Video: Presidents race chaos as Jayson Werth takes the tape

Jayson Werth interferes with the Nationals presidents raceWashington Nationals Bullpen Presidents Race InterferenceJayson Werth interferes with the Nationals presidents raceJayson Werth interferes with the Nationals presidents raceJayson Werth interferes with the Nationals presidents raceYou have to love Jayson Werth’s perseverance. A day after he teamed with the Nationals bullpen in a failed attempt to let Teddy win, the Nationals outfielder enlisted extra help to try it again.

When the race began Saturday at Nationals Park, Werth and center fielder Rick Ankiel were waiting in ambush.

Thomas Jefferson attempted to cut across the outfield once again, but Werth was waiting for him, and wrestled the sage of Monticello to the ground.

Meanwhile, four bullpen pitchers were intercepting George Washington and Abe Lincoln on the warning track in an attempt to clear the way for Roosevelt; but Teddy instead chose to join the melee, helping to force Abe Lincoln into the corner, where the bullpen pitchers awaited.

After clearing the way for Roosevelt, Werth could do nothing but watch as #26 ended up face flat on the ground himself.

With Teddy on the ground, and every contestant now down the for count, one bullpen pitcher could be seen pounding the outfield wall in frustration. Werth could only watch, and finally turned and crossed the finish line himself, arms outstretched.

It’s great to see Werth take things into his own hands on behalf of Teddy. Now Teddy just needs to take the ball and make something happen.

Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day, and marks the last presidents race of the season. If the last two races are any indication, the season finale should be a race to remember. Will Werth give it once last shot? Will Teddy capture win #1? Or will Jefferson catch Abe in the season standings?

I suspect it will be another race to remember.

Here’s the race as called on MASN. Finish line video coming later tonight:

Videos: Jayson Werth & the Nats’ bullpen pitchers interfere with Friday’s presidents race

Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has made no secret of his disgust at the conspiracy that is the Teddy Roosevelt’s losing streak in the fourth-inning presidents race.

Washington Nationals Jayson Werth interferes with the Presidents RaceJayson Werth of the Washington Nationals Interferes with the Presidents RaceWashington Nationals Bullpen interferes with Presidents RaceOn Friday night at Nationals Park, Werth took matters into his own hands, staying on the field after the top of the fourth inning, and leading his own conspiracy of Nationals players who interfered on Teddy’s behalf.

With Abraham Lincoln in the lead heading towards right field, Werth stepped onto the warning track, jumping in front of the pack, and shoving first Abe and then George Washington to slow them down.

If that wasn’t bizarre enough, a half dozen members of the Nationals bullpen were waiting to storm the field right behind Werth, and again shoved George and Abe enough to slow them down; but Thomas Jefferson ran onto the grass and cut the outfield corner, evading Werth and the cadre of pitchers to break away from the pack and steal his fourth victory in a row.

(I haven’t been able to figure out which bullpen pitcher it was who managed to slam Abe into the outfield wall. Whoever it was is my hero for life.)

At race end, the presidents gathered at the finish line with Nats mascot Screech to pay a tribute to Nationals Executive VP Bob Wolfe, a former Atlanta Braves exec who is moving back to the Braves next season.

The signs, which spelled out “We will miss you Bob!,” led to a sudden burst of tweets wondering whether MASN play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter was leaving the team.

Meanwhile, TJ’s win streak has pulled the founding father within one victory of 3-time champion Abe Lincoln with just two games to go. Expect fireworks this weekend as the presidents close out their season.

Two videos of the event, including this one from the MASN broadcast:

Fan video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

The Bullpen – A milestone for Half Street

The Bullpen opens Friday outside Nationals ParkFor those saying the Nats need a new Bullpen, help has arrived.

Help drowning your sorrows, that is…

At 5:00pm Friday, two hours before the Washington Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies, The Bullpen will open its doors to the public, with food, drinks, and live music just outside the centerfield gates of Nationals Park. After a series of delays and rounds of approval by neighborhood groups and DC commissions, this marks an important milestone in the development of the Half Street neighborhood.

The Bullpen is on Half Street between M and N streets, between the Metro station and the stadium. Opening Friday will be a beer garden, local food vendors including Rocklands and Surfside, and interactive sports games for children. The bullpen will be open two hours before and after Washington Nationals home games.

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