Video: Presidents pass out flags, Abe sneaks by FTW

Presidents Race Abe Lincoln passes flagsFor the final game of the Nationals’ “Patriotic Series” Wednesday at Nationals Park, the racing presidents wore their patriotic blue jerseys and stopped along the first base line to pass out flags to the crowd.

Abe Lincoln, who had been trailing the pack, snuck by his fellow presidents and stole his third straight win.

With the victory, the Great Emancipator took four of six races in the first homestand of September — as many┬ávictories as he had in all of July and August combined — and closed the gap with Teddy Roosevelt for the 2014 presidents race crown.

Teddy’s magic number entering the final homestand of the season will remain at 2, setting up an epic showdown for the end of September.

Here’s the play-by-play call by MASN’s Bob Carpenter:

Video: George Washington conspires to help Abe Lincoln steal victory from Teddy Roosevelt

Presidents Race Abe Lincoln CheatsPresidents Race Abe Lincoln Cheats with George Washington helpPresidents Race George Washington Cheats TeddyApparently, Abe Lincoln will do just about anything to keep Teddy Roosevelt from clinching his first presidents race championship.

With just eight home games to go, “Honest” Abe couldn’t afford to let Teddy win more than one more race. Yet as the fourth inning contest began Tuesday night, Lincoln sat on a chair and let his competitors run by.

The reason became clear as the presidents reached the home stretch with Teddy in the lead.

George Washington reached out and grabbed Roosevelt by the uniform, dragging him back to clear a path for his compatriot from Illinois.

The flagrant cheating was ignored by race judge Screech, and Lincoln took the tape to close within 4 games of Teddy with seven remaining.

Roosevelt’s magic number remains at 2.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com courtesy of lfahome

GIF: Presidents race melee keeps Lincoln’s hopes alive

Presidents Race MeleeIn a race that Washington Nationals color commentator F.P. Santangelo called a “three in the morning job,” the Nats’ racing presidents tripped and pushed each other through an epic shoving match in which everyone participated. On Monday night, not even the sponsor GEICO Gecko escaped the dirt.

Despite face planting twice, it was Abe Lincoln who emerged victorious, stumbling across the finish line and slamming the sponsor’s mascot into the tarp.

With just eight home games left in the season, The Great Emancipator moved within five games of season leader Teddy Roosevelt, whose magic number remains at 2.

Here’s the near-speechless call by MASN’s Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo:

Video: Bear cub attacks Teddy Roosevelt in the outfield

Chicago Cub tackles Teddy RooseveltThe beating that Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals put on the Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon was nothing compared to the grizzly scene that played out in the fourth inning presidents race at Nationals Park.

With Teddy Roosevelt in the early lead, an orange, oversized bear cub came running from the home bullpen and shoved the Rough Rider to the ground, but the other presidents exacted revenge on Teddy’s behalf, as George Washington finished the job with a body slam.

Chicago Cub tackles Teddy Roosevelt - Washington Nationals Presidents Race

Abe and Tom pushed and shoved to the finish line, and Abe eked out the victory to extend his lead over Teddy in the season standings.

Finish line video courtesy of lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt Clobbers Showboating Abe Lincoln

The Nationals presidents race season is turning into an unlikely battle between perennial contender Abraham Lincoln and longtime loser Teddy Roosevelt.

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt Clobbers tackles Abe Lincoln 002Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt Clobbers tackles Abe Lincoln 002During the current homestand, Abe had extended his lead over the hero of San Juan Hill to four games, but when “Honest” Abe got too cocky Monday night at Nationals Park, the Bull Moose exacted his revenge.

Lincoln began the race by chasing down William Howard Taft on the warning track. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson then attempted to clothesline the Great Emancipator, but Abe forced his way through and it was the founding fathers who ended up on the ground.

Lincoln took off for the finish line but stopped to showboat for the crowd along the foul line. That’s when Teddy leaped from the stands and planted Lincoln face down in the grass.

Teddy Roosevelt beats racing presidents with baby GodzillaTeddy’s victory was his second of the series.

On Friday night, Teddy celebrated the night’s big movie opening by racing with a stuffed baby Godzilla. Roosevelt tossed the lizard at his competitors as they approached the finish line, and as they all hit the dirt, Teddy turned to claim the win.

Videos for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

GIF: Abe Lincoln refuses to pass the baton to George Washington. Literally.

Abe Cheats - refuses to hand the baton to George Washington - hits racing presidentKnown for his dirty tricks, “Honest” Abe Lincoln has established himself as the winningest racing president since the opening of Nationals Park; but this season, George Washington has been the class of the field, holding a comfortable lead in the season standings since April.

Yet George has been unable to put away a resurgent Abe, and entered Thursday night’s contest still needing just one victory to seal the season.

In what began as a traditional relay race, Abe Lincoln was called upon to pass the baton to George Washington for the anchor leg, but the Great Emancipator wasn’t willing to hand the victory to his rival. Instead of passing the baton, Abe reared back and clobbered the founding father, stealing the victory for himself.

Full finish line video below, plus a slo-mo version:

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Abe Lincoln mirrors the Nats, keeps the pressure on George as pigeon interferes with presidents race

Pigeon interferes with Washington Nationals game

A pigeon interferes with Zach Walters during Sunday’s game at Nationals Park

Teddy Roosevelt pets a pigeon at Nationals Park

Teddy Roosevelt greets the pigeon on the field after Sunday’s game (Photo:@KryaSchu)

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Abe Lincoln cuts the outfield corner to take the first race of Tuesday’s doubleheader

Washington Nationals presidents race rally pidgeon trips Teddy Roosevelt

The Rally Pigeon returns to trip Teddy during Tuesday night’s presidents race

From pigeons on the field over the weekend, to Monday’s tragedy and Tuesday’s miraculous doubleheader, strange things are conspiring to make the final homestand of the year at Nationals Park a whirlwind of emotions and surprises.

Until recently, George Washington’s lead in the 2013 presidents race standings has seemed as comfortable as the Cincinnati Reds’ lead in the wild card standings, and yet like the Reds, the founding father has just not been able to close it out.

Going into Tuesday’s doubleheader, Abe Lincoln, who had been written off for dead by May, had mirrored the Nationals’ own resurgence with a late season run that moved him within six games of Washington for first place.

In Tuesday’s first game, Lincoln started at the back of the pack, but as the presidents approached the right field corner, Abe took to the inside and blatantly cut the corner to pass Teddy Roosevelt. The transgression went unnoticed by race judge Screech, and Abe fended off Washington in the stretch to take the tape.

In the nightcap, Teddy Roosevelt once again took the lead into the home stretch, but then, appearing along the first base line was a giant relative of the pigeon that wouldn’t leave the field during Sunday’s game. The pigeon extended a leg to trip the Rough Rider short of the finish line. Slo-Mo video below.

Lincoln raced by the prone Roosevelt to earn win number 21 and move within four games of Washington with five remaining.




Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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