Posted on September 7, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Martha Washington made yet another appearance during the Nationals Presidents race on Labor Day, and once again, the beneficiary was husband George.
This time, Martha appeared from the Nationals bullpen and swung her purse at each of George’s opponents as they approached the right field turn.
It was Martha’s fifth appearance this season, and while only some of those appearances have occurred on Mondays, both Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft introduced a hashtag indicating that we should expect more of the first first lady on Mondays yet to come:
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Posted on September 5, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
The drama Friday night at Nationals Park wasn’t limited to Michael A. Taylor’s tenth inning heroics.
Presidents race newcomer Calvin Coolidge won his third straight race, thanks to interference from the other “new” racing president, William Howard Taft.
Teddy Roosevelt held the lead out of the starting gate and looked to be cruising to victory, when Taft slammed him into the wall.
Taft then bragged on Twitter: “The time has come for #Calvin and me to take over!,” and Teddy responded with a call to arms by the original Rushmore Four.
The homestand’s just getting started. Look for things to get interesting over Labor Day weekend. Here’s the race as called by Nats HD announcer Jerome Hruska:
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Posted on August 22, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
Saturday night’s presidents race brought the sort of complicated story line that leaves many in the Nationals Park stands scratching their heads. But that’s why we’re here.
As all good presidential historians know, Saturday marked the 113th anniversary of the day Teddy Roosevelt became the first president to make a public appearance in an automobile.
Accordingly, the Bull Moose made a grand entrance for the fourth inning race, standing aboard a motorcade and waving to the crowd as the other presidents jogged behind.
But alas for Teddy, a trap had been set by none other than Martha Washington, who played the damsel in distress by her scooter, which had apparently broken down in the middle of the warning track.
The roadblock stopped the motorcade, as as the other presidents all bent over to help, Martha and husband George took off for the finish line.
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Posted on July 20, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
A bearded Martha Washington showed up for the Nats’ presidents race Monday night at Nationals Park and wielded a giant lollipop to knock out her husband’s five foes with one mighty blow.
Celebrating both the 46th anniversary of the moon landing and National Lollipop Day (who knew?), the first first “lady” handed out lollipops to fans in the front row of section 134A while the racing presidents engaged in a relatively slow-paced race around the warning track.
As the presidents approached the finish line, George Washington shrewdly pulled back. That’s when “Martha” reached into the stands and grabbed a giant lollipop.
William Howard Taft had a slight lead over Tom, Abe, Teddy, and Calvin, but the first first “lady” turned and swung the giant lollipop right into him, causing a presidential chain reaction, ensuring victory for the trailing founding father.
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Posted on July 18, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nationals presidents race has a history of borrowing from popular culture. Friday was the release date for the feature film Ant Man, and racing president Abraham Lincoln wasted no time jumping on the summer blockbuster bandwagon, recruiting the diminutive superhero to help eliminate his competition.
“Honest” Abe emerged first from the tunnel for the fourth inning race wearing his black formal suit usually reserved for Sunday races and sporting an unusual bulge on his back.
No sooner had the five other racing presidents followed wearing their white home uniforms, then Ant Man emerged from under Lincoln’s cape.
The action star proceeded to chase after each of the racing presidents and knock them out one by one with flying leaps.
He caught Teddy Roosevelt last and wrestled him to the ground, then escorted Lincoln across the finish line.
Video below featuring the race as called by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video.
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Posted on July 3, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
It took Teddy Roosevelt 526 tries to win his first presidents race. On Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ newest racing president made his debut and stole victory number one from his fellow Republicans.
Calvin Coolidge got a late start to his inaugural presidents race, but after making a dramatic entrance, our 30th president charged hard from the back of pack.
“Silent Cal” shoved Abraham Lincoln aside, then caught up to Teddy Roosevelt just as the Rough Rider was about to cross the finish line.
That’s when Coolidge violently pushed Roosevelt to the ground.
The presidents race field definitely just got a little more crowded.
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Posted on June 19, 2015 by Presidents Race Fan
For those who ever wondered whether racing president William Howard Taft was loyal to the home team, any doubt was removed Friday night at Nationals Park.
With the Pittsburgh Pirates in town, Taft missed the start of the fourth inning presidents race, instead waiting near the finish line to wave in an onslaught of racing pierogies from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
Taft then sent the interlopers after his fellow presidents, and it wasn’t pretty.
Bacon Burt missed Jefferson, but Sauerkraut Saul was right behind him and managed to take out TJ with a nifty spinning move.
Oliver Onion finished George Washington and Cheese Chester took out Abraham Lincoln, which left Potato Pete, who has a history with Teddy Roosevelt, to knock out his nemesis.
Jalapeño Hannah stayed out of the melee but ushered the traitor Taft across the finish line.
This was the eighth year that the pierogies have visited Nationals Park, but the first time six made the trip. We should expect more antics from the visiting dumplings this weekend.
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