Video: Thomas Jefferson gets his first presidents race victory of the year on college rivalry night

Thomas Jefferson Wins Presidents RaceThomas Jefferson Wins Presidents RaceAs many had predicted, Thomas Jefferson finally nabbed his first presidents race victory of 2015 on Wednesday night, as thousands of University of Virginia students and alumni filled the stands at Nationals Park for for College Rivalry Night.

With UVA’s Cavalier mascot and Virginia Tech’s HokieBird holding the finish line tape, the sage of Monticello came from behind to take a huge lead into the home stretch, but then turned and tripped just before the finish line.

It looked for a moment like Jefferson would lose his shot at victory, but he sprung to his feet and fell over the finish line in a pile of founding fathers.

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Video: Jefferson loses again. Will Wednesday’s UVA night bring victory #1?

Thomas Jefferson lost Tuesday night’s rain-delayed presidents race at Nationals Park, marking his 34th loss of the season against zero victories heading into Wednesday’s College Rivalry Night.
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Jefferson has been the presidential whipping boy this season, losing in a variety of unflattering ways and causing some to question whether the Nats are trying to make Tom the new Teddy.

But among those who’ve followed Tom’s misfortune this season, many have circled Wednesday night’s game against the Braves. Nationals Park will host “College Rivalry Night” featuring sections devoted to Virginia Tech and University of Virginia students and alumni. The UVA money has Tom taking victory number one.

Oh yes. George outraced Tom on Tuesday as the presidents wore their Hawaiian shirts and raced to the theme from Hawaii Five-O:

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After rain delay, Teddy distracts Thomas Jefferson with discount ponchos

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The Nationals efforts to turn Thomas Jefferson into the new “lovable loser” reached new heights on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

After a nearly two hour rain delay, a sparse crowd was on hand when the presidents race finally began at close to 10:00pm. As is becoming common, Thomas Jefferson took a huge lead into the home stretch.

But Teddy Roosevelt was standing near the finish line with a sign reading “Ponchos $5.”

Sure enough, like Roosevelt had been so many times before him, the founding father became easily distracted, as he stopped to see a man about a poncho, Lincoln stole the win.

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GIF+Video: Beef Nachos Libre ambushes Tom — Is Jefferson the new Teddy?

The pattern was hauntingly familiar during the fourth inning Saturday at Nationals Park.

Nationals presidents race Beef Nachos Libre gets JeffersonNationals presidents race Beef Nachos Libre gets JeffersonNationals presidents race Beef Nachos Libre gets JeffersonThomas Jefferson tackled by Beef Nachos Libre Slo-Mo Presidents RaceThe mid-inning presidents race started with the season’s only winless president tripping all the others out of the gate, then running unopposed toward the finish line. Just as P.A. Announcer Jerome Hruska proclaimed “Nothing’s going to stop him now!,” a costumed cow going by the moniker Beef Nachos Libre leaped from the stands to tackle the leader just short of the finish line. To add insult to injury, longtime nemesis Abe Lincoln was trailing close enough behind to scavenge the win and extend his lead in the season standings.

It’s a pattern that repeated itself seemingly hundreds of times between 2006 and 2012, as Teddy Roosevelt racked up 525 consecutive losses, one near miss at a time. When Teddy notched his first win on the final day of the 2012 regular season, it seemed the era of presidents race conspiracies was over.

Now, sixteen races into the 2015 home season, it was Thomas Jefferson who found himself winless, tried to take things into his own hands, and ended up running into the surprise buzz saw of the day.

Here’s hoping the Nationals haven’t decided to revisit their troubled presidents race pass by fixing every race for Thomas Jefferson to lose. If they thought Teddy had a strong movement behind him, wait till they mess with the Sage of Monticello.

Video: Presidents switch directions, but Nats luck doesn’t change

Thomas Jefferson Sits for Nationals Presidents RaceWashingtion Nationals Racing Presidents Run LeftThomas Jefferson Sits Nationals Presidents Race Shoes on fireThomas Jefferson is getting cocky.

After surging past the field in three of the last four presidents races, the Sage of Monticello was on a roll heading into Tuesday night’s contest at Nationals Park.

So as the presidents were being introduced on the video scoreboard, Jefferson parked himself in a chair on the outfield warning track to watch the start of the presidents race.

After spotting his competitors a head start, Tall Tom darted ahead from behind the field, catching up as they turned the left field corner.

“C’mon Tom, get back in the race! Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible,” shouted Nationals P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska, quoting Shakespeare on his birthday.

TJ passed the pack in the home stretch, crossed the tape and popped off his shoes. “His shoes are on fire, he’s so fast,” chimed in Hruska.

The presidents raced to the third base side for the first time in 2013, a move perhaps designed to change the Nationals’ recent luck on the field, but the Nats lost another close one to the Cardinals to even their record at 10-10.

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Video: Jefferson leads the way in Nationals Independence Day tradition.

Independence Day Thomas Jefferson wins the Presidents Race at Nationals ParkJuly 4 Presidents Race - Thomas Jefferson Always Wins Declaration of IndependenceLongtime Washington Nationals fans know two universal truths about Independence Day at Nationals Park. Ryan Zimmerman will have a big day, and Thomas Jefferson will win the presidents race.

Zimmerman delivered with a homer and three RBI, making him 10 for 20 with 13 RBIs in six Independence Day games.

And for the third year in a row, founding father Thomas Jefferson, scribe of the Declaration of Independence, led the 4th inning presidents race wire to wire, carrying an American Flag all the way.

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Phillies fan ejected for punching Thomas Jefferson during presidents race

It wasn’t a complete invasion, but busloads of Philadelphia fans were among the 24,875 at Nationals Park Thursday night to see Cliff Lee and Jordan Zimmermann go at it in the final game of the Nationals’ series vs. the Phillies.

Phillies fan reaches from stands, hits Nationals racing president Thomas JeffersonThe notorious boo-birds have earned a reputation for importing disruptive behavior to Nationals Park, and Thursday night was no exception, as the local MASN broadcast caught a spectator reaching into the field of play during the fourth-inning presidents race.

The fan appears to be reaching for a high five, then cocks his arm and slams Thomas Jefferson squarely in the face:

The fan wasn’t wearing team gear, but can there be any doubt where he’s from? UPDATE: We’re told that Nationals Park security “swarmed” him and immediately ejected him from the park.

After getting hit, Jefferson spun around but maintained his balance. Teddy Roosevelt was nearly able to take advantage and grab the victory, but he was outpaced by Abraham Lincoln in the stretch.

UPDATE: Confirmed.

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