GIF: Taft’s wife Nellie pops up to disrupt Nationals presidents race

Presidents Race Jack in the Box Nellie TaftFriday night marked the anniversary of “Nellie” Taft’s death in 1943, and to memorialize the occasion with dignity, the 27th first lady popped out from a jack-in-the-box to spook the Nationals’ racing presidents and spur her husband William Howard Taft to victory.

Perhaps the late Helen Louise Herron Taft was making her first appearance at Nationals Park to check out the Cherry Blossoms. After all, it was Mrs. Taft who arranged for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry trees that grace the Washington, DC Tidal Basin.

The victory by husband Bill moved the Chief Justice into a first place tie with Abe Lincoln in the season standings.

Taft recruits rats from National Opera to ambush his fellow racing presidents

Racing presidents ambush TaftRacing presidents ambush William Howard TaftWashington National Opera Rats ambush Nationals Racing PresidentsWashington Nationals Racing President William Howard TaftWhether William Howard Taft is a rat may be subject to debate, but Saturday left no doubt whether the newest racing president hangs out with them.

After Taft won his second race on Friday, his fellow racing presidents decided they needed to put the Big Chief in his place, and so on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, the original Rushmores planned an ambush.

Unfortunately for them, Taft had an ambush of his own in the works.

George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy turned on Taft shortly after the race began, surrounding him on the outfield warning track and forcing him to the ground.

All seemed lost for big Bill as his fellow presidents turned and continued toward the outfield corner.

That’s when a half dozen rats emerged from the bullpen in right field. The rats were friends of Taft’s, currently rehearsing at the Kennedy Center for next month’s Washington National Opera production of Cinderella.

As the rats jumped on the Rushmores and held them to the ground, the portly Taft caught up from behind and lumbered past the field unopposed to claim his third victory of the young season.

Here’s the race as called at Nationals Park by P.A. Announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video:

Finish line video courtesy of lfahome

Video: Taft & Lincoln stop presidents race to commemorate dedication of Lincoln Memorial

You have to hand it to the Nationals mascot team. They really do their homework.

Taft commemorates dedication of Lincoln MemorialFriday marked the 92nd anniversary of the dedication of D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial — a ceremony presided over by the 27th U.S. president, William Howard Taft.

So on Friday night at Nationals Park, racing presidents Taft and Abe Lincoln stopped mid-race to reenact the ceremony.

Lincoln grabbed a chair and struck his famous pose, while Taft grabbed an oversized camera to preserve the moment.

Meanwhile, George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt raced by, with Teddy edging the Founding Father by a nose.

On the MASN TV broadcast, Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo were just confused:

Taft plays Jason for Friday the 13th, gets clocked by George

Friday 13th William Howard Taft as Jason Washington Nationals Presidents RacePresidents Race Friday the 13th Jason GIF William Howard TaftThe Nationals racing presidents kicked off the final homestand of the season as the presidents race was meant to be, with the Rushmore four — George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy — racing closely along the warning track.

But it being Friday the 13th, this season’s interloper William Howard Taft emerged from the bullpen midway through the race wearing a hockey mask, and mucked up the proceedings, attacking the competition and leaving them lying in the outfield.

But “Jason” took his time grandstanding for the crowd as he proceeded towards the finish line, and George Washington caught him from behind.

As the crowd cheered, the father of our country triumphantly waved an American flag as he crossed the tape.

With nine home games to go, Washington’s magic number is three.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Taft competes with Teddy for Twitter followers, Abe slams him with a folding chair, and more

The cheating is getting out of hand in the Nationals presidents race, and if that sounds like nothing new, the difference vs. previous years is that now even Teddy isn’t getting disqualified.

Nationals Tweetup Taft vs TeddyTaft tackles Teddy at Nats tweetupAbe Lincoln hits William Howard Taft with a Folding ChairAbe Lincoln hits William Howard Taft with a Folding ChairOn Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft escalated their 100 year-old war, taking each other out as race judge Screech looked the other way.

The Nationals sponsored a #VoteNats Tweetup on Wednesday evening, and the team’s longtime face of Twitter Teddy Roosevelt paced the field, holding up a sign as he approached the finish line reading “#voteNATS Tweetup ’13 Follow me @Teddy26Nats.”

But Taft was trailing close behind with his own sign, and slammed the Rough Rider to the ground, taking the victory and holding up his own sign saying “No Teddy, they should follow ME @NatsBigChief27.”

Taft’s antics were simply revenge for the previous night, when Teddy had enlisted the help of longtime nemesis Abraham Lincoln to take Taft out of the competition.

On Tuesday, “Honest” Abe sat out the race — literally. When the race began, Lincoln parked himself on a folding chair on the warning track by the Nationals bullpen.

Teddy Roosevelt tore out of the starting gate and slapped hands with the Great Emancipator as he race by the bullpen.

Lincoln then stood up, folded up the chair, and swung it right into the oncoming Taft.

With the Chief Justice flattened to the ground, Abe unfolded the chair, stood on it, and taunted his victim. No disqualifications were issued.

Here’s Teddy’s victory from Tuesday night:

And Taft’s take down of Teddy on Wednesday:

I was not around for the race on the 27th, but here is the video, in which Lincoln apparently celebrated the anniversary of the decommissioning of Route 66:

Orioles Bird takes out racing presidents, struggles with Taft

Baltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing PresidentsBaltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing Presidents William Howard TaftBaltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing PresidentsBaltimore Orioles mascot “The Bird” made his annual appearance at Nationals Park Tuesday night as the Nats took on the Orioles in the “Battle of the Beltways.”

The creatively named mascot has been known for disrupting the presidents race in the past, but Tuesday marked the first time the Oriole had ever faced five presidents at once.

As the fourth inning race began, The Bird charged at the racing presidents along the outfield warning track.

The Bird made quick work of front-runners George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, but charging behind was big Bill Taft, who proved to be more of a load than anticipated.

As the Oriole struggled to pull down the portly Chief Justice, Thomas Jefferson slipped by and raced ahead unobstructed for the victory.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Big Bill Taft leads wire to wire, earns victory #2

Bill Taft wins 2nd presidents raceThe Nats returned from a lengthy west coast road trip Friday night, and Jordan Zimmermann welcomed fans and Phillies back to Nationals Park with a dominating performance.

In the fourth inning presidents race, William Howard Taft put on an uncharacteristic display of speed, jumping out to a quick start and leading wire to wire for the first time in his brief racing career.

It was Big Bill’s second presidents race victory. Abe Lincoln remains inexplicably winless.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome


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