Teddy Roosevelt Goes 0-for-Pittsburgh

The Washington Nationals’ long road trip started off with a whimper, as the team took just 1 of 3 games this week vs. the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Washington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt at PNC Park in PittsburghIt was however a slightly more successful series if measured in terms of fan goodwill. The rivaly between the Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates falls somewhere between benign and nonexistent, so this year the teams decided to inject a little extra fun into the contest by sending mascots to the other team’s stadium.

After hosting the Pirates’ Racing Pierogies at Nationals Park in May, the Nationals visited Pittsburgh’s PNC Park this week with members of the Nat Pack in tow, including racing presidents George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy.

After Teddy’s disastrous turn running anchor for the presidents in relay races against the pierogies in games 1 and 2, the mascots hung up the cleats for game three today and just entertained the fans.

Kudos to Stan Kasten and the Nats organization for spreading the goodwill and putting the presidents on the road. I hope we get to see more of this type of reciprocity with other teams around the league.

Just keep the Phillie Phanatic out of Nationals Park.

Photo courtesy of Angela Calo

Video: Pirates’ Pierogies vs. Nationals’ Presidents

Thanks to psugradgirl for uploading this video of Tuesday night’s race from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, when the Pirates’ racing pierogies, led by anchor runner Jalapeno Hanna, won a relay race vs. the visiting Washington Nationals’ racing presidents. Unfortunately, the change of venue did nothing to inspire Teddy Roosevelt, who ran the anchor leg and blew the presidents’ big lead.

Teddy Blows Relay Race vs. Pierogies in Pittsburgh

A change of venue momentarily appeared to have been the key to Teddy Roosevelt’s first victory, but the bull moose blew it on the road last night in Pittsburgh.

Washington Nationals' racing presidents Teddy and Tom with racing pierogie Jalapeno Hanna at PNC ParkAs expected, the Washington Nationals racing presidents made their first road trip with the team to appear with the racing pierogies at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park.

The series kicked off last night with a relay race pitting Pittsburgh’s own racing pierogies vs. Washington’s racing presidents. George Washington led off the race for the presidents and handed off to speedster Abe Lincoln who, in typical fashion, sprinted ahead of the field, ensuring a solid lead for racing president Thomas Jefferson to hand to anchor runner Teddy Roosevelt for the final leg.

That’s where it fell apart.

Instead of running straight down the first base line for the easy victory, Teddy mugged for the crowd and started up the ramp in right field corner. Those precious wasted seconds were all that was needed for the racing pierogies to steal back the lead. Teddy figured it out too late, making a run for the finish line but falling short of Jalapeno Hanna, who gave the racing pierogies the win.

Photo courtesy of Angela Calo

Presidents Race Panther Attack Video

Thanks to scubasteveo887 for this new video of Thursday night’s presidents race from Nationals Park, in which a panther attacked Teddy Roosevelt during a wild game between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals.

Digg ThisHoping to see your video soon from PNC Park in Pittsburgh, where the racing presidents were scheduled to appear tonight with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies.

Razor Scooter Is No Help to Teddy

If riding a motor scooter is considered cheating, then a foot-powered scooter must be ok, right?

This was apparently Teddy Roosevelt’s thinking as he prepared for the final presidents race of this Nationals Park homestand.

Two days after being disqualified for riding a motor scooter in the presidents race, Teddy Roosevelt chose a decidedly less high-tech method of cheating tonight for “Get Your Green On” night at Nationals Park.

Unfortunately, Teddy’s Razor scooter didn’t fare too well on the outfield warning track surface. He fell quickly behind the pack and finished so far behind winner Thomas Jefferson that the umpires, needing to start the bottom of the 4th inning, did not permit Teddy to finish the race.

They say in sports that the road can clear your head and allow you to focus. With Teddy’s record in Washington Nationals home games now standing at 0-for-152, this fan is eager to see if Teddy can bounce back tomorrow for the first presidents race road trip to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.

Could Teddy Win a Presidents Race in Pittsburgh?

Reliable sources tell me that our own Washington Nationals racing presidents will be hitting the road with the team tomorrow to visit Pittsburgh’s beautiful new PNC Park for the 3-game series between the Nationals and Pirates.

In early May, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies visited Nationals Park for a weekend series between the two teams. The resulting antics included a combined mascot relay race and the uncomfortable site of watching Teddy chase a Pierogie with a giant fork.

After his embarrassing disqualification on Saturday, perhaps a change of scenery could do Teddy some good. I hope to get some photos from Pittsburgh to share here.

flickr photo by paphotofan

Abe Lincoln Says “This is Why I’m Hot!”

The Let Teddy Win GirlsThe temperature on the field for Garrett Mock’s major league pitching debut today at Nationals Park was over 100 degrees, and despite the repeated sound of “This is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS over the stadium P.A., the Nationals were anything but, giving up another early lead and failing to threaten a comeback.

The only people who didn’t appear slowed by the heat were the Let Teddy Win girls, who could be heard cheering all game throughout Section 407, and racing president Abraham Lincoln, who’s been on fire for more than a month and has won six of the last nine presidents races. Abe dashed passed the other presidents today and won by a comfortable margin, taunting the other presidents as he turned and stepped backward across the finish line. Teddy, meanwhile, appeared to be saving his energy for Monday night.

