Racing presidents Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge “retiring” to Nats new spring training ballpark.

Washington Nationals Racing President Herbert HooverWashington Nationals Calvin Coolidge Racing PresidentNationals racing presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover are retiring to West Palm Beach, Florida.

The “visiting presidents,” who were introduced in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, respectively, as part of a promotion with the White House Historical Association, are departing today for their new home at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, according to the team.

The Nationals’ new spring training facility opens in February, and the new season will feature the start of a new tradition — a Nationals presidents race during the fourth inning of each home spring training ballgame.

The team shares its new state-of-the-art facility with the Houston Astros, and so only some of the Grapefruit League games between the two will be designated as home games. No word yet on whether “away” games at the stadium will also feature the presidents.

The team has invited fans to follow the pair of snowbirds on their southward journey via its Twitter page.

The move south by Cal and Herbie leaves an opening back in DC for the promotional partnership to continue with a new visiting president. The team has not officially acknowledged it yet, but the association will be honoring Franklin Roosevelt in 2017. A racing president FDR would be the first Democrat to participate in the presidents race.

Video: Coolidge returns, Teddy teams with Lincoln and Taft as Nats racing presidents run Olympic triathlon relay

The Nationals racing presidents’ tribute to the Rio Olympics continued Saturday night with an unlikely triathlon relay that teamed Teddy Roosevelt with longtime rivals Abraham Lincoln and William Howard Taft.

Nationals Racing Presidents race triathlon swimmingNationals Racing Presidents race Olympic triathlonVisiting president Herbert Hoover is in Iowa for the Herbert Hoover Hometown Days, and so the 2015 visiting president Calvin Coolidge made a return appearance to join Washington and Jefferson on the opposing team.

Coolidge looked rusty in his first appearance of the year, but he still beat William Howard Taft in the swimming leg, as Taft attempted to backstroke.

In the ensuing bicycle leg of the triathlon, The Great Emancipator Abe Lincoln smoked the father of our country, thereby handing over an easy victory to Roosevelt, who ran anchor for the team.

Finish line video below.

NOTE: I can no longer show the race as called on television — at least not within the United States and Canada — thanks to a claim by MLB Advanced Media that it violates their copyright to the ball game.

Rugby, raccoons, and puppies can’t keep Abe Lincoln from claiming a record fifth presidents race season title

“Honest” Abe Lincoln closed out the 2015 home season Monday with an emphatic wire-to-wire victory at Nationals Park, sealing the Great Emancipator’s record fifth presidents race season title.

It was only Lincoln’s fourth victory since August 9th, but that was more than enough to hold off the increasingly crowded field. Five presidents had remained in contention heading into the final homestand, and four of them won, allowing Abe to back into the championship before the weekend.

Nationals Presidents Race Rugby World CupNationals Presidents Race Rebecca Raccoon helps CoolidgeTeddy Roosevelts dog TeddyA tribute to the Rugby world cup on Tuesday had the founding fathers carrying a rugby ball downfield, but a fumbled pass and a bit of fan interference put the ball in Teddy’s hands.

Teddy stiff-armed Abe and carried it over for the win.

Thursday night marked the return of Rebecca Raccoon, Calvin Coolidge’s famous pet, who made her first appearance back in August.

The nocturnal pest reprised her role as interloper, pouncing on Abe Lincoln and causing a pile-up in the home stretch before escorting her owner across the finish line.

Saturday was Pups in the Park day at Nationals Park, and Teddy Roosevelt used the occasion to introduce his own pet dog Teddy to the field.

Wearing a “Teddy 01” dog jersey, Teddy accompanied the Rough Rider as he followed the racing presidents onto the field, then lapped them to take the win and finish third in the season standings.

And with that, the tenth presidents race season comes to a close, a little earlier than most Nats fans expected.

