Video: Jefferson slams Teddy Roosevelt into the stands as Nationals attempt to quell curse talk

thomas-jefferson-playoff-presidents-racethomas-jefferson-nats-playoff-presidents-race-3thomas-jefferson-shoves-teddy-roosevelt-playoff-presidents-race-3thomas-jefferson-wins-playoffs-presidents-raceThe Nationals can’t seem to win — and not just division series.

Faced with relentless criticism about an alleged curse of Teddy Roosevelt, the team responded by having Teddy win every playoff presidents race from 2012 to 2014 through last week’s Game 1.

When that didn’t work out so well, they shifted gears and plotted a victory for Thomas Jefferson for Sunday’s Game 2 — which the Nationals won.

So for Thursday night’s decisive Game 5, another elaborate plot had Roosevelt fooling his fellow presidents by running the wrong way, then reversing course and bolting for the finish.

Again, it was Jefferson who caught up from behind, this time plowing into the Bull Moose and knocking Teddy into the stands.

Sadly for Nationals fans, the victories for Jefferson turned out to be as unrelated to the outcome as those historic Roosevelt wins, as the Nationals lost an epic heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Dodgers to end their 2016 season.

It was nonetheless a great showcase game for a team that has come a long way in it’s relatively short tenure in DC. Fans stayed — and stayed on their feet — until nearly 1:00am despite the closure of the Metro an hour earlier. The #NatsRide program, generated entirely by fans the day before the game, was an unqualified success, and a badge of honor for the team’s passionate and supportive fan base.

Some fans (see below) manage to still blame things on Teddy, but here’s hoping we’re finally past that.

Thanks to LetTeddyWin contributor lfahome for another season of great finish line videos:

Nats botch attempt to break playoff “curse” as Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t cooperate

teddy-roosevelt-presidents-race-playoff-curset-rex-chases-teddy-roosevelt-racing-presidentst-rex-chases-teddy-roosevelt-nationals-presidents-raceteddy-roosevelt-presidents-race-playoff-curse-t-rex-fixWhen the Washington Nationals were a perennial loser, many blamed the curse of Teddy Roosevelt; but the narrative switched after 2012, and fans began to believe that the Nats couldn’t win a playoff series precisely because they had let Teddy win.

So on Sunday, with Roosevelt having won the presidents race in each of the team’s six historic playoff games, the team conspired to prevent a recurrence.

The race began innocently enough, as the presidents stopped on the warning track to entertain the fans with some dance moves.

When the music stopped, Teddy got the early jump and dashed toward the finish. That’s when one of the dinosaurs from Friday’s race emerged from the stands to chase Teddy down.

The T-Rex was clearly supposed to stop Teddy short of the finish line, but the Bull Moose was too much to handle, and Teddy broke the tape as he fell.

What happened then stunned the crowd, and judge Screech and PA announcer Jerome Hruska followed the script and declared Thomas Jefferson the winner anyway.

Video: Teddy’s postseason dominance continues as two T-Rex chase down the racing presidents

presidents-race-t-rex-teddy-rooseveltteddy-roosevelt-t-rex-racing-presidentsteddy-roosevelt-t-rex-presidents-raceWhen the Nationals won their first division championship in 2012, Teddy Roosevelt snapped a six-year losing streak and dominated his opponents in the playoffs. Two years later, it happened again, and this year, with the Nationals winning their third division title, it appears Teddy can’t be stopped in the postseason.

Of course, Teddy’s had some help in the past, and Friday’s National League Division Series Game 1 was no exception.

An overly-elaborate narrative for the fourth inning race began when the presidents found two large eggs blocking their path on the warning track. Roosevelt stopped, turned around, and carried the eggs beyond the center field fence.

After some crunching sounds were heard, Teddy reappeared being chased by two people in T-Rex costumes. The dinosaurs pursued the presidents toward the finish line, tackling Hoover, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Taft in succession.

But they couldn’t catch up to the hero of San Juan Hill.

Meanwhile, the team lost a squeaker to the dreaded Dodgers, stranding nine runners along the way.

Let the curse talk begin anew.

Video for by lfahome

Video: Garden gnomes attack Nats racing presidents

nationals-presidents-race-garden-gnomesnationals-presidents-race-garden-gnome-attackIn 2014, a single life-sized garden gnome clobbered the racing presidents. In 2015, on the team’s second garden gnome night, two gnomes teamed up to take them down once again.

On Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the team celebrated Ben Revere Garden Gnome night, and yes, fans saw all three of the Nats historic gnomes — Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, and Revere — team up to topple the presidents once again.

As the fourth inning race began, the presidents found their path blocked by Revere’s doppelganger, but the evening’s star gnome was unarmed, and so they slipped by him easily.

Chased by Revere, George, Tom, Abe, Teddy, Bill and Herbie found a familiar site waiting for them along the first base line.

Werth Gnome and Rendon Gnome were both holding oversized bats, and as the presidents approached, the gnomes popped to life and pummeled them to the ground.

Only Abe, who trailed the pack, managed to slip by Rendon Gnome. Then, followed by Revere Gnome, took the tape.

Teddy Roosevelt’s magic number remains at one.

Finish line video by lfahome

Video: Presidents race in lederhosen for Oktoberfest at Nationals Park

nationals-presidents-race-oktoberfestConcession stands featured beer cheese and sauerkraut balls, the Edelweiss Band and Bavarian & Austrian Dance Company performed in the center field plaza, members of the Nat Pack wore traditional bavarian dirndl dresses, and the Washington Nationals racing presidents wore giant lederhosen for Saturday night’s Oktoberfest celebration at Nationals Park.

During the fourth inning presidents race, Blond Ale Blanche, a character dressed as one of the beers on sale Saturday night, ran onto the field mid-race and chased away the presidents back to the starting gate, but William Howard Taft escaped and darted past Blanche to take the win.

Video for by lfahome

Video: Secret Service attacks racing presidents on National Teddy Bear Day

national-teddy-bear-day-secret-servicenational-teddy-bear-day-teddy-rooseveltIt’s presumed that the Secret Service is supposed to protect our presidents, but on Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nats’ mascot handlers, who wear “Secret Service” jerseys, conspired with racing president Teddy Roosevelt to take out the competition.

It was National Teddy Bear Day, and so as the race began from center field, Roosevelt appeared from the tunnel below section 134 and could be seen directing his Secret Service Agent Wooddell into the stands in the right field corner, carrying a large Teddy bear.

As the competition hit the home stretch, the secret service agent threw the Teddy bear from the stands and nailed lead runner William Howard Taft in the nose, knocking him over and toppling the others like dominoes.

The Bull Moose picked up the prize Teddy bear and bolted for the finish, then carried the bear around the park for the rest of the night.


Bottom Photo: Luis Albisu

Racing presidents resume Olympic tributes with team rowing, Flintstones-style

Olympic Rowing Nationals Racing PresidentsAfter an epic Star Wars Day battle on Saturday, the Nationals racing presidents resumed their Olympic tributes Sunday at Nationals Park with a team rowing competition.

The presidents held up their “boats” as they scampered Flintstones-style across the warning track while paddling with a single oar.

The unlikely team of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft, was passed early by the much lighter-weight “boat” helmed by George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and Thomas Jefferson.

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