Racing presidents scramble on National Scavenger Hunt Day

National Scavenger Hunt Day Nationals Racing PresidentsThe Nationals racing presidents found another obscure holiday to celebrate Wednesday at Nationals Park, running a scavenger hunt for the fourth inning presidents race as a tribute to National Scavenger Hunt Day.

What looked like chaos to most in the stands was actually a hunt for the hidden checkered flag.

George Washington found it and took the prize.

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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Abe Lincoln scares Teddy Roosevelt away on National Paranormal Day

Abe Lincoln Nationals Presidents Race ParanormalWashington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt let his frustration show Tuesday night, attempting to steal his first victory of the season by diverting George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to run in the wrong direction.

But when Teddy took off on his own for the finish line on what turns out to be National Paranormal Day, Abraham Lincoln appeared from the Nats’ bullpen to spook The Bull Moose with a “Boo!” sign.

Teddy fell to the ground, shaking, and The Great Emancipator crossed the finish line by himself.

Abe Lincoln bakes up another presidents race loss for Teddy Roosevelt on National Blueberry Pie Day

Abe Lincoln National blueberry pie dayAbe Lincoln Teddy Roosevelt nationals racing presidents blueberry pieRacing presidents washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt blueberry pie dayIt’s only ten home games into the young season, but things are looking bad for racing president Theodore Roosevelt, who’s 0-for-10 and continues to see near-victories snatched from under him.

The Washington Nationals kicked off a homestand at Nationals Park on Friday, and apparently, when Abe Lincoln found out it was also National Blueberry Pie Day, it was all the excuse he needed to steal another race from the hero of San Juan Hill.

“Honest” Abe skipped the starting gate, and instead parked himself in Section 134A during the fourth inning race with a fresh blueberry pie.

Teddy carried a lead into the home stretch, but that’s when Lincoln appeared and stopped the Rough Rider to offer up some pie.

It was just enough of a distraction to allow the great emancipator to turn and dash for the finish line for his sixth victory of the season.

As we pointed out on opening day, the 2017 version of the Nationals presidents race is unfolding in a pattern that is eerily reminiscent of 2006-2012, when the team conspired to keep Teddy from winning a single race.

 

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Video: Chaos reigns as visiting mascots assault racing presidents, Easter Bunny tackles Teddy Roosevelt, and Screech takes the tape

YouDee Nationals presidents raceEaster Presidents Race 01Easter Presidents Race 003Easter Presidents Race 002Two Nationals Park traditions literally collided on Sunday as the Washington Nationals celebrated Screech’s birthday with guest appearances by area mascots, and also celebrated Easter with an appearance by a certain bunny.

Each had a history of interfering with the fourth inning presidents race, but never on the same day. What followed wasn’t pretty.

When the race began, visiting mascots YouDee (University of Delaware), Slapshot (Capitals), Pinch (Maryland Blue Crabs), Bill the Goat (Navy), Talon (DC United), Testudo (University of Maryland), and The Colonial (George Washington University) all gathered along the first base line to greet the racing presidents.

George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy emerged from the centerfield gate wearing bunny ears, and Jefferson pulled ahead early, holding onto his lead until the presidents found themselves facing a sea of mascots in the home stretch.

That’s when Slapshot took a running leap over the back of fellow eagle Talon to nail the sage of Monticello with a head-butt.

Delaware’s YouDee then rammed in George Washington, smashing the father of our country’s face.

Finally Maryland’s Testudo stiff-armed Abe Lincoln, knocking off his ears and sending him to the ground.

The mascots then let Teddy Roosevelt run past, seemingly to secure his first victory of the season.

But alas, that’s when the Easter Bunny appeared from nowhere — or more accurately from the new Dugout Club section — and took down the Bull Moose with a vicious diving tackle.

Screech, repeating a scene from last season, waltzed across the finish line to steal the win.

Teddy, however, remains winless as the Nationals begin their road trip to Atlanta.


Nats racing presidents return to old ways, robbing Teddy Roosevelt of victory to kick off 2017 season

It was just like old times, and not in a good way.

Teddy Roosevelt tripped Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Nationals presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt loses presidents raceBaseball’s opening day is known as a time of hope, when records are wiped clean and fans look to the future with optimism.

But in the season’s inaugural presidents race Monday at Nationals Park, it seemed like 2012 all over again.

Nats fans had celebrated on social media when it was announced that recent additions to the race — Taft, Coolidge, and Hoover — had “retired” to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, and they got what they were hoping for, as for the first time in five years it was back to the Rushmore Four — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

But there was an unexpected extra dose of dĂ©jĂ  vu for Teddy Roosevelt fans, as the other presidents conspired to rob Teddy of the victory, and revived memories of The Bull Moose’s historic 526-race losing streak.

Teddy had the lead in the home stretch, but Washington and Jefferson pushed him from behind, celebrating with a high five as Abe raced by for the win.

In another nod to the old days, it appears that the presidents race champions belt has been retired. Rather than being awarded a belt, Lincoln simply carried the checkered flag off the field.

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New Nationals Park Dugout Club should be hot seats, in more ways than one

UPDATED: The Washington Nationals completed installation of an exclusive new section of seats at Nationals Park just in time to reveal them at Tuesday’s annual media day.

With just eight seats, the new “Dugout Club” will be the smallest section of the park, available exclusively to members of the new MGM National Harbor casino’s MLife Rewards program.

In a press release Wednesday, the MGM called the “plush leather recliner seats” the “best eight seats in baseball,” but the location — just below ground level beyond the home dugout — could be of concern both to the fans behind them and the high rollers who sit there.

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A concrete wall along the ramp to the new section has some season plan holders concerned

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Black leather seats in the new Nationals Park Dugout Club

Fans who’ve held coveted season tickets along the railing since the park opened in 2008 were notified last week that the new section was being installed in front of them. The letter assured these season plan holders that their views would not be obstructed, promising that the team had “taken great care to ensure that the new club will not impact the sightlines from existing seats.”

But fair balls notwithstanding, photos suggest that it’s the wall built to a ramp leading into the section that could affect views into the dugout, the on-deck circle, and foul territory; and those fans’ days of reaching out to collect foul grounders as they skitter up the line are largely over. “We’ve had these seats since the park opened,” said one season plan holder in Section 134A who asked not to be named. “We love them because we feel like we’re on the field, and we get a lot of foul grounders. I hope this new section doesn’t take away from that. Seems like we’re now going to be looking over a concrete wall.”

As for the big spenders who’ll get access to those seats, they may be in for an unpleasant surprise on hot summer days. “It’s a great place to sit,” the season plan holder said, “but you’re really exposed and it can be brutal on a Sunday afternoon. We sometimes trade in our tickets on those days. Black leather could be particularly unpleasant. I hope those high rollers know what they’re in for.”

The new Dugout Club was installed where the Nationals Park grounds crew used to store the tarp, but with a wall and protective net in front of the seats, it effectively shrinks the ball park’s foul territory on the first base side.

Tickets for the MGM National Harbor Dugout Club include a “personal attendant that will cater to Dugout guests’ every need,” and will be exclusively available to members of MGM Resorts International’s M life Rewards who are at the Platinum level or higher, with 200,000 or more credits earned by playing slots and table games or by spending money at their resorts.

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