Video: Racing Presidents pummel Clark the Cub on National Doughnut Day

Friday was National Doughnut Day, but the Nats’ Racing presidents attempt to celebrate with a doughnut relay race was disrupted when Chicago Cubs mascot Clark the Bear (or a reasonable facsimile) entered the fray.

Nats Racing Presidents pummel Clark the Cub on National Doughnut DayTeddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft ran side-by-side through the first leg, when “Clark” appeared in the outfield and grabbed the donut.

But carnage ensued when the Cub mascot turned to taunt his pursuers.

Founding father George Washington appeared from the stands and body slammed the bear into the ground, then Jefferson, and Lincoln piled on.

Taft grabbed the donut and ran. Finish line video below, followed by Bob and FP’s call on MASN.


Videos: lfahome & MASN

After rain delay, Teddy distracts Thomas Jefferson with discount ponchos

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The Nationals efforts to turn Thomas Jefferson into the new “lovable loser” reached new heights on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

After a nearly two hour rain delay, a sparse crowd was on hand when the presidents race finally began at close to 10:00pm. As is becoming common, Thomas Jefferson took a huge lead into the home stretch.

But Teddy Roosevelt was standing near the finish line with a sign reading “Ponchos $5.”

Sure enough, like Roosevelt had been so many times before him, the founding father became easily distracted, as he stopped to see a man about a poncho, Lincoln stole the win.

Video:Washington Nationals

Video: When George Washington stumbles, Abe cleans up

In baseball, you’re supposed to run out those grounders, because you never know what’s going to happen.

George Washington stumblesAbe Lincoln gets that, which is one reason he leads the Nationals’ racing presidents in all-time victories. When another president fails to seal it at the finish, Lincoln is often the one to scavenge the win.

On Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, it was George Washington who had a big lead in the home stretch, but when the top-heavy founding father stumbled and crashed, “Honest” Abe was right behind to add to his win total.

The Great Emancipator finished the homestand tied with William Howard Taft for the lead in the season standings, and Jefferson suspiciously remains winless.

GIF: Racing president Teddy Roosevelt tries to head butt Taft but misses badly

Like several members of the Nationals, racing president Teddy Roosevelt had a game plan for Saturday, but tripped up on the execution.
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It was a beautiful day for baseball, with both the players and the racing presidents decked out in their patriotic jerseys for Memorial weekend at Nationals Park.

But the sun did not shine on either for long. The Nats’ pitching and defense was unraveling in the middle of the fourth inning just as the presidents race began.

Teddy Roosevelt ran a clean race and held the lead in the home stretch, but decided to turn and execute a diving head butt into his rival William Howard Taft.

Teddy missed badly, and Taft soared past to take over first place in the presidents race standings.

Presidents Race Teddy dives and misses

Video courtesy of lfahome

GIF: Taft’s wife Nellie pops up to disrupt Nationals presidents race

Presidents Race Jack in the Box Nellie TaftFriday night marked the anniversary of “Nellie” Taft’s death in 1943, and to memorialize the occasion with dignity, the 27th first lady popped out from a jack-in-the-box to spook the Nationals’ racing presidents and spur her husband William Howard Taft to victory.

Perhaps the late Helen Louise Herron Taft was making her first appearance at Nationals Park to check out the Cherry Blossoms. After all, it was Mrs. Taft who arranged for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry trees that grace the Washington, DC Tidal Basin.

The victory by husband Bill moved the Chief Justice into a first place tie with Abe Lincoln in the season standings.

Nationals Park to debut new team store and food concession Tuesday (menu)

The Washington Nationals announced that the long-awaited opening of the new flagship Nationals Park team store will arrive Tuesday night as the Nats open a homestand vs. the New York Yankees.

Nationals Park Virginia Country KitchenAlso opening Tuesday is the newest locally-themed concession, Virginia Country Kitchen, behind section 113 on the 3rd base side, serving buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, house made kettle chips, and Virginia-made beverages.

The new team store on the centerfield plaza has been under contruction since before the 2014 season, and will be more than double the size of the former flagship store across the plaza. That location will eventually be turned into a restaurant.

Here’s the full Virginia Country Kitchen menu, courtesy of the Reston Patch:

    • Virginia Ham Biscuit: Country Ham, Cheddar Cheese, Apple Butter
    • Old Dominion Chicken Biscuit: Crispy Chicken Breast, Pickle Chips, Firecracker Ranch
    • TJ’s Mac-n-Cheese: Inspired by Virginia made cheeses
    • Virginia Crunch: Popcorn, Smoked Bacon, Bourbon Caramel Sauce, Virginia Roast Peanuts
    • Blue Ridge Bourbon and Tea: Virginia’s Filibuster Bourbon, Peach Schnapps, Iced Tea, Mint
    • Beverages including Redd’s Apple Ale and Star Hill Grateful Pale Ale, Two Shillings Red Wine and James River White Wine from Williamsburg Winery

Photo:JDLand

Fans at Nationals Park can now douse their own “HarpCake” with chocolate syrup

Max Scherzer Bryce Harper Chocolate SyrupThe HarpCake cupcake at Nationals Park by Fluffy ThoughtsAfter Bryce Harper’s walk-off home run Saturday, fans watched as pitcher Max Scherzer doused the outfielder with chocolate syrup, a ritual Scherzer created this season as an alternative to the traditional shaving cream pie in the face.

Beginning Sunday at Nationals Park, any fan can have the opportunity to reproduce the feat, perhaps even as a means of summoning another walkoff.

The exemplary bakers at Fluffy Thoughts Bakery, known for the Teddy Roosevelt and Jayson Werth cupcakes they sell in their stand behind section 135 at Nationals Park, are introducing the HarpCake, a “funfetti” cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream and chocolate, complete with an edible fondant hat plus brohawk and eye black.

More importantly, anybody purchasing one of these little bundles gets to douse it in all the chocolate syrup they want.

“We are trying it out for today, and if it works out we will have it for the next homestand as well,” said Owner/Cake Artist Lara Stein. “You just have to purchase a HarpCake and then go to town with the chocolate syrup. Put on as much as you would like! Who doesn’t love chocolate syrup?”

Demonstration video below. The HarpCake runs $6.50 at the Fluffy Thoughts stand behind section 135, while supplies last. And by the way, the cupcakes are outstanding.

The HarpCake cupcake at Nationals Park by Fluffy Thoughts

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