Racing president Thomas Jefferson wins triple jump to open Nats’ Olympics week homestand

Get ready for a Washington Nationals homestand filled with Olympics-themed shenanigans.

Nationals racing presidents Olympic MarchThomas Jefferson Olympic Triple JumpThe Washington Nationals opened a homestand Friday night at Nationals Park, coinciding with the opening ceremonies of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

As they did in 2008 and again in 2012, the racing presidents are devoting an entire homestand to an Olympic-style series of competitions.

Friday’s “opening ceremonies” began with flag bearer George Washington leading the presidents in an Olympic march, followed by the first event — the triple jump, a rather uneventful competition in which Thomas Jefferson set the best mark early, and his competitors fell short.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

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.


Finish line video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

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.

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:

Videos: Nationals racing presidents salute Indy 500 with dual races – Abe wins qualifier, takes trophy

The Washington Nationals racing presidents paid tribute to Monday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 by sporting helmets and steering wheels, and running an extra qualifying race in the first inning Sunday at Nationals Park.

Indy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Qualifier Start Your EnginesIndy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Hoover Spins Out of ControlIndy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Lincoln takes the trophyThe first inning race, which saw Lincoln, Jefferson, Taft, and Hoover cross the finish line first, marked the only time the Nationals have ever run an extra presidents race before the 13th inning.

George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt failed to make the cut, and so they sat on the sidelines as the final race began in the usual fourth inning slot.

“Start your engines!” called Nationals PA Announcer Jerome Hruska as the four qualifying presidents lined up for the finale. “3-2-1… They’re off!”

Herbert Hoover got a strong start in the finale and appeared headed to victory, but the 31st president “spun out” in the home stretch, leaving an opening for Abe Lincoln to take the checkered flag. Lincoln received a trophy — rather than the usual belt — to mark the occasion.


Video:Washington Nationals

Video: In Hoover’s absence, Teddy Roosevelt wins twice

Presidents Race starting linePresidents Race Teddy Roosevelt winsHerbert Hoover skipped his fifth straight race Saturday as the Nationals racing presidents battled twice — once in each of the day’s doubleheader games at Nationals Park.

Teddy Roosevelt repeated a feat he had remarkably accomplished before, winning two regular season races on the same day.

In the opener, the presidents took the unusual step of entering the field and forming a starting line. With Nats PA Announcer Jerome Hruska calling the start, giving each of the presidents an equal chance, Teddy pulled away victorious.

In the nightcap, it was once again a field of five. George Washington gave Teddy a run for him money, but the Bull Moose prevailed, thus passing Herbert Hoover to take over first place in the standings.



Videos for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

%d bloggers like this: