Posted on June 10, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
Fans wore Expos t-shirts and received fanny packs on the way in. The Legwarmers warmed up the crowd. The scoreboard turned monochromatic amber and showed Pac Man graphics and Nats players as 80s icons. Bryce Harper walked up to the plate to the song “Endless Love.”
Yes, it was 80s night at Nationals Park; and in keeping with the fesitivites, the Nats racing presidents emerged for the fourth inning presidents race wearing their brightest 80s fashion.
Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t part of the starting lineup, but after the race had begun, the Hero of San Juan Hill met his fellow presidents on the warning track, stopping them mid-race and then pushing the play button on a giant boom box.
As the song “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles played over the Nationals Park sound system, George, Tom, Abe, and Bill stood back, allowing Roosevelt to mesmerize them with his best Egyptian dance moves.
Teddy then took off and walked like an Egyptian across the finish line.
Video: Denise Kloke
And the race as called on NatsHD by PA Announcer Jerome Hruska:
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Posted on May 30, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
The Washington Nationals racing presidents paid tribute to Monday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 by sporting helmets and steering wheels, and running an extra qualifying race in the first inning Sunday at Nationals Park.
The first inning race, which saw Lincoln, Jefferson, Taft, and Hoover cross the finish line first, marked the only time the Nationals have ever run an extra presidents race before the 13th inning.
George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt failed to make the cut, and so they sat on the sidelines as the final race began in the usual fourth inning slot.
“Start your engines!” called Nationals PA Announcer Jerome Hruska as the four qualifying presidents lined up for the finale. “3-2-1… They’re off!”
Herbert Hoover got a strong start in the finale and appeared headed to victory, but the 31st president “spun out” in the home stretch, leaving an opening for Abe Lincoln to take the checkered flag. Lincoln received a trophy — rather than the usual belt — to mark the occasion.
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Posted on May 28, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
The long-awaited warm weather finally arrived at Nationals Park for Memorial Day Weekend, and so Saturday night at Nationals Park, racing president Teddy Roosevelt decided to offer some relief to the crowd.
As the fourth inning race began, Teddy skipped the starting gate, and appeared instead along the first base line, tossing frozen popsicles into the crowd in section 134.
As Roosevelt’s fellow presidents approached the home stretch, Teddy retrieved a giant Rocket Pop from the stands and took a big swing at the oncoming pack.
The group hit the ground and Teddy executed a “bat flip” of the Rocket Pop before turning and stealing the win.
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Posted on May 27, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
Whatever was bothering the Great Emancipator has clearly left the building.
Once-dominant racing president Abraham Lincoln didn’t win his first race at Nationals Park until May 11 of this season, but since then, the 16th president has been hot.
In a scene reminiscent of his glory years as Nationals Park’s resident speedster, Lincoln began Thursday night’s race seated in a folding chair on the warning track, reading while the race began.
After giving the founding fathers a good head start, Honest Abe took off and lapped the field, then did a victory dance to celebrate his fourth win of the season.
Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome
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Posted on May 24, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
The Nationals returned to Nationals Park Monday to kick off this week’s homestand on National Lucky Penny Day, and racing president Abe Lincoln decided to do his part by dropping a penny on the warning track for the other presidents to find.
Unfortunately the penny, which is supposed to bring good luck to the finder, didn’t do it’s job, as Abe simply raced ahead to steal the victory.
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Posted on May 15, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
Herbert Hoover skipped his fifth straight race Saturday as the Nationals racing presidents battled twice — once in each of the day’s doubleheader games at Nationals Park.
Teddy Roosevelt repeated a feat he had remarkably accomplished before, winning two regular season races on the same day.
In the opener, the presidents took the unusual step of entering the field and forming a starting line. With Nats PA Announcer Jerome Hruska calling the start, giving each of the presidents an equal chance, Teddy pulled away victorious.
In the nightcap, it was once again a field of five. George Washington gave Teddy a run for him money, but the Bull Moose prevailed, thus passing Herbert Hoover to take over first place in the standings.
Videos for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome
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Posted on May 13, 2016 by Presidents Race Fan
Visiting racing president Herbert Hoover was once again missing on Friday night at Nationals Park, but the five resident presidents were there to race in their patriotic uniforms, as the Nationals honored the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
National Park Trust mascot Buddy Bison was on hand at the finish line to welcome winner William Howard Taft (who supported the National Parks as president, but was certainly not as instrumental as his predecessor Theodore Roosevelt).
Buddy was promoting the Every Kid in a Park program, established by the Obama administration in 2009 to get all U.S. 4th graders outside to explore the great outdoors.
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