Video: Teddy commemorates “Man in the Arena” Speech during presidents race

Teddy Roosevelt wearing boxing glovesApril 23 Boxing Gloves Presidents Race Nationals Park Teddy Man in the ArenaOn this day in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave his famous “Man in the Arena” speech at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France.

Roosevelt used the occasion to extol the virtues not of the critic, but of “the man who is actually in the arena,” who “if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

The speech established the philosophy that guided the Let Teddy Win movement since 2006, and provided locker room inspiration for the Nationals before a huge playoff victory in 2012.

To commemorate the 104th anniversary, the Rough Rider donned boxing gloves for Wednesday’s fourth inning race at Nationals Park.

Teddy entered the race from the bullpen and ambushed his opponents with a series of jabs as they approached the right field corner. But Abe Lincoln wasn’t phased, and the Great Emancipator was able to hold off a late charge from Roosevelt to take his third straight race.

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Video: Presidents recycle field trash during Earth Day race, Abe tops the standings for the first time since 2012

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Abe Lincoln shows off his Earth Day trophies (Twitter Photo:@Teddy26Nats)

The Nats racing presidents recycled an Earth Day tribute on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, pausing during the fourth inning race to pick up trash from the warning track and deposit it in recycle bins before continuing the race.

The presidents have celebrated Earth Day at home before, but this was the first time they all got into the act. In previous years, Teddy has paused to pass out beads and hats, planted a tree in foul territory, and picked up Abe Lincoln’s litter. Yet despite this year’s even playing field, Abe Lincoln prevailed to take over first place in the standings for the first time since 2012.

No finish line video tonight, but here’s the call by Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo from the MASN broadcast:

Video: Lincoln catches Teddy in the standings

Abe Lincoln wins Nationals presidents raceIt’s early still, but 2014 is shaping up to be the a historically tight battle in the presidents race standings.

Perennial cellar dweller Teddy Roosevelt has suddenly emerged as a competitive force, but his notorious rival Abe Lincoln isn’t sitting still. On Monday night at Nationals Park, it was Abe’s turn, pulling away at the finish to take his third victory and tie the Rough Rider atop the presidents race standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Easter Bunny Takes Out 4 Racing Presidents

Easter Bunny Attacks Nationals Racing PresidentsOn Easter Sunday at Nationals Park, the racing presidents wore their Sunday finest and ran a tight, clean fourth inning race with Teddy in the lead down the home stretch.

But the Easter Bunny was waiting in foul territory and took a leap towards Roosevelt, taking out the Rushmore Four in one fell swoop.

With George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy on the ground, the plodding William Howard Taft was able to race by for his second win of the season.

It was the first regular season appearance for the Easter Bunny, who last appeared in an exhibition game in 2012.

GIF: George slams Teddy into the visitor’s bullpen fence

George Washington Slams Teddy Roosevelt Animated GIF VideoGeorge Slams Teddy Cardinals reactionRunning the wrong way seemed to help the team on Friday night, so on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, the racing presidents took off toward the third base side again, but as was the case in the game vs. the Cardinals, things got ugly quickly.

Teddy Roosevelt had an early lead, but as the presidents passed the visitors’ bullpen, George Washington slammed Teddy into the fence, to the surprise and horror of the Cardinals’ relievers.

Roosevelt fell to the ground, and oncoming presidents Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson tripped over him. With his competition dispatched, George Washington managed to avoid disqualification and cruised to an easy victory.

Video: Teddy & the racing presidents reverse course to exorcise Cardinals demons

Nationals racing presidents running left Teddy winsNationals racing presidents running left Teddy winsThe home team had not beaten the visiting St. Louis Cardinals since the 2012 playoffs, and so, coming off an inauspicious series opener Thursday, the Nats needed to exorcise some demons.

In the fourth inning Friday, Teddy Roosevelt and the racing presidents did their part, reversing the direction of the nightly presidents race and heading towards a new finish line along the third base side.

Perennial loser Roosevelt came on strong from behind and pulled away for an easy victory, perhaps inspiring the Nats toward victory and enabling the hero of San Juan Hill to take regain sole possession of first place in the standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy gives up lead to celebrate National High Five Day

National High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsNational High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsNational High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsThe Nationals returned to DC Friday to kick off an eleven game homestand on what apparently was National High Five Day.

Nats racing president Teddy Roosevelt celebrated the occasion by running a fourth inning race reminiscent of his epic six year losing streak.

The Rough Rider surged from the rear of the pack to overtake his fellow presidents heading into the home stretch, but waiting in the stands along the first base line were members of the Nat Pack holding signs of encouragement.

Faced with messages of “Happy NH5D Teddy!!,” “Teddy Win = High-5″, and “Go Teddy Go!!,” our 26th president stopped to high five all the fans along the rail, letting Thomas Jefferson run by to pick up that president’s first victory of the young season.

Video below. For readers interested in the baseball-related history of the high five, check out this piece from ESPN The Magazine.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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