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

Video: George shines, Teddy struggles with Standard Obstacle Course on Army Day at Nationals Park

Nearly 32,000 fans welcomed the Washington Nationals home from a lengthy road trip Thursday night as part of the team’s Army Night military celebration.

Army Day Nationals Park Racing Presidents Lift WeightsArmy Day Nationals Park Racing Presidents Obstacle CourseThe evening was chock full of military tributes, highlighted by a first-ever racing presidents Army obstacle course.

Former Army Colonel Teddy Roosevelt had no trouble with the hurdles that opened the fourth inning race, but TR met his end at the next stop. Each of the other presidents tackled the weightlifting obstacle, but Teddy proved unable to lift the weights (marked “200″), and failed to continue as Taft dashed ahead.

The final obstacle, a classic Army Crawl, proved to be the portly Taft’s undoing. As the Big Chief keeled over, first Commander In Chief George Washington crawled ahead on elbows and knees, and took the series opener.

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

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