Video: Racing presidents moonwalk in tinfoil helmets for visiting astronaut Kjell Lindgren

Astronaut presidents raceAstronaut Kjell Lindgren WashingtonPresidents race moonwalkIn his recent 5 month stint aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Kjell Lindgren likely never saw anything as alien-looking as the sight that greeted him at the presidents race finish line Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

Lindgren is in D.C. this week to speak about his mission and promote space travel to the next generation of astronauts, so there he was in the fourth inning, holding the Nationals’ presidents race finish line tape along the first base line.

What emerged from the centerfield gate caused more than a few fans to wonder what was going on: six giant figures running around the warning track with their heads wrapped in aluminum foil.

“It looks like they’ve all made their own space helmets,” explained Nationals Park PA announcer Jerome Hruska as the presidents dashed toward Lindgren. “They’re headed into the right field corner, and we’re not entirely sure who’s who!”

Then, just before hitting the tape, they all stopped, turned around, and began moon walking to the finish line. Video below.

Bill Taft Astronaut

Racing “Astronaut” William Howard Taft

Kjell Lindgren Washington

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren is greeted at the finish line by racing president William Howard Taft


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Finish line photo by Denise Kloke

Video: Racing presidents match team’s 16-inning insanity with 20-mascot melee and a presidents race first

Thomas JeffersonMascots attack JeffersonMascots attach racing presidentsScreech wins Nationals Presidents Race birthday carnageScreech wins Nationals Presidents Race Let Teddy WinSunday’s 16-inning marathon victory by the Nationals over the Minnesota Twins is already  being memorialized as one of the most epic and topsy-turvy games in Nats history, so it’s understandable that the game overshadowed what was also an epic and historic day in the pantheon of presidents races.

It was the annual “Kids Opening Day,” in which the team celebrates mascot Screech’s birthday, and other area mascots often show up to join in the fun.

The turnout Sunday was strong, with mascots from at least thirteen area teams and colleges in attendance, including G-Wiz, Slapshot, Glory, Poe, Uncle Slam, Talon, Testudo, Clawed Z. Eagle, YouDee, Baby Blue, Bulldog Jack, Bill the Goat, True Grit, Winger, and Glory.

In the fourth inning race, Thomas Jefferson emerged first and jumped out to a huge lead, but was met in the right field corner by a relentless onslaught of mascots, who jumped and pummeled him, with Navy mascot Bill the Goat repeatedly kicking the founding father on the ground.

When the other five presidents rounded the corner, the mascots got up and slammed into them all, then turned around and went back after Jefferson, who was body-slammed by Slapshot as he tried to get up.

Presidents race history was then made when Screech, who usually calls the winner from the finish line, took off and raced for the belt himself, marking only the third time a non-president has taken the tape*.

When the game went into the thirteenth inning, it was Jefferson’s chance for redemption. Wearing their traditional “Sunday best” uniforms for the first time this season, Jefferson ran away with the extra-innings win.

Here’s the official video as called at Nats Park, followed by the TV coverage on MASN:


Note: Our usual finish line videographer lfahome was not in attendance, so I tried to shoot the finish line videos myself, and botched the job (for both races!). What he does is not so easy.

* In 2009, Visiting pierogie Cheese Chester went off script and stole a win. In 2011, it was Jayson Werth.

Videos: Washington Nationals, MASN

Video: Nationals racing presidents survive Game of Thrones inspired sword fight

Nationals racing presidents Game of ThronesNationals racing presidents Herbie Game of ThronesThe Nationals’ racing presidents were inspired Sunday by Tanner Roark, who went medieval on the Minnesota Twins batters with fifteen strikeouts.

Presidents race newcomer Herbert Hoover started the fourth inning race alone, pausing in front of the Nats HD scoreboard to catch a bit of the season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones. When Herbie turned to dash for the finish line, he was met by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln, who emerged from section 134 wearing colorful capes and flashing swords, GoT style.

Hoover turned and ran, but found Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft closing on him from the bullpen, swords in hand.

Ever the diplomat, Hoover ducked, and a swordfight ensued. While the incumbent presidents duked it out, Herbie dashed ahead for the win.


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GIF: Jefferson exacts revenge, pummels Hoover

Thomas Jefferson BirthdayThomas Jefferson Tackles Herbert HooverJust as fans began to ask “will Herbert Hoover ever lose?,” the Nationals racing presidents provided an answer Wednesday night at Nationals Park

It was Thomas Jefferson’s 273rd birthday, and the presidents celebrated by letting the sage of Monticello run the race alone, greeting him with a giant birthday cake as he approached the bottom of section 135.

