Wild indeed! Nats “Lose Control” of PA system during NL Wild Card game, run presidents race in silence, and Brittney saves the day

An hour into Tuesday’s NL Wild Card game at Nationals Park, as Max Scherzer was completing his 4th inning on the mound, the stadium’s emergency alert system malfunctioned. Alarms blared in the press box, and the stadium’s PA system went silent.
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For baseball purists, it was a rare opportunity to temporarily enjoy the sounds of the game without modern “influences.”

But then the Brewers side was retired, and the Nats presidents race began.

The usual introductory video played on the Nats HD scoreboard, and the racing presidents entered through the center field gate, but there were no introductions or play-by-play to be heard from Nationals Park PA announcer Jerome Hruska. There was no “Runnin’ Down a Dream” playing by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. And when the “Secret Service” handlers placed a fake boom box on the field so that the presidents could pause and perform a dance number to “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott, there was only silence.

Without a clear Plan B, chaos ensued. Teddy Roosevelt ignored his handler’s pleas to stop, and raced past the dance spot toward the finish line, only to be stopped there by another handler. Abe Lincoln zoomed by, accidentally breaking the finish line tape; but both were sent back to the boom box to perform their dance number. Without music.

Waiting there was Nats in-game host Brittney Ramsey, who crouched on the sideline and shouted out the rhythms so the presidents could follow along and perform their dance moves while a confused sellout crowd looked on in silence.

Finally, one of the handlers yelled “Go, Teddy, Go! Finish the race!” Teddy broke for the finish line, and took the first presidents race victory of the postseason.


Video: Racing presidents dance “Gangnam Style”

When Saturday’s game between the Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals was picked up by FOX Sports as the game of the week, the Nats’ mascot team was faced with a golden opportunity: an entire extra minute of commercial time to fill during the middle of the 4th inning.

The result? Presidents race bonus time, “Gangnam Style.”

Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln started Saturday’s race wearing their day game jerseys and running from left field to the traditional music of “Let’s Go!” by Richie Valens, but Teddy Roosevelt entered from the center field gate wearing his hawaiian shirt and sunglasses, carrying an oversized boom box.

Gangnam Style racing presidents Washington NationalsThe music stopped, Teddy pushed a button, and the Korean dance pop hit “Gangnam Style” began pumping through the stadium speakers.

Abe and the founding fathers ripped off their jerseys to reveal hawaiian shirts, and to the cheers of 34,000 fans, the four Rushmore presidents broke into the “horse riding dance” made popular by Korean pop star PSY.

When the music stopped, Lincoln dashed towards the finish line to steal an easy victory.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Here’s another angle from YouTube member shmaggie23, where you can better hear the crowd reaction:

 

And on the chance you haven’t seen the original phenomenon that has turned into an Internet meme, here it is:

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