Videos: Abe Lincoln returns to his cheating ways, and Taft takes notes

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A week of non-stop presidents race cheating continued this weekend at Nationals Park, with William Howard Taft taking a few lessons from long-time cheater Abe Lincoln.

On Friday night, “Honest” Abe returned to old form, emerging from the bullpen to plow into Teddy Roosevelt mid-race. As Teddy tried to recover, Taft and Jefferson each piled on, pushing the Rough Rider back to the warning track as Abe preened and pranced across the finish line.

For Saturday’s game, it was Taft who positioned himself along the first base line, enlisting the return of this summer’s unlikely new foil, the Rally Cicada.

In the blistering afternoon heat, the cicada offered Taft a drink of water, but Taft took the entire water cooler and tossed it at his oncoming competitors, knocking them all to the ground and leaving him a clear path to victory.

Once again, no disqualifications were issued.

Here’s the video of Friday night’s victory by Abe:

And here’s is Saturday’s victory by Taft:

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Taft competes with Teddy for Twitter followers, Abe slams him with a folding chair, and more

The cheating is getting out of hand in the Nationals presidents race, and if that sounds like nothing new, the difference vs. previous years is that now even Teddy isn’t getting disqualified.

Nationals Tweetup Taft vs TeddyTaft tackles Teddy at Nats tweetupAbe Lincoln hits William Howard Taft with a Folding ChairAbe Lincoln hits William Howard Taft with a Folding ChairOn Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft escalated their 100 year-old war, taking each other out as race judge Screech looked the other way.

The Nationals sponsored a #VoteNats Tweetup on Wednesday evening, and the team’s longtime face of Twitter Teddy Roosevelt paced the field, holding up a sign as he approached the finish line reading “#voteNATS Tweetup ’13 Follow me @Teddy26Nats.”

But Taft was trailing close behind with his own sign, and slammed the Rough Rider to the ground, taking the victory and holding up his own sign saying “No Teddy, they should follow ME @NatsBigChief27.”

Taft’s antics were simply revenge for the previous night, when Teddy had enlisted the help of longtime nemesis Abraham Lincoln to take Taft out of the competition.

On Tuesday, “Honest” Abe sat out the race — literally. When the race began, Lincoln parked himself on a folding chair on the warning track by the Nationals bullpen.

Teddy Roosevelt tore out of the starting gate and slapped hands with the Great Emancipator as he race by the bullpen.

Lincoln then stood up, folded up the chair, and swung it right into the oncoming Taft.

With the Chief Justice flattened to the ground, Abe unfolded the chair, stood on it, and taunted his victim. No disqualifications were issued.

Here’s Teddy’s victory from Tuesday night:

And Taft’s take down of Teddy on Wednesday:

I was not around for the race on the 27th, but here is the video, in which Lincoln apparently celebrated the anniversary of the decommissioning of Route 66:

Video: Racing presidents prancersize to the finish line

Washington Nationals racing presidents prancersizeWashington Nationals racing presidents prancersizeThe Nats racing presidents hopped on the latest viral sensation Wednesday night at Nationals Park, introducing Prancersize to the home crowd.

On Wednesday, with Abe Lincoln in the lead, the presidents were interrupted mid-race when the ubiquitous Prancersize fitness video appeared on the Nationals Park HD scoreboard (if you haven’t seen it, see below).

The presidents stopped, watched for a moment, and then Prancersized across the finish line.

Last year the presidents became a viral sensation themselves when Teddy Roosevelt led them in a Gangnam Style dance during the season and again in the playoffs.

Let’s hope this one doesn’t have quite the same lasting power.

Race video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: “Rally Cicada” leads Teddy to victory, inspires reserves

Cicada invades Nationals presidents raceCicada tackles Nationals racing presidentsCicada Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWith the Nats trailing early Sunday at Nationals Park, the team needed a rally, and got inspiration from the most unlikely of places.

When the presidents race began in the middle of the fourth inning, Teddy Roosevelt lined up near the finish line, bringing with him the same giant cicada that invaded Nationals Park on June 9.

P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska introduced the big insect as “The Rally Cicada,” and this time, the cicada was on Teddy’s side.

As the remaining presidents approached the home stretch, Teddy pushed the cicada at them like a bowling ball, toppling them all, then turned towards the finish line to collect his fourth victory of the season.

The Nationals followed with a furious effort, holding the Rockies scoreless while an onslaught of Nats reserves delivered two runs in the bottom half of the inning and four more in the eighth, but it wasn’t quite enough.

A beautiful slo-mo of Teddy’s cicada tackle below.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

Video: Abe Lincoln pays homage to… Sweden?

Abe Lincoln wins Nationals presidents raceOn a forgettable Saturday for fans at Nationals Park, the racing presidents ran a forgettable presidents race, with Abe Lincoln returning to his form of previous years by pacing the field.

In victory, the Great Emancipator waved a tiny Swedish flag as he paraded before the confused fans along the first base line. He was apparently paying tribute to Sweden, which adopted its flag 107 years ago today.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Presidents welcome summer as Taft enlists Kool-Aid Man to take out competition

Kool Aid Man Nationals Presidents Race Racing PresidentsKool Aid Man Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWilliam Howard Taft Racing PresidentWilliam Howard Taft got some unlikely assistance as the Nationals racing presidents kicked off the first day of summer in style Friday night at Nationals Park.

With Stephen Strasburg mowing down the Colorado Rockies to lead the team to its third straight victory, the nearly 35,000 fans in attendance were able to celebrate the change of seasons as a sign of renewed hope for a Nats postseason run.

