TJ takes Abe Lincoln on the inside

An all-time record low crowd of 11,623 who skipped the Caps game and braved the cold were rewarded as Craig Stammen shut down the Colorado Rockies through 8 innings tonight at Nationals Park, setting the table for closer Matt Capps to enter to cheers of “Let’s Go Capps!” from the home crowd.

As it becomes increasingly evident that the Nats have changed their losing ways, Teddy still hasn’t gotten the memo. He faltered in the outfield corner, allowing Thomas Jefferson to make an inside move and pass Abe Lincoln to move into a tie for the season lead.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Sacrificed for the cause

I enjoyed catching up with Ian Koski from Nationals Pride during Saturday’s presidents race tryouts in the snow, not realizing that he had set his Flip video camera right in the path of the racing presidents, resulting in by far the funniest footage of the day:

UPDATE: It looks like I got a photo of the exact moment when Tom was about to crush Ian’s Flip Video camcorder:

Nats racing presidents topple camera during auditions in the snow

Ian's Flip video camera about to get booted by Thomas Jefferson

Thanks Ian for your sacrifice.

P.S. – If you need to replace your Flip video camera,
may I suggest a Let Teddy Win model:
;-)

Thomas Jefferson collides with Abe Lincoln at the finish

One night after Washington Nationals fans cheered Teddy Roosevelt to victory, then saw him disqualified, our favorite #26 returned to form, trailing early and failing to finish the presidents race.

It was nonetheless one of the more exciting finishes of the ’09 season. Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson battled to the finish line, with Tom diving at the tape and Abe collapsing on top of him.

STANDINGS NOTE: The Nationals Park presidents race standings remained unchanged from the night before, suggesting that Abe was not credited with last night’s victory after Teddy’s disqualification.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

Teddy cheats, loses anyway

The Washington Nationals returns to town last night to kick off a homestand against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants.

The defense was solid, the bullpen held up, and the Nationals rallied for a much-needed win. Unfortunately, the change in fortune did not extend to Teddy Roosevelt during the 4th-inning presidents race.

Remarkably, despite holding the lead going into the outfield corner, Teddy decided to cut the corner to extend his advantage.

It didn’t help. Thomas Jefferson caught up quickly and took the tape as Teddy faded in the home stretch.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy & Abe lose relay race vs. George & Tom

On Saturday night, the Washington Nationals racing presidents held a presidents race relay pitting the unlikely team of Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln vs. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Tom was the anchor runner of the winning team and declared the winner. Not that it mattered for Teddy. Our favorite #26 had ensured defeat by running 10 lengths behind George before he even passed the baton to Lincoln.

UPDATE: The team awarded 1 victory each in the standings to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

Video courtesy of Bree Stevens.

Presidents race blindfolded. Teddy runs the wrong way.

The Washington Nationals presidents race blindfolded.The Washington Nationals racing presidents surprised the crowd at Nationals Park tonight by emerging from the centerfield gate for the 4th-inning presidents race wearing red blindfolds around their giant heads.

Thus the first-ever blindfolded presidents race plunged into chaos
Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt runs blindfolded into the Nationals Park standsfrom the start.

Abe Lincoln jumped out first and crashed into the outfield wall, while poor Teddy Roosevelt got spun around and ran the wrong way. Meanwhile, Thomas Jefferson’s blindfold slipped down to his neck.

With George and Abe bumping into each other, and Teddy wandering right into the stands along the 3rd base line, Jefferson won uncontested. Somebody tell Teddy that dropping your blindfold is apparently not grounds for disqualification.

Photos by flickr member afagen
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Tom levels Abe in the outfield. George notches win #1.

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson is as frustrated with the Washington Nationals bullpen as the rest of us.

On a day when the Nats’ bullpen notched it’s third and fourth blown saves of the 3-game series vs. the Florida Marlins, our nation’s third president took out his frustration on Abraham Lincoln during the 4th-inning presidents race at Nationals Park.

After George Washington took an early lead, Tom and Abe followed behind and began scuffling almost immediately. Tom slammed Abe against the outfield scoreboard wall, with Abe falling as Teddy Roosevelt raced by.

Teddy was unable to catch George, who notched his first presidents race victory of the young season. Alas, Teddy is now in familiar territory as the only racing president who has yet to win this season.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

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