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Easter Bunny savagely tackles Teddy during Presidents Race on Easter Sunday

Easter Bunny savagely tackles Teddy during Presidents Race on Easter Sunday

Who knew the Easter Bunny had moves? If there were any doubters, he proved them wrong during the Nationals' 6-4 win over the Phillies on Sunday. 

During the Presidents Race — where giant-headed mascots of former presidents like George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt compete in an on-field race — the Easter Bunny made a festive appearance. 

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Teddy — who famously can never seem to catch a break  — was having a great Sunday and race, when, out of nowhere, the Easter Bunny came flying in and viciously tackled poor Teddy to the ground. 

Pretty impressive for someone whose reputation paints him as a fluffy, woodland creative who joyfully delivers baskets and hides eggs for children. 

As the Redskins look to buff up their defense this offseason, perhaps they'd like to invite the Easter Bunny out to practice one day. Just a thought. 

Here's another view of Teddy getting destroyed, along with the other presidents. 

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Nationals' title turned Bob Henley into a reluctant parade leader

Nationals' title turned Bob Henley into a reluctant parade leader

WASHINGTON -- Bob Henley went back to Grand Bay, Alabama as he does each offseason once the games end.

The place is small, just 3,672 residents as of the 2010 Census, and Henley is one of its most famous residents. He surfaced from this place about 26 minutes southwest of Mobile down I-10 to make it the major leagues in 1998 as a catcher. He was 25 years old. The 41 games he played marked his first and last season in the majors before a bevy of injuries shifted him to coaching. Montreal drafted him in 1991. He’s been attached to the organization since.

So, when Henley went back to Grand Bay this offseason, he was finally World Series Champions Bobby Henley. And, championships change everything. Even in tiny towns for lifelong residents. In Henley’s case, it meant a new title and directive from his mother: he was to be the Grand Marshall in the Grand Bay Christmas Parade, which is filled with floats, flying objects and an unusual sleigh for Santa.

“Which is a BIG deal back home,” Henley said. “Not so much the Grand Marshall, but the Christmas parade. Santa Claus on top of a fire truck and somebody’s got to lead the pack. So, they asked me -- well, through my mother -- they said, ‘Bobby, we want you to be the Grand Marshall.’ And I said, ‘Well, mama what is that?’ She said that means you sit on a car out there in front, the convertible and whatnot, and you lead the parade.

“I said, ‘I’m not sitting on a convertible car, momma. I’m not doing that.’

“She goes, ‘Oh, you’re doing it.’

“I said, wait a minute....I’ll do it, but I’m not sitting on the car. She goes, ‘Well, we’ll talk about that.’”

Henley, 46, was trapped by two mighty forces: his momma and the town’s desire. Dec. 9, he joined the front of the parade through town. The first float was essentially a hay ride with “four or five” kids who are Nationals fans. Each float decides what to throw into the crowd. These kids threw oatmeal pies.

“And I basically just walked around -- it was only two miles -- hugged everybody’s neck, wore my uniform top,” Henley said. “I think they just wanted to say we watched. Even though it’s kind of an Atlanta area and it’s a little bit close to Houston, boy, they were watching every pitch.

“They said, ‘We were nervous at this point. We were excited at this point. I couldn’t even watch, I had to turn it off, put it on record and the next day it was like, ‘Yeah, they won!’ So they were super-excited.”

Henley spends his time between leading parades and teaching young outfielders in the nation’s capital on his property. It’s three acres with a well-stocked pond which continues to expand and has him wondering if it now qualifies as a lake. His son rejiggered the netting on a backyard trampoline so he could use it as a launching pad into the water. The trampoline is now on the other side of the yard.

But, the hometown parade, much like the one in the District or when wading through fans at Nationals Winterfest, provided Henley a chance to say thanks back. The odds of his journey are low. Yet, he’s now a World Series champion, in charge of most of his life until his momma calls with a directive.

“I just wanted them to feel part of it,” Henley said. “When I came from that town and had an opportunity to play professionally -- going to the major leagues from a town that small is like going to the moon. You know this is a goal, but it’s just so far-fetched. When that happened, then all of a sudden your career is cut short because of injury, and they ask you to coach. It’s either go to the shipyard or coach, I said, well, let’s try coaching first.

“And now to look back at the journey and to win a World Series title -- been here for so many years -- and you see how many people it impacts throughout the area and the organization, all the families and the kids and people who will probably be Nats fans forever and how excited they are, it just makes you feel wonderful.”

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Josh Donaldson says decision to sign with Twins over Braves, Nationals came down to money

Josh Donaldson says decision to sign with Twins over Braves, Nationals came down to money

The Nationals made an offer to free-agent Josh Donaldson this winter but talks didn’t progress much deeper than that, the third baseman told NBC Sports Washington’s Tim Shovers at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend.

“I had a talk with the general manager [Mike Rizzo] and I had a conversation with Davey [Martinez] as well,” Donaldson said. “Had a couple conversations with some of the teammates but nothing that was structurally or anything like that. It was just kind of what they thought and where they saw me as part of their team and part of the organization. Ultimately, that didn’t work out.”

Donaldson confirmed Washington did make an offer, although he couldn’t recall how much it was. He expressed excitement for signing with the Minnesota Twins, a team coming off a 101-win season in which it led the majors in home runs.

“There was multiple decisions [that went into it],” Donaldson said. “I think it’s going to be a great lineup. I’ve had a lot of success in that ballpark as well. At the end of the day, the dollars were more too.”

The 2015 AL MVP spent last season with the Braves. Atlanta beat out the Nationals for the NL East crown but was knocked out by the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS before Washington went on to win the World Series. As a player who faced Washington 19 times last season, he admitted it wasn’t easy watching the Nationals hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy.

“It was tough,” Donaldson said. “At the end of the day you’re excited for those guys because they were able to close the deal. For a team that was in our division and for a team that we handled pretty much the entire season, it did make it a little bit more salt in the wounds for sure.”

After signing Donaldson, the Twins have the makings of one of the deepest lineups in the sport and appear poised to defend their AL Central crown. The Braves moved quickly after the news broke, signing free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna to a one-year, $18 million contract Tuesday to replace Donaldson in the middle of the order.

Washington, meanwhile, plans to try out top prospect Carter Kieboom at third base in Spring Training, with veterans Asdrúbal Cabrera, Howie Kendrick and Starlin Castro capable of playing there should Kieboom prove not yet ready.

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