Actors posing as Luke, Han, Leia and all of your favorite characters were stationed throughout Nationals Park to pose for photos with fans, but the most overwhelming presence was that of the evil empire, which stationed stormtroopers, imperial guards and officers both on and off the field.

Darth Vader makes his entrance:Darth Vader Nationals Star Wars Day

Imperial guards, officers, and stormtroopers:Washington Nationals Park Star Wars Day Costumes

Emperor Palpatine and the evil galactic empire deliver the lineup card for the Dodgers: Nationals Star Wars Day evil dodgers

Bryce Harper is surrounded by Stormtroopers during the national anthem:Nationals Star Wars Day Bryce Harper

R2D2 in the house: Nationals Star Wars Day R2D2

Jedi Master Screech the Eagle: Nationals Star Wars Day Screech

Fans got creative in ways too numerous to mention, and several were selected to go on the field and help introduce the players.

Star Wars Day Nationals Park fans costumes

Nationals Star Wars Day Costumes

Nationals Park Star Wars Day Costumes

On Nats HD, PA announcer Jerome Hruska used a voice filter to sound more like Yoda, and introduced the epic battle to come in classic Star Wars fashion. When it came time to introduce the players, every Dodger was represented as an imperial stormtrooper, while every member of the Nationals was given the hero treatment.

Nationals Park Star Wars Day Scoreboard

Washington Nationals Park Star Wars Day

Nationals Park Star Wars Day Max Scherzer

Finally, there was that matter of the presidents race. The fourth inning ritual started with the famous Star Wars Cantina music, and then pitted the galactic empire against the rebel alliance as Darth Vader (Abe Lincoln), Boba Fett (William Howard Taft), and Darth Maul (George Washington) took on Princess Leia (Thomas Jefferson), Chewbacca (Teddy Roosevelt), and Luke Skywalker (Calvin Coolidge) in a relay race.

Teddy (Chewbacca) handed Coolidge (Skywalker) a big lead in the anchor leg, but George (Darth Maul) passed Cal and engaged him in a light saber battle on the first base line.

Racing Presidents Star Wars Day Luke Skywalker Darth Maul

Cal lost his light saber, George took the win, and in keeping with what transpired on the field, the evil empire prevailed.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Video: Abe Lincoln enlists Ant Man to knock out Nats’ presidents race competition

Abe Lincoln Ant Man racing presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt Ant Man racing presidents race Abe Lincoln Ant Man racing presidents raceThe Nationals presidents race has a history of borrowing from popular culture. Friday was the release date for the feature film Ant Man, and racing president Abraham Lincoln wasted no time jumping on the summer blockbuster bandwagon, recruiting the diminutive superhero to help eliminate his competition.

“Honest” Abe emerged first from the tunnel for the fourth inning race wearing his black formal suit usually reserved for Sunday races and sporting an unusual bulge on his back.

No sooner had the five other racing presidents followed wearing their white home uniforms, then Ant Man emerged from under Lincoln’s cape.

The action star proceeded to chase after each of the racing presidents and knock them out one by one with flying leaps.

He caught Teddy Roosevelt last and wrestled him to the ground, then escorted Lincoln across the finish line.

Video below featuring the race as called by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video.


Finish line video by lfahome

Full video: Calvin Coolidge cheats, shoves Teddy Roosevelt to win his first Nationals presidents race

It took Teddy Roosevelt 526 tries to win his first presidents race. On Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ newest racing president made his debut and stole victory number one from his fellow Republicans.

Calvin Coolidge cheats shoves first Nationals presidents raceCalvin Coolidge got a late start to his inaugural presidents race, but after making a dramatic entrance, our 30th president charged hard from the back of pack.

“Silent Cal” shoved Abraham Lincoln aside, then caught up to Teddy Roosevelt just as the Rough Rider was about to cross the finish line.

That’s when Coolidge violently pushed Roosevelt to the ground.

The presidents race field definitely just got a little more crowded.

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Video: Thomas Jefferson gets his first presidents race victory of the year on college rivalry night

Thomas Jefferson Wins Presidents RaceThomas Jefferson Wins Presidents RaceAs many had predicted, Thomas Jefferson finally nabbed his first presidents race victory of 2015 on Wednesday night, as thousands of University of Virginia students and alumni filled the stands at Nationals Park for for College Rivalry Night.

With UVA’s Cavalier mascot and Virginia Tech’s HokieBird holding the finish line tape, the sage of Monticello came from behind to take a huge lead into the home stretch, but then turned and tripped just before the finish line.

It looked for a moment like Jefferson would lose his shot at victory, but he sprung to his feet and fell over the finish line in a pile of founding fathers.

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Video: Jefferson loses again. Will Wednesday’s UVA night bring victory #1?

Thomas Jefferson lost Tuesday night’s rain-delayed presidents race at Nationals Park, marking his 34th loss of the season against zero victories heading into Wednesday’s College Rivalry Night.
Thomas Jefferson loses presidents race
Jefferson has been the presidential whipping boy this season, losing in a variety of unflattering ways and causing some to question whether the Nats are trying to make Tom the new Teddy.

But among those who’ve followed Tom’s misfortune this season, many have circled Wednesday night’s game against the Braves. Nationals Park will host “College Rivalry Night” featuring sections devoted to Virginia Tech and University of Virginia students and alumni. The UVA money has Tom taking victory number one.

Oh yes. George outraced Tom on Tuesday as the presidents wore their Hawaiian shirts and raced to the theme from Hawaii Five-O:

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Video: Racing presidents’ Secret Service protection knocks out Pittsburgh’s visiting pierogies

Racing Presidents Pittsburgh Pierogies Secret ServiceRacing Presidents Pittsburgh Pierogies Secret ServiceRacing Presidents Pittsburgh Pierogies Secret ServiceRacing Presidents Pittsburgh Pierogies Secret ServicePittsburgh Pierogies Potato Pete Presidents Race TeddyPittsburgh Pierogies Potato Pete Presidents Race Teddy RooseveltSaturday’s sellout crowd of over 41,000 will forever remember being witness to Max Scherzer’s near-perfect no-hitter — a performance so dominant that it’s easy to forget the “supporting cast” that made the victory possible: the big RBIs from Tyler Moore, the towering Bryce Harper home run, the spectacular defense by Danny Espinosa and Michael Taylor.

In similar fashion, the Nats racing presidents relied on their supporting cast to vanquish the visiting pierogies from Pittsburgh during Saturday’s fourth inning presidents race.

The presidents never go anywhere without their “Secret Service” agents, but the men in black usually keep a low profile.

However after Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies came to town Friday and once again tried to wreak havoc on the fourth inning ritual, on Saturday the agents’ role was elevated.

Like an NFL return team following it’s blockers, the racing presidents let the Secret Service clear their path.

As they circled the warning track, the agents slammed the visiting dumplings into the dirt, leaving an almost-clear path for the commanders-in-chief.

But Theodore Roosevelt’s longtime nemesis Potato Pete had stayed behind, and as Teddy led the pack toward the finish line, Pete launched himself at the Rough Rider from a folding table.

That’s when the Secret Service agents intercepted Pete and slammed him into the stands in Section 134-A.

As the pierogie lay writhing on his back in the handicapped section, our 26th president barreled ahead to claim his fifth presidents race victory of 2015.

The pierogies will be back on Sunday, giving Potato Pete one final chance to take down Roosevelt at Nationals Park this season.

Video courtesy of lfahome

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.

JalapeƱo 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.

Video courtesy of lfahome

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