Video: Eight area mascots pummel racing presidents, Abe Lincoln rips off Talon’s head

It’s become an annual tradition. Each April at least a half dozen area mascots show up on a Sunday at Nationals Park to celebrate Nats mascot Screech’s birthday.

Screechs Birthday - Mascots visiting Nationals Park racing presidentsMascots tackle Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln knocks off DC United Talon's Head - Nationals Park Presidents RaceNationals Park racing presidents photo finish William Howard TaftAnd each year, they take great joy in ambushing the racing presidents.

In the 4th inning today, as the presidents rounded the right field corner in their Sunday finest, the mascots poured out of the stands along the first base line.

YoUDee and Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue (University of Delaware) ganged up on the charging Teddy Roosevelt. Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals) and George (George Washington University) teamed up on George Washington. True Grit (UMBC) tripped up William Howard Taft, and what appeared to be Bill the Goat from Navy (with a new uniform number) downed a spinning Thomas Jefferson. Clawed Z. Eagle (American University) mostly just joined in high-fiving the other mascots.

Abe Lincoln managed to burst through the melee, but like a catcher guarding home plate, DC United’s Talon held ground as the last line of defense against the Great Emancipator. Abe plowed into the mascot and knocked off his head, but fell just short of the finish line.

As the Goat pounded relentlessly on the downed Jefferson, Washington and Taft both stumbled to their feet and raced for the tape, leading to a surprising photo finish, with Taft claiming his first victory of the season.

Full video below, plus a bonus slo-mo version of the big hits


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Video: Washington Nationals presidents race year in review

The 2013 season was one of high expectations for fan favorite racing president Teddy Roosevelt. But things got off on the wrong foot with the introduction of a fifth president, Roosevelt rival William Howard Taft, and it was Memorial Day before Teddy notched his first victory.

Along the way, the presidents were visited by Teddy’s great great grandson Winthrop, HBO’s VEEP Selina Myer, The Bird, The Racing Pierogies, That Cat, a giant cicada, Mr. Kool Aid, the Sharknado, Martha Washington, Sharky, the grounds crew, Teddy’s pet moose Bullee, a rally pigeon, and a dozen other mascots from the DC area.

Here for your pleasure, a finish line view of the presidents race season:

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Videos: Abe Lincoln mirrors the Nats, keeps the pressure on George as pigeon interferes with presidents race

Pigeon interferes with Washington Nationals game

A pigeon interferes with Zach Walters during Sunday’s game at Nationals Park

Teddy Roosevelt pets a pigeon at Nationals Park

Teddy Roosevelt greets the pigeon on the field after Sunday’s game (Photo:@KryaSchu)

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Abe Lincoln cuts the outfield corner to take the first race of Tuesday’s doubleheader

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The Rally Pigeon returns to trip Teddy during Tuesday night’s presidents race

From pigeons on the field over the weekend, to Monday’s tragedy and Tuesday’s miraculous doubleheader, strange things are conspiring to make the final homestand of the year at Nationals Park a whirlwind of emotions and surprises.

Until recently, George Washington’s lead in the 2013 presidents race standings has seemed as comfortable as the Cincinnati Reds’ lead in the wild card standings, and yet like the Reds, the founding father has just not been able to close it out.

Going into Tuesday’s doubleheader, Abe Lincoln, who had been written off for dead by May, had mirrored the Nationals’ own resurgence with a late season run that moved him within six games of Washington for first place.

In Tuesday’s first game, Lincoln started at the back of the pack, but as the presidents approached the right field corner, Abe took to the inside and blatantly cut the corner to pass Teddy Roosevelt. The transgression went unnoticed by race judge Screech, and Abe fended off Washington in the stretch to take the tape.

In the nightcap, Teddy Roosevelt once again took the lead into the home stretch, but then, appearing along the first base line was a giant relative of the pigeon that wouldn’t leave the field during Sunday’s game. The pigeon extended a leg to trip the Rough Rider short of the finish line. Slo-Mo video below.

Lincoln raced by the prone Roosevelt to earn win number 21 and move within four games of Washington with five remaining.




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Video: “Best Presidents Race of the Year” as Teddy dives to rob George Washington

Best Washington Nationals presidents race of 2013 Teddy wins photo finishIn what Nationals play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter said “might be the best GEICO presidents race of the year,” the Nationals racing presidents ran neck and neck for a breakneck 25 second pace Sunday after noon at Nationals Park.

In the home stretch, it appeared that George Washington had victory at hand, but Teddy Roosevelt charged from behind and dove for the finish line, falling over the tape as George stretched out his hands in apparent victory.

Race judge Screech awarded the photo finish victory to Roosevelt, keeping Washington’s magic number stuck at three.

