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.

 

Finish line video by lfahome

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.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

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.

Nationals offer season planholders option to purchase all promotion items for the season

Washington Nationals Guaranteed Giveaways Promotion ItemsThe Washington Nationals introduced a program on Thursday offering all season plan holders the opportunity to purchase vouchers for each of the team’s twelve promotional/giveaway items for the 2017 season.

For $100 each (plus $9 in fees), season plan holders may purchase up to two booklets containing vouchers which may be redeemed for each of the promotional items, guaranteeing access whether the team runs out at the gate or not:

* Nationals Magic 8-Ball (Available April 10, 2017)
* Daniel Murphy Bobblehead (Available April 28, 2017)
* Trea Turner Bobblehead (Available May 23, 2017)
* Max Scherzer Snow Globe (Available June 9, 2017)
* Star Wars Chewbacca Koozie (Available June 9, 2017)
* Tanner Roark Bobblehead (Available June 23, 2017)
* Patriotic Tank Top (Available June 23, 2017)
* Game of Thrones Promo Item (Available July 3, 2017)
* Nationals Fedora (Available August 7, 2017)
* Kids Coloring Book (Available August 7, 2017)
* Bryce Harper Starting Lineup Action Figure (Available September 7, 2017)
* Beer Stein (Available September 29, 2017)

The vouchers may only be purchased by logging into a season planholder account, and may be redeemed any time after the release date at the team’s new Red Carpet Rewards Center at Nationals Park, located in the Center Field Plaza adjacent to the Right Field Gate.

Video: Taft wins Nationals first Spring Training presidents race to christen Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

palm-beach-presidents-raceThe Washington Nationals’ shiny new ballpark in West Palm Beach, Florida opened Tuesday, and like it or not, brought 21st century amenities such such as a large video scoreboard and between-innings entertainment to the Nats’ spring training experience.

And as planned, when the fourth inning arrived, the team’s newly-“retired” racing presidents ran the first Grapefruit League presidents race.

In a race devoid of the hijinks common at Nationals Park, newly-retired William Howard Taft pulled away from Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover to take the historic victory.

Like the race in DC, the Palm Beach version is sponsored by GEICO. Unlike the Nationals Park version, the race started with a live introduction of the racers and a “Ready, Set, Go!” by the ballpark PA announcer.

Video courtesy of lfahome

Taft “retiring” to Palm Beach as well, leaving original Rushmore racing presidents at Nationals Park

Nationals New Racing President William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft is introduced to Nats fans in 2013

Washington Nationals racing president William Howard Taft will arrive this weekend at the Ball Park of the Palm Beaches and stay for good, joining the other “retired” racing presidents Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge in their new home in West Palm Beach.

According to a report in the The Palm Beach Post, the Nats have made the decision to “retire” Taft as well, leaving just the original Mount Rushmore Four — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt — to race at Nationals Park during the Major League season.

The four were the only racing presidents for the beter part of seven seasons before Taft joined the presidents race in 2013. The addition of Taft was intended to “mix things up,” according to a marketing executive who is no longer with the team.

Teddy Roosevelt could not be reached for comment.

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