GIF+Video: Beef Nachos Libre ambushes Tom — Is Jefferson the new Teddy?

The pattern was hauntingly familiar during the fourth inning Saturday at Nationals Park.

Nationals presidents race Beef Nachos Libre gets JeffersonNationals presidents race Beef Nachos Libre gets JeffersonNationals presidents race Beef Nachos Libre gets JeffersonThomas Jefferson tackled by Beef Nachos Libre Slo-Mo Presidents RaceThe mid-inning presidents race started with the season’s only winless president tripping all the others out of the gate, then running unopposed toward the finish line. Just as P.A. Announcer Jerome Hruska proclaimed “Nothing’s going to stop him now!,” a costumed cow going by the moniker Beef Nachos Libre leaped from the stands to tackle the leader just short of the finish line. To add insult to injury, longtime nemesis Abe Lincoln was trailing close enough behind to scavenge the win and extend his lead in the season standings.

It’s a pattern that repeated itself seemingly hundreds of times between 2006 and 2012, as Teddy Roosevelt racked up 525 consecutive losses, one near miss at a time. When Teddy notched his first win on the final day of the 2012 regular season, it seemed the era of presidents race conspiracies was over.

Now, sixteen races into the 2015 home season, it was Thomas Jefferson who found himself winless, tried to take things into his own hands, and ended up running into the surprise buzz saw of the day.

Here’s hoping the Nationals haven’t decided to revisit their troubled presidents race pass by fixing every race for Thomas Jefferson to lose. If they thought Teddy had a strong movement behind him, wait till they mess with the Sage of Monticello.

GIF: Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft clothesline Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt with a folding table

Nationals Racing presidents folding table clothesline 2Nationals Racing presidents folding table clotheslineBryce Harper and Danny Espinosa apparently provided inspiration for Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft Friday night as the Nationals resumed their homestand at Nationals Park.

With two homers each, Harper and Espinosa teamed up to bring the hammer down on the Atlanta Braves. Jefferson and Taft don’t swing the bat, but did one better by bringing a folding table onto the field.

With the presidents running toward the left field side for the second night in a row, Tom and Bill teamed up to slam the table into Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt.

Taft took the win to move within one win of Abe in the standings.

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Racing presidents trot out Hawaiian shirts for Weather Day

Racing presidents in Hawaiian Shirts Abe winsRacing presidents in Hawaiian Shirts Abe winsOn a muggy “Weather Day” afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats’ racing presidents cooled off in their colorful Hawaiian shirts for the first time this season Tuesday, then mixed things up further by moving the finish line to foul territory along the third base side of the park and racing along the left field warning track. The finish line is usually on the first base side.

For the regulars in attendance, these elements may have been novel, but the results on the field looked very familiar.

For the fourth race in a row, Abe Lincoln raced near the rear of the pack, then roared from behind to pass the field at the finish.

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Video: Nats Racing presidents leave Taft behind in RFK throwback race

William Howard Taft is lostNationals Racing PresidentsBefore 2008, when the racing presidents moved to Nationals Park, the Nats’ fledgling fourth inning race started from RFK Stadium’s right field corner.

On Tuesday night, the presidents continued their season-long tribute to ten years of National history as the original four presidents — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt — started the race once again from the right field corner.

William Howard Taft, who didn’t join the Rushmore Four until 2013, didn’t get the memo, starting instead from the centerfield gate. Taft never had a chance, and Abe won the short sprint to the finish.

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Video: ESPN’s Doug Glanville helps Teddy Roosevelt on Earth Day

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ESPN’s Doug Glanville joined racing president Teddy Roosevelt to celebrate Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope during Wednesday’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

The Ivy League engineer and former major leaguer helped the Rough Rider set up a telescope along the first base line, presumably to help Teddy find the Hubble in orbit.

Meanwhile, Teddy’s fellow racing presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Taft entered from the center field gate aboard bicycles.

As George, Tom, Abe, and Bill approached the finish line, Glanville raised his arms to block their path, and invited them to get off their bikes and look into the telescope.

The ol’ misdirection ploy worked like a charm, and with Washington leaning into the telescope Teddy turned and took off for the finish line.

The presidents’ bicycles were donated by Capital Bikeshare, to promote Earth Day of course.

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Video: Nats Racing Presidents relive the first-ever presidents race to kick off “Ten Year Tuesdays” celebration

10 year Tuesday Nationals Throwback presidents raceNationals Throwback presidents race scoreboardGeorge Washington wins 10 year tuesdayThe Nationals kicked off a season of “Ten Year Tuesdays” this evening at Nationals Park, featuring theme events and giveaways to celebrate ten years of Nationals history. So in the fourth inning, the racing presidents chipped in with a tribute of their own.

Back in 2006, before the Lerner family bought the Washington Nationals from Major League Baseball, the Nationals presidents race was simply an animated scoreboard diversion on the original RFK Stadium “jumbotron” (the graphics, which were limited by the RFK scoreboard, look positively primitive by today’s standards).

On Tuesday night, rather than run a live race, the original Rushmore Four — George Tom, Abe, and Teddy — lined up by the finish line with giant joysticks and looked toward the Nationals Park scoreboard, where they “replayed” the inaugural video game version of the presidents race.

As William Howard Taft looked on, George Washington was able to relive his historic victory of April 11, 2006 before then turning to cross the finish line.

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Video: Screech teams with Teddy and Taft to win presidents race relay on his birthday

Screech wins Nationals Presidents RaceScreech wins Nationals Presidents Race birthdayThe Nationals racing presidents have produced a lot of unusual antics over the years, but Sunday’s fourth inning race brought something Nats fans had never seen: mascot Screech the Eagle crossing the finishing line to take the victory just ahead of “Honest” Abe Lincoln.

The victory capped an afternoon-long celebration of Screech’s birthday, with mascots from other mid-Atlantic sports teams on hand to help celebrate.

In previous years, those visiting mascots had interfered with the race, but this year it was Screech’s turn in the spotlight, teaming with Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft against Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln as the visiting mascots cheered from the finish line.

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