Video: On historic day at Nationals Park, Teddy wins his first presidents race championship (and some other stuff)

With playoff home field advantage wrapped up by the home town Nats, the only thing undecided going into Sunday’s regular season finale was question of who would win the 2014 presidents race championship.

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt with Madagascar PenguinsTeddy Roosevelt beast William Howard TaftTeddy Roosevelt Wins presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt Presidents Race Champion BeltSo while fans at Nationals Park expected little on-field drama, anticipation was high about the final tie-breaking dogfight between four-time champion Abraham Lincoln and perennial loser Teddy Roosevelt.

What unfolded defied every fan’s expectations.

The final presidents race of the season wasn’t a dogfight at all, but rather a staged relay race featuring the racing presidents and the characters from the upcoming Dreamworks motion picture Penguins of Madagascar.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and William Howard Taft lined up in tandem with penguins Private (pushed on a cart by George), Skipper, Rico, and Kowalski. Roosevelt did not participate.

Then, halfway through the race, the hero of San Juan Hill emerged from center field and darted past the relayers, passing Taft in the home stretch and running away uncontested with the presidents race title.

(Nats fans know that what the presidents race championship lacked in drama, Jordan Zimmerman provided as he tossed the first no hitter in team history. Congratulations to JZimm, and to September call-up Steven Souza, who sealed the no-no with a spectacular 9th inning catch.)

After over 600 losses, Teddy Roosevelt is now presidents race champion for the first time. The Nationals sport a record of 18-8 when Teddy wins this season (18-6 when Teddy wins in the fourth inning), a record which suggests that a few more Teddy victories in the playoffs would not be a bad idea.

Here’s your finish line video:

As always throughout the season, finish line video for LetTeddyWin.com is by the intrepid lfahome of the Gnome Garden.
Photos/Washington Nationals, lfahome

Video: Grounds crew pummels presidents, Teddy stumbles to victory

Grounds Crew Attacks TeddyTeddy Roosevelt Wins Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Wins Nationals Presidents RaceA Nationals homestand characterized by presidential dirty tricks continued at Nationals Park as the team played its only Sunday night game of the season, beating the Mets in come-from-behind fashion on national television.

Sunday’s fourth inning presidents race started out cleanly enough, with fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt hanging onto a close lead as the presidents raced into the home stretch.

But the grounds crew was waiting in ambush along the first base line. They swarmed the field and took down front-running Teddy before pummeling each of the other racing presidents.

The Rough Rider pulled himself to his feet and looked up to see finish line just ahead. He stumbled forward, taking a final and dramatic leap over the tape to secure only his eighth victory of the 2013 campaign.

Video: Teddy wins, meets the Nats in 3rd place

Teddy Roosevelt wins Washington Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt wins Washington Nationals Presidents Race Nationals ParkConsecutive rainouts gave the Washington Nationals an opportunity to rest and reset for Saturday’s series opener vs. the Minnesota Twins, but an extra-innings loss ruined the day for the sellout Nationals Park crowd of 41,587, pushing the team two games below .500 for the first time this season.

In the fourth inning presidents race, Teddy Roosevelt got a late start out of the center field starting gate, but a steady stride pulled him past his Rushmore competitors as they circled the warning track. The Rough Rider pulled away at the finish for his third victory of the 2013 season.

Teddy, like the Nationals, moved into sole possession of third place in the standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt claims his first victory of 2013 in Mother’s Day “Dizzy Bat Race”

Nationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Presidents Race Teddy Wins George DropsNationals Presidents Race Teddy Wins First Race 2013Just one day after William Howard Taft notched his first-ever presidents race victory, the pressure was on for rival Teddy Roosevelt to prove that last year’s season-ending win was no fluke.

Sunday’s Mothers Day game at Nationals Park featured pink bats for the players and the annual appearance by mascot Screech’s Mom, who looks suspiciously like the team’s “Baby Screech” mascot from 2005 through 2007.

In the fourth inning, the presidents race was announced as a “Dizzy Bat Race,” in which all five racing presidents had to spin around three times with their heads on pink bats, then carry the bat to the finish line.

Thomas Jefferson got the quick jump out of the gate, but paid for it soon after by losing his balance as he raced forward.

Abe Lincoln and William Howard Taft were close behind, but Lincoln plowed into Taft, sending both to the ground on the outfield warning track.

That left George Washington in the lead with Teddy Roosevelt trailing behind. Washington appeared to be on his way to another presidents race win, but the father of our country dropped his bat along the first base line. When he turned to pick it up, Teddy raced by.

It was the Rough Rider’s first victory of 2013, and his first ever wearing the presidents’ traditional Sunday garb.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy gets his own Topps baseball card

Teddy Roosevelt Topps Baseball Card - Commemorative - Winning presidents race
In yet another milestone for the Rough Rider, Teddy Roosevelt’s historic first presidents race victory has been commemorated on a new Topps Heritage baseball card.

The card is part of a “Memorable Moments 2012″ series and is titled “Teddy Wins First Presidential Mascot Race.”

“Teddy finally won a race. So we gave him a #HeritageBB card,” the company tweeted this morning.

As the ever-observant Dan Steinberg pointed out at the Washington Post, the photo that was used was not, in fact, from the event supposedly being commemorated. It was taken the following week at game 4 of the 2012 National League division playoffs, just before Teddy turned around and fell backward over the finish line for his third career victory.

Nationals mascot Screech has appeared on baseball cards before as part of the Topps official mascot series, and the actual former president was featured on a card, but this is a first for any of the racing presidents.

Teddy’s Presidents Race Win Makes Most Buzz Worthy Moments of 2012

Yahoo Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012 - Teddy Roosevelt WinsWhat does Teddy Roosevelt have in common with Honey Boo Boo, Gangnam Style, and Binders Full of Women?

They all made Yahoo!’s new video tribute to the Most Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012.

Watch the video at Yahoo! News (including the Blog’s finish line video by regular contributor lfahome).

Video: Grounds crew pummels presidents. Teddy wins again. Nats don’t.

For the third time since his historic first win last week, Teddy Roosevelt scored a victory in the Washington Nationals postseason presidents race.

Grounds Crew Attack racing presidentsUnfortunately, after the St. Louis Cardinals completed the biggest comeback in MLB playoff elimination game history, the race would prove to be Teddy’s last of the season.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln did their best to prevent Teddy’s win, ambushing him on the outfield warning track, with George Washington knocking him to the ground and Abe taunting him as they ran past him.

The race carried on with Teddy doubled over on the warning track, but as the other presidents entered the home stretch along the first base line, members of the Nationals grounds crew left their positions and attacked, mercilessly.

As the grounds crew pummeled his opponents, an inspired Teddy Roosevelt caught up and passed them to win what would be the final presidents race of the season.

UPDATE: Here’s the finish line video. Note the joy with which the grounds crew pounds the racing presidents. One gets the sense that they are unleashing seven years of pent up October Natitude:

With the Nationals out of contention for 2012, Teddy’s fans are wondering what the team has in store for him. Rumors have run rampant about Teddy’s retirement (which the mascot denies), and about the possibility of adding new presidents to the mix.

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