2010 Race Videos


Presidents Race Videos – 2010 Season


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Presidents Race Hold 2010 Auditions in the Snow
Presidents Race on Ice in New York
Opening day disaster for the Nats and Teddy
Tom comes from behind
Racing presidents salute the Masters with a golf scramble
“Un-Racing Sausages” return to Nationals Park
Presidents pummel “Un-Racing Sausages”
Teddy ambushes “Un-Racing Sausages” with fork and knife
Abe takes on the Let Teddy Win fans
On Earth Day, Teddy plants a tree in foul territory
Teddy rides a Segway, loses anyway
Presidents face minefield of mascots on Screech’s birthday
Tom pauses to have an energy drink before sprinting ahead
Brian from Family Guy helps Teddy, tackles George, Tom
“That Cat” and the Nats Park grounds crew disrupt the race
Presidents do the limbo on Hawaiian-themed Ladies Night
Teddy gets new red shoes, trips in the outfield
Teddy gets the royal treatment on Fathers Day
Abe takes out the GEICO Gecko
Jefferson wins then signs declaration of independence
Teddy flattens Abe Lincoln with a right hook
Teddy dresses as Santa for Christmas in July
Racing presidents hit the wall – literally – in the heat
Teddy falls flat on his face at the finish line
Teddy is disqualified for “illegal use of a motor vehicle”
Racing presidents wear “Jason” masks for Friday the 13th
Racing Presidents Dance in The Nutcracker

Presidents Race Videos – 2010 Season


Presidents Race Hold Auditions in the Snow, February 2010


For 2010, Presidents Day weekend followed a huge snowstorm in the Washington area, but that didn’t stop the Nats from continuing their annual tradition of holding racing president auditions that weekend. The snow had drifted to nearly 2 feet deep in the Nationals Park outfield, but nearly 50 finalists were asked to run the course anyway, and we were on hand to document the insanity with this video report (one of our most popular videos ever).


Presidents Race on Ice in New York


For the second consecutive year, the racing presidents took their show on the road during the off-season and held a presidents race on ice skates between periods of a New York Islanders hockey game at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum. This video by alert YouTube member Dcfd3694 features a vicious body slam by Teddy Roosevelt that sent George Washington into the boards. Alas, Teddy still fell short at the end. Literally.


Opening day disaster for the Nats and Teddy


President Obama was on hand to throw out the first pitch to open the 2010 season, but things fell apart quickly. After the Nats collapsed in the top of the 4th inning, Teddy Roosevelt collapsed near the finish line, pulling up lame and letting Abe take the first race of the 2010 season.


Tom comes from behind


In the second race of the 2010 season, Abe and Teddy jostled for the lead into the final stretch, but Thomas Jefferson moved to the inside and passed them to seal his first victory of the season. Video by YouTube user shmaggie23.


Racing presidents salute the Masters with a golf scramble


On the opening day of the 2010 Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, George Washington pulled out a golf club and golf ball and led the other presidents in a 4-man golf scramble. Video by YouTube user lfahome.


“Un-Racing Sausages” return to Nationals Park


On April 16, the Nationals opened a homestand with the Milwaukee Brewers in town. The Brewer’s famous racing sausages have repeatedly refused to accompany the team to DC to take on the racing presidents, so for the 2nd year, the Nationals brought out their own fake sausages to be humiliated by Abe Lincoln. Video by YouTube user lfahome.


Presidents pummel “Un-Racing Sausages”


On April 17, the Nationals pummeled the Brewers and their sausages, as the team beat the Brewers 8-0 and the presidents took on the sausages in a relay race, tackling all 5 of them on the way to the finish line.


Teddy ambushes “Un-Racing Sausages” with fork and knife


On April 18, the Nats completed their 3-game mockery of Milwaukee’s racing sausages when Teddy Roosevelt waited in ambush near the finish line wearing a bib, fork & knife in hand. Video by YouTube user lfahome.


Abe takes on the Let Teddy Win fans


On April 21, WeLoveDC.com sponsored its first “Let Teddy Win” Night at Nationals Park, complete with a private ballpark tour, pre-game rally, presidents race trivia contest, food, prizes, and rally for Teddy Roosevelt. The crowd was in a frenzy when Abe passed Teddy in the presidents race, then climbed into the stands to take on Teddy’s supporters. Video by YouTube user lfahome.


Abe takes on the Let Teddy Win fans


On April 21, WeLoveDC.com sponsored its first “Let Teddy Win” Night at Nationals Park, complete with a private ballpark tour, pre-game rally, presidents race trivia contest, food, prizes, and rally for Teddy Roosevelt. The crowd was in a frenzy when Abe passed Teddy in the presidents race, then climbed into the stands to take on Teddy’s supporters. Video by YouTube user lfahome.


