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.

Nationals to introduce new racing president Herbert Hoover Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press

The Washington Nationals are expected to make a splash on Sunday with the introduction of a new racing president for 2016, Herbert Hoover. The 31st president will be revealed on national television by noted Nationals fan Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Washington Nationals new racing president Herbert Hoover

31st U.S. president Herbert Hoover is expected to be announced as the Nationals’ new visiting racing president on NBC Sunday morning

In mid-season 2015, the Nationals introduced a sixth racing president in the form of Calvin Coolidge, but judging by all of the “where’s Calvin” questions we got yesterday on opening day, many Nats fans didn’t realize that Silent Cal was a “visiting” racing president sponsored by the White House Historical Society, which was promoting the 30th president throughout 2015 and on it’s annual Christmas ornament.

Two months ago, Nationals Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Valerie Camillo confirmed at a Hot Stove event for season planholders that we would see another visiting president at some point in 2016. Given that the White House Historical Society is promoting Herbert Hoover in 2016, the only question was when the great humanitarian would make his appearance.

Now, thanks to alert blogger Patrick Reddington at Federal Baseball , we have the answer. Reddington caught this announcement by Chuck Todd this evening on NBC:

“This Sunday on Meet the Press I’ll have an exclusive interview with a former president of the United States who has found his way back to Washington for a new role at Nationals Park,” Chuck announced. “Who is it? What will he be doing? We will reveal on Sunday morning. I can tell you this: It is this former president’s third appearance on Meet the Press.”

Of course, no living president has been on Meet the Press only twice, but Herbert Hoover did appear exactly that many times: once in 1955, 22 years after leaving office, and again nearly four years later, on his 85th birthday, when he made a statement about the coming visit of Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev. You can listen to the appearance here.

It seems certain that racing president Hoover (Herb? Herbie?) will make his Nationals Park debut later at Sunday’s game vs. the Miami Marlins. The Nationals featured the following tidbit in their promotional release about the current homestand: “Racing Presidents Surprise: The Racing Presidents will introduce a special guest during their race on April 10!”

For what it’s worth, Hoover is a much-misunderstood president who took much of the blame for the great depression, since the Wall Street crash of 1929 took place less than eight months after he took office. Nats fans should expect to learn a bit more about the engineer and humanitarian as the season progresses.

Teddy Roosevelt pulls the rug out from racing presidents on opening day

Teddy Roosevelt pulls the rug from racing presidentsTeddy Roosevelt wins opening day presidents race nationals racingOn a blustery opening day at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt sent a message to his fellow Nats racing presidents, pulling a new trick out of his sleeve to run away with the first presidents race of the 2016 season.

The commanders-in-chief were greeted by a new Nats HD introduction video, after which Roosevelt appeared first from the center field gate. Teddy laid a welcome rug out for his fellow presidents, but as they entered the field, he pulled the rug out from under them, causing an outfield pile up.

Teddy dashed ahead unopposed, celebrating as he crossed the finish line. For now, Roosevelt can enjoy the rare distinction of being undefeated atop the presidents race standings.

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For the First Time, Teddy Talks

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy RooseveltIn what appears to be a presidents race first, Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt has given an interview to Chris Cwik of Yahoo’s Big League Stew, making this the first time since the Nats’ presidents appeared on the scene ten years ago that any of them has spoken.

In the interview, published on Presidents Day, Teddy says he’s “much better prepared for this season than I have ever been before.” He discusses his offseason film study, two-a-day workouts, and his ambitions to win the presidents race belt back from Abe Lincoln.

He also mentions his fear of the Easter Bunny.

As for the curse some fans attribute to him, he’s not buying it. “…if there a connection between how I do and the team, I don’t see it, we both have our sights set on giving everything we got to win.”

ESPN analyst Dallas Braden dresses as a hot dog, helps Teddy Roosevelt win the Nationals presidents race

Teddy Roosevelt Dollar Hot Dog Stand Racing PresidentsTeddy Roosevelt Dollar Hot Dog Stand Racing Presidents Dallas Braden DogDallas Braden Tackles Racing PresidentsFormer major league pitcher and ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Dallas Braden visited Nationals Park on Wednesday night, and joined in the fourth inning presidents race to help Teddy Roosevelt notch a victory.

Wednesday was dollar hot dog night, so when the presidents race began, Teddy got into the spirit by wheeling a giant dollar hot dog cart onto the field along the first base line:

As Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Taft, and Coolidge approached the home stretch, Teddy stopped them to offer a bargain dog.

That’s when “Dallas Dog”, aka Dallas Braden in a hot dog costume, jumped out of the cart and startled Teddy’s opponents.

As Teddy turned to steal the victory, Braden chased Taft back into the bullpen in right field, taking down the Big Chief before he could reach the tunnel (GIF at right).

Our finish line video is below, followed by the official call by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska as heard on Nats HD.

After the race, mascot Screech stayed on the sidelines to help lead the crowd in a happy birthday serenade for a longtime season ticket holder who sits along the finish line.

Weekend Videos: Pac-Man eats the racing presidents, cherry turnovers and more

National Cherry Turnover DayNationals Racing Presidents 80s nightPac Man racing presidents 80s nightPac Man racing presidents 80s nightThe 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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