The Shifting Finish Line

Brooke Family

From Tom: Has anyone else noticed that the finish line for the Presidents Race keeps moving deeper into the outfield? On opening night, Screech and the Geico Gecko waved the checkered flag at or around home plate, just as they had at RFK. By the third or fourth home game, the finish line was beyond the first base dugout, well past first base.

For this home stand, the finish line seems to have migrated almost to the outfield wall. What was once a distance race seems to have become a sprint.

Granted, at RFK, the Rushmores ran a straight line from the right field bullpen down the line to home plate. And at Nats Park, they enter from a center field gate. But come on! It seems sort of silly to have a race end so far from the center of the action on a baseball field.

What's the reason for that anyway? Even Teddy seemed capable of running the distance. Have these guys been term-limited or something?

By Brooke Family  |  May 26, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  | Category:  Brooke Family , Presidents Race
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Posted by: confused easily | May 26, 2008 11:13 AM

Update! This afternoon they ran to first base again. Of course, the Nationals lost. Perhaps the shorter race was less distracting to the team. The twist was that the opening video (which is at least two years old) was not aired.

Posted by: Tom Brooke | May 26, 2008 7:34 PM

MLB is trying to shorten the game times and has asked the teams to limit their between inning entertainment.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 8:52 PM

I want to see them take too much time with the Presidents Race, have an umpire complain about it, then see Teddy get into an argument with the ump and get ejected. Too bad the Cubs series has come and gone, so he can't do his best Lou Piniella imitation. But he could go all Earl Weaver on an ump when the O's are here, or try to out-argue Bobby Cox while the Braves are here. That would be quite entertaining!

Posted by: Section 419+1 | May 27, 2008 7:44 AM

I like the Pres Race, but it's getting boring with the Teddy-won't-win thing. I was at the Sat and Mon games this weekend. Both times Teddy led as they turned down the right field line. Both times you knew he wouldn't win and the only "suspense" was how he'd fail/fall. This needs to change. While I'm on the subject, we need some guest presidents too. Jackson and Wilson should show up once in a while. And FDR in a wheel chair? I don't even want to start thinking about how much commentary that would get -- of course, they'd have to "let" him win.

Posted by: OutsideTheLaw | May 27, 2008 11:46 AM

Outside the Law,

I have been suggesting additional Presidents for quite some time! For instance, a Nixon character could always cheat, but somehow lose, kind of like Dick Dastardly on the Saturday morning cartoons of years gone by. And the JFK and Clinton characters could stop to chat up pretty girl in the stands. How about Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford stumbling around the track?

Posted by: Tom Brooke | May 27, 2008 2:24 PM

Tom, I think those things would be a little too cute and a little too close to home for DC. It would end up in another partisan battle. Even FDR (my idea) is probably too close for this town's sensitivities. Remember, this is a place where there was/is debate about whether Democrats will wear a red [state] hat with a W [dubya] on it. Some of us still prefer the blue hat with "DC" on it.

Posted by: OutsideTheLaw | May 28, 2008 4:49 PM

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