Video: Taft & Lincoln stop presidents race to commemorate dedication of Lincoln Memorial

You have to hand it to the Nationals mascot team. They really do their homework.

Taft commemorates dedication of Lincoln MemorialFriday marked the 92nd anniversary of the dedication of D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial — a ceremony presided over by the 27th U.S. president, William Howard Taft.

So on Friday night at Nationals Park, racing presidents Taft and Abe Lincoln stopped mid-race to reenact the ceremony.

Lincoln grabbed a chair and struck his famous pose, while Taft grabbed an oversized camera to preserve the moment.

Meanwhile, George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt raced by, with Teddy edging the Founding Father by a nose.

On the MASN TV broadcast, Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo were just confused:

Video: Abe Lincoln cheats his way into contention

Back on May 24, the Washington Nationals began their fifth homestand of 2013, and Abe Lincoln lost his 32nd consecutive presidents race. The once dominant speedster looked listless, and 2013 was looking like a runaway season for George Washington.
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Now, a remarkable run has vaulted Lincoln past Jefferson and within striking distance of our Founding Father.

With eleven home games remaining, Lincoln is just six victories behind Washington, and unlike the Nationals’ own predicament, he doesn’t have to leapfrog anybody to catch the prize.

On Saturday night, Abe showed he’s willing to do anything to gain ground. The Great Emancipator blocked the starting gate with his body, allowing George and Teddy to get by.

Lincoln then teamed up with the pair to take revenge out on Jefferson for Friday’s win.

After Lincoln pummeled Jefferson, he turned to chase down the portly William Howard Taft, who had cut the outfield corner. Lincoln pushed Taft to the ground and ran away with the win.

NOTE: Lincoln is somehow cheating in more ways than one. The Nationals have once again gotten the standings wrong on the outfield scoreboard, crediting one extra victory each to Abe, Tom, and Teddy. Here’s hoping they check the video and fix things before the final homestand.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe Lincoln finally cheats his way to presidents race victory

Racing presidents Abraham Lincoln William Howard Taft nationals parkNationals Presidents Race Abe Lincoln beats William Howard TaftAfter dominating the presidents race since Nationals Park opened, Abe Lincoln was 0-for-24 to start the 2013 season; but on Saturday night, “Honest” Abe returned to his cheating ways, and with an unlikely accomplice, took his first victory of the season.

Lincoln jumped the gun at the start accompanied by William Howard Taft, who joined Abe in the right field corner as the two set up a barricade to block the rest of the presidents.

That left Abe in a sprint to the finish against the portly Taft, a footrace he handled comfortably to nab victory number one. Abe and Teddy are now tied for last place in the presidents race standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Abe cheats on tricycle. Screech fails to disqualify him.

Abe Lincoln Cheats Presidents Race Nationals ParkAbe Lincoln Cheats Presidents Race Washington NationalsAnyone who doubted the Nationals’ conspiracy against Teddy Roosevelt need only have witnessed the travesty on display at Nationals Park Tuesday night.

No, it wasn’t the Henry Rodriquez wild pitch, or the back-to-back bases-loaded strikeouts in the tenth, or the excuse for pitching the Mets trotted out in extra innings.  It was the blatant double standard on display as Abe Lincoln was handed a presidents race victory he didn’t deserve.

The Nationals moved the presidents race finish line to the third base side Tuesday, but only one president got the memo. George, Tom, and Teddy were first out of the gate, but stopped mid-race when they realized that Abe Lincoln had taken off in the other direction aboard a large tricycle.

As Lincoln approached the finish line, the Nats’ official race judge Screech didn’t hestitate to wave the checkered flag and declare Abe the winner.

Of course, Screech has previously disqualified Teddy Roosevelt for, among other things, riding a motor scooter, a golf cart, and a segway.  The hypocrisy was not lost on fans, as Twitter lit up immediately following the race:

@cnichols14: Why wasn’t Abe disqualified? If @Teddy26Nats had pulled that, he would have been!

@WallyHuron: @LetTeddyWin so teddy wins with a segway and is disqualified. But Abe wins with a bike and wins? IT’S A CONSPIRACY I SAY!

@msdavisteacher @LetTeddyWin not fair! They disqualified Teddy for a Segway last year. How can Abe use a bike?

Let Teddy Win Teddy Roosevelt fans at Nationals ParkHow indeed?

Tuesday’s Let Teddy Win cheering section of 8th-graders from Fort Worth, Texas remained an impressive presence in the Nationals Park Right Field Terrace through the full 12 innings, and even got a visit from the Bull Moose himself  after the presidents race was finished.

Video and guest blog report to follow.

Twitter Photo: @NatzfFan

Teddy tries a little misdirection, Abe’s magic number is now 1

With just two home series remaining, Nationals’ racing president Thomas Jefferson is running out of time to catch Abraham Lincoln in the season standings.

