Video: Nationals Park grounds crew repeatedly pummels Chicago mascot during presidents race

Grounds crew tackles LarQ the BearTeddy Roosevelt tackles LarQ the bearThe bear cub that attacked Teddy Roosevelt returned to Nationals Park Sunday afternoon, but ran into a buzz saw known as the Nats’ grounds crew.

“LarQ the Bear” (a reference to the much maligned Cubs mascot Clark the Bear) was prepared to disrupt the fourth inning race once again when the Nationals grounds crew emerged from the sidelines and pummeled the mascot into the ground.

That left Teddy Roosevelt with a clear shot at the finish line, but rather than grab the victory for himself, the Bull Moose decided instead to get into the act, jumping on the bear cub himself and egging on the crowd as William Howard Taft raced by for the win.

Nationals Park Grounds crew tackles LarQ the Chicago Cub - Presidents Race

Video: Grounds crew pummels presidents, Teddy stumbles to victory

Grounds Crew Attacks TeddyTeddy Roosevelt Wins Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Wins Nationals Presidents RaceA Nationals homestand characterized by presidential dirty tricks continued at Nationals Park as the team played its only Sunday night game of the season, beating the Mets in come-from-behind fashion on national television.

Sunday’s fourth inning presidents race started out cleanly enough, with fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt hanging onto a close lead as the presidents raced into the home stretch.

But the grounds crew was waiting in ambush along the first base line. They swarmed the field and took down front-running Teddy before pummeling each of the other racing presidents.

The Rough Rider pulled himself to his feet and looked up to see finish line just ahead. He stumbled forward, taking a final and dramatic leap over the tape to secure only his eighth victory of the 2013 campaign.

Video: Grounds crew pummels presidents. Teddy wins again. Nats don’t.

For the third time since his historic first win last week, Teddy Roosevelt scored a victory in the Washington Nationals postseason presidents race.

Grounds Crew Attack racing presidentsUnfortunately, after the St. Louis Cardinals completed the biggest comeback in MLB playoff elimination game history, the race would prove to be Teddy’s last of the season.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln did their best to prevent Teddy’s win, ambushing him on the outfield warning track, with George Washington knocking him to the ground and Abe taunting him as they ran past him.

The race carried on with Teddy doubled over on the warning track, but as the other presidents entered the home stretch along the first base line, members of the Nationals grounds crew left their positions and attacked, mercilessly.

As the grounds crew pummeled his opponents, an inspired Teddy Roosevelt caught up and passed them to win what would be the final presidents race of the season.

UPDATE: Here’s the finish line video. Note the joy with which the grounds crew pounds the racing presidents. One gets the sense that they are unleashing seven years of pent up October Natitude:

With the Nationals out of contention for 2012, Teddy’s fans are wondering what the team has in store for him. Rumors have run rampant about Teddy’s retirement (which the mascot denies), and about the possibility of adding new presidents to the mix.

Teddy skips presidents race to assist grounds crew

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt skipped the presidents race to help the Nationals Park grounds crewPerhaps racing president Teddy Roosevelt was just tired from yesterday’s big win vs. the Orioles bird, but today at Nationals Park a lot of Teddy fans were disappointed to see our #26 give up any chance of building on last night’s momentum.

Through the early innings of today’s game vs. the Baltimore Orioles, Teddy was seen on the field with the grounds crew, pitching in and raking the turf to the best of his awkward ability.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt skips the race to help the grounds crewWhen the runners were introduced for the 4th inning presidents race, Teddy was not there to take the field. Instead he was shown on the Nationals Park high-definition scoreboard, driving a Toro in circles and playing with the grounds crew equipment.

Unlike last night, there were enough participating presidents to make this last presidents race of the homestand official. Abraham Lincoln overtook Thomas Jefferson to resume his winning ways, keeping Abe on pace to set a presidents race record for victories in a season.

Flickr photos courtesy of Nats fans Miss Chatter and afagen
Video by YouTube member VelocityAtrocity

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