Inspired by Nyjer Morgan, Abe throws a fit of his own

The crowd at Nationals Park wasn’t paying too much attention during Saturday’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

The race began just moments after Nats centerfielder Nyjer Morgan singlehandedly allowed an inside-the-park home run by throwing a fit instead of chasing after a ball he should have caught to end the Orioles 4th inning.

Abe Lincoln pushes Teddy Roosevelt to the Ground - Washington Nationals presidents raceOne pitch and one out later, the crowd of 30,000+ was still on its feet and buzzing about the oddity they had witnessed as the presidents race began.

Teddy Roosevelt took an early lead, but Abraham Lincoln, upset about falling to 3rd place in the presidents race standings, took a cue from Nyjer Morgan and threw a little fit of his own.

Chasing Teddy from behind, Abe dropped him to the ground, then turned to go after the other presidents.

After slamming Tom into the stands, he pranced across the finish line and climbed into the crowd to celebrate.

For the first time since Nationals Park opened, the Orioles mascot “The Bird” failed to make an appearance for the interleague race.

His Nationals counterpart Screech, who allegedly judges the presidents race, was a no show himself, failing once again to disqualify “Honest” Abe despite blatant cheating.

Nyjer Morgan photo by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network

Abe shows his anger as George fixes final presidents race

It was an afternoon to remember at Nationals Park.

The last game of the season was designated Fan Appreciation Day by the Nationals, and the 23,944 who made their way to Natstown for the rare late afternoon start got plenty to appreciate, starting with free fleece blankets and leading to perhaps a glimpse of the future: heroics by the team’s young prospects, a sweep of the New York Mets, and an unlikely playoff atmosphere.

Heading into the game, it appeared that little suspense remained in the Nationals disappointing season beyond the outcome of the 4th-inning presidents race.

Would Abe Lincoln, coming off a 5-race winning streak, extend his dominance? Would Teddy Roosevelt surprise the field, end the curse, and send Nats fans into the off season filled with hope? Or would George Washington or Thomas Jefferson emerge from the pack to break their 2nd-place tie in the final race of the year?

Abe and Tom broke out to an early lead, with Teddy trailing behind. George Washington uncharacteristically got a late start, then inexplicably ran the wrong way along the left field wall.

Abe and Tom ran neck and neck around the right field corner before realizing that the finish line had disappeared. It had been moved to the other side of the field, where George was crossing it uncontested.

As this video by YouTube member lfahome shows, Abe Lincoln was furious, and let out some of his ‘roid rage on the tarp roller in foul territory.

It’s not clear how or why the finish line moved, but it appears that only George got the memo.

If in fact George Washington fixed the race in his favor, then one would think he’d be disqualified. But as we all know, Teddy will finish the season as the only racing president to have been subject to disqualification. The fix is definitely in, but it’s all about Teddy. It’s “wait ’till next year” once again for Teddy Roosevelt fans. Here’s hoping that next season they’ll Let Teddy Win.

Final 2009 Presidents Race Standings:

Abraham Lincoln 40
George Washington 22
Thomas Jefferson 21
Teddy Roosevelt 0

Photo by Flickr user tbridge

Abe gets his revenge on Tom

Abe Lincoln Wins the Washington Nationals presidents race.What do George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Washington Nationals have in common? All were mathematically eliminated from any shot at a championship during the homestand that ended Thursday night at Nationals Park.

In a night filled with heroics on the field, Teddy Roosevelt looked uninspired. With Teddy lagging far behind in the 4th-inning presidents race, Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson battled down the stretch once again, but this time it was Abe who prevailed.

Abe did a little dance and Jefferson bowed in reverence. For the second consecutive season, the Great Emancipator has locked up the presidents race title with several weeks still remaining. With his second crown, Abe will become the first 2-time presidents race season champion.

Presidents go down quickly, Teddy notches loss #250

With Garrett Mock on the mound against the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals and Teddy Roosevelt followed similar patterns tonight at Nationals Park, barely getting out of the gate before blowing any chance they had for victory.

Teddy quickly locked up his 250th consecutive presidents race loss when he collided with Thomas Jefferson at the starting gate, leaving only George Washington to challenge Abe Lincoln. Abe took care of things from there, knocking George to the ground to clear his path to the finish line as Screech looked on.

Is “Judge Screech” in Abe Lincoln’s pocket? He’s disqualified Teddy for far less. Why hasn’t Screech ever disqualified “Honest” Abe?

Coach Ron SimmsNote: We were thrilled to see Section 128 usher Ron “Coach” Simms back in action tonight at his familiar post. Coach reports that under Doctor’s orders, he’s not allowed to dance on top of the dugout during “Sweet Caroline” for at least a few more weeks, but he’s looking great and on the mend. Welcome back Coach!