Here’s the call by Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo from Sunday’s broadcast:

Video: Abe Lincoln makes balloon animals for Pups in the Park

Abe Lincoln Racing President beats Teddy Roosevelt crioAbe Lincoln Balloon Animals Pups in the ParkAbe Lincoln needs to get hot to have any chance of catching George Washington for the 2013 presidents race title. It may seem a daunting task, but unlike the Nationals themeselves, Abe’s fate is completely in his own control.

On Saturday night, he looked like he had what it takes, fending off a surging Teddy Roosevelt to move within 6 wins of Washington in the standings.

Lincoln then fashioned a balloon puppy at the finish line, honoring all of the canines in the stands Saturday for “Pups in the Park” night.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Taft plays Jason for Friday the 13th, gets clocked by George

Friday 13th William Howard Taft as Jason Washington Nationals Presidents RacePresidents Race Friday the 13th Jason GIF William Howard TaftThe Nationals racing presidents kicked off the final homestand of the season as the presidents race was meant to be, with the Rushmore four — George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy — racing closely along the warning track.

But it being Friday the 13th, this season’s interloper William Howard Taft emerged from the bullpen midway through the race wearing a hockey mask, and mucked up the proceedings, attacking the competition and leaving them lying in the outfield.

But “Jason” took his time grandstanding for the crowd as he proceeded towards the finish line, and George Washington caught him from behind.

As the crowd cheered, the father of our country triumphantly waved an American flag as he crossed the tape.

With nine home games to go, Washington’s magic number is three.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Jayson Werth and Joey Votto chat about the presidents race

It can’t get much dumber than Yahoo!’s Sports Friends, but when Jayson Werth and Joey Votto chat at first base about the racing presidents, we have to listen in.

The authors decided to make Werth look clueless by calling Alexander Hamilton a president. Of course, followers know better, as Jayson Werth has always been among the more prominent members of the Let Teddy Win movement.

Video: Grounds crew pummels presidents, Teddy stumbles to victory

Grounds Crew Attacks TeddyTeddy Roosevelt Wins Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Wins Nationals Presidents RaceA Nationals homestand characterized by presidential dirty tricks continued at Nationals Park as the team played its only Sunday night game of the season, beating the Mets in come-from-behind fashion on national television.

Sunday’s fourth inning presidents race started out cleanly enough, with fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt hanging onto a close lead as the presidents raced into the home stretch.

But the grounds crew was waiting in ambush along the first base line. They swarmed the field and took down front-running Teddy before pummeling each of the other racing presidents.

The Rough Rider pulled himself to his feet and looked up to see finish line just ahead. He stumbled forward, taking a final and dramatic leap over the tape to secure only his eighth victory of the 2013 campaign.

Video: Abe Lincoln cheats his way into contention

Back on May 24, the Washington Nationals began their fifth homestand of 2013, and Abe Lincoln lost his 32nd consecutive presidents race. The once dominant speedster looked listless, and 2013 was looking like a runaway season for George Washington.
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Now, a remarkable run has vaulted Lincoln past Jefferson and within striking distance of our Founding Father.

With eleven home games remaining, Lincoln is just six victories behind Washington, and unlike the Nationals’ own predicament, he doesn’t have to leapfrog anybody to catch the prize.

On Saturday night, Abe showed he’s willing to do anything to gain ground. The Great Emancipator blocked the starting gate with his body, allowing George and Teddy to get by.

Lincoln then teamed up with the pair to take revenge out on Jefferson for Friday’s win.

After Lincoln pummeled Jefferson, he turned to chase down the portly William Howard Taft, who had cut the outfield corner. Lincoln pushed Taft to the ground and ran away with the win.

NOTE: Lincoln is somehow cheating in more ways than one. The Nationals have once again gotten the standings wrong on the outfield scoreboard, crediting one extra victory each to Abe, Tom, and Teddy. Here’s hoping they check the video and fix things before the final homestand.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy’s sicks his pet moose “Bullee” on the competition, punches Mr. Met

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Teddy Roosevelt punches Mr Met after finishing second in Friday night’s presidents race

Nationals racing president Abraham Lincoln has been on a tear recently, riding a four game winning streak into Friday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park. But Teddy Roosevelt brought a new character onto the field to disrupt Abe’s rhythm.

As the fourth inning race began, Roosevelt was in front of the bullpen with a new character, “his pet moose, ‘Bullee,’” playing catching with a small stuffed Mr. Met mascot. As the field approached, Bullee turned and attacked the oncoming racers, leaving only Thomas Jefferson standing.

“I guess Lewis and Clark showed him how to avoid moose,” said P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska. Teddy only finished second, taking his frustrations out on Mr. Met.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: “Sharky” takes out George’s competition as shark week continues at Nationals Park

Shark Week at Nationals Park SharkyShark Week continued Tuesday night at Nationals Park as George Washington stole another presidents race victory, appearing from the bullpen with a short “shark,” who proceeded to take out all of Washington’s competition.

