Posted on September 7, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Martha Washington made yet another appearance during the Nationals Presidents race on Labor Day, and once again, the beneficiary was husband George.
This time, Martha appeared from the Nationals bullpen and swung her purse at each of George’s opponents as they approached the right field turn.
It was Martha’s fifth appearance this season, and while only some of those appearances have occurred on Mondays, both Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft introduced a hashtag indicating that we should expect more of the first first lady on Mondays yet to come:
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Posted on September 5, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Just one night after William Howard Taft slammed Teddy Roosevelt into the outfield wall, the Chief Justice was at it again.
On Saturday night at Nationals Park, Taft sat out of the fourth inning presidents race, but the portly president was hiding in the tunnel between section 134 and 135, and darted out onto the field as the Rough Rider was approaching the finish line.
Taft dove at Roosevelt, but as Teddy was fond of saying, it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. The two fell over the finish line, and Teddy was awarded the win.
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Posted on July 18, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nationals presidents race has a history of borrowing from popular culture. Friday was the release date for the feature film Ant Man, and racing president Abraham Lincoln wasted no time jumping on the summer blockbuster bandwagon, recruiting the diminutive superhero to help eliminate his competition.
“Honest” Abe emerged first from the tunnel for the fourth inning race wearing his black formal suit usually reserved for Sunday races and sporting an unusual bulge on his back.
No sooner had the five other racing presidents followed wearing their white home uniforms, then Ant Man emerged from under Lincoln’s cape.
The action star proceeded to chase after each of the racing presidents and knock them out one by one with flying leaps.
He caught Teddy Roosevelt last and wrestled him to the ground, then escorted Lincoln across the finish line.
Video below featuring the race as called by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video.
Finish line video by lfahome
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Posted on June 6, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Paula Abdul participated in a dance-off against the Nats’ mascot at Nationals Park Saturday, but it turned out her competition against Screech the Eagle was just a warm-up to the antics that unfolded during the fourth inning presidents race.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln started off the race alone, but were halted in the home stretch by a waiting Teddy Roosevelt, who called on each of them to dance for judge Paula Abdul before continuing.
The two founding fathers got their groove on, but judges Abdul, Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft gave each of them scores averaging under 5 points.
Lincoln then stepped up and lamely flapped his arms around, but Abdul, who was clearly on the take, gave “Honest” Abe a nine, and the victory.
For those who never thought she was the best dance judge, your proof is below.
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Posted on May 23, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Like several members of the Nationals, racing president Teddy Roosevelt had a game plan for Saturday, but tripped up on the execution.
It was a beautiful day for baseball, with both the players and the racing presidents decked out in their patriotic jerseys for Memorial weekend at Nationals Park.
But the sun did not shine on either for long. The Nats’ pitching and defense was unraveling in the middle of the fourth inning just as the presidents race began.
Teddy Roosevelt ran a clean race and held the lead in the home stretch, but decided to turn and execute a diving head butt into his rival William Howard Taft.
Teddy missed badly, and Taft soared past to take over first place in the presidents race standings.
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Posted on May 22, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Friday night marked the anniversary of “Nellie” Taft’s death in 1943, and to memorialize the occasion with dignity, the 27th first lady popped out from a jack-in-the-box to spook the Nationals’ racing presidents and spur her husband William Howard Taft to victory.
Perhaps the late Helen Louise Herron Taft was making her first appearance at Nationals Park to check out the Cherry Blossoms. After all, it was Mrs. Taft who arranged for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry trees that grace the Washington, DC Tidal Basin.
The victory by husband Bill moved the Chief Justice into a first place tie with Abe Lincoln in the season standings.
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Posted on April 19, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Whether William Howard Taft is a rat may be subject to debate, but Saturday left no doubt whether the newest racing president hangs out with them.
After Taft won his second race on Friday, his fellow racing presidents decided they needed to put the Big Chief in his place, and so on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, the original Rushmores planned an ambush.
Unfortunately for them, Taft had an ambush of his own in the works.
George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy turned on Taft shortly after the race began, surrounding him on the outfield warning track and forcing him to the ground.
All seemed lost for big Bill as his fellow presidents turned and continued toward the outfield corner.
That’s when a half dozen rats emerged from the bullpen in right field. The rats were friends of Taft’s, currently rehearsing at the Kennedy Center for next month’s Washington National Opera production of Cinderella.
As the rats jumped on the Rushmores and held them to the ground, the portly Taft caught up from behind and lumbered past the field unopposed to claim his third victory of the young season.
Here’s the race as called at Nationals Park by P.A. Announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video:
Finish line video courtesy of lfahome
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