Nats fans plan rubber chicken sacrifice for 5pm Sunday outside Nationals Park

Rubber Chicken Man Hugh Kaufman and Let Teddy Win Sacrifice a chicken at Nationals ParkWashington Nationals Rubber Chicken Sacrifice Burn SageNationals rubber chicken man sacrifice breaks bad luckFollowing Saturday’s epic 18-inning game 2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, a chicken will be sacrificed at 5pm today in front of the Nationals Park Center Field Gate.

Longtime readers know that since 2005, Nationals fan “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman has sacrificed rubber chickens to “get rid of the bad juju” whenever the team has run into a bit of trouble.

Kaufman is encouraging fans to come “honor our pitchers and help wake up our bats,” and promises to bring a number of baseball voodoo items to help ensure success.

When the Nationals had their backs to the wall in the 2012 playoffs, Kaufman performed a similar ritual, sacrificing a chicken before Jayson Werth’s historic walk-off home run carried the team to a Game 4 victory in that year’s NLDS.

Kaufman says has has “sacrificed dozens” over the years. In fact, he says 2014 is the only year in which he performed the ritual only once.

This season’s only sacrifice came after a Memorial Day loss that dropped the team’s record below .500 after 51 games. After that, the Nationals went on a tear for the rest of the season, winning 71 games vs. just 40 losses.

As it is Sunday and there is no game today, plenty of free parking should be available. Kaufman is encouraging fans to wear their Chicken Mode t-shirts.

Video: Nats racing presidents dance to “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake during race

The National League Division Series began Friday at Nationals Park, and the Nats’ racing presidents used the unusually long commercial break during the fourth inning to add a few dance moves to the regularly-scheduled presidents race.

Rock Your Body presidents race Washington NationalsRock Your Body presidents race Washington NationalsTeddy Roosevelt emerged from the bullpen to stop his fellow presidents, put down a boom box, and lead a dance routine to Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body.”

When the music stopped, Teddy raced ahead for the victory.

UPDATE: Since the dance routine was in the outfield, the Nationals’ in-stadium video had the best views, but due to music rights issues, they could not publish it with the original song.

So sue me, but here below is a mashup version created for LetTeddyWin.com, overlaying sound from our finish line video with the video as seen on the scoreboard. Enjoy:

Original finish line video by YouTube member lfahome

Video: On historic day at Nationals Park, Teddy wins his first presidents race championship (and some other stuff)

With playoff home field advantage wrapped up by the home town Nats, the only thing undecided going into Sunday’s regular season finale was question of who would win the 2014 presidents race championship.

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt with Madagascar PenguinsTeddy Roosevelt beast William Howard TaftTeddy Roosevelt Wins presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt Presidents Race Champion BeltSo while fans at Nationals Park expected little on-field drama, anticipation was high about the final tie-breaking dogfight between four-time champion Abraham Lincoln and perennial loser Teddy Roosevelt.

What unfolded defied every fan’s expectations.

The final presidents race of the season wasn’t a dogfight at all, but rather a staged relay race featuring the racing presidents and the characters from the upcoming Dreamworks motion picture Penguins of Madagascar.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and William Howard Taft lined up in tandem with penguins Private (pushed on a cart by George), Skipper, Rico, and Kowalski. Roosevelt did not participate.

Then, halfway through the race, the hero of San Juan Hill emerged from center field and darted past the relayers, passing Taft in the home stretch and running away uncontested with the presidents race title.

(Nats fans know that what the presidents race championship lacked in drama, Jordan Zimmerman provided as he tossed the first no hitter in team history. Congratulations to JZimm, and to September call-up Steven Souza, who sealed the no-no with a spectacular 9th inning catch.)

After over 600 losses, Teddy Roosevelt is now presidents race champion for the first time. The Nationals sport a record of 18-8 when Teddy wins this season (18-6 when Teddy wins in the fourth inning), a record which suggests that a few more Teddy victories in the playoffs would not be a bad idea.