Washington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt tries a presidents race misdirection playTeddy Roosevelt, meanwhile, is simply desperate to notch a single win, and on a brisk Friday night at Nationals Park, he pulled a trick out his hat that nearly worked.

Teddy jumped in front of the other presidents at the center field gate, and with the help of an orange cone and barricade stick, he redirected the presidents towards left field.

All followed suit without hesitation, and Teddy dashed toward the finish line.

Abe wasn’t fooled for long, though, and turned around quickly to begin his pursuit. Much to the crowd’s dismay, the Great Emancipator caught Roosevelt at the finish line to notch his 30th victory of the season and guarantee at least a share of his fourth consecutive presidents race season title.

The victory dropped Lincoln’s magic number to 1 for the outright season title. Thomas Jefferson, who was featured in today’s Social Studies DC Celebrities Without Eyebrows blog post, needs to reel off five straight wins for a chance at the tie.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Photo Finish

In one of the closest presidents races in Nationals Park history, all four presidents ran neck and neck for nearly the entire length of the race on Saturday at Nationals Park. As they approached the finish line, George faded and Abe Lincoln put on a burst of speed as Tom and Teddy dove for the tape.

Lincoln has now won five of the last six races to take over the top position in the standings.

And that finish again, in Slow Motion!:

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy gets his grudge match, but is clotheslined by George and Tom

A day after issuing a challenge to Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt got his wish — a one-on-one grudge match vs. Abe on Sunday at Nationals Park.

Well, almost.

As George Washington and Thomas Jefferson sat on the sidelines, Teddy and Abe bolted from the centerfield gate for their first-ever mano-a-mano presidents race.

The two exchanged leads, pushing and shoving each other the entire way, until Teddy slammed Abe into the right field wall, sending the Great Emancipator to his knees.

It appeared that Teddy would run away with his first victory, but George and Tom would have nothing of the kind, jumping in front of Teddy at the warning track and clotheslining the Rough Rider, allowing Abe to run by to take the tape for the first time this season.

In recent seasons, there has been little love lost between Lincoln and Roosevelt, and the two presidents wasted little time renewing their rivalry in the opening homestand. Teddy now has a week off to lick his wounds and plot his revenge.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Lincoln holds off challengers to take his 3rd title as the Nationals racing presidents bid farewell to Stan Kasten

In the end, it was no contest.

After a back and forth month in which both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson made strong runs at first place in the presidents race standings, back-to-back repeat champion Abraham Lincoln held off all challengers in the final race of the season, pulling away for a convincing victory and claiming the presidents race title for the third year in a row.

More importantly, the race marked the fifth straight season of futility for #26, Teddy Roosevelt, who failed to deliver in the final home game for Nationals president Stan Kasten, the aleged architect of the anti-Teddy conspiracy.

Racing presidents farewell to Stan KastenNo sooner had Nationals mascot Screech declared Lincoln the winner, when he joined the presidents in holding up signs of appreciation for Kasten, who announced last week that he would be leaving the team at the end of the season.

During his five year tenure with the Nationals, Kasten has been both praised and criticized for his marketing of the team and the Nationals Park experience, including the now-famous 4th-inning presidents race. A Nationals Park farewell tribute was punctuated by a presentation of cupcakes to Kasten by Teddy Roosevelt.

The racing presidents will carry some compelling story lines into the off season. After three straight titles, is it fair now to declare this a presidents race dynasty for the Great Emancipator? With Kasten departing, will we see the team take a tougher stance on Abe’s cheating? Most importantly, with new management in place, will 2011 be the year the Nationals finally let Teddy win?

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome (whose video of Tuesday’s race was featured tonight on ESPN)

Another Curse against the Nats? Or just the reason Abe Lincoln gets away with cheating.

In today’s Baltimore Sun, Mark Greenbaum and David O’Leary argue that the Nationals poor record in the team’s short history is not due to the fact that Major League Baseball decimated the Expos organization and talent pool, but because Nationals Park is haunted by the ghost of John Wilkes Booth.

Yes, it seems the the Nationals’ shiny new ball park happens to be on the site where Abraham Lincoln’s assassins were tried, hung, and buried.

Of course, the Nationals’ weak on-field performance dates not to the opening of Nationals Park, but to the introduction of the presidents race in 2006, leading others to have speculated about the curse of Teddy Roosevelt.

Interestingly, if any performance-related trend can be tied to the opening of Nationals Park, it’s the unlikely dominance of Abraham Lincoln in the team’s 4th-inning presidents race.

Back at RFK stadium, the first presidents race season titles went to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

But since moving to Nationals Park, Abe Lincoln has simply dominated, winning the crown going away in 2008 and 2009. This year, after losing his lead briefly to George, Abe went on a late season tear and with just ten home games remaining is positioned to take his third title in a row.

It’s been well established that Abe gets away with cheating, but perhaps it’s not Abe at all, and rather a higher power allowing the Great Emancipator to get away with murder…

Teddy Roosevelt flattens Abraham Lincoln with a right hook

Teddy Roosevelt had a choice to make Thursday night at Nationals Park.

