Video: Teddy Roosevelt wins as racing presidents salute military on Memorial Day

The Nationals saluted the U.S. Military on Memorial Day at Nationals Park, with the racing presidents joining the team in donning their military-style fatigue uniforms.

Teddy Roosevelt wins presidents race military memorial dayTeddy Roosevelt wins presidents race military memorial dayThe fourth inning presidents race wasn’t so much a race as it was a salute to our nation’s soldiers. The racing presidents positioned themselves around the field along the warning track, waiting to pass an American Flag from president to president in order of their service — well, almost.

Our first military veteran president George Washington kicked things off, passing the flag to our third president Thomas Jefferson, who then handed it to #16 Abe Lincoln. The Nats thought better than to let war hero #26 Teddy Roosevelt hand the flag to #27 William Howard Taft; so it was Taft who went next, letting the leader of the Rough Riders and Hero of San Juan Hill take the honors in this least competitive of races.

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Video: Jefferson diverts the other presidents as Washington waltzes to victory

George Washington Nationals Presidents RaceAfter dominating the first month of the season, Nats racing presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have watched rivals Abe, Bill, and Teddy pick up some recent late-May momentum.

But on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, they decided they’d had enough.

Jefferson set up a diversion at the starting gate, sending Abe, Bill, and Teddy towards the wrong side of the field. George Washington, waiting in the bullpen, jumped out and well ahead of Jefferson to waltz his way to a shady presidents race victory, his fourteenth of the young season.

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Video: Abe Lincoln finally cheats his way to presidents race victory

Racing presidents Abraham Lincoln William Howard Taft nationals parkNationals Presidents Race Abe Lincoln beats William Howard TaftAfter dominating the presidents race since Nationals Park opened, Abe Lincoln was 0-for-24 to start the 2013 season; but on Saturday night, “Honest” Abe returned to his cheating ways, and with an unlikely accomplice, took his first victory of the season.

Lincoln jumped the gun at the start accompanied by William Howard Taft, who joined Abe in the right field corner as the two set up a barricade to block the rest of the presidents.

That left Abe in a sprint to the finish against the portly Taft, a footrace he handled comfortably to nab victory number one. Abe and Teddy are now tied for last place in the presidents race standings.

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Video: Big Bill Taft leads wire to wire, earns victory #2

Bill Taft wins 2nd presidents raceThe Nats returned from a lengthy west coast road trip Friday night, and Jordan Zimmermann welcomed fans and Phillies back to Nationals Park with a dominating performance.

In the fourth inning presidents race, William Howard Taft put on an uncharacteristic display of speed, jumping out to a quick start and leading wire to wire for the first time in his brief racing career.

It was Big Bill’s second presidents race victory. Abe Lincoln remains inexplicably winless.

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Video: Teddy Roosevelt claims his first victory of 2013 in Mother’s Day “Dizzy Bat Race”

Nationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Presidents Race Teddy Wins George DropsNationals Presidents Race Teddy Wins First Race 2013Just one day after William Howard Taft notched his first-ever presidents race victory, the pressure was on for rival Teddy Roosevelt to prove that last year’s season-ending win was no fluke.

Sunday’s Mothers Day game at Nationals Park featured pink bats for the players and the annual appearance by mascot Screech’s Mom, who looks suspiciously like the team’s “Baby Screech” mascot from 2005 through 2007.

In the fourth inning, the presidents race was announced as a “Dizzy Bat Race,” in which all five racing presidents had to spin around three times with their heads on pink bats, then carry the bat to the finish line.

Thomas Jefferson got the quick jump out of the gate, but paid for it soon after by losing his balance as he raced forward.

Abe Lincoln and William Howard Taft were close behind, but Lincoln plowed into Taft, sending both to the ground on the outfield warning track.

That left George Washington in the lead with Teddy Roosevelt trailing behind. Washington appeared to be on his way to another presidents race win, but the father of our country dropped his bat along the first base line. When he turned to pick it up, Teddy raced by.

It was the Rough Rider’s first victory of 2013, and his first ever wearing the presidents’ traditional Sunday garb.