But as they paused to celebrate with Tom, the newest racing president turned and dashed towards the finish line, attempting to steal victory #4.

That’s when the birthday boy came to the rescue. TJ caught Hoover from behind, and reclaimed the win for himself.

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Video: Herbie Rides Again! Hoover keeps winning, draws complaints

When visiting racing president Herbert Hoover took the tape in his first Nationals president race Sunday, it seemed to be par for the course — a courtesy win for the new guy; but the tone got serious after Hoover took his second win Monday. “This is absurd,” tweeted Teddy Roosevelt.

Herbert Hoover wins his second presidents race, more races than the actual Hoover won in his political career

“Hoover must be stopped,” tweeted fellow racing president William Howard Taft, after losing to Hoover again on Tuesday.

Now a new opinion piece in Washington Magazine by Benjamin Freed complains that racing president Hoover has already won three times as many races as the actual Hoover, whose only elected office was his single term as U.S. president.

“The actual Hoover deserves no such honor,” Freed writes in Washingtonian. “He was a lousy president who inherited a bad situation and made it even worse.”

“…instead of whitewashing his legacy, perhaps the Nats can have some historically accurate fun with their Hoover,” Freed continues. “Set a replica White House on fire. Have the other Racing Presidents block his path by erecting a Hooverville on the warning track. Schedule a “Bonus Army Night” to remember the World War I veterans who occupied DC when the Hoover administration failed to make good on payments owed by the government.”

It’s truly a worthy read, but as I’ve written before, Hoover gets a bad rap. Still, between this and the concerns over those scary eyes, the newest racing president has very quickly become a lightning rod.

Videos of the 4/11 and 4/12 races below.


Photo: Cheryl Nichols
4/11 Official race video: Washington Nationals
4/12 Finish line video courtesy of lfahome

Video: Herbert “Herbie” Hoover wins first Nationals presidents race, fans share concerns about “reptilian” eyes

Washington Nationals New Racing President Herbert Hoover HerbieNationals Racing Presidents New President Herbert HooverWashington Nationals Racing President Herbert Hoover WinsJust as visiting president Calvin Coolidge did last season, the Washington Nationals’ newest visiting racing president Herbert Hoover won in his first-ever appearance in the Nats’ presidents race.

It was a day that began with Hoover making his debut appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, after which Hoover appeared in the Nationals Park centerfield plaza to greet fans as the gates opened for Sunday’s contest vs. the Marlins.

Each of the other racing presidents has a nickname, and we learned Sunday that the Nationals will be calling Hoover by the diminutive “Herbie,” a name which has never been associated with the great humanitarian, and led many in the stands to wonder who PA announcer Jerome Hruska was talking about when the presidents were introduced in the 4th inning.

The race was a clean one. Abraham Lincoln took an early lead, and Hoover appeared last from the centerfield gate, but the newest president #31 showed some speed as he gained on his competitors and had overtaken Abe from the inside by the time they reached the right field bullpen.

Hoover then pulled away in the home stretch to take his first presidents race belt. Finish line video below.

At least one young fan brought a homemade sign to the park to support the much-maligned 31st president, but those following the Nationals on social media seemed more fixated on Hoover’s eyes, which are a sort of yellowish-green color:

And finally…


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Video: Meet the Washington Nationals new racing president Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover Washington Nationals New Racing PresidentWashington Nationals New Racing President Herbert Hoover with Teddy RooseveltThe Washington Nationals introduced new racing president Herbert Hoover on Sunday morning’s episode of NBC’s Meet the Press. Hoover will join the presidents race beginning today at Nationals Park.

As we detailed recently, Hoover gets the designation “visiting racing president,” since he is sponsored by the White House Historical Association. Hoover replaces Calvin Coolidge, who was the Nationals’ first visiting racing president in 2015. Hoover is being featured and commemorated by the association’s 2016 Christmas ornament. This also means that the July 3 promotional giveaway — previously announced as a “racing president bobblehead,” will be a Herbert Hoover bobblehead doll.

The partnership between the Washington Nationals and the White House Historical Society is a minimum 3-year deal, which means there’s a good chance we’ll see a racing Franklin Roosevelt in 2017.

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