Video: Racing presidents match team’s 16-inning insanity with 20-mascot melee and a presidents race first

Thomas JeffersonMascots attack JeffersonMascots attach racing presidentsScreech wins Nationals Presidents Race birthday carnageScreech wins Nationals Presidents Race Let Teddy WinSunday’s 16-inning marathon victory by the Nationals over the Minnesota Twins is already  being memorialized as one of the most epic and topsy-turvy games in Nats history, so it’s understandable that the game overshadowed what was also an epic and historic day in the pantheon of presidents races.

It was the annual “Kids Opening Day,” in which the team celebrates mascot Screech’s birthday, and other area mascots often show up to join in the fun.

The turnout Sunday was strong, with mascots from at least thirteen area teams and colleges in attendance, including G-Wiz, Slapshot, Glory, Poe, Uncle Slam, Talon, Testudo, Clawed Z. Eagle, YouDee, Baby Blue, Bulldog Jack, Bill the Goat, True Grit, Winger, and Glory.

In the fourth inning race, Thomas Jefferson emerged first and jumped out to a huge lead, but was met in the right field corner by a relentless onslaught of mascots, who jumped and pummeled him, with Navy mascot Bill the Goat repeatedly kicking the founding father on the ground.

When the other five presidents rounded the corner, the mascots got up and slammed into them all, then turned around and went back after Jefferson, who was body-slammed by Slapshot as he tried to get up.

Presidents race history was then made when Screech, who usually calls the winner from the finish line, took off and raced for the belt himself, marking only the third time a non-president has taken the tape*.

When the game went into the thirteenth inning, it was Jefferson’s chance for redemption. Wearing their traditional “Sunday best” uniforms for the first time this season, Jefferson ran away with the extra-innings win.

Here’s the official video as called at Nats Park, followed by the TV coverage on MASN:


Note: Our usual finish line videographer lfahome was not in attendance, so I tried to shoot the finish line videos myself, and botched the job (for both races!). What he does is not so easy.

* In 2009, Visiting pierogie Cheese Chester went off script and stole a win. In 2011, it was Jayson Werth.

Videos: Washington Nationals, MASN

Video: Visiting mascots beat up on Nats racing presidents in celebration of Screech’s birthday

University of Delaware Mascot YoUDee tackles Nationals Park racing presidentsSlapshot + G-Wiz tackles Teddy Roosevelt NationalsMascots visit Nationals Park presidents race Visiting MascotsNationals presidents race visiting mascots tackleNine visiting mascots joined the Washington Nationals’ racing presidents to celebrate Screech’s birthday on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, and the calamity that followed in the fourth inning presidents race nearly matched the disaster of a game that unfolded on the diamond.

The race started cleanly enough, but Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue from the University of Delaware emerged from the bullpen to execute a beautiful flying open field tackle on early leader Thomas Jefferson, leaving Teddy Roosevelt with a clear path to the finish line.

Clear, that is, until Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot emerged from the first base stands with Washington Wizards mascot G-Wiz.

With Slapshot kneeling down on the ground, G-Wiz used Slapshot’s back as a launching pad and leaped into the air for a flying take-down of the oncoming Bull Moose.

Mascots then streamed from the stands, including George (George Washington University), Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals), Talon (DC United), The Patriot (George Mason University), and bulldog Jack (Georgetown University), and YoUDee (University of Delaware), all pouncing on the oncoming presidents.

With an army of mascots beating up on Teddy, Bill, Abe, and George, a revived Thomas Jefferson came to his feet and veered around the pile, taking the victory to move himself into a tie atop with George Washington atop the presidents race standings at the end of the homestand.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

12 mascots can’t stop the racing presidents

The Nationals celebrated mascot Screech’s 5th birthday today at Nationals Park with a 1-0 victory vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers behind a stellar pitching performance by Scott Olson.

Eleven of Screech’s mascot friends were on hand for the celebration, including Slapshot, Talon, Pax, Gunston, Glory, Clawed Z. Eagle, and more. In the 4th inning, they formed a “mascot obstacle course” along the first base line, but George Washington powered through it to take today’s presidents race victory.

Thomas Jefferson followed behind, running over Maryland Terrapin mascot Testudo and knocking him to the ground.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Presidents race with hockey sticks, Slapshot sits in as referee

Teddy Roosevelt with SlapshotWith the Washington Capitals on the road for their playoff series against the New York Rangers, their mascot Slapshot made a guest appearance at Nationals Park tonight, filling in for the Nationals’ own eagle mascot Screech as referee for the 4th-inning presidents race.

The racing presidents paid their own tribute to the Caps, running tonight’s presidents race with hockey sticks in hand.

Abe jumped out first from the centerfield gate, but pulled up lame and limped all the way to the finish line, far behind George, who paced the field for his second presidents race victory of 2009.

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Nichols of Nats News Network
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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