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Nationals’ Racing Presidents meet Crab Nachos Libre, celebrate the World Cup


Crab Nachos Libre takes out Teddy. (Via

It was an eventful weekend for the Nationals’ Racing Presidents.

Abe, Bill, George, Teddy and Tom worked overtime in Friday’s 13-inning loss to the Braves, which featured the 13th doubleheader in Presidents Race history. The following night, a new character played a key role in the outcome of the race.

Crab Nachos Libre — a nod to the new concession offering at Nationals Park this season and the Jack Black comedy about a Mexican wrestler — wore a luchador costume and mask with crab claws affixed to his arms. CNL jumped out of the center field gate to take out George and Tom before toppling Abe in the right field corner, and his flying leap from the railing along the first-base line knocked Teddy off his feet. Bill cruised to victory.

An astute reader almost foretold the introduction of Crab Nachos Libre after Nicecream Cone wreaked havoc in a Presidents Race last Tuesday. Quite a week for anthropomorphic food mascots at Nationals Park.

On Sunday, the Racing Presidents did a World Cup bit in honor of the USA-Portugal match. Tom, wearing a red jersey representing Portugal, took a dive and was given a red card, while Abe managed to score a goal against “Portugal goalie” Bill.

Speaking of Teddy, he made an appearance at Sunday’s game in Manaus.

Thanks to @LetTeddyWin.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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