Nats pitching delivers again, Teddy does not

The Washington Nationals starting pitching delivered another outstanding effort tonight as the Nationals road a superb outing by Craig Stammen to take the rubber match of the 3-game series vs. the New York Mets. Unfortunately, the effort appeared to offer little inspiration to racing president Teddy Roosevelt.

Abe Lincoln showed his colors tonight, breaking away but then stopping to taunt Teddy Roosevelt, who was running a distant second. Just when it seemed that Abe might let Teddy win, he turned to cross the finish line for his 22nd victory of the season.

CoachNationals Park regulars may notice something missing from the usual festivities this week. I hope you’ll join me in sending your best get well wishes to Ron “Coach” Simms, intrepid usher from section 127-128, known to most Nationals fans as the guy who dances on the dugout and leads the crowd during “Sweet Caroline.” “Coach” is recuperating from heart surgery. I’m told he is doing well and hopes to be back in the stands soon.

Abe Lincoln taunts racing presidents

The Washington Nationals teased the home crowd of 36,000 fans who showed up at Nationals Park on Saturday night to see the Nats take on the Chicago Cubs. Much as Teddy Roosevelt has done throughout the season in the presidents race, the Nationals took a big lead and had victory in sight more than once, but repeatedly failed to deliver.

Perhaps wanting to spare the home crowd from multiple tortures, Teddy teased no one tonight. In the 4th-inning presidents race, Abe Lincoln pulled in front early and never trailed, building a margin comfortable enough to let him turn and taunt his fellow presidents before crossing the finish line.

Teddy throws tea party, Abe’s feet are on fire

Perhaps Teddy knew better than to take the field with the Boston Red Sox.

The Nats set another attendance record Wednesday night as the visiting Red Sox helped draw a record crowd to Nationals Park for the second night in a row.

Boston took the lead for good in the 4th inning, just before George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln took the field for a very unusual presidents race.

Teddy Roosevelt, on the other hand, appeared only on the outfield scoreboard, where the Rough Rider was holding his own Boston Tea Party, tipping over cases labeled “TEA.”

Abe Lincoln fire extinguishersThe other presidents stopped in their tracks to watch Teddy’s antics, but after about ten seconds, Abe Lincoln took off towards the finish line, leaving George and Tom staring at the screen.

Never a one to win graciously, the Great Emancipator celebrated his uncontested victory by dancing as two members of the Nat Pack sprayed fire extinguishers at his feet.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Abe Lincoln says “Make Teddy Earn It!”

A member of the Nat Pack holds up a sign reading Let Teddy Win at Nationals ParkAbe Lincoln set out to make a point on Sunday at Nationals Park.

As the presidents were being announced for the 4th-inning presidents race, “Honest Abe” jumped out of the centerfield gate like a bat out of hell, staking a huge lead over the other presidents but heading straight for the stands along the first base line, where somebody was holding up a sign that read “Let Teddy Win.”

Racing President Abe Lincoln says Make Teddy Earn ItAbe grabbed the sign and held it up, then ripped it in half, reached into the stands, and produced another sign that read “Make Teddy Earn It!”

The Great Emancipator, who has been accused of cheating before, is obviously not a fan of the Let Teddy Win movement, instead wanting us to believe that he keeps winning all these races on his own.

But we know the truth. If Teddy Roosevelt were truly allowed to let loose, he’d lift this curse and put a serious whipping on his Mt. Rushmore counterparts that they’d never forget.

Photos by Flickr members Tory Brown and _rockinfree
Video by YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.

Presidents race with hockey sticks, Slapshot sits in as referee

Teddy Roosevelt with SlapshotWith the Washington Capitals on the road for their playoff series against the New York Rangers, their mascot Slapshot made a guest appearance at Nationals Park tonight, filling in for the Nationals’ own eagle mascot Screech as referee for the 4th-inning presidents race.

The racing presidents paid their own tribute to the Caps, running tonight’s presidents race with hockey sticks in hand.

Abe jumped out first from the centerfield gate, but pulled up lame and limped all the way to the finish line, far behind George, who paced the field for his second presidents race victory of 2009.

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Nichols of Nats News Network
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Tom levels Abe in the outfield. George notches win #1.

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson is as frustrated with the Washington Nationals bullpen as the rest of us.

On a day when the Nats’ bullpen notched it’s third and fourth blown saves of the 3-game series vs. the Florida Marlins, our nation’s third president took out his frustration on Abraham Lincoln during the 4th-inning presidents race at Nationals Park.

After George Washington took an early lead, Tom and Abe followed behind and began scuffling almost immediately. Tom slammed Abe against the outfield scoreboard wall, with Abe falling as Teddy Roosevelt raced by.

Teddy was unable to catch George, who notched his first presidents race victory of the young season. Alas, Teddy is now in familiar territory as the only racing president who has yet to win this season.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

Nats get first victory of the season — Not so for Teddy

On a beautiful spring night at Nationals Park, 20,000 fans witnessed a display of the Washington Nationals new power as they grabbed their first victory of the season tonight in an 8-2 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Alas, Teddy Roosevelt did not join the Nationals in the win column.