Select videos of the final races of the season:

The September 22 Rugby race, as seen on Nats HD:

The September 24 Raccoon-infested race, as seen from the finish line:

The September 26 “Pups in the Park” race, featuring Teddy’s dog “Teddy”:

And the final race, as seen on Nats HD:

Video: Calvin Coolidge’s pet raccoon disrupts presidents race

Rebecca Raccoon Grace Coolidge Calvin presidentMr Nice Cream Cone Selfie with TeddyCalvin Coolidge’s pet raccoon Rebecca made her first appearance at Nationals Park Thursday by disrupting the fourth inning presidents race and helping Calvin to victory.

The raccoon was adopted as a pet by first lady Grace Coolidge in 1926, after she saved the raccoon from being served for Thanksgiving dinner.

If tweets by Teddy are any indication, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Rebecca.

The raccoon’s appearance came just one night after another recurring interloper disrupted Wednesday’s presidents race.

That race featured the return of Mr. Nice Cream Cone, who promoted his local ice cream shop by stopping each of the presidents in the middle of the race and snapping selfies to share on social media.

The ice cream man then videotaped the rest of the race.

Videos below include two from Thursday’s race, followed by Mr. Nice Cream Cone’s video and the race as seen on Nats HD.

Full video: Calvin Coolidge cheats, shoves Teddy Roosevelt to win his first Nationals presidents race

It took Teddy Roosevelt 526 tries to win his first presidents race. On Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ newest racing president made his debut and stole victory number one from his fellow Republicans.

Calvin Coolidge cheats shoves first Nationals presidents raceCalvin Coolidge got a late start to his inaugural presidents race, but after making a dramatic entrance, our 30th president charged hard from the back of pack.

“Silent Cal” shoved Abraham Lincoln aside, then caught up to Teddy Roosevelt just as the Rough Rider was about to cross the finish line.

That’s when Coolidge violently pushed Roosevelt to the ground.

The presidents race field definitely just got a little more crowded.

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Calvin Coolidge Bobblehead added to Washington Nationals promotion schedule

The Washington Nationals will give away Calvin Coolidge bobbleheads to the first 25,000 fans in attendance at the September 21 game vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

Calvin Coolidge Bobblehead Washington NationalsThe giveaway was revealed as part of the Nationals’ ongoing partnership with the White House Historical Association, which includes signage on the Nationals Park left-field garage honoring a Coolidge first pitch, in-game White House history quizzes, and promotion of the annual Official White House Christmas ornament (which this year honors the 30th president).

The team announced the addition of Coolidge as the sixth of the racing presidents on Wednesday.

When the Orioles visit Nationals Park, tickets are often at a premium, and the addition of the team’s first Coolidge bobblehead makes it a hotter ticket still. On StubHub, ticket prices have already risen for the Monday night game.

Our promotion/giveaway schedule has been updated accordingly.

Nationals introduce 6th racing president Calvin Coolidge

The Washington Nationals will introduce a sixth racing president Friday night at Nationals Park.
Washington Nationals Calvin Coolidge Racing President

Calvin Coolidge poses with Walter Johnson at Griffith StadiumIn an exclusive granted to Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post, the team announced Wednesday that the nation’s 30th president would join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft in an increasingly crowded field during the fourth inning race.

Coolidge was a proponent of the national pastime. Despite being just a one-term president, he holds the presidential record for World Series games attended, and threw out six first pitches for the Washington Senators.

With the move, the Nationals are following a recent trend in the world of racing mascots, in which teams such as the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates have continued to add “flavors” to their racing sausages, pierogies, etc.

Of course, the Nationals marketing team is hoping that the addition of “Silent Cal” to the home game ritual creates more interest than would a Jalapeno-flavored dumpling.

“We love the fact that you can come to a Nationals game and walk out smarter,” Valerie Camillo, the team’s Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer told the Post. “Look, if we have a handful of kids in that crowd that say ‘who’s Calvin Coolidge?’ and go open their encyclopedias and learn a little bit more about Silent Cal, that’s a win for us.”

Teddy Roosevelt was less enthusiastic.

Read the full article here.

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