Posted on July 22, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
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.
Nationals 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.
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Posted on July 19, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
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.
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Posted on June 25, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
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.”
The 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.
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Posted on June 8, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
Abe 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.”
Abe 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.
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Posted on April 21, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
With 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
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Posted on April 19, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
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
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Posted on April 16, 2009 by Presidents Race Fan
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.
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
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