Video: HBO’s VEEP Selina Meyer nearly nabs a presidents race victory for Teddy

Selina Meyer Washington Nationals Park Presidents RaceTeddy and Selina Meyer VEEP HBO Nationals Presidents RaceSelina Meyer Washington Nationals Presidents RaceSelina Meyer Washington Nationals Presidents RaceA 10-foot likeness of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus participated in the presidents race Tuesday night at Nationals Park, teaming with Teddy Roosevelt in a relay race that came down to the wire.

Louis-Dreyfus plays United States Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO comedy series VEEP, and to promote this Sunday’s season premier, the network partnered with the Washington Nationals to have the king-sized Meyer join the racing presidents for an official presidents race relay.

Meyer was teamed with fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt, and fans entering the center field gates were given “Teddy and Selina” rally signs to help cheer the pair to victory during the fourth inning race. Meyer posed for photos with fans before the game.

For the three-team relay, a trash-talking William Howard Taft was teamed with Abraham Lincoln, while founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson formed a second opponent.

In the first leg, Teddy Roosevelt jumped to a big lead, but dropped the baton on the handoff. By the time Selina had picked it up, Washington and Lincoln had taken off on the anchor leg.

In a reversal of roles from previous seasons, George Washington continued to stake his territory as the early leader in the dirty tricks department, pushing Abe onto the warning track in right center field.

With Abe out of the way, George saw nothing but daylight, but Selina put on a burst of speed that brought the Nationals Park crowd to its feet, briefly taking the lead in the home stretch before running out of gas just before the finish line.

The victory put further space between the founding fathers and the remaining racing presidents, who have yet to taste
victory in 2013.

Photos video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: Washington, Jefferson collude in Thursday’s presidents race

George Washington Thomas Jefferson collude Nationals Presidents RaceGeorge Washington Thomas Jefferson collude Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWilliam Howard Taft TwitterWith the first short homestand of the season wrapping up Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson stood alone atop the presidents race standings, and apparently they want to keep it that way.

During the fourth inning presidents race, the two founding fathers colluded to systematically knock out their competition, slamming Abe Lincoln into the outfield wall, tripping Teddy Roosevelt in the right field corner, and slamming William Howard Taft to the ground in the home stretch.

The final tackle took George down as well, but rather than cross the finish line, Jefferson waited for the first president to come to his feet to be handed the victory.

What Jefferson gets in return remains to be seen, but the newest president Taft is not taking it lightly.

“Collusion, I say!,” he tweeted after the race. “Fine then, it appears that I need to find a partner before the next race.”

Both Teddy and Taft remain winless.

Video courtesy of Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page

Video: George Washington out-cheats Teddy at the wire

A fog-filled “Teddy in 2012” celebration continued Tuesday night at Nationals Park, and with the division championship locked up, the only question left in many minds was when Teddy Roosevelt would win his first race.

Teddy fans at Nationals Park, by Cheryl Nichols

Photo Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt locks out Abe and TomPresidents Race Teddy falls by Cheryl NicholsAfter bursting through the center field gate in the middle of the fourth inning, the Rough Rider promptly turned to lock the gate behind him. The Teddy-crazed crowd could barely make out the tops of Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson through the fog, trapped on the other side of the wall.

With his rivals struggling to get through the gate, Teddy took off unopposed. The cheers grew as Teddy turned into the home stretch, but George Washington appeared through the tunnel on the first base line and leapt over the fence, landing in front of Roosevelt.

After gaining his balance, the Founding Father took off for the finish line. Teddy took a flying leap at victory, but fell short as Washington stole the penultimate race. His fourth straight win moved GW into first with one game remaining.

Wednesday’s Fan Appreciation Day will be Teddy’s last chance to pay off on the Nationals’ “Teddy in 2012″ promotion. Readers looking for a Teddy victory this year believe Wednesday is the day. Whatever happens, it’s sure to be a raucous finale on South Capitol Street.

Two perspectives tonight:


Videos courtesy of Twitter user @OldTownHome and YouTube member lfahome

Video: Racing presidents push and shove to the finish line

Nationals presidents race - George Washington shoves Abe Lincoln and Teddy RooseveltNationals presidents race - George Washington shoves Abe Lincoln and Teddy RooseveltNationals presidents race - Thomas Jefferson decks George WashingtonThe Nationals may be running away with the National League East, but with only eleven home games remaining, the 2012 presidents race title remains very much up for grabs, and Saturday’s contest showed that the contestants will do just about anything to gain an advantage.

As predicted, the fourth inning race shifted back to the first base side following Friday night’s loss to the Marlins, and by all accounts, it looked like a clean race to start.

But with Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln leading the pack along the right field warning track, George Washington came from behind and shoved them both into the outfield wall.

With Abe and Teddy on the ground, Washington raced toward the finish line. It looked like George would maintain his lead over a charging Thomas Jefferson, but the Sage of Monticello pushed him from behind, knocking the father of our country to the ground in front of the shocked crowd.

It seems these days like every racing president except Teddy Roosevelt will do anything it takes to win, and race judge Screech has remained hands off, having yet to disqualify any of them this season.

It should make for an interesting September.

Video courtesy YouTube member lfahome

Teddy slams Abe Lincoln into the outfield wall

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt slams Abe LincolnAfter losing 27 races to Abe Lincoln this season, Teddy Roosevelt let his frustrations get the best of him Friday night at Nationals Park.

With Abe threatening to pull away from the pack, Teddy Roosevelt gave Lincoln a running push in his back. The Great Emancipator fell to the warning track along the left field wall, allowing both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to get buy.

Slo-mo video from the MASN broadcast:

Video: Teddy Roosevelt rides a tricycle but can’t catch Thomas Jefferson

Nationals presidents race Teddy Roosevelt Tricycle by Cheryl NicholsAfter wowing the crowd Saturday with his Gangnam Style dance, Teddy Roosevelt reached back into his bag of tricks Sunday at Nationals Park, entering the race aboard an oversized tricycle.

The trick might have worked, but a wet warning track and a big early lead by Thomas Jefferson proved insurmountable, as the presidents raced to the 3B side in their traditional Sunday finest.

Jefferson took the tape to keep the heat on Abraham Lincoln in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page

Video: In extra 13th-inning race, Abe steals a W

Presidents race observers have long suspected that race judge Screech was in the pocket of speedy rail splitter Abraham Lincoln.

Sure enough, with few fans still awake to serve as witness, Screech slipped an extra “W” Lincoln’s way early Tuesday morning as the Nationals ran a bonus post-midnight presidents race in the 13th inning of the Nats’ victory over the Atlanta Braves.

After barely losing a photo finish to Thomas Jefferson in the evening’s first race, the Great Emancipator replayed the scene in the bonus frame, this time apparently crossing the finish line just behind George Washington, but Screech awarded the win to Lincoln anyway.

Judge for yourself:

Nationals Racing presidents kick off a week of Olympic races

Nationals racing presidents Olympic race walkingNationals racing presidents Olympic race walking Teddy Roosevelt LosesThe Washington Nationals racing presidents opened a six game home stand at Nationals Park promising to dedicate all races this week to events of the Olympic Games.

The festivities kicked off Tuesday night with a “race walk” at Nationals Park set to Olympic music (yes, race walking is in fact an Olympic event).

George Washington led a tight pack into the right field corner, but the pace picked up in the home stretch, and Thomas Jefferson broke into a moderate sprint.

George and Abe gave chase, leaving Teddy Roosevelt as the only president to stick to the rules.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe Lincoln shoves his way to presidents race victory

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Thomas Jefferson tackled Teddy RoosveltWashington Nationals Presidents Race Abe Lincoln CheatsAbraham Lincoln returned to form Sunday at Nationals Park — cheating form, that is.

In a race more fitting for a roller derby, “Honest” Abe took out George Washington with an anabashed body check along the outfield wall, clearing a path to victory after Thomas Jefferson had taken out Teddy Roosevelt in similar fashion. As has become the custom, corrupt race judge Screech turned a cheek and failed to disqualify Lincoln.

Abe’s third victory in the last four races helped Lincoln keep pace with season leader Washington as the team hits the road for the week. Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Thomas Jefferson whacks George, Abe and Teddy, but is not disqualified. Bob Carpenter calls for an inquiry.

