After Memorial Day loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday at Nationals Park

Led by self-styled “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman, Nationals fans will sacrifice a rubber chicken at noon Tuesday outside the Nationals Park centerfield gate.

Nationals rubber chicken man sacrifice breaks bad luckNationals Racing Presidents photo finish - George Washington edges Teddy RooseveltDespite outscoring opponents over the last eight games, the Nationals have won only two of those contests, and find themselves with a losing record after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

As we’ve reported previously, Kaufman has performed the ritual “dozens of times” in the team’s ten year history. The act, which is designed to “remove bad juju” from the ball park, has become less frequent as the team has done well in recent years, but pitcher Gio Gonzalez has adopted the cause, having participated in the most recent sacrifice himself last August. Some fans have begun sporting Chicken Mode t-shirts when Gonzalez pitches.

“Our injury plagued squad has fallen below .500,” said Kaufman. “They need the extra Chicken Mode juju to help heal them, and energize our sedated bats.”

In unrelated news, George Washington edged Teddy Roosevelt wearing military fatigues for the Memorial Day presidents race win.

Kaufman encourages fans to attend on Tuesday. “Although it’s a work day,” he said, “I hope all Nats fans who can make it to this short ritual at lunch time, will come to help add good juju to our team.”

Race video below:

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

Video: Racing presidents debut new military uniforms, but Teddy falls to a rogue lobster

Nationals racing presidents at the PentagonNationals Racing presidents Military TransportNationals Racing Presidents in Military Uniforms Nationals racing presidents in military uniforms for Nationals Lobster DayThe Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt and Luc the LobsterThe Washington Nationals debuted new military camouflage uniforms for the racing presidents as the teamĀ opened its home stand at Nationals Park Friday night.

The Nationals have embraced the U.S. military as part of their DC community outreach programs, and expanded that effort during the team’s recent road trip, when the racing presidents appeared at the Pentagon and Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

On Friday night, the presidents’ military antics were highlighted during several “Nats HD” features, culminating in the fourth inning race, when the presidents entered the field wearing their new uniforms and riding aboard a U.S Army Humvee in honor of the Army’s 237th anniversary.

Teddy Roosevelt, riding in the back, got off first and jumped to a huge lead, bringing the sellout crowd of 41,406 to its feet.

But as Teddy pulled away in the home stretch, a large, costumed Luc the Lobster appeared from the stands and dragged down Teddy short of the finish line.

Turns out Friday was National Lobster Day.

This isn’t the first time the Nats’ mascot team has celebrated the obscure June 15 holiday, but last year it was Teddy who was on the attack, brandishing lobster claws.

The costumed Luc the Lobster made an appearance last August as well, on the opening day of the Maine Lobster festival.

Assuming the mascot team’s shellfish obsession continues, then presidents race fans will have to be on the lookout for Luc to make a return later this season as the annual festival kicks off August 1 when the Phillies return to town.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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