Thomas Jefferson trips in the Washington Nationals presidents race, but is granted the victory.Unlike opening day, Teddy did participate in the presidents race from start to finish. Our #26 actually built an early lead and had a clear path to the finish line, but Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson passed him in the home stretch, with Abe appearing to cross the tape first as Jefferson fell at the finish line (or was he tripped by Abe?).

The close finish was initially called for Abe, but after video review it was announced that the win was granted to Thomas Jefferson.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user philliefan99
Video by YouTube member Rockthered8

Video from Monday’s presidents race on ice skates

From YouTube member dcfd3694 comes this terrific video of the Presidents Day presidents race on ice skates at Nassau Coliseum.

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The chaotic two-lap race featured two knock-downs of Teddy, who scuffled not only with Abe Lincoln but with Thomas Jefferson as well, before cheating and cutting across the ice. You have to give credit to Teddy. Despite falling and fighting, he gave it his all and almost caught George Washington at the finish line.

A great addition to the presidents race videos page to kick off 2009.

Racing president Abe Lincoln muscles in on Obama’s inauguration

The name Abraham Lincoln was invoked by commentators and politicians again and again throughout president Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities this week. Abe’s imprint was everywhere — from the concert at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the bible used to administer Obama’s oath of office.

Seeking to boost his image and muscle in on the good will of an unknowing public, Washington Nationals racing president Abe Lincoln made a number of unannounced appearances for the inauguration celebration.

Washington Nationals racing president Abe Lincoln at Barack Obama's inaugural paradeIn addition to appearances at the previously announced Children’s Inaugural Ball and the Illinois Inaugural Gala, Abe was seen aboard the Illinois float in the inaugural parade.

Flickr photographer Ginger Vibes spotted Abe mingling with the crowd along Pennsylvania Avenue.

The suspected cheater and reigning presidents race champion was later caught by Flickr photographer Melanie Phung mugging with partygoers at the Texas State Society “Black Tie and Boots Ball.”

Washington Nationals racing president Abe Lincoln at the Texas State Society Ball

Meanwhile, over at the Delaware State Society Inaugural Ball, Joe Biden was mingling with invited guest Teddy Roosevelt, seen here with Nat Pack member Stephanie Baldwin and Nationals Park mainstay Clint Kouhry, who I must say cleans up quite nicely:

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt with Nat Pack members Clint Kouhry and Stephanie Baldwin at the Delaware State Society Inaugural Ball

Yes, the presidents certainly got around on Tuesday. It’s great to see our that our favorite Nationals Park tradition has so quickly been embraced as a symbol of DC culture. Where else did you spot our racing presidents?

Racing Presidents to Make Inaugural Ball Appearances

At least three of the Washington Nationals racing presidents will be making appearances at inaugural events, balls, and galas next week in Washington, DC. For many Obama administration newcomers, it will be a first introduction to this great Nationals tradition, though if the current schedule holds, Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois Inaugural Gala will receive only a solo visit from the current reigning presidents race champion, the no-good cheating Abraham Lincoln.

While this has been rumored for some time, the schedule could not be confirmed until now because of the logistics of lining up so many members of the mascot crew for the big inaugural weekend. More events may be added, but at a minimum, you can expect to fun into the Nationals racing presidents at the following inaugural events:

SUNDAY 1/18 11:45am – 1:00pm: George Washington and and Abe Lincoln at the Children’s Inaugural Ball, The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

MONDAY 1/19 7:30pm – 10:00pm, Abe Lincoln at the Illinois Inaugural Gala, the Renaissance Hotel Washington.

MONDAY 1/19 7:30pm – 10:00pm, Teddy Roosevelt at the Delaware State Society Inaugural Ball, the Willard InterContinental Hotel.

TUESDAY 1/20 11:00am – 4:00pm, Teddy Roosevelt at the New York State Society Inaugural Brunch, the Willard InterContinental Hotel.

If you are going to any of these events, we’d love to see your photos in the presidents race group on Flickr.

Flickr photo by apcooby.

14-inning game features two presidents races (and two wins for George)

Friday night’s 14-inning affair between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres featured a treat reserved only for the truest of die-hard Nationals fans — a second unofficial presidents race, run only at home games that stretch past the 13th inning.

Five hours, 30 hits, and 18 pitchers into the game, as midnight approached, the Washington Nationals’ racing presidents returned to the field for presidents race #2. It was only the second 14-inning game in the short history of Nationals Park (the other being June 20 against the Texas Rangers). The late hour took its toll on most of the racing presidents, who simply gave up and let George run uncontested to the finish line.

For this final homestand of the season, it appears that George, Tom, and Teddy have had enough of Abe Lincoln, and have been pulling out all the stops to block him from the finish line. The result has been a mini-streak of his own for George, who won both races tonight and will be looking to lock up second place for the season this weekend.

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