Video: Jefferson slams Teddy Roosevelt into the stands as Nationals attempt to quell curse talk

thomas-jefferson-playoff-presidents-racethomas-jefferson-nats-playoff-presidents-race-3thomas-jefferson-shoves-teddy-roosevelt-playoff-presidents-race-3thomas-jefferson-wins-playoffs-presidents-raceThe Nationals can’t seem to win — and not just division series.

Faced with relentless criticism about an alleged curse of Teddy Roosevelt, the team responded by having Teddy win every playoff presidents race from 2012 to 2014 through last week’s Game 1.

When that didn’t work out so well, they shifted gears and plotted a victory for Thomas Jefferson for Sunday’s Game 2 — which the Nationals won.

So for Thursday night’s decisive Game 5, another elaborate plot had Roosevelt fooling his fellow presidents by running the wrong way, then reversing course and bolting for the finish.

Again, it was Jefferson who caught up from behind, this time plowing into the Bull Moose and knocking Teddy into the stands.

Sadly for Nationals fans, the victories for Jefferson turned out to be as unrelated to the outcome as those historic Roosevelt wins, as the Nationals lost an epic heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Dodgers to end their 2016 season.

It was nonetheless a great showcase game for a team that has come a long way in it’s relatively short tenure in DC. Fans stayed — and stayed on their feet — until nearly 1:00am despite the closure of the Metro an hour earlier. The #NatsRide program, generated entirely by fans the day before the game, was an unqualified success, and a badge of honor for the team’s passionate and supportive fan base.

Some fans (see below) manage to still blame things on Teddy, but here’s hoping we’re finally past that.

Thanks to LetTeddyWin contributor lfahome for another season of great finish line videos:

Nationals fans unable to rely on Metro for Game 5 create ride sharing hashtag

Washington Nationals fans are nothing if not smart, resourceful, and social media savvy.

Faced with the new 8:08pm start time for Thursday’s NLDS Game 5, combined with the DC Metro’s inability to extend operating times due to “Safe Track” maintenance, fans reliant on Metro faced the real possibility of choosing between sticking around for a late-inning clincher and getting home at all.

So on Wednesday, our friends at the TalkNats blog started a Twitter hashtag, and it has taken off like wildfire. Fans looking for or offering rides are simply using the hashtag #NatsRide to connect with each other, and it’s clearly working.

Fans with cars are using it to find and share the cost of parking. Fans without are lining up transportation home. Even parking broker Parking Panda has jumped into the conversation.

If only the folks at Uber were as on the ball. It seems like an awfully good opportunity to recruit drivers.

Nats botch attempt to break playoff “curse” as Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t cooperate

teddy-roosevelt-presidents-race-playoff-curset-rex-chases-teddy-roosevelt-racing-presidentst-rex-chases-teddy-roosevelt-nationals-presidents-raceteddy-roosevelt-presidents-race-playoff-curse-t-rex-fixWhen the Washington Nationals were a perennial loser, many blamed the curse of Teddy Roosevelt; but the narrative switched after 2012, and fans began to believe that the Nats couldn’t win a playoff series precisely because they had let Teddy win.

So on Sunday, with Roosevelt having won the presidents race in each of the team’s six historic playoff games, the team conspired to prevent a recurrence.

The race began innocently enough, as the presidents stopped on the warning track to entertain the fans with some dance moves.

When the music stopped, Teddy got the early jump and dashed toward the finish. That’s when one of the dinosaurs from Friday’s race emerged from the stands to chase Teddy down.

The T-Rex was clearly supposed to stop Teddy short of the finish line, but the Bull Moose was too much to handle, and Teddy broke the tape as he fell.

What happened then stunned the crowd, and judge Screech and PA announcer Jerome Hruska followed the script and declared Thomas Jefferson the winner anyway.

Video: Teddy’s postseason dominance continues as two T-Rex chase down the racing presidents

presidents-race-t-rex-teddy-rooseveltteddy-roosevelt-t-rex-racing-presidentsteddy-roosevelt-t-rex-presidents-raceWhen the Nationals won their first division championship in 2012, Teddy Roosevelt snapped a six-year losing streak and dominated his opponents in the playoffs. Two years later, it happened again, and this year, with the Nationals winning their third division title, it appears Teddy can’t be stopped in the postseason.

Of course, Teddy’s had some help in the past, and Friday’s National League Division Series Game 1 was no exception.

An overly-elaborate narrative for the fourth inning race began when the presidents found two large eggs blocking their path on the warning track. Roosevelt stopped, turned around, and carried the eggs beyond the center field fence.

After some crunching sounds were heard, Teddy reappeared being chased by two people in T-Rex costumes. The dinosaurs pursued the presidents toward the finish line, tackling Hoover, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Taft in succession.

But they couldn’t catch up to the hero of San Juan Hill.

Meanwhile, the team lost a squeaker to the dreaded Dodgers, stranding nine runners along the way.

Let the curse talk begin anew.

Video for by lfahome

Video: Visiting president Herbert Hoover wins last race of the regular season, but Teddy Roosevelt is the season champion

img_8601-editWith a comfortable lead in the season standings, Teddy Roosevelt wrapped up the 2016 Nationals racing presidents season championship before this weekend’s final series vs. the Miami Marlins. It was Teddy’s second crown, having claimed the title in 2014.

So there was little drama on Sunday as the presidents took the field for the last time in the regular season. That would probably explain why the big-headed presidents “eased up” in the stretch of the fourth inning race, and let 2016 visiting president Herbert Hoover take the last battle of the season.

The playoffs start Friday at Nationals Park, and Teddy Roosevelt has never lost a race in the playoffs. Let the curse talk begin.

Video for by lfahome

Video: Garden gnomes attack Nats racing presidents

nationals-presidents-race-garden-gnomesnationals-presidents-race-garden-gnome-attackIn 2014, a single life-sized garden gnome clobbered the racing presidents. In 2015, on the team’s second garden gnome night, two gnomes teamed up to take them down once again.

On Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the team celebrated Ben Revere Garden Gnome night, and yes, fans saw all three of the Nats historic gnomes — Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, and Revere — team up to topple the presidents once again.

As the fourth inning race began, the presidents found their path blocked by Revere’s doppelganger, but the evening’s star gnome was unarmed, and so they slipped by him easily.

Chased by Revere, George, Tom, Abe, Teddy, Bill and Herbie found a familiar site waiting for them along the first base line.

Werth Gnome and Rendon Gnome were both holding oversized bats, and as the presidents approached, the gnomes popped to life and pummeled them to the ground.

Only Abe, who trailed the pack, managed to slip by Rendon Gnome. Then, followed by Revere Gnome, took the tape.

Teddy Roosevelt’s magic number remains at one.

Finish line video by lfahome

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.

Video for by lfahome

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