Racing presidents take on Olympic sailing via Segways fitted with sails

Nationals Racing Presidents Olympic Sailing SegwaysThe Nationals racing presidents once again stretched beyond the boundaries of track & field as their week of Olympic tributes continued at Nationals Park.

After taking on swimming on Friday, the mascot team stayed in the virtual water Saturday with their own unique take on an Olympic sailing regatta.

George, Tom, Abe and Teddy entered the field aboard Segway personal transporters, each of which was fitted with a sail.

Alas, the wind was no help to Teddy Roosevelt, who brought up the rear for loss #497.

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Video: Abe beats Teddy again, this time both on bikes

Abe Lincoln Cheats presidents race Nationals ParkJust one day after Abe Lincoln blatantly stole a race while riding a tricycle, the Great Emancipator was at it again.

On Wednesday night at Nationals Park, the presidents ran a 2-wheel relay, with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson running the first leg aboard Segway personal transporters, and Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt running the anchor leg aboard Capital Bikeshare bikes.

“Honest” Abe was teamed with Washington, but Lincoln decided he wasn’t waiting for the tag. Abe jumped head of Teddy on the anchor leg and never looked back, to win steal his second race in a row, this time a shared victory with George.

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Video: Presidents race twice. Abe ambushes Teddy in the 13th inning. TJ takes two.

As promised, the Nationals moved the presidents race back to the first base line for Friday’s outing, but despite getting a rare second chance, the result was the same for poor Teddy Roosevelt.

The racing presidents on Segway personal trainersPresidents-Race-Extra-InningsIn the 4th inning, the presidents competed aboard Segway personal transporters, and despite his height, Jefferson managed to outmaneuver the other racing presidents, speeding around Teddy to take the victory.

Fans in attendance got a rare treat when the game stretched into the 13th inning: a second official presidents race. It was the ninth such opportunity in Nationals history — an opportunity that was wasted on Lincoln, who chose to hide in the bullpen instead of participate, then jump out mid-race to ambush Teddy Roosevelt.

With Teddy on the ground, Jefferson and Washington burst by and made it a two-man race, with Tom edging George at the wire to take an unprecedented 3-0 lead in the standings after just two home games.

The first race:

And the second race:

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Teddy crosses first, is disqualified for riding a Segway

Teddy in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race aboard a SegwayIn the final game of an undoubtedly difficult homestand for racing president Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th president decided it was time to leave nothing to doubt.

Unfortunately for Teddy, he could have picked a more subtle way to cheat.

When the presidents emerged in center field for the 4th-inning race, Teddy was out in front aboard a Segway personal transporter.

The other presidents were on foot.

Tom, Abe, and George struggled to keep up in the 98-degree heat, and Teddy held the lead from wire to wire.

The crowd erupted as Teddy broke the tape with a fist raised high in victory, but the cheers from the crowd ended moments later, when Screech jumped in.

Never one to put up with Teddy’s antics, the Nationals’ mascot and presidents race judge quickly interrupted Teddy’s victory dance and waved off the victory.

After disqualifying Teddy for riding the Segway, Screech awarded the victory to Thomas Jefferson, provoking a rain of boos from the crowd.

After taking the series from the Phillies, the Nationals now hit the road for an extended trip west, giving both Teddy and Screech some time to cool off.

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Racing presidents chase White Sox Southpaw on Segways

The Washington Nationals returned to town Friday night for a short homestand of interleague play against the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, sandwiched at either end with starts by rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

Chicago White Sox Mascot Southpaw at Nationals ParkPresident Barack Obama joined the sellout crowd on Friday to see his beloved White Sox take on the Nationals new main attraction, and unlike his previous visit to Nationals Park, he stayed until the 9th inning, and got to witness his first Nationals presidents race.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt rides a Segway during the presidents raceChicago White Sox mascot Southpaw has joined the team in DC for the weekend series, and surprised the crowd by emerging alone out of the gate for the beginning of the 4th-inning presidents race.

Just as the crowd was wondering where the presidents were, they emerged in centerfield aboard Segway personal transporters, with Thomas Jefferson at the front of the pack, and
Teddy sadly lagging far behind.

As they passed Southpaw and approached the finish line, Jefferson appeared to lose control, and Abe Lincoln passed him to claim the victory. As he broke the tape, Illinois’ favorite son pointed up to Obama’s box along the third base line.

The racing presidents were sporting brand new red running shoes to kick off the homestand, but as it turned out, they had no need for them at all.

New uniforms and a presidents race doubleheader

Washington Nationals fans who are getting used to expecting victory found more than their fair share of frustrations from the squandered scoring opportunities in Saturday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. If there was a silver lining, it was only for devotees of the Nationals’ presidents race.

The Nats’ reached the 13th inning of a home game for the first time since the 2008 season, and as is their custom, the racing presidents returned to the field in the middle of the 13th for a second presidents race of the day.

The extra innings gave the fans double the opportunity to check out George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy’s sparkling new red uniforms with the Curly W in front. The uniforms have been featured this season on the HD scoreboard introduction, but before today had yet to make an appearance on the field.

If the trend of the last few days is any indication, Sunday’s game should polish off this homestand on an entertaining — and winning — note. To follow Wednesday’s Let Teddy Win celebration, Teddy chose Thursday to plant a tree in foul territory instead of racing on Earth Day. On Friday, he jumped back into the competition by racing on a Segway (Abe won anyway), and today they raced twice in their new red uniforms before doing the bunny hop as they left the field. There’s no telling what the presidents have in store for Sunday’s finale, but if the Nats’ unusual 8-day streak of winning every other day continues, there should be celebrating on South Capitol Street.

Photo by SBF at Nats320.
Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Racing presidents run relay on segways & bicycle taxis

Washington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson ride the anchor leg of a presidents race relay at Nationals ParkThe racing presidents pulled out all the stops for the standing room only crowd of 41,985 tonight at Nationals Park, completing the homestand against the Boston Red Sox with a multi-vehicle presidents race relay.

Abe Lincoln and George Washington competed in the first leg, riding Segway personal transporters along the left field warning track toward a finish line that had been moved to center field from its usual location in foul territory.

With Abe on a Segway and unable to put on his usual burst of speed, George was able to hand a huge lead to Thomas Jefferson, who took on Teddy Roosevelt in the second leg riding pedicab bicycle taxis.

Tom jumped into one of the taxis as the driver started peddling him to the finish line, but then Teddy Roosevelt took the reigns and started peddling his own cab. The Rough Rider ignited the crowd when he briefly overtook Tom, but the peddling wore him out. Teddy faded at the finish and failed to deliver for the 201st time.

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