Video: Presidents Race Deja Vu as That Cat tackles Teddy Roosevelt, Abe wins

With a losing record since Teddy Roosevelt first tasted victory in October, the Washington Nationals came to the conclusion Tuesday that something’s not working and shook up the roster to try to recapture some of their 2012 mojo.

Washington Nationals presidents race That Cat tackles Teddy RooseveltWashington Nationals presidents race That Cat tackles TeddyIf Wednesday’s fourth inning antics were any indication, they came to the same conclusion regarding the presidents race.

Following a familiar script from the previous six seasons, Teddy Roosevelt jumped out to a big lead that he extended into the home stretch.

Ignoring his recent victories, Nationals PA Announcer Jerome Hruska intoned “This could be the day. C’mon Teddy!,” before Teddy’s longtime nemesis “That Cat” appeared to block the finish line and tackle the Rough Rider to the ground.

Completing the narrative and adding insult to injury, the trailing president was Abe Lincoln, with only one win to his name this season, stealing the victory as Teddy lay on the ground.

Abe’s win pulled him into a tie with Teddy for last place in the presidents race standings.



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Video: Teddy triumphs in all star villains presidents race

Teddy Roosevelt Wins Kool Aid Man helpsTeddy Roosevelt Wins presidents race Kool Aid ManTeddy Roosevelt celebrates victory Nationals presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt celebrates victory Nationals presidents raceIt’s been a postseason of redemption for Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt, who is on a sudden winning streak after losing 525 straight races.

Facing possible elimination Thursday night at Nationals Park, infielder Mark DeRosa read the team a speech by Teddy Roosevelt before the game. Then, when the presidents race began, the Nats trotted out an all star cast of Teddy’s past nemeses to help exorcise his demons.

As George, Tom, and Abe raced around the warning track towards the first base line, they were met in succession by a who’s who of bad guys.

Long-time interloper That Cat tackled George Washington.  Then a shark who attacked Teddy in August took out Thomas Jefferson.

Luc the Lobster, who has made several appearances over the years, tackled Abe Lincoln.

By that time, George Washington was back on his feet and actually passed Teddy and looked ready to steal the victory, but Mr. Kool Aid, a fan favorite who last appeared in 2010, appeared from the stands and decked the founding father.

Teddy turned around and fell backwards over the finish line, then pranced and posed around the stadium, basking in the glow of victory as the sellout crowd chanted his name.

On the national broadcast, TBS analyst Bob Brenley took Teddy to task for his celebration. “You’re pimping it a little bit in front of the other presidents,” he said. “Act like you’ve done it before.”

After 7 seasons of losing, most fans seemed willing to cut the Rough Rider some slack.

Jayson Werth: “It’s bigger than me, man. It’s bigger than me.”

Jayson Werth says its bigger than meThat Cat interferes with the presidents race at Nationals ParkThat Cat tackles Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals presidents raceThat Cat takes down Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents raceThomas Jefferson wins the Washington Nationals presidents race

Saturday’s presidents race coup attempt by Jayson Werth stirred up expectations for more 4th-inning fireworks during Sunday’s home season finale at Nationals Park.

After Werth proclaimed that ““If Teddy can’t win, then no one wins,” speculation was rampant that one of two things would happen: either the Nats would succumb to popular pressure, or Werth would make a third attempt to secure a Bull Moose victory on his own.

But just before Sunday’s first pitch, Werth was asked privately about his plans, and his answer revealed all readers need to know about the anti-Teddy conspiracy in the Nationals front office.

“It’s bigger than me, man. It’s bigger than me,” he said, shaking his head. “I gave it my best shot.”

Whatever talking-to Werth received from Nationals management, and despite any assurances he gave them, it was clear nonetheless when Sunday’s race began that they weren’t taking any chances on another coup attempt in the season finale.

As the presidents were being introduced, the Nationals trotted out That Cat to patrol the first base line, flexing his muscles as if to dare Teddy to try to cross his path. Momma Screech stood by as well, in case reinforcements were needed.

As added protection against another right field revolt, the Nats moved the finish line to the third base side. After Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt began their usual route, Jefferson came out and bolted the other way towards left field and the new finish line.

As That Cat took down Tom, Abe, and Teddy in succession, Thomas Jefferson cruised across the tape uncontested.

