GIF: Taft’s wife Nellie pops up to disrupt Nationals presidents race

Friday night marked the anniversary of “Nellie” Taft’s death in 1943, and to memorialize the occasion with dignity, the 27th first lady popped out from a jack-in-the-box to spook the Nationals’ racing presidents and spur her husband William Howard Taft to victory. Perhaps the late Helen Louise Herron Taft was making her first appearance at …

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Taft recruits rats from National Opera to ambush his fellow racing presidents

Whether William Howard Taft is a rat may be subject to debate, but Saturday left no doubt whether the newest racing president hangs out with them. After Taft won his second race on Friday, his fellow racing presidents decided they needed to put the Big Chief in his place, and so on Saturday afternoon at … Continue reading Taft recruits rats from National Opera to ambush his fellow racing presidents

Video: Taft & Lincoln stop presidents race to commemorate dedication of Lincoln Memorial

You have to hand it to the Nationals mascot team. They really do their homework. Friday marked the 92nd anniversary of the dedication of D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial — a ceremony presided over by the 27th U.S. president, William Howard Taft. So on Friday night at Nationals Park, racing presidents Taft and Abe Lincoln stopped mid-race … Continue reading Video: Taft & Lincoln stop presidents race to commemorate dedication of Lincoln Memorial

Taft plays Jason for Friday the 13th, gets clocked by George

The Nationals racing presidents kicked off the final homestand of the season as the presidents race was meant to be, with the Rushmore four — George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy — racing closely along the warning track. But it being Friday the 13th, this season’s interloper William Howard Taft emerged from the bullpen midway through … Continue reading Taft plays Jason for Friday the 13th, gets clocked by George

Videos: Taft competes with Teddy for Twitter followers, Abe slams him with a folding chair, and more

The cheating is getting out of hand in the Nationals presidents race, and if that sounds like nothing new, the difference vs. previous years is that now even Teddy isn’t getting disqualified. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft escalated their 100 year-old war, taking each other out … Continue reading Videos: Taft competes with Teddy for Twitter followers, Abe slams him with a folding chair, and more

Orioles Bird takes out racing presidents, struggles with Taft

Baltimore Orioles mascot “The Bird” made his annual appearance at Nationals Park Tuesday night as the Nats took on the Orioles in the “Battle of the Beltways.” The creatively named mascot has been known for disrupting the presidents race in the past, but Tuesday marked the first time the Oriole had ever faced five presidents … Continue reading Orioles Bird takes out racing presidents, struggles with Taft

Video: Taft notches his first-ever presidents race victory, beating Teddy at the wire

The recent spate of violence and cheating in the Nationals’ presidents race escalated Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and George Washington all got into the act. Thomas Jefferson took an early lead, but Abe Lincoln put a quick end to that by head butting the Sage of Monticello on the … Continue reading Video: Taft notches his first-ever presidents race victory, beating Teddy at the wire

Seamheads.com & SABRmetrics expert says dump Taft, Let Teddy Win

The folks over at Seamheads.com know a thing or two about baseball, having authored 90 books about the subject. So the Washington Nationals might do well to pay attention when Seamheads managing editor, baseball author, longtime MASN contributor and SABRmetrics expert Ted Leavengood offers some advice for getting the season on track. On Thursday at … Continue reading Seamheads.com & SABRmetrics expert says dump Taft, Let Teddy Win

Video: Winthrop Roosevelt no help as William Howard Taft pushes Teddy around in his debut race

Winthrop Roosevelt was on hand to cheer on his great-great grandfather for the opening day presidents race at Nationals Park, but the Nats’ newest racing president established himself as an enforcer who was prepared to put himself between Teddy and the finish line. The direct descendent of Theodore Roosevelt ushered in the 2013 season with … Continue reading Video: Winthrop Roosevelt no help as William Howard Taft pushes Teddy around in his debut race

Taft skips first presidents race of 2013, Gecko flattens Washington

New racing president William Howard Taft sat out the first presidents race of 2013 at Nationals Park. The unofficial race was part of Friday’s exhibition opener vs. the New York Yankees. Taft wasn’t part of the introductory video, and spent the entire race in the stands at section 133, taking notes on his new opponents … Continue reading Taft skips first presidents race of 2013, Gecko flattens Washington

Teddy takes an early lead in fan voting as race vs. Taft begins

Nats Racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft took off this morning on their Executive Adventure to Mt. Rushmore, with Taft tweeting a photo from the starting line. Fans who follow the presidents on Twitter @Teddy26Nats or @NatsBigChief27 are being asked to use the hashtags #VoteTeddy or #VoteBill to voice their support. Results appear … Continue reading Teddy takes an early lead in fan voting as race vs. Taft begins

Nationals introduce William Howard Taft (Photos, Video)

The Washington Nationals introduced their new racing president Saturday at the team’s NatsFest fan festival. With a packed crowd gathered around the NatsFest mainstage, Nationals broadcaster Charlie Slowes welcomed the fifth presidents race regular as “The Big Chief,” a reference to Taft’s years as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Slowes proceeded to interview … Continue reading Nationals introduce William Howard Taft (Photos, Video)