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.


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Video: Teddy Roosevelt rides bicycle to presidents race victory on Earth Day

Teddy Roosevelt rides a bike on Earth DayThe Nationals returned to DC Friday night to kick off a series vs. the Minnesota Twins, and Teddy Roosevelt got the homestand started with his second presidents race victory of the season.

Wearing their patriotic uniforms for one of several military appreciation nights this season, four racing presidents jumped out of the centerfield gate on foot; but they were soon followed by Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft aboard bicycles, presumably to promote bike riding for Earth Day.

Teddy lapped the field for an easy bike-assisted victory, and unlike Teddy’s pre-2013 days, the obvious advantage was overlooked and he was not disqualified.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

For the First Time, Teddy Talks

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy RooseveltIn what appears to be a presidents race first, Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt has given an interview to Chris Cwik of Yahoo’s Big League Stew, making this the first time since the Nats’ presidents appeared on the scene ten years ago that any of them has spoken.

In the interview, published on Presidents Day, Teddy says he’s “much better prepared for this season than I have ever been before.” He discusses his offseason film study, two-a-day workouts, and his ambitions to win the presidents race belt back from Abe Lincoln.

He also mentions his fear of the Easter Bunny.

As for the curse some fans attribute to him, he’s not buying it. “…if there a connection between how I do and the team, I don’t see it, we both have our sights set on giving everything we got to win.”

Martha Washington knocks out five racing presidents with her purse

Martha Washington attacked Nats racing presidentsMartha Washington made yet another appearance during the Nationals Presidents race on Labor Day, and once again, the beneficiary was husband George.

This time, Martha appeared from the Nationals bullpen and swung her purse at each of George’s opponents as they approached the right field turn.

It was Martha’s fifth appearance this season, and while only some of those appearances have occurred on Mondays, both Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft introduced a hashtag indicating that we should expect more of the first first lady on Mondays yet to come:

Photo: Washington Nationals
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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: Abe Lincoln enlists Ant Man to knock out Nats’ presidents race competition

Abe Lincoln Ant Man racing presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt Ant Man racing presidents race Abe Lincoln Ant Man racing presidents raceThe Nationals presidents race has a history of borrowing from popular culture. Friday was the release date for the feature film Ant Man, and racing president Abraham Lincoln wasted no time jumping on the summer blockbuster bandwagon, recruiting the diminutive superhero to help eliminate his competition.

“Honest” Abe emerged first from the tunnel for the fourth inning race wearing his black formal suit usually reserved for Sunday races and sporting an unusual bulge on his back.

No sooner had the five other racing presidents followed wearing their white home uniforms, then Ant Man emerged from under Lincoln’s cape.

The action star proceeded to chase after each of the racing presidents and knock them out one by one with flying leaps.

He caught Teddy Roosevelt last and wrestled him to the ground, then escorted Lincoln across the finish line.

Video below featuring the race as called by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video.


Finish line video by lfahome

Video: Paula Abdul judges Presidents Race Dance Off, Abe Lincoln steals it

Paula Abdul Dance Off Presidents Race WashingtonPaula Abdul Dance Off Presidents Race JeffersonPaula Abdul Dance Off Presidents Race LincolnPaula Abdul participated in a dance-off against the Nats’ mascot at Nationals Park Saturday, but it turned out her competition against Screech the Eagle was just a warm-up to the antics that unfolded during the fourth inning presidents race.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln started off the race alone, but were halted in the home stretch by a waiting Teddy Roosevelt, who called on each of them to dance for judge Paula Abdul before continuing.

The two founding fathers got their groove on, but judges Abdul, Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft gave each of them scores averaging under 5 points.

Lincoln then stepped up and lamely flapped his arms around, but Abdul, who was clearly on the take, gave “Honest” Abe a nine, and the victory.

For those who never thought she was the best dance judge, your proof is below.


Videos courtesy of lfahome

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