When Saturday’s game between the Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals was picked up by FOX Sports as the game of the week, the Nats’ mascot team was faced with a golden opportunity: an entire extra minute of commercial time to fill during the middle of the 4th inning.
The result? Presidents race bonus time, “Gangnam Style.”
Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln started Saturday’s race wearing their day game jerseys and running from left field to the traditional music of “Let’s Go!” by Richie Valens, but Teddy Roosevelt entered from the center field gate wearing his hawaiian shirt and sunglasses, carrying an oversized boom box.
Abe and the founding fathers ripped off their jerseys to reveal hawaiian shirts, and to the cheers of 34,000 fans, the four Rushmore presidents broke into the “horse riding dance” made popular by Korean pop star PSY.
When the music stopped, Lincoln dashed towards the finish line to steal an easy victory.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.
Here’s another angle from YouTube member shmaggie23, where you can better hear the crowd reaction:
And on the chance you haven’t seen the original phenomenon that has turned into an Internet meme, here it is: