Video: Eight area mascots pummel racing presidents, Abe Lincoln rips off Talon’s head

It’s become an annual tradition. Each April at least a half dozen area mascots show up on a Sunday at Nationals Park to celebrate Nats mascot Screech’s birthday.

Screechs Birthday - Mascots visiting Nationals Park racing presidentsMascots tackle Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln knocks off DC United Talon's Head - Nationals Park Presidents RaceNationals Park racing presidents photo finish William Howard TaftAnd each year, they take great joy in ambushing the racing presidents.

In the 4th inning today, as the presidents rounded the right field corner in their Sunday finest, the mascots poured out of the stands along the first base line.

YoUDee and Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue (University of Delaware) ganged up on the charging Teddy Roosevelt. Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals) and George (George Washington University) teamed up on George Washington. True Grit (UMBC) tripped up William Howard Taft, and what appeared to be Bill the Goat from Navy (with a new uniform number) downed a spinning Thomas Jefferson. Clawed Z. Eagle (American University) mostly just joined in high-fiving the other mascots.

Abe Lincoln managed to burst through the melee, but like a catcher guarding home plate, DC United’s Talon held ground as the last line of defense against the Great Emancipator. Abe plowed into the mascot and knocked off his head, but fell just short of the finish line.

As the Goat pounded relentlessly on the downed Jefferson, Washington and Taft both stumbled to their feet and raced for the tape, leading to a surprising photo finish, with Taft claiming his first victory of the season.

Full video below, plus a bonus slo-mo version of the big hits


Videos courtesy of lfahome

Video: Visiting mascots beat up on Nats racing presidents in celebration of Screech’s birthday

University of Delaware Mascot YoUDee tackles Nationals Park racing presidentsSlapshot + G-Wiz tackles Teddy Roosevelt NationalsMascots visit Nationals Park presidents race Visiting MascotsNationals presidents race visiting mascots tackleNine visiting mascots joined the Washington Nationals’ racing presidents to celebrate Screech’s birthday on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, and the calamity that followed in the fourth inning presidents race nearly matched the disaster of a game that unfolded on the diamond.

The race started cleanly enough, but Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue from the University of Delaware emerged from the bullpen to execute a beautiful flying open field tackle on early leader Thomas Jefferson, leaving Teddy Roosevelt with a clear path to the finish line.

Clear, that is, until Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot emerged from the first base stands with Washington Wizards mascot G-Wiz.

With Slapshot kneeling down on the ground, G-Wiz used Slapshot’s back as a launching pad and leaped into the air for a flying take-down of the oncoming Bull Moose.

Mascots then streamed from the stands, including George (George Washington University), Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals), Talon (DC United), The Patriot (George Mason University), and bulldog Jack (Georgetown University), and YoUDee (University of Delaware), all pouncing on the oncoming presidents.

With an army of mascots beating up on Teddy, Bill, Abe, and George, a revived Thomas Jefferson came to his feet and veered around the pile, taking the victory to move himself into a tie atop with George Washington atop the presidents race standings at the end of the homestand.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy takes out his frustrations on Milwaukee’s sausages

The Nationals hosted a rare doubleheader vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Nationals Park, and if you’re a Nats fan, you couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon of baseball and presidents race excitement.

Teddy manning the barbeque by Kirsten Rae IrwinIn fact, even Teddy fans got to taste a little sweet victory — not in the standings, but in the form of revenge against those cocky racing sausages from Wisconsin.

In the first race, the “un-racing sausages” jumped out to a big lead, followed closely by Teddy Roosevelt; but nine (9!) mascots from other local teams were waiting for them in ambush, and gang-tackled them all as they reached the home stretch.

Teddy had a clear path to the finish line, but chose instead to put a full body slam on “No-lish Sausage,” who’d already been knocked to the ground. George sneaked by for the win.

It was a convincing hit, and may be the only time Teddy’s fans have cheered him enthusiastically for blowing a race.

The other teams’ mascots were on
Mascots at Nationals Parkhand to help celebrate Screech’s birthday, and included Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals), Pinch (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs), Talon (DC United), Testudo (University of Maryland), The Patriot (George Mason University), Jack (Georgetown University), George (George Washington University), Clawed Z. Eagle (American University), and YoUDee (University of Delaware).

In the second game, “Un-italian Sausage” replaced Teddy in a race against George, Tom, and Abe, and had the lead heading into the home stretch, but Teddy was waiting in foul territory, tending a kettle grill filled with sausages.

As the sausage ran by, Teddy nonchalantly lifted his arm and clotheslined the imposter, eliciting gasps from the crowd as Abe ran by for the victory.

The Nats now hit the road as a winning ball club for the first time in memory. Perhaps Teddy will be inspired and get back in the race by the 26th when the next homestand begins vs. the New York Mets.

Teddy photo courtesy of Kirsten Rae Irwin.
Mascot photo and videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Lincoln unfazed as Uncle Slam joins the presidents race.

For the Washington Nationals’ last game before the All Star break, the team today welcomed Potomac Nationals mascot Uncle Slam to Nationals Park to cheer on the team and participate in the Nationals presidents race for the first time. Unfortunately for Teddy fans, the extra competition did nothing to slow down a juggernaut called Abe Lincoln.

Potomac Nationals Mascot Uncle SlamFor those unfamiliar with Uncle Slam, he is the mascot for the Washington Nationals’ Class A minor league affiliate Potomac Nationals, which play just a short drive down I-95 in Prince William County Virginia. It was a timely appearance. With the Nationals away until July 29, the next two weeks are the perfect time to check out some of your future Nationals at intimate Pfitzner Stadium. The current roster includes such top prospects as pitcher Ross Detwiler and first baseman Chris Marrero, and rehabbing Nationals such as Ryan Wagner. Even Ryan Zimmerman is expected to get two rehab starts next week with the P-Nats.

As for the presidents race, Teddy came out in front and was followed by Uncle Slam, but as has become so common this season, Abe Lincoln turned on the afterburners to pass everybody before they reached the finish line. Abe’s seventh straight victory marks a first-ever homestand sweep of the presidents race. Teddy, Tom, and George all need to hit the training room over the all star break if they are to have any hope of catching Abe this season. Maybe Teddy should ask Abe what he’s been eating for breakfast.

Photo: Scott Ableman

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