Posted on August 13, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
Temperatures 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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Posted on August 12, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nationals racing presidents continued their series-long tribute to the Rio summer Olympics on Friday night at Nationals Park, and if you didn’t think it was possible to take the silliness to another level, here’s your evidence to the contrary.
Wearing what could best be described as giant shower caps, the presidents paired off for a synchronized diving competition along the first base line, then stood on platforms and jumped two-at-a-time into kiddie pools about the size of their heads.
Washington and Jefferson attempted a “half twist and a tuck” according to Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska, and received all eights from the judges in front of section 134.
Roosevelt and Taft then attempted a face-first dive with “a high degree of difficulty” into the pools, and received all nines.
In a questionable finish, Hoover and Lincoln attempted “a reverse dive with a full twist and tuck.” Hoover didn’t even complete the dive, but the judges gave them all tens.
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Posted on August 10, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
The 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.
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Posted on August 7, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
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.
Visiting 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.
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Posted on August 5, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
Get ready for a Washington Nationals homestand filled with Olympics-themed shenanigans.
The 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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Posted on July 23, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
WWE 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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Posted on July 16, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
It 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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