Video: George Washington leads a July 4th Parade at Nationals Park

George Washington 4th of July Nationals ParkWhen baseball returned to Washington DC, Major League Baseball established an annual tradition of playing a morning baseball game on Independence Day in the nation’s capital.

For the first several years of the Nationals’ presidents race, it was also an annual tradition for the writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, to lead the other presidents while carrying an American flag.

But last year, the team handed the honor to George Washington, and once again in 2014, it was George who led the parade.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Alien invades Nationals Park on World UFO Day

Alien in Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWednesday marked the 67th anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident, and so of course, invading aliens marked the occasion by disrupting the presidents race at Nationals Park.

William Howard Taft was the first to spot the alien lurking near the bullpen, but the other presidents ignored his warnings.

The alien turned out to be no threat at all, and Teddy took the win.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe shows no sense of humor on International Joke Day

Abe Lincoln cheats presidents race Nationals ParkOn Tuesday night at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt stopped his fellow racing presidents on the warning track to read them the “Joke of the Day” in celebration of International Joke Day.

George, Tom, and Bill started laughing, but Abe Lincoln grabbed the joke from Teddy’s hands, tore it up, and raced for the finish line.

We knew Abe cheated. Apparently he’s also got no sense of humor.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Nats Park crowd chants “USA” as racing presidents act out USA vs. Belgium

Nationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USAAs they did before last week’s World Cup soccer match, the Nationals racing presidents acted out Tuesday’s upcoming match between Team USA and Belgium on Monday night at Nationals Park.

And this time, the crowd really got into it.

George Washington and Abe Lincoln represented Team USA on Monday, wearing their home white uniforms. They got off to a rough start, as “Honest” Abe had trouble handling the ball and tripped on the outfield warning track.

But Belgian defenders Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft (wearing red uniforms) weren’t able to capitalize. George held them up then broke away as Lincoln recovered and pushed the ball past them.

Washington took Abe’s pass and advanced the ball towards goalie Teddy Roosevelt (who was wearing his Hawaiian shirt). The Rough Rider managed to stuff Washington’s shot, but the Founding Father recovered the ball, put a fake on Teddy, and sent the goalie flying to his left as he passed to the charging Lincoln.

The Great Emancipator finished the job, then joined Washington in leading the Nationals Park crowd in a rawcous chant of “USA! USA!”

Here’s the finish line video:

And here’s the official full call of the race by P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska:

Video: Meet the man who dressed as Teddy Roosevelt at the World Cup

When the USA scored for the second time during Sunday’s World Cup match vs. Portugal, international broadcasts caught a glimpse of a fan dressed as Teddy Roosevelt celebrating the go-ahead goal.

The image of the Rough Rider cheering in the stands was instantly shared on Twitter and Vine, but credit Yahoo! Sports
for tracking the man down.

His name is Mike D’Amico, and he told Yahoo! he was “super stoked” to find out he had he had become a Twitter sensation.

“I’ll take your word for it until I get some WiFi,” he said. “We’re out in the Amazon. I don’t have a whole lot of Internet here.”

D’Amico explained that he wears the costume because “…it gets people excited. It gets people involved. When I’m trying to start a song in the stands, it’s easier to listen to Teddy Roosevelt than some other guy in another shirt.”

Bully!

Video: Racing presidents play out USA vs. Portugal World Cup match

Washington Nationals Presidents Race World Cup USA Red CardWashington Nationals Presidents Race World Cup USAWashington Nationals Presidents Race World Cup USA 2For the first time ever, the Nationals racing presidents donned varied uniforms for the fourth inning presidents race, in preparation for Sunday night’s USA vs. Portugal World Cup match.

Instead of wearing their usual Sunday best, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt wore their patriotic uniforms to represent Team USA. Thomas Jefferson wore his red home jersey to represent Portugal, and William Howard Taft dressed in black to represent the Portuguese goalie.

Team USA entered the field with Lincoln kicking a soccer ball along the warning track. Jefferson entered from the bullpen, immediately faked a pulled hamstring, and was given a red card for flopping by a referee.

Taft waited by the finish line for the oncoming team, but Abe faked to his right, Bill dove to his left, and Lincoln kicked the ball across the finish line, leading fans along the first base line chanting “USA! USA!”

Here’s the finish line video, followed by the full call as heard in the stadium by Nationals PA announcer Jerome Hruska:

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Video: Teddy takes over first place after tug-of-war victory in the outfield

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Tug of War Washington Nationals Presidents Race Waffle Cone Ice Cream Washington Nationals Presidents Race Waffle Cone Ice Cream Wednesday was Army Night at Nationals Park, and during the fourth inning presidents race, the racing presidents stopped in the outfield to hold an impromptu tug-of-war competition.

With Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln anchored on one side by the portly William Howard Taft, it appeared that George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt didn’t stand a chance on the other side.

But the two former Army leaders let go of the rope, and as their competitors tumbled to the warning track, Teddy took off for the finish line.

The victory was the second straight for Teddy, who vaulted into unprecedented territory this late in the season: sole possession of first place in the standings.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Waffle Cone Ice CreamOn Tuesday night, Teddy had won after being the only racing president to survive the onslaught of a man in an ice cream cone who hunted down and tackled all of Teddy’s competitors.

The costumed character, dubbed “Nice Cream Cone,” was celebrating Tuesday’s $1 dollar ice cream night at Nationals Park.

Race video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome.
Tuesday’s Vine video by @recordsANDradio

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