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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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.


Race video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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

Washington Nationals Rubber Chicken Sacrifice Burn SageWashington Nationals Rubber Chicken SacrificePresidents race runs backwardsNationals rubber chicken man sacrifice breaks bad luck
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

Video: Abe sets an Earth Day trap for environmentalist Teddy Roosevelt

The Nats returned to DC Monday night to kick off a week-long homestand with an Earth Day game at Nationals Park.

Earth Day presidents race Abe litters Teddy Roosevelt cleans upEarth Day presidents race Teddy Roosevelt cleans upIn the fourth inning, Abraham Lincoln took the opportunity to set a trap for noted environmentalist Teddy Roosevelt.

Teddy had a big lead from the opening gun, but Lincoln stayed out of the race, parking himself instead along the first base line and littering the foul territory with empty plastic water bottles.

As he approached the finish line, Teddy jumped over the litter, then stopped short and turned around to clean up the mess.

With Teddy collecting the bottles in a recycling bin, Jefferson raced past for his third victory in a row. Jefferson and Washington remain the only presidents with a victory in 2013.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Visiting mascots beat up on Nats racing presidents in celebration of Screech’s birthday

University of Delaware Mascot YoUDee tackles Nationals Park racing presidentsSlapshot + G-Wiz tackles Teddy Roosevelt NationalsMascots visit Nationals Park presidents race Visiting MascotsNationals presidents race visiting mascots tackleNine visiting mascots joined the Washington Nationals’ racing presidents to celebrate Screech’s birthday on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, and the calamity that followed in the fourth inning presidents race nearly matched the disaster of a game that unfolded on the diamond.

The race started cleanly enough, but Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue from the University of Delaware emerged from the bullpen to execute a beautiful flying open field tackle on early leader Thomas Jefferson, leaving Teddy Roosevelt with a clear path to the finish line.

Clear, that is, until Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot emerged from the first base stands with Washington Wizards mascot G-Wiz.

With Slapshot kneeling down on the ground, G-Wiz used Slapshot’s back as a launching pad and leaped into the air for a flying take-down of the oncoming Bull Moose.

Mascots then streamed from the stands, including George (George Washington University), Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals), Talon (DC United), The Patriot (George Mason University), and bulldog Jack (Georgetown University), and YoUDee (University of Delaware), all pouncing on the oncoming presidents.

With an army of mascots beating up on Teddy, Bill, Abe, and George, a revived Thomas Jefferson came to his feet and veered around the pile, taking the victory to move himself into a tie atop with George Washington atop the presidents race standings at the end of the homestand.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy, Taft get revenge, Taft sits on George Washington

Nationals racing presidents Teddy tackles George WashingtonNationals Racing President William Howard Taft Sits on George WashingtonA day after George Washington bowled over his competition, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft sought presidents race revenge, each in his own unique way.

On Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, George Washington continued an early season trend, once again taking a lead in the fourth inning race; but Teddy Roosevelt gained ground on him from behind and slammed the founding father into the outfield wall.

With Washington lying on the warning track, William Howard Taft, who didn’t even start the race, emerged from the bullpen and sat his infamously large posterior on the father of our country, keeping him in place until Thomas Jefferson made it to the finish line.

video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: George Washington plows Tom, Abe, Teddy and Taft

Nationals Racing President George WashingtonWith only seven races in the books for 2013, George Washington has established himself as Nationals Park’s new 4th-inning enforcer, a role historically owned by “Honest” Abe Lincoln.

If there was any doubt before Friday night’s race, it was quickly erased soon after the racing presidents were introduced. Washington was last to emerge from the centerfield gate, but as the field raced along the warning track, George surged ahead chased down Jefferson, Lincoln, Taft, and Teddy in succession, knocking each to the ground.

After crossing the finish line, the father of our country pimped for the crowd.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video:Nats correct standings, Abe & George skip across the finish line

20130412-091610.jpgThe Nats corrected the presidents race scoreboard Thursday night, after we called out Abe Lincoln’s undeserved ‘W’ in the victory column.

Thomas Jefferson ran away with the race to keep pace with early season leader Washington, but standing out more were last place finishers George and Abe, who held hands and skipped across the finish line.

“So that just happened. Wow,” tweeted Teddy…

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: George wins again, but who is Abe paying off?

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents George WinsWashington Nationals Racing Presidents Abe CheatsWashington Nationals Racing Presidents Abe CheatsIn just the fifth home game of the young season, George Washington claimed his fourth presidents race win Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

After sharing a relay race victory Tuesday, he and fellow founding father Thomas Jefferson remain the only racing presidents to have tasted victory in 2013.

Yet somehow, the Nats continue to credit Abraham Lincoln with a victory on the Nationals Park presidents race scoreboard.

The mistake appeared after the final race of last week’s brief homestand vs. the Marlins. George won that race, but when the team returned to DC, both he and Abe had been credited with a victory.

This isn’t the first time the Nats have slipped an extra victory into Abe’s column. Last September 19, with Lincoln clinging to a narrow late season lead in the standings, the team returned to Nationals Park for the final homestand of 2012 to find that Lincoln’s victory total had magically been boosted from 27 to 28. George would go on a streak to pass Abe in the standings in the season’s penultimate race, but the Nats called the season a tie.

