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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WWE wrestler The Miz shines the belt and temporarily blinds the Nationals racing presidents

Mike The Miz WWE Washington Nationals BeltAbe Lincoln blinded by Mike the MizTeddy Roosevelt passes racing presidentsWWE Wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is in DC for this weekend’s WWE Battleground at the Verizon Center, and so he paid a visit Friday night to Nationals Park to see the Nats open their home series vs. the San Diego Padres.

The Miz was intrigued by the racing presidents’ wrestling-inspired champions belt, and once he got his hands on it, decided to polish it up for the fourth inning presidents race.

Abe Lincoln and William Howard Taft were battling for the lead as the race entered its home stretch. That’s when The Miz, who’d been sitting in the front row of section 134 rooting for Teddy Roosevelt, decided to turn the newly-polished belt into a weapon, shining it in the direction of the presidents at the front of the pack, and temporarily blinding them.

Lincoln, Taft, Washington, and Jefferson all tried to shield their eyes, but their arms weren’t long enough to reach their giant heads; but Teddy Roosevelt kept his eyes on the finish line, and passed the field to take the tape.

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Video: Nats racing presidents faint in the heat, Teddy Roosevelt perseveres

Racing presidents faintingTeddy Roosevelt wins presidents raceIt was hot enough to fry a pierogie at Nationals Park Friday night, which may be why for the first time since it opened in 2008, the Pittsburgh Pirates arrived in DC for a series but their racing pierogie mascots bowed out.

With the heat index hovering in the triple digits, Herbert Hoover didn’t even make it onto the field for the fourth inning race. Then sturdy George Washington, who took an early lead, fainted on the warning track.

One by one the racing presidents went down, until Teddy Roosevelt, who loved the tropics and preached about living “the strenuous life,” was the only man left standing.

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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.

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