Our 26th president took a healthy lead into the home stretch of the 4th-inning presidents race. With a 20-yard lead over Abraham Lincoln, Teddy had nothing but daylight between himself and a first-ever presidents race victory.

Teddy Roosevelt punches Abe Lincoln in the Nationals Park presidents raceBut the first base foul territory proved
too tempting a spot for an ambush.

With his chief rival closing in from behind, Teddy stopped, turned, and cold-cocked Abe Lincoln with a right hook that sent the Great Emancipator spinning.

It was a double-defeat for Lincoln, who got to his feet in time to watch Thomas Jefferson waltz across the finish line,
and into a tie with Abe for first place in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Abe Lincoln harrasses the GEICO Gecko once again

On a sunny Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt took an early lead in the 4th-inning presidents race, but faded quickly as George Washington put on a burst of speed to take the lead; but George couldn’t maintain the pace, and Abraham Lincoln once again was well-positioned to finish strong and take his 16th presidents race of the 2010 season.

The day after Abe inexplicably flattened the GEICO Gecko, our 16th president was at it again, this time crossing the finish line, then grabbing the Gecko’s flag and waving it in a triumphant march up the first base line.

Perhaps it’s the heat.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Abe Lincoln takes out the GEICO Gecko

Thomas Jefferson took an early lead in the Nationals presidents race Friday night at Nationals Park and held onto the lead, showboating as he spun across the finish line.

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. The diminutive GEICO Gecko was clearly not prepared for Abe’s open field tackle.

Perhaps Abe wasn’t able to save 15% on his car insurance.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Abe’s T-Shirt Tuesday Kicks Off Nationals Homestand

Tuesday night the Washington Nationals return to town to face the Diamondbacks and Astros in a couple of series that promise great weather, light summer traffic, and some big promotions at Nationals Park.

The Nationals are in need of some home cooking after a brutal week which netted as many devastating injuries as team victories. For loyal Nats fans, it seems like an eternity since Nationals Park was packed and rocking for the team’s last home series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Washington Nationals Racing President Abe Lincoln at Nationals ParkRegular readers don’t need to be reminded that this is Abe Lincoln’s T-shirt Tuesday. The first 10,000 fans to enter Nationals Park on Tuesday will receive a free Washington Nationals Abraham Lincoln T-Shirt. Given his recent record, it’s doubtful that Abe needs any help to win the presidents race, but it should be noted that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson won on their free t-shirt nights, so the pressure is now squarely on Abe.

The homsetand will also feature Friday night fireworks, Hispanic Heritage night, and another free movie Saturday night after the game on the Nationals Park HD scoreboard. As for the presidents race, it’s hard to imagine how our racing presidents could top the excitement of the last homestand. After a week that featured kangaroos, president-on-president violence, sabotage, grudge matches, and an “unsanctioned” victory by Teddy Roosevelt, it was good to get a week off. I’m assuming that Teddy has gotten over it as well and will not be working with the grounds crew on Tuesday.

Photo by flickr member jsmjr

Teddy skips presidents race to assist grounds crew

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt skipped the presidents race to help the Nationals Park grounds crewPerhaps racing president Teddy Roosevelt was just tired from yesterday’s big win vs. the Orioles bird, but today at Nationals Park a lot of Teddy fans were disappointed to see our #26 give up any chance of building on last night’s momentum.

Through the early innings of today’s game vs. the Baltimore Orioles, Teddy was seen on the field with the grounds crew, pitching in and raking the turf to the best of his awkward ability.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt skips the race to help the grounds crewWhen the runners were introduced for the 4th inning presidents race, Teddy was not there to take the field. Instead he was shown on the Nationals Park high-definition scoreboard, driving a Toro in circles and playing with the grounds crew equipment.

Unlike last night, there were enough participating presidents to make this last presidents race of the homestand official. Abraham Lincoln overtook Thomas Jefferson to resume his winning ways, keeping Abe on pace to set a presidents race record for victories in a season.

Flickr photos courtesy of Nats fans Miss Chatter and afagen
Video by YouTube member VelocityAtrocity

Abe Lincoln Says “This is Why I’m Hot!”

The Let Teddy Win GirlsThe temperature on the field for Garrett Mock’s major league pitching debut today at Nationals Park was over 100 degrees, and despite the repeated sound of “This is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS over the stadium P.A., the Nationals were anything but, giving up another early lead and failing to threaten a comeback.

The only people who didn’t appear slowed by the heat were the Let Teddy Win girls, who could be heard cheering all game throughout Section 407, and racing president Abraham Lincoln, who’s been on fire for more than a month and has won six of the last nine presidents races. Abe dashed passed the other presidents today and won by a comfortable margin, taunting the other presidents as he turned and stepped backward across the finish line. Teddy, meanwhile, appeared to be saving his energy for Monday night.

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