Video: Racing presidents’ Secret Service protection knocks out Pittsburgh’s visiting pierogies

Racing Presidents Pittsburgh Pierogies Secret ServiceRacing Presidents Pittsburgh Pierogies Secret ServiceRacing Presidents Pittsburgh Pierogies Secret ServiceRacing Presidents Pittsburgh Pierogies Secret ServicePittsburgh Pierogies Potato Pete Presidents Race TeddyPittsburgh Pierogies Potato Pete Presidents Race Teddy RooseveltSaturday’s sellout crowd of over 41,000 will forever remember being witness to Max Scherzer’s near-perfect no-hitter — a performance so dominant that it’s easy to forget the “supporting cast” that made the victory possible: the big RBIs from Tyler Moore, the towering Bryce Harper home run, the spectacular defense by Danny Espinosa and Michael Taylor.

In similar fashion, the Nats racing presidents relied on their supporting cast to vanquish the visiting pierogies from Pittsburgh during Saturday’s fourth inning presidents race.

The presidents never go anywhere without their “Secret Service” agents, but the men in black usually keep a low profile.

However after Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies came to town Friday and once again tried to wreak havoc on the fourth inning ritual, on Saturday the agents’ role was elevated.

Like an NFL return team following it’s blockers, the racing presidents let the Secret Service clear their path.

As they circled the warning track, the agents slammed the visiting dumplings into the dirt, leaving an almost-clear path for the commanders-in-chief.

But Theodore Roosevelt’s longtime nemesis Potato Pete had stayed behind, and as Teddy led the pack toward the finish line, Pete launched himself at the Rough Rider from a folding table.

That’s when the Secret Service agents intercepted Pete and slammed him into the stands in Section 134-A.

As the pierogie lay writhing on his back in the handicapped section, our 26th president barreled ahead to claim his fifth presidents race victory of 2015.

The pierogies will be back on Sunday, giving Potato Pete one final chance to take down Roosevelt at Nationals Park this season.

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Video: Taft teams with Pittsburgh racing pierogies to attack fellow presidents

Taft enlists Pittsburgh Pierogies to win Presidents RaceTaft enlists Pittsburgh Pierogies to win Presidents RaceTaft enlists Pittsburgh Pierogies to win Presidents RaceFor those who ever wondered whether racing president William Howard Taft was loyal to the home team, any doubt was removed Friday night at Nationals Park.

With the Pittsburgh Pirates in town, Taft missed the start of the fourth inning presidents race, instead waiting near the finish line to wave in an onslaught of racing pierogies from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.

Taft then sent the interlopers after his fellow presidents, and it wasn’t pretty.

Bacon Burt missed Jefferson, but Sauerkraut Saul was right behind him and managed to take out TJ with a nifty spinning move.

Oliver Onion finished George Washington and Cheese Chester took out Abraham Lincoln, which left Potato Pete, who has a history with Teddy Roosevelt, to knock out his nemesis.

Jalapeño Hannah stayed out of the melee but ushered the traitor Taft across the finish line.

This was the eighth year that the pierogies have visited Nationals Park, but the first time six made the trip. We should expect more antics from the visiting dumplings this weekend.

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3 Videos: Teddy Roosevelt levels Pittsburgh Pierogie Potato Pete

By now it’s well known that Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt has a history with Pittsburgh Pirates Racing Pierogie Potato Pete, dating back to a 2009 incident that ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt called “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen.”Teddy Roosevelt pummels Pittsburgh Potato Pete

On Friday night at Nationals Park, the Pirates returned with the Pierogies, and The Hero of San Juan Hill was waiting for him. The racing presidents ceded the field to the their Pittsburgh counterparts, then ambushed each of them, leaving the last one, Pete, for Teddy.

As Pete approached the finish line, Roosevelt took an impressive leap over a folding table to take down Potato Pete in GIF-worthy fashion:

President Teddy Roosevelt Pierogie Potato Pete

Here’s the race as called by Nationals Park PA announcer Jerome Hruska, followed, of course, by our finish line video:


Official video: MLB.com
Finish line video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

ESPN Video: Teddy Roosevelt undone at PNC Park by selfie with racing pierogie Potato Pete

Teddy Roosevelt Potato Pete Racing Pierogies selfieTeddy Roosevelt Potato Pete Racing Pierogies selfieConfrontations between the Nats’ racing presidents and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies tend to attract national media attention, and Friday night was no exception.