Marking the occasion, the racing presidents emerged for the fourth inning race wearing colorful Hawaiian shirts, but the summer fabric apparently wasn’t enough to cool down the portly William Howard Taft, who stopped at the bullpen door to invite Kool-Aid Man onto the field.

Mr. Kool-Aid exchanged high fives with Taft, then turned and tackled all of Tafts competition, knocking them collectively from the race. The Big Chief trotted unopposed to the finish line.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Giant cicada invades Nationals Park, attacks Teddy Roosevelt

Seventeen year Cicada Brood II has been swarming the Virginia suburbs southwest of DC, leading some to wonder whether Nationals Park would soon be affected.

Cicada attacks Teddy Roosevelt Washington Nationals Park Presidents RaceCicada attacks Teddy Roosevelt Washington Nationals Park Presidents RaceCicada attacks Teddy Roosevelt Washington Nationals Presidents RaceThe answer arrived during the first game of Sunday’s day/night doubleheader in the form of the largest cicada spotting of the season: the six foot variety.

In the fourth inning of game one, Teddy Roosevelt emerged last from the presidents race starting gate, but quickly grabbed the lead and appeared to be on the way to his second straight victory.

But lurking in the stands was the very adult-size cicada, who jumped into the Rough Rider’s path and tackled him to the ground, following it up with a vicious body slam as George crossed the finish line.

When the presidents returned Sunday evening for the second game of the doubleheader, Teddy was prepared, racing from the start with a giant flyswatter. Teddy’s new nemesis appeared as suspected, but was not intimidated. The cicada met him in the outfield, grabbed the flyswatter, and beat Teddy to the ground. Abe Lincoln took the win.

Video of the first race below, plus a slo-mo version of Teddy’s takedown.

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy wins, meets the Nats in 3rd place

Teddy Roosevelt wins Washington Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt wins Washington Nationals Presidents Race Nationals ParkConsecutive rainouts gave the Washington Nationals an opportunity to rest and reset for Saturday’s series opener vs. the Minnesota Twins, but an extra-innings loss ruined the day for the sellout Nationals Park crowd of 41,587, pushing the team two games below .500 for the first time this season.

In the fourth inning presidents race, Teddy Roosevelt got a late start out of the center field starting gate, but a steady stride pulled him past his Rushmore competitors as they circled the warning track. The Rough Rider pulled away at the finish for his third victory of the 2013 season.

Teddy, like the Nationals, moved into sole possession of third place in the standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Presidents Race Deja Vu as That Cat tackles Teddy Roosevelt, Abe wins

With a losing record since Teddy Roosevelt first tasted victory in October, the Washington Nationals came to the conclusion Tuesday that something’s not working and shook up the roster to try to recapture some of their 2012 mojo.

Washington Nationals presidents race That Cat tackles Teddy RooseveltWashington Nationals presidents race That Cat tackles TeddyIf Wednesday’s fourth inning antics were any indication, they came to the same conclusion regarding the presidents race.

Following a familiar script from the previous six seasons, Teddy Roosevelt jumped out to a big lead that he extended into the home stretch.

Ignoring his recent victories, Nationals PA Announcer Jerome Hruska intoned “This could be the day. C’mon Teddy!,” before Teddy’s longtime nemesis “That Cat” appeared to block the finish line and tackle the Rough Rider to the ground.

Completing the narrative and adding insult to injury, the trailing president was Abe Lincoln, with only one win to his name this season, stealing the victory as Teddy lay on the ground.

Abe’s win pulled him into a tie with Teddy for last place in the presidents race standings.



Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Lincoln celebrates prematurely, Washington wins Capital Bikeshare race

Capital bikeshare Washington Nationals presidents race photo finish

Capital bikeshare presidents race Nationals Park

Perhaps the closest presidents race ever (Image/MASN)

Capital bikeshare Nationals presidents race Abe celebrates

…and Lincoln celebrates prematurely

Abe Lincoln thought he had his second presidents race victory of the season, but it turns out he celebrated prematurely.

The Nationals returned to town Tuesday night and got down to the business of protecting their turf, dealing a home brewed walk-off win vs. the New York Mets.

Abe Lincoln, who’s had a rough start to the 2013 season, also sought a return to his old winning ways in the fourth inning presidents race, as the mascot team pulled out an old favorite gimmick, riding aboard Capital Bikeshare bikes.

Teddy had the early lead, but was overtaken by George Washington and Abe Lincoln, who sprinted for the finish line neck and neck.

In possibly the closest photo finish in presidents race history, the bikes hit the tape seemingly simultaneously. Lincoln raised his fist in triumph, but though TV replay suggested that his front wheel may have been a hair in front of Washington’s, it was George who had leaned forward with his ten foot frame and taken the victory.

Lincoln remains in sold possession of last place in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Orioles Bird takes out racing presidents, struggles with Taft

Baltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing PresidentsBaltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing Presidents William Howard TaftBaltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing PresidentsBaltimore Orioles mascot “The Bird” made his annual appearance at Nationals Park Tuesday night as the Nats took on the Orioles in the “Battle of the Beltways.”

The creatively named mascot has been known for disrupting the presidents race in the past, but Tuesday marked the first time the Oriole had ever faced five presidents at once.

As the fourth inning race began, The Bird charged at the racing presidents along the outfield warning track.

The Bird made quick work of front-runners George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, but charging behind was big Bill Taft, who proved to be more of a load than anticipated.

As the Oriole struggled to pull down the portly Chief Justice, Thomas Jefferson slipped by and raced ahead unobstructed for the victory.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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