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: Eight area mascots pummel racing presidents, Abe Lincoln rips off Talon’s head

It’s become an annual tradition. Each April at least a half dozen area mascots show up on a Sunday at Nationals Park to celebrate Nats mascot Screech’s birthday.

Screechs Birthday - Mascots visiting Nationals Park racing presidentsMascots tackle Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln knocks off DC United Talon's Head - Nationals Park Presidents RaceNationals Park racing presidents photo finish William Howard TaftAnd each year, they take great joy in ambushing the racing presidents.

In the 4th inning today, as the presidents rounded the right field corner in their Sunday finest, the mascots poured out of the stands along the first base line.

YoUDee and Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue (University of Delaware) ganged up on the charging Teddy Roosevelt. Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals) and George (George Washington University) teamed up on George Washington. True Grit (UMBC) tripped up William Howard Taft, and what appeared to be Bill the Goat from Navy (with a new uniform number) downed a spinning Thomas Jefferson. Clawed Z. Eagle (American University) mostly just joined in high-fiving the other mascots.

Abe Lincoln managed to burst through the melee, but like a catcher guarding home plate, DC United’s Talon held ground as the last line of defense against the Great Emancipator. Abe plowed into the mascot and knocked off his head, but fell just short of the finish line.

As the Goat pounded relentlessly on the downed Jefferson, Washington and Taft both stumbled to their feet and raced for the tape, leading to a surprising photo finish, with Taft claiming his first victory of the season.

Full video below, plus a bonus slo-mo version of the big hits

Videos courtesy of lfahome

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

Teddy takes out his frustrations on Milwaukee’s sausages

The Nationals hosted a rare doubleheader vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Nationals Park, and if you’re a Nats fan, you couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon of baseball and presidents race excitement.

Teddy manning the barbeque by Kirsten Rae IrwinIn fact, even Teddy fans got to taste a little sweet victory — not in the standings, but in the form of revenge against those cocky racing sausages from Wisconsin.

In the first race, the “un-racing sausages” jumped out to a big lead, followed closely by Teddy Roosevelt; but nine (9!) mascots from other local teams were waiting for them in ambush, and gang-tackled them all as they reached the home stretch.

Teddy had a clear path to the finish line, but chose instead to put a full body slam on “No-lish Sausage,” who’d already been knocked to the ground. George sneaked by for the win.

It was a convincing hit, and may be the only time Teddy’s fans have cheered him enthusiastically for blowing a race.

The other teams’ mascots were on
Mascots at Nationals Parkhand to help celebrate Screech’s birthday, and included Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals), Pinch (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs), Talon (DC United), Testudo (University of Maryland), The Patriot (George Mason University), Jack (Georgetown University), George (George Washington University), Clawed Z. Eagle (American University), and YoUDee (University of Delaware).

In the second game, “Un-italian Sausage” replaced Teddy in a race against George, Tom, and Abe, and had the lead heading into the home stretch, but Teddy was waiting in foul territory, tending a kettle grill filled with sausages.

As the sausage ran by, Teddy nonchalantly lifted his arm and clotheslined the imposter, eliciting gasps from the crowd as Abe ran by for the victory.

The Nats now hit the road as a winning ball club for the first time in memory. Perhaps Teddy will be inspired and get back in the race by the 26th when the next homestand begins vs. the New York Mets.

Teddy photo courtesy of Kirsten Rae Irwin.
Mascot photo and videos 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

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