The Nationals racing presidents put on a show for Nationals Park fans over the weekend, first passing out free food during Friday night’s race, then going all-in to to join in the team’s “80s night” celebration on Saturday.
Friday, as it turns out, was National Cherry Turnover Day. Never ones to miss out on an opportunity to celebrate something obscure, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft skipped the starting gate and passed out cherry turnovers along the first base line as their fellow presidents ran the race.
Sporting a “Free Cherry Turnovers” sandwich board, Teddy then stopped the race and encourage the other presidents to help out.
That’s when Taft handed off his turnovers and dashed to the finish line.
Saturday was 80s night, and everybody from the racing presidents to Screech the Eagle to the grounds crew got into the spirit with brightly colored clothes, headbands, and big hair.
When the fourth inning race came around, Teddy Roosevelt emerged first and jumped out to a big lead, carrying a large yellow “power pellet.”
As he reached the bullpen, he stopped and turned, then handed off the power pellet to Abe Lincoln.
That’s when the Pac Man music started.
As the other presidents passed around the power pellet like a hot potato, Pac Man appeared from center field, and raced toward the pack.
By the time Pac Man had devoured the presidents, Teddy had bolted for the finish line.
Official Nats HD videos below, but check out our finish line version for all the Pac Man sound effects.
Saturday’s finish line video:
On Sunday, Calvin Coolidge moved from last to first:
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