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.

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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.

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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.

Photos and video from Star Wars day at Nationals Park, including the racing presidents epic battle vs the dark side

IMG_8133IMG_8132IMG_8131Temperatures hovered around 100 degrees Saturday night, but that didn’t stop a sellout crowd from joining in the fun on the second annual Star Wars Day at Nationals Park.

Star Wars themed organ music and graphics punctuated the night, costumed fans were featured on Nats HD, and dozens of costumed characters roamed the concourse, adding to the fun.

In the fourth inning presidents race, the rebel alliance finally beat the dark side in an epic presidents race battle, but the mascot team once again forgot the golden rule to always let the wookie win.

Presidents George Washington and William Howard Taft set up along the first base line dressed as Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, determined not to let anybody from the rebel alliance get through.

Teddy Roosevelt (Chewbacca), Abe Lincoln (Rey), Thomas Jefferson (Fin), and Herbert Hoover (Poe Dameron) charged forward from the outfield, where they scuffled with Taft (Phasma).

After three presidents went down, Jefferson (Fin) and Lincoln (Rey) took turns taking on Washington (Ren) in a light saber battle for the finish.



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Video: Nats Racing president Teddy Roosevelt disqualified as Olympic tributes continue

Presidents race equestrian Olympics TeddyPresidents race equestrian Olympics DQPresidents race volleyball olympicsThe Washington Nationals racing presidents continued their tribute to the Rio Olympics Tuesday night at Nationals Park, this time with an equestrian event that featured the ten-foot tall presidents jumping over obstacles while running with stick horses between their legs.

The task proved to difficult for lanky Abe Lincoln, who fell down early, but Teddy Roosevelt surged ahead of the pack, and appeared headed to an easy victory.

However, the Bull Moose knocked over the hurdle and was promptly disqualified by the Olympic judge.

Teddy had reason to object at the inconsistent judging, since he had been more aggressive in breaking the rules in the previous race.

On Sunday the presidents race had begun as normal, but was interrupted for an Olympic volleyball game along the first base line. The presidents exchanged a few volleys, and the team of George, Tom, and Herbie were leading, but Teddy broke away after two points to take the tape, and was awarded the win.

Video: Coolidge returns, Teddy teams with Lincoln and Taft as Nats racing presidents run Olympic triathlon relay

The Nationals racing presidents’ tribute to the Rio Olympics continued Saturday night with an unlikely triathlon relay that teamed Teddy Roosevelt with longtime rivals Abraham Lincoln and William Howard Taft.

Nationals Racing Presidents race triathlon swimmingNationals Racing Presidents race Olympic triathlonVisiting president Herbert Hoover is in Iowa for the Herbert Hoover Hometown Days, and so the 2015 visiting president Calvin Coolidge made a return appearance to join Washington and Jefferson on the opposing team.

Coolidge looked rusty in his first appearance of the year, but he still beat William Howard Taft in the swimming leg, as Taft attempted to backstroke.

In the ensuing bicycle leg of the triathlon, The Great Emancipator Abe Lincoln smoked the father of our country, thereby handing over an easy victory to Roosevelt, who ran anchor for the team.

Finish line video below.

NOTE: I can no longer show the race as called on television — at least not within the United States and Canada — thanks to a claim by MLB Advanced Media that it violates their copyright to the ball game.

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.

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