Video: Presidents race in lederhosen for Oktoberfest at Nationals Park

nationals-presidents-race-oktoberfestConcession stands featured beer cheese and sauerkraut balls, the Edelweiss Band and Bavarian & Austrian Dance Company performed in the center field plaza, members of the Nat Pack wore traditional bavarian dirndl dresses, and the Washington Nationals racing presidents wore giant lederhosen for Saturday night’s Oktoberfest celebration at Nationals Park.

During the fourth inning presidents race, Blond Ale Blanche, a character dressed as one of the beers on sale Saturday night, ran onto the field mid-race and chased away the presidents back to the starting gate, but William Howard Taft escaped and darted past Blanche to take the win.

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Video: Secret Service attacks racing presidents on National Teddy Bear Day

national-teddy-bear-day-secret-servicenational-teddy-bear-day-teddy-rooseveltIt’s presumed that the Secret Service is supposed to protect our presidents, but on Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nats’ mascot handlers, who wear “Secret Service” jerseys, conspired with racing president Teddy Roosevelt to take out the competition.

It was National Teddy Bear Day, and so as the race began from center field, Roosevelt appeared from the tunnel below section 134 and could be seen directing his Secret Service Agent Wooddell into the stands in the right field corner, carrying a large Teddy bear.

As the competition hit the home stretch, the secret service agent threw the Teddy bear from the stands and nailed lead runner William Howard Taft in the nose, knocking him over and toppling the others like dominoes.

The Bull Moose picked up the prize Teddy bear and bolted for the finish, then carried the bear around the park for the rest of the night.

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Bottom Photo: Luis Albisu

Thomas Jefferson swings a big book on National Read A Book Day

thomas-jefferson-national-read-a-book-day-readingthomas-jefferson-national-read-a-book-dayThomas Jefferson didn’t seem clear on the concept.

Tuesday was National Read A Book Day, and so when the Washington Nationals presidents race began, it stood to reason that the Sage of Monticello, who started the Library of Congress with a donation from his personal library, skipped the race to read a giant book in the first base foul territory.

But as his opponents approached the finish line, Jefferson’s competitive nature got the best of him, and he wielded the book like a weapon to take out his opponents.

UPDATE: As revealed by alert friend @NatsBobbles, who was in section 134, Jefferson was reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Apparently our nation’s third president is about eleven years behind on the boy wizard saga. If you see him on the centerfield concourse, don’t tell him “you know who” is back.

“Chaos” described as Nationals Park stops restricting fan movement during play [UPDATED]

As first reported by the intrepid Dan Steinberg at The Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, the Washington Nationals have instituted a policy change for Nationals Park beginning with the current homestand.

Nationals Park Usher Signs StoppageNationals Park Usher Policy Stop Sign In PlayAbout 5 years ago, ushers assigned to the entrance of each section were issued red stop signs saying “Please wait for a stop in play,” as part of a new policy that restricted fans from entering their ticketed sections whenever a batter was in the batters box.

The policy was heralded by many season plan holders — particularly those whose seats were near aisles, with views that had been obstructed by constant fan movement.

However, the policy had also angered fans whose movement was restricted.

As somebody who has visited the park often with children (who tend to “need to go” more often then some of us), and who visits the presidents race finish line at every game, I regularly witnessed unfair levels of anger directed at ushers by uninitiated fans carrying arms full of hot dogs and melting ice cream.

Ushers also have had to hold back crowds so deep that most couldn’t see the field at all or understand why the line wasn’t moving, because a slow-working pitcher and a batter repeatedly adjusting his gloves were leading to at-bats approaching ten minutes in length.

Most major league ball parks do not have such a policy, but it wasn’t unique to Nationals Park, and while some fans have expressed anger about the change, the team is mum on the reason behind it. Rather than share their opinions, ushers have been asked to direct all comments to service@nationals.com; but as Steinberg reports and others have confirmed, the first two nights of the new non-policy have been described as “chaos” by some and have led to many complaints.

Nationals Park is known for it’s excellent site lines from all seats, but this policy change has clearly added a premium to those without an aisle between the seat and the infield.

UPDATE: Unconfirmed reports from Nationals Park suggest that the policy change was mandated by Major League Baseball representatives who visited the park this week. Only a handful of teams had such a policy.

For what it’s worth, it’s apparent that the new policy means that ushers at section entrances can no longer pay any attention to the game. With a continuous  stream of fans, those ushers must keep their backs to the field full time now.

Top Photo: Washington Post

GIF: Olympic champion Helen Maroulis lifts Teddy Roosevelt after presidents race win

Teddy Roosevelt CameraHelen Maroulis Teddy Roosevelt Nats presidents raceNats racing president Teddy Roosevelt spent the day on the National Mall Thursday, helping the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The same night at Nationals Park, the Park Service returned the favor by having park rangers on hand to helping Roosevelt take in the sights during the 4th inning presidents race.

Teddy snapped photos with his giant camera, then distracted his fellow presidents with the pictures so that he could break toward the finish line.

Teddy stole the win, but Olympic gold medal wrestler Helen Maroulis stole the show. The Rockville native had been holding the presidents race finish line, and won over the crowd by picking up the giant racing president in celebration after the race.

Photos: Washington Nationals

Racing presidents resume Olympic tributes with team rowing, Flintstones-style

Olympic Rowing Nationals Racing PresidentsAfter an epic Star Wars Day battle on Saturday, the Nationals racing presidents resumed their Olympic tributes Sunday at Nationals Park with a team rowing competition.

The presidents held up their “boats” as they scampered Flintstones-style across the warning track while paddling with a single oar.

The unlikely team of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft, was passed early by the much lighter-weight “boat” helmed by George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and Thomas Jefferson.

Photos and video from Star Wars day at Nationals Park, including the racing presidents epic battle vs the dark side

IMG_8133IMG_8132IMG_8131Temperatures hovered around 100 degrees Saturday night, but that didn’t stop a sellout crowd from joining in the fun on the second annual Star Wars Day at Nationals Park.

Star Wars themed organ music and graphics punctuated the night, costumed fans were featured on Nats HD, and dozens of costumed characters roamed the concourse, adding to the fun.

In the fourth inning presidents race, the rebel alliance finally beat the dark side in an epic presidents race battle, but the mascot team once again forgot the golden rule to always let the wookie win.

Presidents George Washington and William Howard Taft set up along the first base line dressed as Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, determined not to let anybody from the rebel alliance get through.

Teddy Roosevelt (Chewbacca), Abe Lincoln (Rey), Thomas Jefferson (Fin), and Herbert Hoover (Poe Dameron) charged forward from the outfield, where they scuffled with Taft (Phasma).

After three presidents went down, Jefferson (Fin) and Lincoln (Rey) took turns taking on Washington (Ren) in a light saber battle for the finish.



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