WWE wrestler The Miz shines the belt and temporarily blinds the Nationals racing presidents

Mike The Miz WWE Washington Nationals BeltAbe Lincoln blinded by Mike the MizTeddy Roosevelt passes racing presidentsWWE Wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is in DC for this weekend’s WWE Battleground at the Verizon Center, and so he paid a visit Friday night to Nationals Park to see the Nats open their home series vs. the San Diego Padres.

The Miz was intrigued by the racing presidents’ wrestling-inspired champions belt, and once he got his hands on it, decided to polish it up for the fourth inning presidents race.

Abe Lincoln and William Howard Taft were battling for the lead as the race entered its home stretch. That’s when The Miz, who’d been sitting in the front row of section 134 rooting for Teddy Roosevelt, decided to turn the newly-polished belt into a weapon, shining it in the direction of the presidents at the front of the pack, and temporarily blinding them.

Lincoln, Taft, Washington, and Jefferson all tried to shield their eyes, but their arms weren’t long enough to reach their giant heads; but Teddy Roosevelt kept his eyes on the finish line, and passed the field to take the tape.


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Video: Nats racing presidents faint in the heat, Teddy Roosevelt perseveres

Racing presidents faintingTeddy Roosevelt wins presidents raceIt was hot enough to fry a pierogie at Nationals Park Friday night, which may be why for the first time since it opened in 2008, the Pittsburgh Pirates arrived in DC for a series but their racing pierogie mascots bowed out.

With the heat index hovering in the triple digits, Herbert Hoover didn’t even make it onto the field for the fourth inning race. Then sturdy George Washington, who took an early lead, fainted on the warning track.

One by one the racing presidents went down, until Teddy Roosevelt, who loved the tropics and preached about living “the strenuous life,” was the only man left standing.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Teddy Wins ’em Over with Secret Handshake on National Handshake Day

National Handshake Day Racing PresidentsTeddy finishes firstA homestand packed with obscure celebrations continued Friday night as the Nats racing presidents celebrated National Handshake Day at Nationals Park.

Visiting president Herbert Hoover once again skipped the festivities as only Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Taft were on hand at the start of the fourth inning presidents race.

But Teddy Roosevelt was waiting along the first base line, stopping his fellow presidents to tell them about National Handshake Day and show each of them a secret handshake.

Of course, as soon as he offered his hand to  William Howard Taft, Teddy pulled it back, psyched out his 1912 rival, and turned toward the finish line.

Jefferson tricks his fellow presidents on National Camera Day

National Camera DayNational Camera Day Thomas JeffersonIt’s safe to say that most fans who came to Nationals Park to see the Nats sweep the New York Mets did not know that they were also celebrating National Camera Day; but when it comes to obscure celebrations, the Nats faithful can always count on the racing presidents.

On Wednesday night, it was Thomas Jefferson’s turn to educate the masses, and steal a victory in the process.

The Sage of Monticello stayed on the sidelines for the fourth inning race, but as the field approached the home stretch, TJ appeared from the stands holding a giant camera, and stopped his fellow presidents in front of section 134 to pose for a photo.

As the others primped and posed, Jefferson slowly backed up, then tossed the camera in the air and turned to dash for the finish line.

Video: Racing president Herbert Hoover gets blinded on National Sunglasses Day

Washington Presidents Race National Sunglasses Day Sun Thomas JeffersonWashington Presidents Race National Sunglasses DayThe Washington Nationals returned to DC Monday night to kick off a homestand vs. the New York Mets on — what else? — National Sunglasses Day. Of course, the racing presidents did not pass up the chance to celebrate.

Visiting president Herbert Hoover started the fourth inning race with a big lead, but had apparently forgotten his sunglasses.

Teddy, George, Abe, and Bill all trailed behind Herbie sporting colorful shades, when Thomas Jefferson appeared from the bullpen carrying a bright golden sun.

Herbie was blinded and stopped in his tracks as Teddy Roosevelt and the other presidents sped by.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Video: Racing presidents commemorate George Washington’s 1775 appointment

George Washington Nationals Racing Presidents saluteGeorge Washington Nationals Racing President 1775On June 15, 1775, the country’s fledgling Continental Congress commissioned George Washington to be commander in chief on the Continental Army.

George Washington Nationals Racing Presidents race winOn Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats racing presidents reenacted the event to commemorate its 241st anniversary.

With Herbert Hoover sitting out, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill started the race from the centerfield gate, but they were stopped by George Washington, who emerged from the bullpen dressed in his traditional period costume.

George proceeded to lead his colleagues in a series of military drills, culminating in a trick when he encouraged them to stand on one foot.

As the presidents tried balancing, George took off for the finish line.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt Walks Like an Egyptian on 80s Night

Racing presidents walk like an Egyptian 80s NightRacing presidents walk like an Egyptian 80s Night Teddy RooseveltRacing presidents walk like an Egyptian 80s Night Teddy Roosevelt winsFans wore Expos t-shirts and received fanny packs on the way in. The Legwarmers warmed up the crowd. The scoreboard turned monochromatic amber and showed Pac Man graphics and Nats players as 80s icons. Bryce Harper walked up to the plate to the song “Endless Love.”

Yes, it was 80s night at Nationals Park; and in keeping with the fesitivites, the Nats racing presidents emerged for the fourth inning presidents race wearing their brightest 80s fashion.

Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t part of the starting lineup, but after the race had begun, the Hero of San Juan Hill met his fellow presidents on the warning track, stopping them mid-race and then pushing the play button on a giant boom box.

As the song “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles played over the Nationals Park sound system, George, Tom, Abe, and Bill stood back, allowing Roosevelt to mesmerize them with his best Egyptian dance moves.

Teddy then took off and walked like an Egyptian across the finish line.


Video: Denise Kloke

And the race as called on NatsHD by PA Announcer Jerome Hruska:

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