An hour into Tuesday’s NL Wild Card game at Nationals Park, as Max Scherzer was completing his 4th inning on the mound, the stadium’s emergency alert system malfunctioned. Alarms blared in the press box, and the stadium’s PA system went silent. For baseball purists, it was a rare opportunity to temporarily enjoy the sounds of … Continue reading Wild indeed! Nats “Lose Control” of PA system during NL Wild Card game, run presidents race in silence, and Brittney saves the day
On a frigid opening day at Nationals Park, the Washington Nationals reversed course from last year and decided to let Teddy win, as racing president Theodore Roosevelt kicked off the season by snapping his multi-year, 86-game losing streak. The MLB’s new pace-of-play initiatives leave little wiggle room for presidents race shenanigans, but the Nationals managed … Continue reading On opening day, Teddy Roosevelt breaks presidents race losing streak with help from an unlikely ally
After Monday’s come-from-behind victory by the Chicago Cubs over the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series playoffs, fans gathered outside Nationals Park in Washington at noon Tuesday to try to do their part to exorcise the team’s playoff demons. Nationals fan “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman led the ancient kaporos ritual as he … Continue reading Video: Fans sacrifice rubber chicken outside Nationals Park in advance of pivotal NLDS playoff game 4
After stealing the Nationals’ first 2017 postseason presidents race on Friday, George Washington wasn’t taking any chances for Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday at Nationals Park. Another extra-long race (thanks to the national broadcast) appeared to leave Washington winded as the racing presidents approached center field, but it turned out to be yet … Continue reading George Washington leaves Nationals presidents race, returns on a bicycle
There could not have been less drama in the 81st and final presidents race of the Washington Nationals’ 2017 regular season. Wearing their Sunday best, Teddy Roosevelt faded fast while George Washington pulled away to secure second place behind Thomas Jefferson in the final season standings. Sunday’s race capped the seventh completely winless regular season … Continue reading Racing president Teddy Roosevelt completes his seventh winless season
The Washington Nationals Celebrated Oktoberfest Friday night at Nationals Park, and the racing presidents got into the act, sporting their rarely-seen giant lederhosen for the fourth inning presidents race. The otherwise normal race was interrupted when Blonde Ale Blanche, a character dressed as one of the special beers the team was selling for Friday’s celebration, … Continue reading Video: Racing presidents attacked by Oktoberfest pretzels as Jefferson locks up first title since 2006
With ten home games remaining in the season, the 2017 presidents race crown remains up in the air, with George Washington and Abe Lincoln each within four victories of leader Thomas Jefferson in the standings. But one thing we know for sure: Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t stand a chance. On Sunday, as Stephen Strasburg and the … Continue reading The Nats have clinched. Time to let Teddy win. For Jayson.
Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt lost his 50th consecutive race on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, extending a streak that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. Teddy’s latest losing streak may be unsurprising to most observers, but it has taken a markedly new turn since the first half of the season, when, as … Continue reading Is Teddy Roosevelt even trying anymore?
The Nationals are on a roll after their west coast road trip, and didn’t skip a beat Thursday night as they returned to Nationals Park to beat the Orioles 6-1. Thomas Jefferson is also on a roll, picking up where he left off last homestand with an unconventional win in the fourth inning presidents race. … Continue reading Video: Teddy Roosevelt thinks the track is hot lava, takes a dive into the stands
Saturday was Star Wars Day at Nationals Park, and after just three seasons, a couple of traditions have clearly been established: the fourth inning presidents race will end in an epic lightsaber battle, and Thomas Jefferson will be in drag. Teddy Roosevelt (Chewbacca) and Abe Lincoln (Finn) jumped out to an early lead before being … Continue reading Videos: Racing president Thomas Jefferson (as Rey) wins Nats’ Star Wars Day lightsaber battle
If learning about obscure holidays is your thing, there are worse places to start than the Nats’ presidents race. During Friday night’s fourth inning, fans at Nationals Park learned that it was National Paper Airplane Day when master trickster Abe Lincoln interrupted the race to toss a paper airplane with his fellow presidents. Lincoln stopped … Continue reading Video: Abe Lincoln tricks the racing presidents on National Paper Airplane Day
The Nationals returned to DC to kick off a homestand on a rainy Tuesday night, and in keeping with tradition, the team’s racing presidents used the occasion to celebrate another obscure holiday. So fans who happened to know that it was National Lucky Penny Day would not have been surprised in the fourth inning, when … Continue reading Video: On National Lucky Penny Day, Teddy finds a penny , Abe steals it
The 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 … Continue reading Video: Jefferson slams Teddy Roosevelt into the stands as Nationals attempt to quell curse talk
When 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 … Continue reading Nats botch attempt to break playoff “curse” as Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t cooperate
When 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 … Continue reading Video: Teddy’s postseason dominance continues as two T-Rex chase down the racing presidents