The gnomes are back, and shield your eyes, because it’s not pretty.
It was one year ago this month that the Nationals started a fan frenzy by introducing the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome. That night, the a life-size gnome clobbered the racing presidents with a single swing.
On Tuesday, gnome fever returned to Nationals Park with Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome night; and sure enough, when it came time for the fourth inning presidents race, a life-size Rendon gnome was waiting in the wings, giant bat in hand.
But the gnome was not alone. As the race began, the original life-size Jayson Werth gnome took a position along the first base line, and a new life-size Rendon gnome positioned himself just downfield.
As the presidents entered the home stretch, they cautiously approached the bruising tandem, not wanting to repeat last year’s debacle; but as Abe Lincoln tiptoed around the Werth gnome, the Rendon gnome sprang to life and clobbered the Great Emancipator.
Teddy Roosevelt was next. The Werth gnome sprang to life, swinging at Teddy, knocking the Bull Moose to the ground.
George Washington followed, and the Werth gnome knocked him out with a second swing that caused a chain reaction presidential pile up.
That left William Howard Taft as the only president on his feet, but the Rendon gnome clotheslined the Chief Justice to knock out the last of the competitors.
Washington recovered to his feet and ran wide to take the win.
Taft tweeted this brief clip. Full finish line video below.
Photos and video by lfahome for LetTeddyWin.com