Nationals Presidents Race Thomas Jefferson CheatsNationals Presidents race Thomas Jefferson Cheats Shoves Teddy RooseveltNationals presidents race Teddy Roosevelt LosesPresidents Race Teddy Roosevelt finish line Amanda RykoffThe Nationals’ conspiracy against Teddy Roosevelt was on full display Sunday at Nationals Park, as Thomas Jefferson flaunted the rules to steal a race from our favorite president, yet avoided disqualification.

Over the years, it’s been president #16 Abe Lincoln who has built up a reputation for cheating, but something got into Jefferson Sunday, as the Sage of Monticello went on a rampage, first slamming George Washington into the outfield wall, then pushing aside Abe Lincoln in the corner.

That left only Roosevelt to beat, and the crowd roared with anticipation as Teddy surged ahead in the home stretch, but just before the finish line, Jefferson reached out and shoved Teddy to the ground. There was nothing subtle about it, yet Screech declared Jefferson the winner.

The double standard was not lost on MASN play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter. “I think we should find out why Screech did not disqualify Tom Jefferson,” he said on the broadcast, “because Teddy, in my opinion, won that race. Inquiry!”

Inquiry indeed. Here’s Carpenter’s call of the race, followed by the finish line video. Note that’s espnW’s Amanda Rykoff holding the sign at Sunday’s finish line.

Finish line video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy’s two attempts to win aboard a motorcycle

As reported earlier, here are the videos from Saturday’s presidents race extra-innings doubleheader, in which Teddy attempted to win aboard a motorcycle… twice.


Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe beats Teddy again, this time both on bikes

Abe Lincoln Cheats presidents race Nationals ParkJust one day after Abe Lincoln blatantly stole a race while riding a tricycle, the Great Emancipator was at it again.

On Wednesday night at Nationals Park, the presidents ran a 2-wheel relay, with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson running the first leg aboard Segway personal transporters, and Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt running the anchor leg aboard Capital Bikeshare bikes.

“Honest” Abe was teamed with Washington, but Lincoln decided he wasn’t waiting for the tag. Abe jumped head of Teddy on the anchor leg and never looked back, to win steal his second race in a row, this time a shared victory with George.

Video courtesy YouTube member lfahome
Twitter photo/DC Pro Sports Report

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

Video: Change in presidents race direction confuses Teddy too. Abe cheats but gets the win.

Presidents Race Teddy Runs the wrong wayNationals presidents race Teddy behindWashington Nationals Presidents Race Abe Lincoln WinsTeddy in Cherry Blossom Parade photo by Sarah GuthrieThe Nationals’ apparent decision to vary the location of the presidents race finish line in 2012 isn’t just confusing for the spectators at Nationals Park. Apparently Teddy Roosevelt is a bit out of sorts over it as well.

After alternating the location for the first two games, the Nationals gave the reasonable impression that the pattern might continue, so when the gates opened for Saturday’s 4th inning presidents race, Roosevelt took off for the 3rd base line.

After realizing he’d run the wrong way, Teddy slammed on the breaks and reversed course, but by then, he was a distant 4th with no chance to catch George Washington.

Abe Lincoln, however, cut the outfield corner to pass George at the turn, and in a tight 3-way finish, edged out his competition to take the tape.

“Honest” Abe’s history of cheating is well-documented, but presidents race finish line judge Screech once again ignored Abe’s transgression, and awarded the victory to Abe.

The race capped a busy day for Teddy and the rest of the racing presidents.

After completing a rare late night presidents race doubleheader in extra innings last night, the team was up early to participate in this morning’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

Video below courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.
Parade photo by Sarah Guthrie.

Video: Teddy Roosevelt avoids disqualification by losing

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt cuts the outfield cornerRacing President Thomas Jefferson beats Teddy RooseveltThe 34,821 fans who packed Nationals Park Saturday night got an unexpected thrill during the 4th inning presidents race, as 426-time loser Teddy Roosevelt made an exciting late charge after emerging last out of the starting gate.

Though Teddy barely failed to catch front-runner Thomas Jefferson, the exciting charge by Teddy got the crowd on its feet.

What most of Teddy’s fans in the stands failed to notice was that Teddy had gained much of his momentum by cutting the right field corner. Had he taken the tape, he likely would have faced disqualification.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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