Teddy Disqualified for Riding a Motor Scooter

The thunder rumbled in the distance on a steamy Saturday night at Nationals Park as Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and Nats pitcher Shawn Hill took a scoreless pitcher’s duel into the 8th inning.

Teddy Roosevelt is disqualified for riding a motor scooter in the Washington Nationals presidents race.With the crowd getting restless under the threatening skies, Teddy Roosevelt tried to single-handedly inject a little lightning of his own.

When George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy were announced for the 4th-inning presidents race, our favorite presidents #26 emerged from the centerfield fence riding a motor scooter.

Urged on by a cheering crowd, Teddy sported a big grin from wire-to-wire as he lapped his competition and crossed the finish line well ahead of the other racing presidents.

Teddy Roosevelt disqualified for riding motor scooter in Washington Nationals presidents raceOf course, he barely had time to blink before that sourpuss Screech put an end to the celebration, disqualifying Teddy for cheating while the other presidents were still just rounding the warning track. Teddy bent over in shame, but you’d think he would have learned this lesson by now.

Photos by andertho and The Nabob

Panther Returns To Attack Teddy During Presidents Race

Photos of the presidents race at Nationals Park.Followers of the presidents race agree that of all the crazy ways Teddy Roosevelt has managed to lose this year, few stack up to the panther attack that derailed our 26th president on
April 26th.

Last night at Nationals Park, the panther made a surprise return.

With Tim Redding and the Washington Nationals leading the St. Louis Cardinals by a seemingly comfortable margin in the middle of the 4th inning, Teddy dashed out to take an early presidents race lead. But the panther followed him out of the centerfield gate and chased him as he rounded the warning track.

The crowd was cheering for Teddy to beat the panther to the finish line, but there was little any of us could do other than grab a camera and record the inevitable.

It was a clean take-down.

As has happened so often this season, Abe was there to steal the victory. It makes one wonder who That Cat is working for.

It was all a fitting complement to a wild day at the ball park. With the teams’ already-thin pitching staffs stretched to the max by the last-minute doubleheader, big hits and wild plays were the order of the day. Two players hit their first career home runs, leads were blown by both teams, and finally, in the 10th inning of a 29-hit slugfest, Elijah Dukes capped a career night with his first homer as a National — a 2-run no-doubt-about-it game-winning shot.

Now that I think about it, it was such a night to remember that I forgot about the first game of the doubleheader. Did Teddy win?

Jefferson Holds Serve on a Rainy T-Shirt Tuesday

With two rain delays totalling over two hours in the early innings of Tuesday night’s contest, there weren’t many people left in the stands by the time the 4th-inning presidents race arrived at Nationals Park; but as had been speculated, Thomas Jefferson came from behind to take the presidents race on his very own T-Shirt Tuesday.

Among the fans receiving a free Thomas Jefferson racing president t-shirt was YouTube user weinholder, who stuck it out through to rain delay to record Tom’s victory:

As a fan in the background says, “you knew Tom was going to win on Tom t-shirt night.”

It does seem like a trend, doesn’t it? George won on his t-shirt Tuesday, and now Tom has won on his …which is why Teddy fans are excitedly looking forward to August 12.

Meet John Feinstein at Nationals Park Saturday Night

Best-selling author and local celebrity John “Junior” Feinstein will be at Nationals Park for this Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants greeting fans and signing copies of his new book “Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember,” which chronicles the 2007 seasons of pitchers Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina.

I have seen no formal announcements of the event, but in an interview on this morning’s Tony Kornheiser radio show, Feinstein said that he will be signing books and meeting fans outside the team store on Saturday night.

Will Hurricane Teddy Hit Nationals Park?

Hurricane Teddy ?With tropical storm Arthur having already kicked off the 2008 storm season, the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center last week boosted it’s official prediction for 2008, suggesting we could get 16 named storms this year.

Alert presidents race fan Marty Humm points out that the 2008 storm name
list
puts us dangerously close to
having a Hurricane Teddy as the end
of the baseball season approaches in late September.

National Hurricane Center 2008 Storm Names

1. Arthur         6. Fay         11. Kyle         16. Paloma
2. Bertha         7. Gustav         12. Laura         17. Rene
3. Cristobal         8. Hanna         13. Marco         18. Sally
4. Dolly         9. Ike         14. Nana         19. Teddy
5. Edouard         10. Josephine         15. Omar         20. Vicky

Digg ThisIf the Washington Nationals’ season so far is any indication, it will
indeed be a stormy year. We can only hope Hurricane Teddy shows
the same knack for fizzling out as his racing president namesake.

Great Promotions and Baseball Weather At Last

The Nats return home Tuesday night for seven games against the Cardinals and Giants, and it should be a great week for baseball at Nationals Park, with evening temperatures projected to be in the 70s throughout the homestand and some great fan promotions that should help fill the stands.

Free Thomas Jefferson racing president t-shirts for the first 10,000 Nationals Fans on T-Shirt Tuesday June 3.

The homestand kicks off with free Thomas Jefferson racing president t-shirts to the first 10,000 fans on T-Shirt Tuesday, followed by “Get Your Green On” night on Wednesday, Ryan Zimmerman bobblehead night on Thursday, and free baseball gloves for kids 12 and under on Sunday. Quite a lineup.

We’ll be looking to see if Thomas Jefferson disappoints his fans or runs away with the presidents race on his t-shirt night tomorrow. More importantly, after Teddy Roosevelt’s unexplained collapse in the last home game, is the Bull Moose back and ready for the challenge?

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