Video: Teddy hurdles over tables to take out his fellow presidents

Teddy Roosevelt hurdles jumps over tables wins presidents raceThe pouring rain wasn’t the only hurdle facing the racing presidents during the fourth inning Friday night at Nationals Park.

As the race began, the team’s “Secret Service” had set up hurdles in the form of folding tables in foul territory along the first base line.

The race was tight approaching the tables, but as his fellow presidents tumbled into the obstacle, the Rough Rider took a beautiful leap over the tables and stuck a clean landing that carried him to victory.

Video for Let Teddy Win courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

George Washington fails to deliver again on Fathers Day

Nationals fans approached Fathers Day with an heightened level of excitement Sunday as the Nationals took an eight-game winning streak into their series finale vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park.

What followed was a series of disappointments, from the rain that dampened the stands, to uncharacteristic lapses in pitching and defense, to yet another Fathers Day no-show by George Washington.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day 2011Team officials have denied it for years, but it’s no secret the presidents race result has been fixed on occasion. We don’t call this blog “Let Teddy Win” for nothing.

So it’s fair to ask the question: Why has the father of our country NEVER won a presidents race on Fathers Day?

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day at Nationals ParkIn the middle of a rain-soaked fourth-inning Sunday at Nationals Park, it was Teddy Roosevelt who got the crowd to its feet, cutting the outfield corner and hanging onto the lead through most of a tight race, only to go off course and lose the lead at the finish.

But it was Thomas Jefferson and not George who stole the victory. After winning the previous four consecutive
races, Washington finished last.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Only rain prevents Abe from winning his 50th presidents race of the year (and Teddy his first)

It was in some ways a fitting end to a home season filled with one disappointment after another.

The Washington Nationals were to play their last home game of the season last night, and as part of “Fan Appreciation Night” had planned a non-stop onslaught of giveaways every inning, but with the Florida Marlins facing elimination from wild card contention, no make-up game will be scheduled.

The question on the minds of presidents race fans had been whether Abraham Lincoln would win a record 50th presidents race of the season, or Teddy Roosevelt would win his first, but neither will get his chance. Final standing here.

Photo by flickr member Liliang

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