At PNC Park, fan favorite Pierogie Potato Pete came out of retirement once again to play a trick on the visiting Teddy Roosevelt.

For a moment, Potato Pete’s surprise appearance looked like it would be a repeat of the famous body slam on Teddy Roosevelt that ESPN Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt called “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen” in 2009.

But Pete stopped short, pulled out a giant cell phone, and got Teddy to pose for a selfie as Jalapeño Hannah raced by for the win.

The highlight was featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter:

And here’s the selfie, courtesy of @Teddy26Nats:

Videos: Teddy ambushes Pittsburgh’s Pierogies, who return the favor

Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies and Washington’s racing presidents have a history of bad blood, including most famously a vicious hit on Teddy Roosevelt by the retired Potato Pete at PNC Park, and one of only two instances in history when the presidents race was sabotaged by a non-president.

Washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt attacks Pittsburgh Racing PierogiesPittsburgh Pierogie tackles Washington Nationals Teddy RooseveltOn Monday night the pierogies returned to Nationals Park and joined the fourth inning presidents race, jumping out ahead of the pack, chased by George, Tom, Abe, and Bill.

But Teddy Roosevelt was waiting for them in foul territory, yielding a giant fork and knife. Teddy chased the pierogies back into their pursuers, and as Jalapeno Hannah tried fending them off with her purse, Lincoln raced past for the victory.

On Tuesday night, the pierogies sought their revenge, with Oliver Onion waiting in ambush as Teddy raced toward the finish. Oliver jumped off a table, with Sauerkraut Sal right behind, taking Teddy down as Abe once again raced by.

Oliver’s leap captured in slo-mo below.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Nationals Racing Presidents in Pittsburgh vs the Racing Pierogies

Washington Nationals racing presidents William Howard Taft PizzaPittsburgh Pierogies vs Nationals Racing President Teddy RooseveltFor the sixth straight year, The Nationals racing presidents accompanied the team to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to participate in the host team’s Great Pierogie Race. For the sixth straight year, the presidents came up short.

The weekend’s antics included relay races and promising starts for the Nationals’ fab five. However, the presidents were once again undone by overconfidence, distractions, and plain old Pierogie aggression.

On Friday, William Howard Taft held a sizeable lead, but stopped cold when the Pittsburgh Parrot appeared dangling a large pizza over the field. On Saturday, it was Teddy Roosevelt’s turn to run anchor. The Bull Moose dashed ahead on the anchor leg, but tripped after turning to taunt Cheese Chester. Chester leapt over the fallen Teddy to keep the presidents winless in Pittsburgh.


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Video: Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh racing pierogie Potato Pete, avenging 2009 incident

Washington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing PierogiesRevenge was a long time coming, but Teddy Roosevelt finally got even.

The Bull Moose lived up to his promise from the night before, as the Pittsburgh Pirates racing pierogies brought Potato Pete out of retirement for one more race at Nationals Park.

Longtime Teddy fans are still haunted by the vicious  hit Teddy took at PNC Park in 2009, and with Potato Pete in retirement, Roosevelt had not gotten a shot at revenge.

But after Potato Pete showed up at Nationals Park on Wednesday, Teddy was single-minded.

“Tomorrow Pete, it’s on,” he tweeted after Wednesday’s victory.

When Thursday’s race began, Potato Pete was all alone in front, with Teddy nowhere to be found.

But Roosevelt was ahead of the pack. Emerging from the Nationals bullpen wearing a pirate’s bandana on his head, Teddy ran full speed at Potato Pete, left his feet, and plowed the dumpling into the warning track.

As the other presidents raced by, the remaining pierogies attempted to pile on, but Teddy would have none of it.  He tackled all of the pierogies, leaving Thomas Jefferson with a clear path to the finish line.

“Must Protect This HOUSE!,” Teddy tweeted after the race.  “Not on my watch Pete! NOW we are even!”

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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