Video: Herbert “Herbie” Hoover wins first Nationals presidents race, fans share concerns about “reptilian” eyes

Washington Nationals New Racing President Herbert Hoover HerbieNationals Racing Presidents New President Herbert HooverWashington Nationals Racing President Herbert Hoover WinsJust as visiting president Calvin Coolidge did last season, the Washington Nationals’ newest visiting racing president Herbert Hoover won in his first-ever appearance in the Nats’ presidents race.

It was a day that began with Hoover making his debut appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, after which Hoover appeared in the Nationals Park centerfield plaza to greet fans as the gates opened for Sunday’s contest vs. the Marlins.

Each of the other racing presidents has a nickname, and we learned Sunday that the Nationals will be calling Hoover by the diminutive “Herbie,” a name which has never been associated with the great humanitarian, and led many in the stands to wonder who PA announcer Jerome Hruska was talking about when the presidents were introduced in the 4th inning.

The race was a clean one. Abraham Lincoln took an early lead, and Hoover appeared last from the centerfield gate, but the newest president #31 showed some speed as he gained on his competitors and had overtaken Abe from the inside by the time they reached the right field bullpen.

Hoover then pulled away in the home stretch to take his first presidents race belt. Finish line video below.

At least one young fan brought a homemade sign to the park to support the much-maligned 31st president, but those following the Nationals on social media seemed more fixated on Hoover’s eyes, which are a sort of yellowish-green color:

And finally…


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Video: Meet the Washington Nationals new racing president Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover Washington Nationals New Racing PresidentWashington Nationals New Racing President Herbert Hoover with Teddy RooseveltThe Washington Nationals introduced new racing president Herbert Hoover on Sunday morning’s episode of NBC’s Meet the Press. Hoover will join the presidents race beginning today at Nationals Park.

As we detailed recently, Hoover gets the designation “visiting racing president,” since he is sponsored by the White House Historical Association. Hoover replaces Calvin Coolidge, who was the Nationals’ first visiting racing president in 2015. Hoover is being featured and commemorated by the association’s 2016 Christmas ornament. This also means that the July 3 promotional giveaway — previously announced as a “racing president bobblehead,” will be a Herbert Hoover bobblehead doll.

The partnership between the Washington Nationals and the White House Historical Society is a minimum 3-year deal, which means there’s a good chance we’ll see a racing Franklin Roosevelt in 2017.

Nationals to introduce new racing president Herbert Hoover Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press

The Washington Nationals are expected to make a splash on Sunday with the introduction of a new racing president for 2016, Herbert Hoover. The 31st president will be revealed on national television by noted Nationals fan Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Washington Nationals new racing president Herbert Hoover

31st U.S. president Herbert Hoover is expected to be announced as the Nationals’ new visiting racing president on NBC Sunday morning

In mid-season 2015, the Nationals introduced a sixth racing president in the form of Calvin Coolidge, but judging by all of the “where’s Calvin” questions we got yesterday on opening day, many Nats fans didn’t realize that Silent Cal was a “visiting” racing president sponsored by the White House Historical Society, which was promoting the 30th president throughout 2015 and on it’s annual Christmas ornament.

Two months ago, Nationals Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Valerie Camillo confirmed at a Hot Stove event for season planholders that we would see another visiting president at some point in 2016. Given that the White House Historical Society is promoting Herbert Hoover in 2016, the only question was when the great humanitarian would make his appearance.

Now, thanks to alert blogger Patrick Reddington at Federal Baseball , we have the answer. Reddington caught this announcement by Chuck Todd this evening on NBC:

“This Sunday on Meet the Press I’ll have an exclusive interview with a former president of the United States who has found his way back to Washington for a new role at Nationals Park,” Chuck announced. “Who is it? What will he be doing? We will reveal on Sunday morning. I can tell you this: It is this former president’s third appearance on Meet the Press.”

Of course, no living president has been on Meet the Press only twice, but Herbert Hoover did appear exactly that many times: once in 1955, 22 years after leaving office, and again nearly four years later, on his 85th birthday, when he made a statement about the coming visit of Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev. You can listen to the appearance here.

