Video: Presidents recycle field trash during Earth Day race, Abe tops the standings for the first time since 2012

Abe Lincoln racing president Earth Day

Abe Lincoln shows off his Earth Day trophies (Twitter Photo:@Teddy26Nats)

The Nats racing presidents recycled an Earth Day tribute on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, pausing during the fourth inning race to pick up trash from the warning track and deposit it in recycle bins before continuing the race.

The presidents have celebrated Earth Day at home before, but this was the first time they all got into the act. In previous years, Teddy has paused to pass out beads and hats, planted a tree in foul territory, and picked up Abe Lincoln’s litter. Yet despite this year’s even playing field, Abe Lincoln prevailed to take over first place in the standings for the first time since 2012.

No finish line video tonight, but here’s the call by Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo from the MASN broadcast:

Video: Abe sets an Earth Day trap for environmentalist Teddy Roosevelt

The Nats returned to DC Monday night to kick off a week-long homestand with an Earth Day game at Nationals Park.

Earth Day presidents race Abe litters Teddy Roosevelt cleans upEarth Day presidents race Teddy Roosevelt cleans upIn the fourth inning, Abraham Lincoln took the opportunity to set a trap for noted environmentalist Teddy Roosevelt.

Teddy had a big lead from the opening gun, but Lincoln stayed out of the race, parking himself instead along the first base line and littering the foul territory with empty plastic water bottles.

As he approached the finish line, Teddy jumped over the litter, then stopped short and turned around to clean up the mess.

With Teddy collecting the bottles in a recycling bin, Jefferson raced past for his third victory in a row. Jefferson and Washington remain the only presidents with a victory in 2013.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

New uniforms and a presidents race doubleheader

Washington Nationals fans who are getting used to expecting victory found more than their fair share of frustrations from the squandered scoring opportunities in Saturday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. If there was a silver lining, it was only for devotees of the Nationals’ presidents race.

The Nats’ reached the 13th inning of a home game for the first time since the 2008 season, and as is their custom, the racing presidents returned to the field in the middle of the 13th for a second presidents race of the day.

The extra innings gave the fans double the opportunity to check out George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy’s sparkling new red uniforms with the Curly W in front. The uniforms have been featured this season on the HD scoreboard introduction, but before today had yet to make an appearance on the field.

If the trend of the last few days is any indication, Sunday’s game should polish off this homestand on an entertaining — and winning — note. To follow Wednesday’s Let Teddy Win celebration, Teddy chose Thursday to plant a tree in foul territory instead of racing on Earth Day. On Friday, he jumped back into the competition by racing on a Segway (Abe won anyway), and today they raced twice in their new red uniforms before doing the bunny hop as they left the field. There’s no telling what the presidents have in store for Sunday’s finale, but if the Nats’ unusual 8-day streak of winning every other day continues, there should be celebrating on South Capitol Street.

Photo by SBF at Nats320.
Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy and the Nats pause to celebrate Earth Day

Tonight the Washington Nationals celebrated Earth Day at Nationals Park by effectively conserving energy for nine innings.

Washington Nationals Earth Day Presidents RaceBy scattering their six hits over an efficient 2 hours and 30 minutes, the home team wasted an equally efficient seven shutout innings by starter John Lannan. With the score tied 0-0, the door was left open for the Atlanta Braves to out-conserve them in the 9th inning, converting a single hit into victory with a game-winning walk.

Teddy Roosevelt got into the act during the 4th inning presidents race. After taking an early lead, he slowed down to celebrate Earth Day with the fans, passing out the armful of green hats and beads he’d been carrying; but Abe flew past and claimed the victory.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Ash

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