On Earth Day, Teddy plants a tree in foul territory


On Earth Day 2010, George, Tom, and Abe took off from the presidents race starting gate, but Teddy was sitting on the first baseline, planting a tree in foul territory. As the other presidents raced by him, Teddy attempted to protect the tree. Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Teddy rides a Segway, loses anyway


On April 23, Teddy burst out of the gate riding a Segway personal transportation device. For a moment, it appeared that Teddy would cruise to victory aboard the Segway, but the other presidents caught him quickly, and Abe Lincoln taunted his opponents before crossing the finish line for the victory. Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Presidents face minefield of mascots on Screech’s birthday


On April 25, Nationals mascot and presidents race judge Screech the Eagle celebrated his birthday at Nationals Park with visits by a dozen other local sports mascots. For the 4th-inning presidents race, they formed a mascot barracade that the presidents had to navigate through. Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Tom pauses to have an energy drink before sprinting ahead


On May 6, Thomas Jefferson sprinted ahead to a quick lead, but ran out of energy quickly. Fortunately for Tom, he had an energy drink handy, and sprinted past his opponents a second time to take the victory. Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.


Brian from Family Guy helps Teddy, tackles George, Tom


On May 8, The Nationals held a “Pups in the Park” promotion, in which dog-lovers could bring their pets to Nationals Park. Teddy honored the team’s canine fans by bringing Brian Griffin, the dog from The Family Guy onto the field to help fend off the other racing presidents. Brian knocked Washington and Jefferson to the Ground as Teddy sprinted ahead, but Lincoln evaded the dog and caught up to Teddy for the victory. Video courtesy of YouTube member pjf311.


“That Cat” and the Nats Park grounds crew disrupt the race


In easily the most chaotic presidents race on record, the Nationals Park team pulled out everything but the kitchen sink on June 9. With the Pittsburgh Pirates in town, the Pirates’ racing Pierogies joined the race, and the Nats trotted out their own fake versions of Milwaukee’s racing sausages. With a dozen participants already racing around the warning track, “That Cat” appeared on the first base line, and recruited the entire Nationals Park grounds crew onto the field to tackle all of the pierogies and sausages, leaving only the presidents to cross the finish line. Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Presidents do the limbo on Hawaiian-themed Ladies Night


On June 11, The Nationals hosted a Hawaiian-themed “Ladies Night” reception, and the racing presidents joined the fun by wearing Hawaiian shirts and kicking off the presidents race by going under a limbo pole (held by two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ visiting racing pierogies). This video by YouTube member lfahome captures the race, and at the very end, some of the 90 visiting Teddy Roosevelt fans from Texas who created their own cheering section during the game.


Teddy gets new red shoes, trips in the outfield


On June 19, Teddy got new red shoes and put them to the test, putting on a big burst of speed to take an early lead, but then he tripped over his own feet in the outfield, letting the others run by. Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.


Teddy gets the royal treatment on Fathers Day


On Fathers Day 2010, Teddy decided to take the day off. While George, Tom, and Abe raced around the field, Teddy Roosevelt sat in the stands getting fanned by Nat Pack girls. Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Abe takes out the GEICO Gecko


Thomas Jefferson won the presidents race on July 2, but it was Abe Lincoln who stole the show, veering off course at the last minute and drawing gasps as he plowed into the sponsor, knocking the GEICO Gecko silly. Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.


Jefferson wins then signs declaration of independence


On a beautiful Independence Day at Nationals Park, Thomas Jefferson led wire-to-wire carrying an American Flag. George Washington followed with a quill pen, and Teddy Roosevelt trailed the pack carrying an oversized copy of the Declaration of Independence. After crossing the finish line, Thomas took the quill and signed the declaration of independence. Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.


Teddy flattens Abe Lincoln with a right hook


On July 8, Teddy let out his frustration over regularly succumbing to Abe’s tricks. Teddy held a lead heading into the home stretch, but chose to turn and throw a punch at Abe Lincoln, flattening Abe to the ground, but unfortunately letting Thomas Jefferson run by for the victory. Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.


Teddy dresses as Santa for Christmas in July


As part of the Nationals July 11 “Christmas in July” toy drive, Teddy Roosevelt entered the race dressed as Santa Claus. He held a big lead heading into the first base foul territory, but stopped to hand out gifts to fans in section 133. Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Racing presidents hit the wall – literally – in the heat


On July 29, in the midst of a stifling heat wave, George, Abe, and Teddy all ran right into the right field wall and fell to the ground, leaving only Thomas Jefferson to mop up the win. Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Teddy falls flat on his face at the finish line


On July 31, Teddy Roosevelt nearly led from wire-to-wire, holding the lead into the final stretch, when he tripped and fell flat on his face just before the finish line. As Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska declared “the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” members of the crowd caught on this video by YouTube member lfahome expressed the sentiment shared by thousands in the stands: “He did not just do that.”


Teddy is disqualified for “illegal use of a motor vehicle”


On August 10, with the Florida Marlins in town, Teddy Roosevelt decided to take matters into his own hands by entering the race riding a motor scooter. Teddy passed the field and did a nifty tight turn around the right field corner to break the tape. The crowd went wild, but Screech stepped in to immediately disqualify Roosevelt for “Illegal use of a motor vehicle.” Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Racing presidents wear “Jason” masks for Friday the 13th


On August 13, with the Arizona Diamondbacks in town, the racing presidents honored Friday the 13th by wearing Jason-style hockey masks. Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.


Racing Presidents Dance in The Nutcracker


The Washington Nationals racing presidents <a href="made an appearance in a December, 2010 performance of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker by the Washington Ballet at the historic Warner Theatre.


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