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Video: Taft notches his first-ever presidents race victory, beating Teddy at the wire

Racing Presidents Abe Attacks JeffersonRacing Presidents Teddy Attacks GeorgeNationals Racing Presidents William Howard Taft First VictoryThe recent spate of violence and cheating in the Nationals’ presidents race escalated Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and George Washington all got into the act.

Thomas Jefferson took an early lead, but Abe Lincoln put a quick end to that by head butting the Sage of Monticello on the warning track.

Standings leader George Washington quickly got back at “Honest” Abe, slamming him into the right field wall and knocking him out of the race.

Season-long losers Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft were hot on Washington’s trail, and as they reached the home stretch, Teddy grabbed Washington from behind and knocked him out, ensuring that one winless president would notch his first victory of the season.

In the second photo finish in as many days, it was newcomer William Howard Taft who leaned forward to break the tape and win his first-ever presidents race at Nationals Park.

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Video: Abe Lincoln brings back the dirty tricks, George wins photo finish

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“Honest” Abe Lincoln returned to familiar territory Friday night at Nationals Park, disrupting and otherwise clean race with dirty tricks directed at the winless Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Lincoln sat out the race, but emerged from the bullpen to put a body slam on Teddy and Bill to knock them out of contention.

In the first photo finish of the season, George Washington leaned across the tape to edge out Thomas Jefferson at the wire.

With his eighth consecutive win, the father of our country is threatening to turn the season into a laugher.

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Video: Racing presidents recall “The Hangover,” George Washington assaults Taft with a cinnamon shaker

With the Detroit Tigers visiting Nationals Park for the first time Wednesday night, the racing presidents chose to trot out one of the most obscure cultural reference in their seven year history of obscure cultural references.

Nationals Racing President George Washington hits Bill TaftIn the fourth inning, the presidents attempted to throw off the Tigers by running a relay race in which batons were replaced by cinnamon shakers. The cinnamon reference recalled the movie “The Hangover,” when the Zack Galifianakis character Alan Garner declares “Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.”

Nationals Racing President George Washington hits William Howard TaftSince a fifth racing president was added this year, the relay race concept was unbalanced, with Teddy Roosevelt running on his own against two teams. After Abe handed off to anchor Bill, and Tom handed off to George, Teddy tripped and fell, leaving Taft with only George to beat, but it was Washington who did the beating, taking down Taft with a single swing of the cinnamon shaker.

Inexplicably, the Nationals awarded a victory to the cheating George, but not to his relay partner Thomas Jefferson. As expected to start this homestand, the race resumed its normal direction toward the first base line.



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Video: The Amazing Race at Nationals Park

The Amazing Race Nationals Park Racing PresidentsSunday’s full season finale of The Amazing Race is available for viewing now at CBS.com. The episode features a challenge that was filmed at Nationals Park in December of last year. Nats mascot Screech and the racing presidents are featured prominently.

Watch the full episode here or check out these Nats Park highlights:

Video: Nationals Racing Presidents in Pittsburgh vs the Racing Pierogies

Washington Nationals racing presidents William Howard Taft PizzaPittsburgh Pierogies vs Nationals Racing President Teddy RooseveltFor the sixth straight year, The Nationals racing presidents accompanied the team to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to participate in the host team’s Great Pierogie Race. For the sixth straight year, the presidents came up short.

The weekend’s antics included relay races and promising starts for the Nationals’ fab five. However, the presidents were once again undone by overconfidence, distractions, and plain old Pierogie aggression.

On Friday, William Howard Taft held a sizeable lead, but stopped cold when the Pittsburgh Parrot appeared dangling a large pizza over the field. On Saturday, it was Teddy Roosevelt’s turn to run anchor. The Bull Moose dashed ahead on the anchor leg, but tripped after turning to taunt Cheese Chester. Chester leapt over the fallen Teddy to keep the presidents winless in Pittsburgh.



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Racing presidents, Nationals Park to be featured on finale of CBS’s The Amazing Race Sunday

 It looks like a mid 60s pennant to me. "Off the floor in '64"CBS’s The Amazing Race will feature Nationals Park, the Nats’ racing presidents and mascot Screech, as the season finale takes place in Washington, DC.

