Abe and George to duke it out in season’s final series

The Washington Nationals have long been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Nats’ final series that begins today vs. Philadelphia still carries meaning in the standings.

No, the Nats can’t play spoiler vs. the Phillies, who have locked up the division title; but followers of the 4th-inning presidents race are finding a compelling story in the back-and-forth battle for first place between George Washington and two-time defending champion Abraham Lincoln.

Just one month ago, it appeared that George would finally end Lincoln’s two year stretch of presidents racing dominance; then Abe won 9 of 11 to soar into first place with a dominant lead in the standings heading into the final month of the season.

But last week, the father of our country returned the favor with a 5 game win streak of his own, creating a tie atop the standings with just a handful of races to go.

Predictably, the intense battle between George and Abe has led to some on-field incidents. On Friday night, Abe fell while jostling for position, but George tripped over Abe and Thomas Jefferson took the tape. In fact, TJ went on to win the next two as well, prompting some to question who wants it most.

For those looking for an excuse to catch one of the final Nats games of the season, here’s your story. The season title may come down to the wire on Wednesday night.

Photo by Flickr member afagen

Presidents race on bicycles to kick off final homestand of the season

The Washington Nationals returned to town Monday night for their final homestand of the season, and while the Nationals have guaranteed their spot at the bottom of the National League East standings, the race to see who will win the 2010 presidents race crown remains tight to the finish.

Nationals Racing Presidents on BicyclesThis homestand marks the finish to Fan Appreciation Month at Nationals Park, as the team has lined up a slew of promotions and giveaways for the Nationals Park faithful who head out to see the team one last time this season.

The racing presidents did their part to kick things off with a stunt we hadn’t seen before. In Monday’s 4th inning, they made a dramatic appearance
aboard red bicycles.

The stunt was in recognition of Capital Bikeshare, a new bicycle sharing service with 110 locations throughout Washington, DC. Capital Bikeshare employees were in attendance at Nationals Park Monday night, after celebrating their inaugural ride on Sunday to launch the new service.

With just ten home games to go, George Washington kept it interesting by pulling away to take another victory, and close within three games of 2-time defending champion Abraham Lincoln in the standings.

Photos courtesy of Flickr member ddotphotos

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