Teddy Wins ’em Over with Secret Handshake on National Handshake Day

National Handshake Day Racing PresidentsTeddy finishes firstA homestand packed with obscure celebrations continued Friday night as the Nats racing presidents celebrated National Handshake Day at Nationals Park.

Visiting president Herbert Hoover once again skipped the festivities as only Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Taft were on hand at the start of the fourth inning presidents race.

But Teddy Roosevelt was waiting along the first base line, stopping his fellow presidents to tell them about National Handshake Day and show each of them a secret handshake.

Of course, as soon as he offered his hand to  William Howard Taft, Teddy pulled it back, psyched out his 1912 rival, and turned toward the finish line.

Jefferson tricks his fellow presidents on National Camera Day

National Camera DayNational Camera Day Thomas JeffersonIt’s safe to say that most fans who came to Nationals Park to see the Nats sweep the New York Mets did not know that they were also celebrating National Camera Day; but when it comes to obscure celebrations, the Nats faithful can always count on the racing presidents.

On Wednesday night, it was Thomas Jefferson’s turn to educate the masses, and steal a victory in the process.

The Sage of Monticello stayed on the sidelines for the fourth inning race, but as the field approached the home stretch, TJ appeared from the stands holding a giant camera, and stopped his fellow presidents in front of section 134 to pose for a photo.

As the others primped and posed, Jefferson slowly backed up, then tossed the camera in the air and turned to dash for the finish line.

Video: Racing president Herbert Hoover gets blinded on National Sunglasses Day

Washington Presidents Race National Sunglasses Day Sun Thomas JeffersonWashington Presidents Race National Sunglasses DayThe Washington Nationals returned to DC Monday night to kick off a homestand vs. the New York Mets on — what else? — National Sunglasses Day. Of course, the racing presidents did not pass up the chance to celebrate.

Visiting president Herbert Hoover started the fourth inning race with a big lead, but had apparently forgotten his sunglasses.

Teddy, George, Abe, and Bill all trailed behind Herbie sporting colorful shades, when Thomas Jefferson appeared from the bullpen carrying a bright golden sun.

Herbie was blinded and stopped in his tracks as Teddy Roosevelt and the other presidents sped by.

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Video: Racing presidents commemorate George Washington’s 1775 appointment

George Washington Nationals Racing Presidents saluteGeorge Washington Nationals Racing President 1775On June 15, 1775, the country’s fledgling Continental Congress commissioned George Washington to be commander in chief on the Continental Army.

George Washington Nationals Racing Presidents race winOn Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats racing presidents reenacted the event to commemorate its 241st anniversary.

With Herbert Hoover sitting out, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill started the race from the centerfield gate, but they were stopped by George Washington, who emerged from the bullpen dressed in his traditional period costume.

George proceeded to lead his colleagues in a series of military drills, culminating in a trick when he encouraged them to stand on one foot.

As the presidents tried balancing, George took off for the finish line.

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Video: Teddy Roosevelt Walks Like an Egyptian on 80s Night

Racing presidents walk like an Egyptian 80s NightRacing presidents walk like an Egyptian 80s Night Teddy RooseveltRacing presidents walk like an Egyptian 80s Night Teddy Roosevelt winsFans wore Expos t-shirts and received fanny packs on the way in. The Legwarmers warmed up the crowd. The scoreboard turned monochromatic amber and showed Pac Man graphics and Nats players as 80s icons. Bryce Harper walked up to the plate to the song “Endless Love.”

Yes, it was 80s night at Nationals Park; and in keeping with the fesitivites, the Nats racing presidents emerged for the fourth inning presidents race wearing their brightest 80s fashion.

Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t part of the starting lineup, but after the race had begun, the Hero of San Juan Hill met his fellow presidents on the warning track, stopping them mid-race and then pushing the play button on a giant boom box.

As the song “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles played over the Nationals Park sound system, George, Tom, Abe, and Bill stood back, allowing Roosevelt to mesmerize them with his best Egyptian dance moves.

Teddy then took off and walked like an Egyptian across the finish line.


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And the race as called on NatsHD by PA Announcer Jerome Hruska:

Videos: Nationals racing presidents salute Indy 500 with dual races – Abe wins qualifier, takes trophy

The Washington Nationals racing presidents paid tribute to Monday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 by sporting helmets and steering wheels, and running an extra qualifying race in the first inning Sunday at Nationals Park.

Indy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Qualifier Start Your EnginesIndy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Hoover Spins Out of ControlIndy 500 Nationals Presidents Race Lincoln takes the trophyThe first inning race, which saw Lincoln, Jefferson, Taft, and Hoover cross the finish line first, marked the only time the Nationals have ever run an extra presidents race before the 13th inning.

George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt failed to make the cut, and so they sat on the sidelines as the final race began in the usual fourth inning slot.

“Start your engines!” called Nationals PA Announcer Jerome Hruska as the four qualifying presidents lined up for the finale. “3-2-1… They’re off!”

Herbert Hoover got a strong start in the finale and appeared headed to victory, but the 31st president “spun out” in the home stretch, leaving an opening for Abe Lincoln to take the checkered flag. Lincoln received a trophy — rather than the usual belt — to mark the occasion.


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Video: Teddy Roosevelt speaks softly and carries a big popsicle

Presidents race teddy Roosevelt Rocket pop popsiclePresidents race Nationals Teddy Roosevelt Rocket pop Big popsicleThe long-awaited warm weather finally arrived at Nationals Park for Memorial Day Weekend, and so Saturday night at Nationals Park, racing president Teddy Roosevelt decided to offer some relief to the crowd.

As the fourth inning race began, Teddy skipped the starting gate, and appeared instead along the first base line, tossing frozen popsicles into the crowd in section 134.

As Roosevelt’s fellow presidents approached the home stretch, Teddy retrieved a giant Rocket Pop from the stands and took a big swing at the oncoming pack.

The group hit the ground and Teddy executed a “bat flip” of the Rocket Pop before turning and stealing the win.

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