The episode was shot last December, and features a task in which participants are suspended from a zip wire stretching from the center field plaza to the top of the stadium, and toss baseballs as they fly above the mascots on the diamond below.

The episode airs this coming Sunday night at 8:00pm. Preview below.

Video: Backwards presidents race fails to deliver for Abe or the Nats

Washington Nationals racing presidents new starting lineWashington Nationals Racing Presidents trip running backwardsThe Washington Nationals haven’t dared tweak anything about the presidents race since their backwards race earlier this week kicked off a mini winning streak.

So it was no surprise when the racing presidents took off from the wrong direction once again in the final race of the homestand, wearing their Sunday finest.

Abe Lincoln made his strongest charge of the season, surging past as Teddy and Tom tripped in the outfield; but there was no stopping George Washington, who took the tape for the fifth day in a row.

Sadly, the Nationals couldn’t take advantage, dropping the homestand finale 5-2 before 36,457 fans.

Expect the presidents race to return to “normal” when the Nationals return May 7.

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Video: George wins as presidents race backwards again to support Nats win streak

Nationals Presidents race reverse direction patriotic uniforms starting lineBaseball takes its superstitions seriously, and so apparently, the Washington Nationals will run the fourth inning presidents race in reverse, with George Washington winning, as long as the Nats’ winning streak continues.

The presidents started running in reverse on Thursday in an attempt to break the team’s bad luck. On Saturday, the Nats won their third straight game, and once again, the backwards race winner was George Washington. The presidents wore their patriotic uniforms for the nationally televised game.

If form holds, Sunday’s race to wrap up the homestand will begin on the usual first base finish line. Don’t bet against George.

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Video: Jefferson trips then jumps the gun in backwards presidents race

Washington Nationals presidents race backwardsNationals Presidents race backwardsAfter Thursday night, when the Nats tossed a 1-hitter after the racing presidents ran backwards, the Nationals Park mascot team decided it was best not to mess with a good thing.

On Friday night, with pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on his way to a complete game 1-hitter, the racing presidents set up once again in first base foul territory to run the fourth inning race backwards.

All of them, that is, except Thomas Jefferson. As caught on video by reader Jeramy Compton, the sage of Monticello tripped in the tunnel and struggled to get up, then dashed onto the field in front of the other presidents, before the introductions were finished.

George, Abe, Teddy, and Bill waited for the starting gun, then went after the cheating Jefferson, with George Washington catching him on the warning track to take back the lead in the presidents race standings.


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Video: Fans sacrifice a chicken, presidents race runs backwards to end Nats losing streak

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With the Washington Nationals coming off a 4-game losing streak, and the red hot Cincinnati Reds coming to town, fans, players, and team officials alike pulled out all the stops Thursday to exorcise whatever demons were plaguing the team.

At high noon in front of the Nationals Park center field gate, fans gathered as the Nats’ self-appointed “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman sacrificed a chicken after burning sage to help break the bad juju, performing the Kaporos ritual then slicing the chicken’s rubber head off as it was held by Caps superfan Jenn Rubenstein.

Video of the ritual below courtesy of the excellent report at DC Sports Nexus.

On the field, Manager Davey Johnson shuffled the lineup, inserting Steve Lombardozzi in the two spot and moving Jayson Werth to cleanup. But it was pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who took on the cause of Chicken Mode last season, who emerged as the star of the game, pitching a one hit gem.

In the fourth inning, the mascot team took their superstitions to a new level, running the presidents race in reverse for the first time in history.

Starting from the usual finish line in foul territory, William Howard Taft got the best start of his short racing career. Taft hung onto his lead until the Rushmores were approaching the new finish line at the centerfield gate, but he simply ran out of gas, and George Washington took the win.

That’s right. It seemed that the Nats were willing to try anything to change the team’s luck Thursday, but they still didn’t let Teddy win for the first time in 2013.


Photos and video courtesy of Hugh Kaufman and Luis Albisu

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