Video: Teddy Roosevelt thinks the track is hot lava, takes a dive into the stands

Nationals Racing presidents on the groundTeddy Roosevelt dives into the standsThe 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.

As has happened frequently this season, Teddy Roosevelt held the lead heading into the home stretch, but that’s when Nationals PA announcer Jerome Hruska yelled “Hey Teddy! The track is lava!” The Bull Moose stopped and spun around before taking a dive into the stands.

Roosevelt’s three competitors also jumped off the track onto the infield grass, but Thomas Jefferson regained his footing and raced ahead of Lincoln to steal the win.


Videos: Racing president Thomas Jefferson (as Rey) wins Nats’ Star Wars Day lightsaber battle

Jabba the Hut tackles Nationals Racing Presidents Star Wars DayNationals Star Wars Day racing presidents lightsaber battleSaturday 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 clotheslined by Jabba the Hut, who had emerged from the Nats’ bullpen.

Thomas Jefferson, who had dressed as Princess Leia the previous two years, passed them both in a Rey costume, before running into George Washington (Kylo Ren).

Jedi master Screech leaped onto the field to hand a lightsaber to Rey, who used the force to disarm Ren in the ensuing battle.

Meanwhile, another year has gone by without the Nats heeding Han Solo’s advice to let the wookie win.

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Video: Abe Lincoln tricks the racing presidents on National Paper Airplane Day

img_1514img_1517If 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 George, Tom, and Teddy by floating a giant paper airplane in their direction, then coaxed them to get it and toss it back.

Of course, when they paused to send the airplane flying back towards him, “Honest” Abe turned and bolted for the finish line.

Abe’s latest victory means Teddy Roosevelt is now 0-for-23 on the season.

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Video: On National Lucky Penny Day, Teddy finds a penny , Abe steals it

Nationals racing presidents Lucky Penny DayNational Lucky Penny Day Nationals Racing PresidentsThe 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 Teddy Roosevelt, who a quarter into the season is 0-for-20 in the presidents race, took a big lead out of the gate only to be distracted when he found a giant penny lying in foul territory.

Unfortunately the penny was anything but lucky, as being distracted was only the beginning of Teddy’s problems.

“Honest” Abe Lincoln, who’d been trailing behind, stole the penny from the Bull Moose and raced ahead for the victory.

Lincoln is once again alone atop the presidents race standings.

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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.

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