Nationals Racing presidents kick off a week of Olympic races

Nationals racing presidents Olympic race walkingNationals racing presidents Olympic race walking Teddy Roosevelt LosesThe Washington Nationals racing presidents opened a six game home stand at Nationals Park promising to dedicate all races this week to events of the Olympic Games.

The festivities kicked off Tuesday night with a “race walk” at Nationals Park set to Olympic music (yes, race walking is in fact an Olympic event).

George Washington led a tight pack into the right field corner, but the pace picked up in the home stretch, and Thomas Jefferson broke into a moderate sprint.

George and Abe gave chase, leaving Teddy Roosevelt as the only president to stick to the rules.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

“I’m just as confused as you, folks”

Presidential Walk RaceWashington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt hits the wallLet Teddy Win!Thursday night’s 10-9 marathon battle between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals could best be described as a bizarre affair, and by all counts, the 4th-inning presidents race did not fail to keep up with the theme of the evening.

The presidents broke out of the centerfield gate in speed walking mode, but with Teddy Roosevelt in last place, and the slow-paced race looking like it might extend into the 5th inning, Teddy ran across the outfield grass, and bolted into a sprint.

Roosevelt’s maneuver put him safely in the lead and ignited the crowd. That is, until he abruptly took a left turn into the right field wall.

Calling the race from high atop Nationals Park, P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska declared “I’m just as confused as you, folks.”

As a disoriented Roosevelt stumbled toward the finish line, Thomas Jefferson caught up and stole the win.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Teddy disqualified for cheating in walk-race

Last night at Nationals Park, the racing presidents honored the Olympics by running that most difficult of track events — the walk race. After it was announced that walk race rules were in effect, the racing presidents took off — slowly — in a painful demonstration of speed-walking while wearing a 10-foot costume.

Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt was sympathetic to the umpires’ desire to start the 5th inning, but before the pack had even reached the right field corner, he decided to take things into his own hands.

The Nationals Park crowd roared with approval as Teddy cut the outfield corner and broke into a sprint for the finish line. Of course, that buzzkill Screech was there to issue an immediate disqualification, and Thomas Jefferson was granted the victory.

Where is Screech to throw the flag when Abe cheats?

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