Lincoln and Jefferson remain deadlocked in first

For those crazy enough to follow these things, Thomas Jefferson’s recent surge has created an unusually tight race in the presidents race season standings as the All Star break approaches.

Washington Nationals racing president George WashingtonDeadlocked at 17 wins apiece, Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson were looking to make a statement as the final series of the homestand got underway Friday at Nationals Park.

But George Washington would have none of it.

As the Nationals Park crowd watched Tom and Abe jostle for position, the father of our country high-stepped his way past them both to take his first presidents race win of the long homestand.

Teddy trailed the pack, and barring a major upset this weekend, appears to be headed for the All Star break winless for the fourth time in as many years.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Abe shows his anger as George fixes final presidents race

It was an afternoon to remember at Nationals Park.

The last game of the season was designated Fan Appreciation Day by the Nationals, and the 23,944 who made their way to Natstown for the rare late afternoon start got plenty to appreciate, starting with free fleece blankets and leading to perhaps a glimpse of the future: heroics by the team’s young prospects, a sweep of the New York Mets, and an unlikely playoff atmosphere.

Heading into the game, it appeared that little suspense remained in the Nationals disappointing season beyond the outcome of the 4th-inning presidents race.

Would Abe Lincoln, coming off a 5-race winning streak, extend his dominance? Would Teddy Roosevelt surprise the field, end the curse, and send Nats fans into the off season filled with hope? Or would George Washington or Thomas Jefferson emerge from the pack to break their 2nd-place tie in the final race of the year?

Abe and Tom broke out to an early lead, with Teddy trailing behind. George Washington uncharacteristically got a late start, then inexplicably ran the wrong way along the left field wall.

Abe and Tom ran neck and neck around the right field corner before realizing that the finish line had disappeared. It had been moved to the other side of the field, where George was crossing it uncontested.

As this video by YouTube member lfahome shows, Abe Lincoln was furious, and let out some of his ‘roid rage on the tarp roller in foul territory.

It’s not clear how or why the finish line moved, but it appears that only George got the memo.

If in fact George Washington fixed the race in his favor, then one would think he’d be disqualified. But as we all know, Teddy will finish the season as the only racing president to have been subject to disqualification. The fix is definitely in, but it’s all about Teddy. It’s “wait ’till next year” once again for Teddy Roosevelt fans. Here’s hoping that next season they’ll Let Teddy Win.

Final 2009 Presidents Race Standings:

Abraham Lincoln 40
George Washington 22
Thomas Jefferson 21
Teddy Roosevelt 0

Photo by Flickr user tbridge

George Washington takes down Abe Lincoln

Teddy Roosevelt’s absence didn’t prevent the Washington Nationals’ other racing presidents from engaging in some antics during Thursday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

With TR still out getting treatment for an injury, the three remaining presidents ran a tight race last night — that is, until they hit the home stretch. That’s when George Washington practically jumped on top of Abe Lincoln to tackle him to the ground in foul territory.

Clearly George gives revenge against Abe a higher priority than maintaining his lead over Jefferson for 2nd place in the standings.

Meanwhile, the Nationals remain mum about the treatment for Teddy’s injury, and with each absence, the rumor mill buzzes more loudly. We hear the frame that holds up Teddy’s head is broken. Let’s hope for the fans’ sake that they get him back in shape quickly — or that Teddy learns to play through the pain!

Video by YouTube member lfahome

Teddy Roosevelt returns, can’t hold lead

Barely 16 hours after the Nationals announced that Teddy Roosevelt was listed as “day to day” for the presidents race, visitors entering Nationals Park for today’s game vs. the Florida Marlins found Teddy waiting to greet them, giving the thumbs up sign to those inquiring about his health.

Sure enough, when race time came in the 4th inning, a very healthy-looking Teddy jumped out to a quick lead, drawing cheers from the 22,000 fans in attendance. Teddy looked good, but couldn’t hold on in the home stretch, as George Washington took his third race in a row to move into 2nd place in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

George serves suspension, Teddy fails to capitalize

George Washington SuspendedThe Teddy Roosevelt fans were out in force this afternoon as the Washington Nationals hosted the Toronto Blue Jays for the final match of their 3-game interleague series.

After last night’s race, in which George Washington was ejected for arguing with the umpires, George was forced to serve the first-ever 1-game suspension in the history of the Nationals’ presidents race. Perhaps the father of our country was just trying to engineer a day off for Fathers Day.

With his odds improved by George’s misfortune, Teddy Roosevelt attempted to further boost his chances by slamming Thomas Jefferson into the right field wall as they turned into the home stretch. Tom fell, but Teddy failed to take advantage, losing his lead to Abe Lincoln.

George Washington ejected for arguing with umpires

Nationals Press Box with TeddyTonight was blogger night at Nationals Park, in which several Washington Nationals bloggers were invited to meet with Nats players and executives, visit the field for batting practice, then report on tonight’s game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays from the Nationals Park press box.

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt joined Stan Kasten for a lively Q&A before heading down to warm up for the evening’s presidents race. Kasten has historically expressed confidence in Teddy, but admitted tonight that the “sprinting may simply not be his event.”

Tonight’s presidents race featured a new twist: Blue Jays fans Tim Williams and Joe Ferrell, who wear Major
Nationals Park UmpiresLeague Baseball Umpire uniforms and mock the home plate umpire throughout Toronto home games, sat in the first row behind the Nationals Park home plate throughout tonight’s game except for the 4th-inning race, when they took over for usual judge Screech at the presidents race finish line.

Coming out of the gate, Abe Lincoln got off to an uncharacteristically slow start, running just behind Teddy as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson sprinted ahead. The two presidents appeared headed for a photo finish, but George collapsed just before the finish line. George then appeared to accuse Jefferson of foul play, and was summarily ejected by the “umpires” for arguing.

Nationals Park Press BoxAs for blogger night, it was a great treat to cover tonight’s game and file this report from the press box, and to meet other members of the “Natosphere” (I sat next to Brian Markham from Nationals Review throughout the game). The Nationals blogger community is robust and growing. Kudos to Kasten and the Nats for embracing the team’s most outspoken fans.

Tom levels Abe in the outfield. George notches win #1.

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson is as frustrated with the Washington Nationals bullpen as the rest of us.

On a day when the Nats’ bullpen notched it’s third and fourth blown saves of the 3-game series vs. the Florida Marlins, our nation’s third president took out his frustration on Abraham Lincoln during the 4th-inning presidents race at Nationals Park.

After George Washington took an early lead, Tom and Abe followed behind and began scuffling almost immediately. Tom slammed Abe against the outfield scoreboard wall, with Abe falling as Teddy Roosevelt raced by.

Teddy was unable to catch George, who notched his first presidents race victory of the young season. Alas, Teddy is now in familiar territory as the only racing president who has yet to win this season.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

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