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

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