It seems certain that racing president Hoover (Herb? Herbie?) will make his Nationals Park debut later at Sunday’s game vs. the Miami Marlins. The Nationals featured the following tidbit in their promotional release about the current homestand: “Racing Presidents Surprise: The Racing Presidents will introduce a special guest during their race on April 10!”

For what it’s worth, Hoover is a much-misunderstood president who took much of the blame for the great depression, since the Wall Street crash of 1929 took place less than eight months after he took office. Nats fans should expect to learn a bit more about the engineer and humanitarian as the season progresses.

Full video: Calvin Coolidge cheats, shoves Teddy Roosevelt to win his first Nationals presidents race

It took Teddy Roosevelt 526 tries to win his first presidents race. On Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ newest racing president made his debut and stole victory number one from his fellow Republicans.

Calvin Coolidge cheats shoves first Nationals presidents raceCalvin Coolidge got a late start to his inaugural presidents race, but after making a dramatic entrance, our 30th president charged hard from the back of pack.

“Silent Cal” shoved Abraham Lincoln aside, then caught up to Teddy Roosevelt just as the Rough Rider was about to cross the finish line.

That’s when Coolidge violently pushed Roosevelt to the ground.

The presidents race field definitely just got a little more crowded.

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Nationals introduce 6th racing president Calvin Coolidge

The Washington Nationals will introduce a sixth racing president Friday night at Nationals Park.
Washington Nationals Calvin Coolidge Racing President

Calvin Coolidge poses with Walter Johnson at Griffith StadiumIn an exclusive granted to Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post, the team announced Wednesday that the nation’s 30th president would join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft in an increasingly crowded field during the fourth inning race.

Coolidge was a proponent of the national pastime. Despite being just a one-term president, he holds the presidential record for World Series games attended, and threw out six first pitches for the Washington Senators.

With the move, the Nationals are following a recent trend in the world of racing mascots, in which teams such as the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates have continued to add “flavors” to their racing sausages, pierogies, etc.

Of course, the Nationals marketing team is hoping that the addition of “Silent Cal” to the home game ritual creates more interest than would a Jalapeno-flavored dumpling.

“We love the fact that you can come to a Nationals game and walk out smarter,” Valerie Camillo, the team’s Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer told the Post. “Look, if we have a handful of kids in that crowd that say ‘who’s Calvin Coolidge?’ and go open their encyclopedias and learn a little bit more about Silent Cal, that’s a win for us.”

Teddy Roosevelt was less enthusiastic.

Read the full article here.

Nationals new racing president: William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft is the Washington Nationals’ new racing president, joining George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt in the team’s fourth-inning presidents race.

Nationals Racing President William Howard TaftThe peerless Dan Steinberg broke the story for The Washington Post late Friday, in advance of the team’s official announcement planned for today at NatsFest, the Nationals’ mid-winter fan festival at the DC Convention Center. “Bill,” as the Nats will call him, will make his official appearance at 2:15pm.

Taft, who also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, has been nicknamed “Big Chief” by the Nats brass. A Twitter account appeared Friday evening at @NatsBigChief27, signaling the prominent role the team plans for him in social media. He is just the second racing president to have his own Twitter account.

Taft had been pegged as a 35-to-1 longshot on this page just this morning, but apparently Teddy Roosevelt himself made the decision to go with the notoriously obese Republican who succeeded him as president.

“Teddy has handpicked the next president for the Presidents’ Race,” Nationals COO Andy Feffer told Steinberg. “There was a great amount of banter and discussion back and forth, but Teddy won out with his recommendation.”

If Big Bill is to in fact displace Teddy as a fan favorite, it would not be the first time that Roosevelt hand-picked his successor. At the beginning of his second term, Roosevelt tapped the former judge to be his Secretary of War, then four years later campaigned aggressively for Taft and helped hand him the White House.

