Video: Teddy Roosevelt claims his first victory of 2013 in Mother’s Day “Dizzy Bat Race”

Nationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Presidents Race Teddy Wins George DropsNationals Presidents Race Teddy Wins First Race 2013Just one day after William Howard Taft notched his first-ever presidents race victory, the pressure was on for rival Teddy Roosevelt to prove that last year’s season-ending win was no fluke.

Sunday’s Mothers Day game at Nationals Park featured pink bats for the players and the annual appearance by mascot Screech’s Mom, who looks suspiciously like the team’s “Baby Screech” mascot from 2005 through 2007.

In the fourth inning, the presidents race was announced as a “Dizzy Bat Race,” in which all five racing presidents had to spin around three times with their heads on pink bats, then carry the bat to the finish line.

Thomas Jefferson got the quick jump out of the gate, but paid for it soon after by losing his balance as he raced forward.

Abe Lincoln and William Howard Taft were close behind, but Lincoln plowed into Taft, sending both to the ground on the outfield warning track.

That left George Washington in the lead with Teddy Roosevelt trailing behind. Washington appeared to be on his way to another presidents race win, but the father of our country dropped his bat along the first base line. When he turned to pick it up, Teddy raced by.

It was the Rough Rider’s first victory of 2013, and his first ever wearing the presidents’ traditional Sunday garb.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Nationals racing presidents have a message for moms

Screech and Screech's Mom by Luis AlbisuOn a beautiful Mothers Day afternoon, the Washington Nationals pulled off another nail biter at Nationals Park, completing another winning homestand and taking the series from the Florida Marlins, three games to two.

Moms were honored both before and throughout the game, and the 4th-inning presidents race was no exception.

Nats mascot and presidents race judge Screech wore a pink cap and brought his mom onto the field to help out.

Momma Screech wore a pink dress and lots of lipstick. It was reported to be her first visit to Nationals Park, but to long-time Nationals fans, she looked suspiciously familiar.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Mothers Day message - Nationals ParkThe presidents ran a tight race in which George Washington held off Abe to end the homestand with a 1-race lead over Lincoln. After the race, the presidents all held up signs for the scoreboard camera operators, reading “Happy Mothers Day Moms.”

Aww….

Photo and video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt

Tom shoves Teddy to the ground as George takes over 1st

With first place in the standings up for grabs, George Washington left no opportunity for monkey business, breaking away from the pack early and leading wire to wire, but that didn’t prevent Thomas Jefferson from shoving Teddy Roosevelt to the turf as they approached the outfield corner. What Tom has against Teddy, we don’t know.

It was hard to see Tom’s transgression from the first base stands, but the second video courtesy of Nats Fan and YouTube member shmaggie23 reveals all!

Unlike George, the Nats couldn’t hold their lead, as a late rally by the Florida Marlins ruined a quality outing by Craig Stammen. The homestand ends this weekend with two matinees: Pups in the Park day on Saturday, followed by Mothers Day Sunday.

Video courtesy of YouTube members lfahome and shmaggie23

Teddy Delivers Flowers Instead of Victory on Mother’s Day

On a rainy Mother’s Day afternoon, Teddy Roosevelt today completed another winless homestand at Nationals Park.

As the Washington Nationals were engineering another heartbreaking loss to the improbably division-leading Florida Marlins, Teddy Roosevelt was taking matters into his own hands, jumping out to a huge lead in this afternoon’s presidents race.

But regular observers of our home team’s quirky 4th-inning ritual saw the bouquet of flowers in Teddy’s hand as a sign of impending doom for our nation’s 26th president.

Sure enough, he shifted off-course near the finish line, entering the stands to deliver the flowers. Abe Lincoln took the tape, further extending his lead over the other presidents for the season.

Photo by flickr user afagen.

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