Abe Lincoln dons Batman costume to take down the Sharknado

The Shark Week absurdities reached new heights Friday night at Nationals Park, as the Sharknado returned to wreak its own brand of havoc on the Washington Nationals presidents race.

Racing presidents batman vs SharknadoSharknado popped out of the home bullpen and took out front-running William Howard Taft, then spun its way along the warning track toward the rest of the oncoming presidents.

But Abe Lincoln raced from behind dressed in a Batman costume, and the Caped Emancipator collided with Sharknado, clearing the way for Thomas Jefferson to take the victory.

Video: Abe Lincoln as Batman knocks out Teddy Roosevelt’s Bane

Abe Lincoln as Batman The Dark KnightTeddy Abe Bane Batman Dark KnightYes, you read that correctly. With the highly anticipated Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises opening in theaters Friday, Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln took the field Wednesday night dressed as Batman comics villain Bane and the Dark Knight himself, respectively.

Roosevelt jumped out to a big lead, with Abe bringing up the rear. As the finish line approached, Teddy/Bane turned to knock out George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but Lincoln/Batman caught up to Teddy and took him down, leaving Jefferson with an open path to victory.

The mascot team has a history of saluting popular culture with the presidents race. Wednesday’s movie tie-in led some in the stands and on Twitter wonder whether the Nationals have begun selling presidents race product placements, but rest assured no sponsor would pay for costumes this bad.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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