It wasn’t long, however, before Roosevelt concluded that Taft had abandoned his progressive ideals, and became one of President Taft’s most vocal critics. Roosevelt ultimately formed the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party to run against his former colleague.

Looks like more than enough fodder for 4th-inning antics to come. Photos to follow.

Who is the new racing president? Everybody weighs in.

The sports world is buzzing about tomorrow’s anticipated announcement of a fifth racing president.

Major League Baseball, not generally a fan of gambling in baseball, published its own odds on its Cut 4 blog, listing John F. Kennedy as a 5-to-2 favorite. Apparently Barack Obama’s not far behind, but Grover Cleveland is listed as a 1000-to-1 long shot.

Yahoo’s Big League Stew put forth their own presidential odds, giving Grover Cleveland only a slightly better chance at 500-to-1. Their top pick: Ronald Reagan (“That winning smile, that Brylcreem hair”), at 5-to-1. Arizona Senator John McCain added his vote for Reagan (with a nod to Teddy) via Twitter.

The always great Dan Steinberg of the Post’s DC Sports Bog invited his readers to chime in at a special Washington Post forum devoted to the topic, where fans have put forth a range of off-the-wall ideas ranging from FDR in a wheelchair, to Confederate president Jefferson Davis (to “bring out more fans from VA”). Ouch.

At The City Paper, Will Sommer that William Howard Taft would “represent all of the lesser known presidents.” Taft also shows up as the well-reasoned pick at the Nationals 101 blog.

Several outlets are asking their readers to chime in, with mixed results. At The Huffington Post, the leading candidate so far is “None of the above.”

CNN is running a Political Gut Check poll on Facebook. Andrew Jackson is hanging on to an early lead in a WTOP listener poll. This after Teddy’s 5th cousin Franklin Roosevelt (who married Teddy’s niece Eleanor), emerged as the fan favorite in a DCist reader poll from the end of last season. Note that poll ruled out voting for any presidents that came after Eisenhower.

Perhaps it seems a bit like piling on, but in keeping with the spirit of things, here are my own odds:

John F. Kennedy (3-to-1): If you’re looking for a president with a unique personality and charisma, somebody who’s iconic yet distinct from the Rushmore 4 and easy to caricature, then JFK could be your man.

Richard Nixon (5-to-1): If you want a president who doesn’t show up for every race, but appears every once in a while to interfere with things, then “Tricky Dick” fits the bill perfectly. You can also count on a strong contingent of Nixon fans to get riled up over it.

William Henry Harrison (20-to-1): Dark comedy would be pretty groundbreaking territory for the Nationals, but the potential is too great to ignore. The president known mainly for dying just after his inauguration could be the Nats’ new designated loser, finding creative ways to repeat his fate nightly along the warning track.

Zachary Taylor/Millard Fillmore/Chester Arthur/Warren Harding (25-to-1): It’s a tie between these four presidents who would also make worthy candidates for “loser” status when compared to the Rushmores. They share in common a relative obscurity, an indistinguished record of service, and importantly, a funny name.

Gerald R. Ford (30-to-1): If you’re looking to replace Teddy Roosevelt as the mischaracterized loser, then look no further. Ford was an All American football star, yet after tripping in public a couple of times, Saturday Night Live successfully turned his national image into that of a bumbling fool. You can bet if the Nats continued that tradition, they’d rile up some Ford fans.

William Howard Taft (35-to-1): Lots of fans on Twitter think our only 300 pound president would make a great racing caricature. I’m just not sure the fat jokes would pass the PC test or be terribly sustainable.

Ronald Reagan (40-to-1): It’s hard to argue with Yahoo’s top pick, as Reagan is among the most easily caricatured presidents, but his recency and still-controversial standing in this highly-political town tells me the Nats will shy away.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (50-to-1): He’s iconic, with his own coin and his own memorial on the mall. The prospect of a FDR in a motorized wheelchair carries a ton of possibilities; but the Nats already have one larger-than-life Roosevelt.

Bill Clinton (100-to-1): See Reagan, above. Plus he’s still alive.

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