Tom’s victory moved him into an improbable and first-ever season-ending tie with Abe Lincoln for the 2011 presidents race crown. If not for Werth’s antics on Saturday, Jefferson would have had the opportunity to win the title outright.

Meanwhile, the team’s rebuke of Werth is a rude awakening for Teddy fans who had hoped for an end to the conspiracy. After 441 races, the Rough Rider will enter the 2012 season without a single win, and the powers that be at the Nationals appear hell-bent on keeping it that way.

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Video: That Cat Returns to thwart a sure Teddy Roosevelt Victory

That Cat returned to Nationals Park Tuesday night, and as the mysterious feline is known to do, threw a wrench into the presidents race procedings.

That Cat tackles Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceThat Cat tackles Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWith a crowd braving the rain to see Stephen Strasburg’s return to baseball, perpetual showoff Abe Lincoln jumped out to a big lead, but as Abe traversed the warning track, Teddy Roosevelt put on an uncharasteristic burst of speed, passing all of the presidents and waving goodbye as he took the lead.

“Teddy’s got a huge lead now. There’s no way he’s gonna lose,” proclaimed Nationals Park P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska.

The kiss of death, apparently.

As Teddy passed by the stands in section 134, That Cat pounced.

Teddy never saw what him him, and George stole the tape.

Slo-mo take-down video follows:


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Video: That Cat returns, takes out three presidents

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents are attacked by That CatWashington Nationals Racing Presidents are attacked by That CatLong-time presidents race interloper That Cat made another disruptive appearance Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

As the fourth-inning race began, the t-shirt clad panther hid out by the right field bullpen gate, jumping out onto the warning track only as the racing presidents approached.

In one fell swoop, That Cat managed to take out George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, leaving Thomas Jefferson with a clear path to the finish line before retreating to the bullpen.

Jefferson managed to avoid repeating the previous night’s mistakes, and postponed his celebration until after the race was finished.

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Video: Teddy sends That Cat to stop George Washington

George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson in the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWashington Nationals Presidents Race: That Cat tackles George Washington as Teddy Roosevelt looks onRacing president Abe Lincoln leaps over That Cat to take the presidents raceWith George Washington coming off a recent 4-game winning streak and challenging Abe Lincoln for the season lead, Teddy Roosevelt decided he’d seen enough.

While George was taking an early lead in Tuesday’s 4th-inning race at Nationals Park, Teddy was waiting in foul territory, hiding in ambush along with long-time presidents race conspirator That Cat.

With George entering the home stretch, the t-shirt-clad panther lept out at Teddy’s urging, knocking our first president soundly to the ground. Lincoln, who was running close behind, made a nifty leap over the cat to jump into the lead.

“You been winning too many races lately George,” Teddy tweeted, “and I was tired of hearing about it!”

Abe and Tom didn’t seem to object, holding hands and skipping together at the finish line, but Abe crossed first and was awarded the victory.

And the slo-mo version:

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Video: That Cat, Rally Penguin aren’t enough to help Teddy on Lobster Day

Panther "That Cat" chases the Washington Nationals racing presidentsPanther "That Cat" tackles Thomas Jefferson during the Nationals Presidents RaceRally Penguin takes down Abe Lincoln - Nationals Presidents RacePresidents Race - Rally Penguin takes down AbeNational Lobster Day? Apparently so.

On Wednesday before a crowd of 27,130 at Nationals Park, Your crack Washington Nationals Mascot Team added to the pantheon of obscure holiday celebrations, as Teddy emerged for the 4th inning presidents race sporting lobster claws in celebration of, yes, National Lobster Day.

While the Nationals bats were shelling the Cardinals, and Livan Hernandez and Pudge Rodriquez picked them apart on the field, Teddy needed a little more help to stay in the hunt for victory number one.

Longtime presidents race conspirator That Cat made an appearance at the starting gate, chasing the presidents across the warning track and bringing Jefferson down with an open-field tackle, perhaps in retaliation for last night’s cheating incident.

With Jefferson out of the way, Abe Lincoln held a big lead heading down the first base line, but that’s where he ran into the Rally Penguin. The Penguin, who last appeared in 2008, was waiting in ambush, and clotheslined Abe, who never saw it coming.

That left Teddy with a clear shot at the finish line, and only George Washington to beat. But alas, TR had no more tricks up his sleeve. Lobster-clawed Teddy faded at the finish, and George took the win.

Photos courtesy of Ethan Ableman.
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