Here’s your finish line video:

As always throughout the season, finish line video for LetTeddyWin.com is by the intrepid lfahome of the Gnome Garden.
Photos/Washington Nationals, lfahome

Video: In a first, Nationals presidents race goes to replay review, Lincoln robs Teddy of title

The Nationals racing presidents entered the penultimate regular season race of 2014 on Saturday with four-time champion Abraham Lincoln on a tear.

Presidents race photo finish Teddy GeorgeThis Play Under Review - Replay BaseballReplay official Abraham Lincoln - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsLincoln, the all-time winningest racing president, had been dominated most of the season by Teddy Roosevelt, the perennial loser who came into the season with an all-time regular season record of 12-595 (yes, that’s twelve wins against nearly 600 losses).

But after clawing and cheating his way to victory in eight of eleven races in September, the Great Emancipator entered Saturday having tied the Rough Rider atop the presidents race standings.

So it was a surprise to most in the stands when “Honest” Abe failed to show up for Saturday’s race.

When the tightly-fought contest ended in a photo finish between Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington, race judge Screech the Eagle called for a replay review.

That’s when Lincoln appeared from the sidelines wearing a headset, having been appointed replay official by Screech.

After a delay in which the replay was shown on the Nationals Park scoreboard, Lincoln called the race for Washington, setting up a final showdown with Teddy in Sunday’s season finale.

Here’s the race as called in the stadium by PA Announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video:


Videos: Washington Nationals and YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Abe Lincoln enlists Secret Service to cheat his way into a tie with Teddy Roosevelt

Abe Lincoln Cheats - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln Cheats - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsWith a win Friday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats clinched home field advantage through the playoffs, but Teddy Roosevelt’s magic number stayed stuck at one, as “Honest” Abe Lincoln cheated his way to two victories in the day-night doubleheader, pulling into a tie with Teddy Roosevelt atop the presidents race standings.

The afternoon game featured $1 ice cream cones, so it was no surprise when “Nice Cream Cone” made a return appearance to Nationals Park during the presidents race. The giant dessert first went after Lincoln, but then took down all of his opponents, leaving a clear path for the Great Emancipator to take the opener.

In the nightcap, Lincoln enlisted the Secret Service to clear a path to the finish line, first clotheslining Teddy Roosevelt in the outfield, then tackling Washington, Jefferson, and Taft while Lincoln preened for the fans.

Abe’s antics ensure that the 2014 presidents race title will come down to the final game of the season.

Photo:@NatsBigChief27
Videos:YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy wins for the first time in a month, looks to clinch first title this weekend

Abe Lincoln wins game 1 presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt Wins - October“Honest” Abraham Lincoln has been on a tear in September, pushing and shoving his way to victory after victory in the presidents race. After winning his fifth in a row during the first race of Thursday’s day-night doubleheader, the Great Emancipator pulled within one win of Teddy Roosevelt in the presidents race standings with 5 home games left in the season.

Perhaps it was the dominant pitching performance of Gio Gonzalez, or maybe it was the cool October-like weather, but something woke up the Bull Moose. In Thursday’s nightcap, Teddy, who hadn’t won in more than a month, jumped out in front and led wire to wire.

After crossing the finish line and pushing his season lead back up to two games over Lincoln, Roosevelt pulled open his jersey to reveal a “Nothing but October” t-shirt.

With one more win, Roosevelt will guarantee at least a share of his first presidents race championship.

Race photos/@Teddy26Nats
Video by YouTube member lfahome

GIF: Abe Lincoln wins presidents race in a tutu

Abe Lincoln Color Run Tutu

Thomas Jefferson pulls up at the finish, allowing Abe Lincoln to pass by for the victory.

Abraham Lincoln wore a Tutu during Tuesday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park, and with a little help, the Illinois Rail Splitter opened the final homestand of the season by stealing his fourth straight victory.

Lincoln wore the tutu along with a paint-stained t-shirt to promote the upcoming Color Run this weekend at Nationals Park. Thomas Jefferson had Lincoln beaten, but pulled up at the finish to allow Abe to stay within two wins of Teddy Roosevelt with six games remaining.

Abe Lincoln wins presidents race in a tutu

Videos courtesy of MLB and YouTube member lfahome

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