Video: In a first, Nationals presidents race goes to replay review, Lincoln robs Teddy of title

The Nationals racing presidents entered the penultimate regular season race of 2014 on Saturday with four-time champion Abraham Lincoln on a tear.

Presidents race photo finish Teddy GeorgeThis Play Under Review - Replay BaseballReplay official Abraham Lincoln - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsLincoln, the all-time winningest racing president, had been dominated most of the season by Teddy Roosevelt, the perennial loser who came into the season with an all-time regular season record of 12-595 (yes, that’s twelve wins against nearly 600 losses).

But after clawing and cheating his way to victory in eight of eleven races in September, the Great Emancipator entered Saturday having tied the Rough Rider atop the presidents race standings.

So it was a surprise to most in the stands when “Honest” Abe failed to show up for Saturday’s race.

When the tightly-fought contest ended in a photo finish between Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington, race judge Screech the Eagle called for a replay review.

That’s when Lincoln appeared from the sidelines wearing a headset, having been appointed replay official by Screech.

After a delay in which the replay was shown on the Nationals Park scoreboard, Lincoln called the race for Washington, setting up a final showdown with Teddy in Sunday’s season finale.

Here’s the race as called in the stadium by PA Announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video:


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Videos: Abe Lincoln enlists Secret Service to cheat his way into a tie with Teddy Roosevelt

Abe Lincoln Cheats - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln Cheats - Washington Nationals Racing PresidentsWith a win Friday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats clinched home field advantage through the playoffs, but Teddy Roosevelt’s magic number stayed stuck at one, as “Honest” Abe Lincoln cheated his way to two victories in the day-night doubleheader, pulling into a tie with Teddy Roosevelt atop the presidents race standings.

The afternoon game featured $1 ice cream cones, so it was no surprise when “Nice Cream Cone” made a return appearance to Nationals Park during the presidents race. The giant dessert first went after Lincoln, but then took down all of his opponents, leaving a clear path for the Great Emancipator to take the opener.

In the nightcap, Lincoln enlisted the Secret Service to clear a path to the finish line, first clotheslining Teddy Roosevelt in the outfield, then tackling Washington, Jefferson, and Taft while Lincoln preened for the fans.

Abe’s antics ensure that the 2014 presidents race title will come down to the final game of the season.

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Video: Presidents pass out flags, Abe sneaks by FTW

Presidents Race Abe Lincoln passes flagsFor the final game of the Nationals’ “Patriotic Series” Wednesday at Nationals Park, the racing presidents wore their patriotic blue jerseys and stopped along the first base line to pass out flags to the crowd.

Abe Lincoln, who had been trailing the pack, snuck by his fellow presidents and stole his third straight win.

With the victory, the Great Emancipator took four of six races in the first homestand of September — as many¬†victories as he had in all of July and August combined — and closed the gap with Teddy Roosevelt for the 2014 presidents race crown.

Teddy’s magic number entering the final homestand of the season will remain at 2, setting up an epic showdown for the end of September.

Here’s the play-by-play call by MASN’s Bob Carpenter:

Video: George Washington conspires to help Abe Lincoln steal victory from Teddy Roosevelt

Presidents Race Abe Lincoln CheatsPresidents Race Abe Lincoln Cheats with George Washington helpPresidents Race George Washington Cheats TeddyApparently, Abe Lincoln will do just about anything to keep Teddy Roosevelt from clinching his first presidents race championship.

With just eight home games to go, “Honest” Abe couldn’t afford to let Teddy win more than one more race. Yet as the fourth inning contest began Tuesday night, Lincoln sat on a chair and let his competitors run by.

The reason became clear as the presidents reached the home stretch with Teddy in the lead.

George Washington reached out and grabbed Roosevelt by the uniform, dragging him back to clear a path for his compatriot from Illinois.

The flagrant cheating was ignored by race judge Screech, and Lincoln took the tape to close within 4 games of Teddy with eight remaining.

Roosevelt’s magic number remains at 2.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com courtesy of lfahome

GIF: Presidents race melee keeps Lincoln’s hopes alive

Presidents Race MeleeIn a race that Washington Nationals color commentator F.P. Santangelo called a “three in the morning job,” the Nats’ racing presidents tripped and pushed each other through an epic shoving match in which everyone participated. On Monday night, not even the sponsor GEICO Gecko escaped the dirt.

Despite face planting twice, it was Abe Lincoln who emerged victorious, stumbling across the finish line and slamming the sponsor’s mascot into the tarp.

With just eight home games left in the season, The Great Emancipator moved within five games of season leader Teddy Roosevelt, whose magic number remains at 2.

Here’s the near-speechless call by MASN’s Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo:

Video: Teddy goes after George Washington, who returns the favor

It was not Teddy’s finest hour.
Teddy Roosevelt tackles George WashingtonGeorge tackles Teddy as Tom wins
In the first presidents race after the All Star break, Teddy Roosevelt came out swinging Friday night at Nationals Park, turning on his fellow presidents before they even finished coming out of the centerfield gate.

The Rough Rider shoved George Washington to the ground, but failed to down his other competitors, backpedaling as Thomas Jefferson slipped by him on the warning track.

Teddy chased Jefferson for the length of the race, and cut the outfield corner to try to catch up, but Washington, who had recovered early, caught up to the Bull Moose and exacted his revenge.

It should be a fun second half of the season.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy wins historic 2nd presidents race in one night

Teddy Roosevelt wins extra innings Nationals presidents race 13thFor the first time since August, 2012, the Washington Nationals took a home game to the 13th inning Monday night, triggering a rare treat for presidents race fans: a bonus presidents race.

Earlier in the evening, Teddy Roosevelt had clobbered Abe Lincoln to gain a spot in the season standings.
In race #2, Teddy’s compatriots conspired once again to slow Lincoln down, as George, Tom, and Bill formed a roadblock in the outfield but let Teddy get by to take his historic second victory of the night.

The extra-innings affair moved Roosevelt within two games of Lincoln in the standings. It was the 12th double-header in presidents race history.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

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