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Washington Nationals Host Mascot Tryouts

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The Presidents race during a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 4, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Presidents race during a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 4, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Thirty-eight people showed up to run for presidential office as one of the Washington Nationals’ racing presidents mascots.

The tryouts were held Saturday morning at Nationals Park.

Candidates were interviewed, had to show their celebration dance and how they’d pose in costume, and also ran a 40-yard dash.

The team’s 12-foot costumed presidents have raced against one another in the fourth inning since 2006. The team’s mascots started out as the four presidents found on Mount Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. One more president, William Howard Taft, joined the group in 2013.

The team will pick 15 to 25 men and women to portray the presidents. Candidates will find out in a few weeks whether they made the squad.

Participation in the tryout was by invitation only and not open to the public.

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