Nationals introduce 5th president – John F. Kennedy

The Nationals nearly pulled off the comeback win Wednesday night against Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies, but as Teddy Roosevelt has learned time and time again, close isn’t quite enough.

With the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in town, the Nationals had announced that the famous clowns would be at Nationals Park to participate in the fourth-inning presidents race, but what transpired Wednesday night was more Fellini than Bozo.

Washington Nationals presidents race introduces JFKThe strange affair saw presidents getting picked off one-by-one as they attempted to traverse a bizarre obstacle course that included a first-ever appearance by a fifth president.

As the presidents entered the field, PA announcer Jerome Hruska introduced the “American presidential gladitorial race.” After navigating around a circus clown positioned in the outfield, the presidents ran into a super-sized John F. Kennedy, who knocked George Washington to the ground. A Nat Pack member then took out Abe, leaving Teddy and Tom to break through two giant paper doors. Alas, Teddy picked door #2, where he was tackled by members of the grounds crew.

It remains to be seen whether Kennedy will make repeat appearances at Nationals Park. JFK, of course, is not on Mt. Rushmore, and Wednesday night he did not wear a uniform or compete in the race.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Presidents to race Ringling Bros. clowns Wednesday night

When the Philadelphia Phillies come to Nationals Park, the clowns usually follow, and Wednesday night will be no exception.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus hits town this week with a 17-show run beginning Thursday at the Patriot Center. To kick off the festivities, the troupe will be in attendance tomorrow night as the Nationals take on Roy Halladay and the Phillies.

The Ringmaster will sing the national anthem, and Ringling’s famous circus clowns will take on George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy in the 4th-inning presidents race.

Let’s hope Teddy doesn’t find the clowns too distracting.

Nationals racing presidents participate in DC Elephant Walk

Nationals racing presidents arrive at Ringling Brothers Elephant Walk 2010Each year, when the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus comes to Washington, their famous circus elephants are helped off of the train early and are paraded the rest of the way to the Verizon Center. The annual event has been dubbed the “Elephant Walk.”

This year, the Ringling Brothers upped the ante by adding your favorite racing presidents to the spectacle.

The Nationals racing presidents join the Ringling Bros. Elephant WalkFor the first time, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt took part in this right of spring, arriving via bicycle taxi and escorting the famous Elephants on their walk, from DC’s Garfield Park all the way to the Verizon Center, where the circus begins tonight.

Photos courtesy of the Washington Nationals.

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