Video: Taft dives at Teddy, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose

William Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltWilliam Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltJust one night after William Howard Taft slammed Teddy Roosevelt into the outfield wall, the Chief Justice was at it again.

On Saturday night at Nationals Park, Taft sat out of the fourth inning presidents race, but the portly president was hiding in the tunnel between section 134 and 135, and darted out onto the field as the Rough Rider was approaching the finish line.

Taft dove at Roosevelt, but as Teddy was fond of saying, it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. The two fell over the finish line, and Teddy was awarded the win.

Video: Taft slams Teddy into the wall, Roosevelt calls for revenge

The drama Friday night at Nationals Park wasn’t limited to Michael A. Taylor’s tenth inning heroics.

Nationals racing presidents Taft slams Teddy RooseveltPresidents race newcomer Calvin Coolidge won his third straight race, thanks to interference from the other “new” racing president, William Howard Taft.

Teddy Roosevelt held the lead out of the starting gate and looked to be cruising to victory, when Taft slammed him into the wall.

Taft then bragged on Twitter: “The time has come for #Calvin and me to take over!,” and Teddy responded with a call to arms by the original Rushmore Four.

The homestand’s just getting started. Look for things to get interesting over Labor Day weekend. Here’s the race as called by Nats HD announcer Jerome Hruska:

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Video: Gnomes attack Nationals racing presidents

Garden Gnomes Nationals Park - Anthony RendonNationals Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceNationals Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceNationals GIF Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome presidents raceThe gnomes are back, and shield your eyes, because it’s not pretty.

It was one year ago this month that the Nationals started a fan frenzy by introducing the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome. That night, the a life-size gnome clobbered the racing presidents with a single swing.

On Tuesday, gnome fever returned to Nationals Park with Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome night; and sure enough, when it came time for the fourth inning presidents race, a life-size Rendon gnome was waiting in the wings, giant bat in hand.

But the gnome was not alone. As the race began, the original life-size Jayson Werth gnome took a position along the first base line, and a new life-size Rendon gnome positioned himself just downfield.

As the presidents entered the home stretch, they cautiously approached the bruising tandem, not wanting to repeat last year’s debacle; but as Abe Lincoln tiptoed around the Werth gnome, the Rendon gnome sprang to life and clobbered the Great Emancipator.

Teddy Roosevelt was next. The Werth gnome sprang to life, swinging at Teddy, knocking the Bull Moose to the ground.

George Washington followed, and the Werth gnome knocked him out with a second swing that caused a chain reaction presidential pile up.

That left William Howard Taft as the only president on his feet, but the Rendon gnome clotheslined the Chief Justice to knock out the last of the competitors.

Washington recovered to his feet and ran wide to take the win.

Taft tweeted this brief clip. Full finish line video below.

Photos and video by lfahome for LetTeddyWin.com

Video: Martha Washington trap stops Teddy’s presidents race motorcade

Presidents Race motorcadeGeorge and Martha WashingtonGeorge and Martha WashingtonSaturday night’s presidents race brought the sort of complicated story line that leaves many in the Nationals Park stands scratching their heads. But that’s why we’re here.

As all good presidential historians know, Saturday marked the 113th anniversary of the day Teddy Roosevelt became the first president to make a public appearance in an automobile.

Accordingly, the Bull Moose made a grand entrance for the fourth inning race, standing aboard a motorcade and waving to the crowd as the other presidents jogged behind.

But alas for Teddy, a trap had been set by none other than Martha Washington, who played the damsel in distress by her scooter, which had apparently broken down in the middle of the warning track.

The roadblock stopped the motorcade, as as the other presidents all bent over to help, Martha and husband George took off for the finish line.

Video by lfahome

Video: MASN’s Dan Kolko races as Thomas Jefferson

Dan Kolko presidents race Thomas Jefferson 2 Dan Kolko presidents race Thomas Jefferson 2When MASN sideline reporter Dan Kolko donned the costume of Thomas Jefferson and ran in the Nats’ presidents race Friday night at Nationals Park, he wasn’t the first journalist to have attempted the feat. He was, however, the first to have done so while wearing a GoPro camera strapped to his chest.

Kolko …er, Jefferson… got a good start out of the gate, but faded quickly as Abe Lincoln turned on the afterburners and ran away with the race. Jefferson did cross the finish line, but was a full eleven seconds behind the leader.

Kolko’s unique perspective will be featured on MASN’s Nats Xtra show on Saturday evening, so check back Saturday. In the meantime, here’s the race as called on MASN, followed by our finish line video:

Finish line video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Video: Teddy runs out stadium door, loses presidents race

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Teddy Roosevelt took a lead into the home stretch of Thursday’s presidents race at Nationals Park, but ran off the field through an open gate, giving Thomas Jefferson the win.

The Nationals’ presidents race ran in a novel route Thursday afternoon, starting in left field foul territory, and racing for the first time ever towards a finish line placed in center field.

Fans cheered as Teddy Roosevelt jumped out to a early lead, and after Calvin Coolidge face-planted on the warning track, only Thomas Jefferson posed a threat to the Rough Rider.

But the usual center field starting gate was open, and Teddy inexplicably ran right through it and out of the stadium, leaving the field to Jefferson.

3 videos today: First, the full in-stadium race video follows as called by Jerome Hruska, followed by a nifty on-field view of the finish from @Teddy26Nats, and finally as called on TV.

Enjoy:

Video: Teddy Roosevelt turns Abe Lincoln into a giant Chia Pet

Chia Pet Nats presidents race Teddy Roosevelt magicianChia Pet Abe Lincoln Nats presidents race Teddy magicianOver 37,500 fans were on hand Wednesday night for Jayson Werth Chia Pet night at Nationals Park, and as is often the case for such special promotions, the racing presidents joined in on the fun.

Before the start of the fourth inning presidents race, Teddy Roosevelt appeared along the outfield warning track, wearing a magician’s outfit, complete with cape, top hat and wand.

The race began with only Washington, Jefferson, Taft, and Coolidge, who were stopped by mid-race by the conjurer Teddy.

The Wizard of San Juan Hill then turned and pointed his wand at the bullpen gate, where he “conjured” a giant Chia Pet, aka Abe Lincoln, whose beard shed a stream of chia leaves as he dashed for the finish line.

No finish line video today, but here’s the race as it was called in-stadium by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska:

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