Abe Lincoln gets pummelled by Teddy and George

The Nats and the presidents brought the fireworks back to DC tonight as they kicked off their homestand with a Curly W against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Another great bullpen effort capped home runs by Josh Willingham, Adam Dunn, and Ian Desmond, but for pure aggression, you couldn’t beat the 4th-inning presidents race.

Power problems knocked out all of the stadium scoreboards for an extended period tonight, but not before the presidents got in their usual multimedia introduction.

Nationals racing president George Washington Body Slams Abraham Lincoln at Teddy Roosevelt looks onTeddy Roosevelt jumped out in front and held the lead for much of the race before being passed by Abe in the stretch; but as Lincoln approached the finish line, the original Rough Rider tackled him from behind.

George Washington could have had a clear shot to victory, but instead chose to join Teddy in the beating, delivering a serious body slam to the Great Emancipator while he was down. The message was clear: nobody’s handing Abe the title without a fight.

Thomas Jefferson stayed above the fray and moved into a second place tie with George for the season. He was the only president to reach the finish line.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

Presidents Race Standings Now in High-Definition

Now those of you who go to the Washington Nationals games at Nationals Park don’t have to rely on our standings page to track presidents race results. On Wednesday night, for the first time since the Nationals moved to their new stadium, the presidents race standings were featured on the on the centerfield wall scoreboard. For some reason, it took the Nationals a full half of the home season to bring back this tradition which we’d come to expect at RFK Stadium.

Washington Nationals presidents race standings on the outfield wall during the presidents race at Nationals ParkBetter yet, the Nationals have begun showing the current standings during the presidents race. It looks awfully cool as the presidents race by the 14-foot high out-of-town scoreboard wall. I’m sure the team figured that if you were looking for score updates from around the league during the presidents race, then you had to be a loser anyway.

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