Video: Jefferson leads the way in Nationals Independence Day tradition.

Independence Day Thomas Jefferson wins the Presidents Race at Nationals ParkJuly 4 Presidents Race - Thomas Jefferson Always Wins Declaration of IndependenceLongtime Washington Nationals fans know two universal truths about Independence Day at Nationals Park. Ryan Zimmerman will have a big day, and Thomas Jefferson will win the presidents race.

Zimmerman delivered with a homer and three RBI, making him 10 for 20 with 13 RBIs in six Independence Day games.

And for the third year in a row, founding father Thomas Jefferson, scribe of the Declaration of Independence, led the 4th inning presidents race wire to wire, carrying an American Flag all the way.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Phillies fan ejected for punching Thomas Jefferson during presidents race

It wasn’t a complete invasion, but busloads of Philadelphia fans were among the 24,875 at Nationals Park Thursday night to see Cliff Lee and Jordan Zimmermann go at it in the final game of the Nationals’ series vs. the Phillies.

Phillies fan reaches from stands, hits Nationals racing president Thomas JeffersonThe notorious boo-birds have earned a reputation for importing disruptive behavior to Nationals Park, and Thursday night was no exception, as the local MASN broadcast caught a spectator reaching into the field of play during the fourth-inning presidents race.

The fan appears to be reaching for a high five, then cocks his arm and slams Thomas Jefferson squarely in the face:

The fan wasn’t wearing team gear, but can there be any doubt where he’s from? UPDATE: We’re told that Nationals Park security “swarmed” him and immediately ejected him from the park.

After getting hit, Jefferson spun around but maintained his balance. Teddy Roosevelt was nearly able to take advantage and grab the victory, but he was outpaced by Abraham Lincoln in the stretch.

UPDATE: Confirmed.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Jefferson runs with American flag then signs Declaration of Independence

4th of July presidents race at Nationals ParkOn a scorcher of an Independence Day afternoon, the Nationals racing presidents paid homage to the author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Wearing traditional period garb for the holiday, Thomas Jefferson led Sunday’s presidents race from wire to wire with a large American Flag in hand. George Washington followed with a quill pen, and Teddy Roosevelt trailed the pack carrying an oversized copy of the Declaration of Independence.

After the race, Thomas took the quill and signed the declaration as Teddy held it up for the Nationals Park crowd.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy kicks off homestand with weak effort, and coupon code for upcoming series

The Nationals kicked off a ten game homestand Thursday night with a terrific outing by Livan Hernandez and a walk-off game winning RBI by Ryan Zimmerman to take the first of four from the New York Mets.

As the Nats returned to their winning ways at home, Teddy Roosevelt returned to his losing ways as well, putting up no fight whatsoever asThomas Jefferson narrowly beat our George and Abe for the presidents race victory.

For next week’s series against the Padres, the Nationals have released a 1/3-off coupon code “for Teddy’s friends”: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” (all caps) and get half-price tickets in select seating sections for the 3-game series vs. the red hot San Diego Padres starting Tuesday at Nationals Park. The coupon is valid for online orders only, and gets you discount tickets in the outfield corners ($23), the outfield mezzanine ($20), or the upper infield gallery ($12).

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Jefferson drinks a Red Bull mid-race, sprints ahead to victory

Thomas Jefferson did his best Abe Lincoln impression tonight at Nationals Park, sprinting out ahead of the other presidents for an early lead. Lacking Abe’s stamina, Tom paused to catch his breath, but fortunately he had can of Red Bull handy, drank it down, and then sprinted past his opponents again to run away with a Nationals presidents race victory.

“Honest” Abe hasn’t been himself since getting helped off the field Tuesday night.

TJ’s victory forced a rare 3-way tie atop the presidents race standings, marking the first time in more than 2 years that Teddy Roosevelt can lay claim to 2nd place …sort of.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

TJ takes Abe Lincoln on the inside

An all-time record low crowd of 11,623 who skipped the Caps game and braved the cold were rewarded as Craig Stammen shut down the Colorado Rockies through 8 innings tonight at Nationals Park, setting the table for closer Matt Capps to enter to cheers of “Let’s Go Capps!” from the home crowd.

As it becomes increasingly evident that the Nats have changed their losing ways, Teddy still hasn’t gotten the memo. He faltered in the outfield corner, allowing Thomas Jefferson to make an inside move and pass Abe Lincoln to move into a tie for the season lead.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Sacrificed for the cause

I enjoyed catching up with Ian Koski from Nationals Pride during Saturday’s presidents race tryouts in the snow, not realizing that he had set his Flip video camera right in the path of the racing presidents, resulting in by far the funniest footage of the day:

UPDATE: It looks like I got a photo of the exact moment when Tom was about to crush Ian’s Flip Video camcorder:

Nats racing presidents topple camera during auditions in the snow

Ian's Flip video camera about to get booted by Thomas Jefferson

Thanks Ian for your sacrifice.

P.S. – If you need to replace your Flip video camera,
may I suggest a Let Teddy Win model:
😉

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