“He’s given up his hunting hound for his pet shark, Sharky,” intoned Nationals Park P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska. As his pet mowed down the competition, George turned and crossed the finish line unopposed.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy kicks off Shark Week with attack on Taft

Racing Presidents Shark Week at Nationals ParkTeddy Roosevelt kicked off Shark Week by donning a shark mask for Monday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

The Rough Rider raced furiously from behind, slowly catching up to front runner William Howard Taft and attacking from behind.

It was the first time Teddy has donned the makeshift shark teeth since Shark Week 2011.

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Video: Nats get superstitious, reverse presidents race direction and put a stop to Teddy victories

Blame the team. Blame Twitter. But the seven year conspiracy against Teddy Roosevelt seems to have been resurrected.

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt takes a dive July 25

Teddy Roosevelt takes a dive just short of the finish line July 25

Rally Cicada arrives too late to tackle Teddy Roosevelt July 26…

Teddy Roosevelt Takes a Dive Jul 26 Nationals Presidents Race 2

…but Teddy Roosevelt pretends to be tripped and falls anyway

Abe Lincoln leaps from the stands to tackle Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race

Abe Lincoln leaps from the stands to tackle Teddy Roosevelt July 27…

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…as George Washington races by for the win


The Washington Nationals’ struggles have prompted hundreds of Tweets tallying the team’s total record since letting Teddy win at the end of last season, with some even calling it “the curse of Let Teddy Win.”

After suffering their sixth straight loss Wednesday, the Nats tried to shake things up. The direction of the race was switched, with the presidents now running towards a finish line on the third base side of the field. More significantly, a familiar but suspicious pattern suggests that the team revived its longstanding ban on Teddy Roosevelt victories at the same time.

On Thursday, the presidents ran left for the first time all season, and Teddy took a huge lead into the home stretch, but stumbled as if on queue, falling flat on his face just short of the finish line.

The next day, the Rally Cicada returned to Nationals Park, and appeared ready to ambush Teddy along the finish line. The bug arrived late and missed Teddy completely, yet Teddy pretended to be tripped and fell just short of victory.

Nats play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter captured it best. “This town loves a good conspiracy,” he said on the broadcast. “That was the worst, ever.”

On Saturday, the Rough Rider once again took a big lead into the home stretch, but Abe Lincoln was waiting in ambush, and jumped out of the stands along the third base line, tackling Teddy to the ground, allowing George Washington to race by for the win. On Sunday, George Washington slammed into Teddy with a bicycle.

Teddy had won five races this season, but none on this homestand, and the team has won 4 of 5 games since the changes. If superstition holds, Teddy may be in for a long rest of the summer.

Videos: Teddy ambushes Pittsburgh’s Pierogies, who return the favor

Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies and Washington’s racing presidents have a history of bad blood, including most famously a vicious hit on Teddy Roosevelt by the retired Potato Pete at PNC Park, and one of only two instances in history when the presidents race was sabotaged by a non-president.

Washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt attacks Pittsburgh Racing PierogiesPittsburgh Pierogie tackles Washington Nationals Teddy RooseveltOn Monday night the pierogies returned to Nationals Park and joined the fourth inning presidents race, jumping out ahead of the pack, chased by George, Tom, Abe, and Bill.

But Teddy Roosevelt was waiting for them in foul territory, yielding a giant fork and knife. Teddy chased the pierogies back into their pursuers, and as Jalapeno Hannah tried fending them off with her purse, Lincoln raced past for the victory.

On Tuesday night, the pierogies sought their revenge, with Oliver Onion waiting in ambush as Teddy raced toward the finish. Oliver jumped off a table, with Sauerkraut Sal right behind, taking Teddy down as Abe once again raced by.

Oliver’s leap captured in slo-mo below.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Sharknado takes out Nationals racing presidents

Sharknado invades Washington Nationals presidents raceThe Washington Nationals returned home Friday night expecting to face the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest baseball phenom Yasiel Puig. They didn’t expect Los Angeles to bring along their even newer L.A. phenom, the Sharknado.

In just over a week since premiering on the SyFy Network, the made-for-TV disaster flick about a freak hurricane that hits Los Angeles and floods the city with man-eating sharks, has become a social media sensation.

In the fourth inning of Friday’s game, the Sharknado hit the Washington Nationals presidents race, appearing mid-race from the home bullpen and spinning its way through the field, knocking down everything in its path.

Well, almost everything. Abe Lincoln slipped past the Sharknado’s grasp, but the freak phenom chased after the Great Emancipator, taking him down as he fell over the finish line.

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