The team did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Video: HBO’s VEEP Selina Meyer nearly nabs a presidents race victory for Teddy

Selina Meyer Washington Nationals Park Presidents RaceTeddy and Selina Meyer VEEP HBO Nationals Presidents RaceSelina Meyer Washington Nationals Presidents RaceSelina Meyer Washington Nationals Presidents RaceA 10-foot likeness of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus participated in the presidents race Tuesday night at Nationals Park, teaming with Teddy Roosevelt in a relay race that came down to the wire.

Louis-Dreyfus plays United States Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO comedy series VEEP, and to promote this Sunday’s season premier, the network partnered with the Washington Nationals to have the king-sized Meyer join the racing presidents for an official presidents race relay.

Meyer was teamed with fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt, and fans entering the center field gates were given “Teddy and Selina” rally signs to help cheer the pair to victory during the fourth inning race. Meyer posed for photos with fans before the game.

For the three-team relay, a trash-talking William Howard Taft was teamed with Abraham Lincoln, while founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson formed a second opponent.

In the first leg, Teddy Roosevelt jumped to a big lead, but dropped the baton on the handoff. By the time Selina had picked it up, Washington and Lincoln had taken off on the anchor leg.

In a reversal of roles from previous seasons, George Washington continued to stake his territory as the early leader in the dirty tricks department, pushing Abe onto the warning track in right center field.

With Abe out of the way, George saw nothing but daylight, but Selina put on a burst of speed that brought the Nationals Park crowd to its feet, briefly taking the lead in the home stretch before running out of gas just before the finish line.

The victory put further space between the founding fathers and the remaining racing presidents, who have yet to taste
victory in 2013.

Photos video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: Washington, Jefferson collude in Thursday’s presidents race

George Washington Thomas Jefferson collude Nationals Presidents RaceGeorge Washington Thomas Jefferson collude Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWilliam Howard Taft TwitterWith the first short homestand of the season wrapping up Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson stood alone atop the presidents race standings, and apparently they want to keep it that way.

During the fourth inning presidents race, the two founding fathers colluded to systematically knock out their competition, slamming Abe Lincoln into the outfield wall, tripping Teddy Roosevelt in the right field corner, and slamming William Howard Taft to the ground in the home stretch.

The final tackle took George down as well, but rather than cross the finish line, Jefferson waited for the first president to come to his feet to be handed the victory.

What Jefferson gets in return remains to be seen, but the newest president Taft is not taking it lightly.

“Collusion, I say!,” he tweeted after the race. “Fine then, it appears that I need to find a partner before the next race.”

Both Teddy and Taft remain winless.

Video courtesy of Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page

Video: Washington gets his revenge on WH Taft

Racing president William Howard Taft hits the ground 4-4-2014Racing president William Howard Taft hits the ground 4-4-2014After William Howard Taft tried to knock out the competition during his debut presidents race on opening day, George Washington decided to send a message.

On Wednesday night at Nationals Park, Taft raced out of the gate to take a big lead, but the father of our country sat out to wait in ambush along the first base line.

After turning back to taunt the other presidents, Taft ran into a wall of Washington and hit the ground, allowing a trailing Thomas Jefferson to take the tape.

Meanwhile, Teddy is off to an 0-2 start for the seventh time.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Winthrop Roosevelt no help as William Howard Taft pushes Teddy around in his debut race

Winthrop Roosevelt at Nationals ParkWilliam Howard Taft Tackles Abe LincolnPresidents Race William Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltWilliam Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltWinthrop Roosevelt was on hand to cheer on his great-great grandfather for the opening day presidents race at Nationals Park, but the Nats’ newest racing president established himself as an enforcer who was prepared to put himself between Teddy and the finish line.

The direct descendent of Theodore Roosevelt ushered in the 2013 season with a shout of “Play Ball” before the first pitch, drawing cheers from the record opening day crowd despite the Nats’ unfortunate misspelling of his name on the HD scoreboard (it read “Wintrhop”).

A Bryce Harper first-pitch home run and 4 nearly-perfect Stephen Strasburg-pitched innings later, the Nationals’ new racing president William Howard Taft (the Nats plan to call him “Bill”) made his presidents race debut.

Winthrop Roosevelt was recruited to hold the presidents race finish line and cheered loudly for his namesake, but Taft established his new role quickly, shoving Abraham Lincoln to the ground as they ran along the outfield warning track.

After Jefferson tripped on the fallen Lincoln, Taft chased down Roosevelt, slamming him into the right field wall before both fell to the ground.

With George Washington crossing the finish line alone, Bill and Teddy rose to their feet and got into a shoving match in the foul territory below section 133.

The Nationals are clearly out to establish Taft as the presidents race villain and new nemesis for Teddy Roosevelt. Who knows where this will lead, but those who thought Teddy’s brief playoff winning streak would carry into the new season were sorely disappointed.

More photos and observations from opening day 2013 to follow.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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