RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Some of the biggest names in American political history visited the Black Hills over the long President's Day weekend, even stopping at their likenesses at Mount Rushmore.
The Washington Nationals' presidential mascots, famous for their footraces during the 4th-inning stretch, traveled to western South Dakota as guests of The Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes Association. Video footage from their tour, which also included stops at Custer State Park, Wall Drug Store and Deadwood, will be played during future home games.
It was the first time the five mascots came out west. The faces of the original four mascots — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln — are on Mount Rushmore. The fifth, William H. Taft, just joined the team. Taft was the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a season opener.
Tom Davis, entertainment manager for the National League team, said the group had a fun time in the Black Hills and were thrilled they were finally able to make the trip.