Teddy and the Nats pause to celebrate Earth Day

Tonight the Washington Nationals celebrated Earth Day at Nationals Park by effectively conserving energy for nine innings.

Washington Nationals Earth Day Presidents RaceBy scattering their six hits over an efficient 2 hours and 30 minutes, the home team wasted an equally efficient seven shutout innings by starter John Lannan. With the score tied 0-0, the door was left open for the Atlanta Braves to out-conserve them in the 9th inning, converting a single hit into victory with a game-winning walk.

Teddy Roosevelt got into the act during the 4th inning presidents race. After taking an early lead, he slowed down to celebrate Earth Day with the fans, passing out the armful of green hats and beads he’d been carrying; but Abe flew past and claimed the victory.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Ash

Presidents race with hockey sticks, Slapshot sits in as referee

Teddy Roosevelt with SlapshotWith the Washington Capitals on the road for their playoff series against the New York Rangers, their mascot Slapshot made a guest appearance at Nationals Park tonight, filling in for the Nationals’ own eagle mascot Screech as referee for the 4th-inning presidents race.

The racing presidents paid their own tribute to the Caps, running tonight’s presidents race with hockey sticks in hand.

Abe jumped out first from the centerfield gate, but pulled up lame and limped all the way to the finish line, far behind George, who paced the field for his second presidents race victory of 2009.

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Nichols of Nats News Network
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

After rain delay, Teddy races with an umbrella

After a 1/2-dozen roster moves, the signing of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to a long-term contract, and the calling up of rookie Jordan Zimmermann for his first major league start, there was an unusual mood of cautious optimism in the air tonight at Nationals Park. With the sound of thunder booming in the distance, it seemed the perfect night for Teddy to take his first presidents race victory.

It was wishful thinking. More than 3 hours after the scheduled start time for tonights game between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, the racing presidents finally took to the soggy outfield. After taking an early lead, Teddy seemed more concerned with staying dry, struggling as he ran with a comically undersized umbrella, while Abe passed him by to take the tape.

Abe now has sole posession of first place in the presidents race standings. Let’s hope this isn’t a repeat of last year.

Reminder: Two days left for Half price tickets for Teddy fans.

Tom levels Abe in the outfield. George notches win #1.

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson is as frustrated with the Washington Nationals bullpen as the rest of us.

On a day when the Nats’ bullpen notched it’s third and fourth blown saves of the 3-game series vs. the Florida Marlins, our nation’s third president took out his frustration on Abraham Lincoln during the 4th-inning presidents race at Nationals Park.

After George Washington took an early lead, Tom and Abe followed behind and began scuffling almost immediately. Tom slammed Abe against the outfield scoreboard wall, with Abe falling as Teddy Roosevelt raced by.

Teddy was unable to catch George, who notched his first presidents race victory of the young season. Alas, Teddy is now in familiar territory as the only racing president who has yet to win this season.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

Teddy distracted by a juggling clown

The crowd at Nationals Park still had something to cheer about during Saturday’s 4th inning presidents race. The Nats had a big lead, and their second consecutive blown save extra innings loss to the Florida Marlins would not unfold for another 2 hours.

For Teddy fans, Saturday’s presidents race was equally frustrating for Teddy Roosevelt’s rooters. After running a tight race the night before, Teddy barely got out of the gate Saturday before being distracted by a clown who appeared along the warning track. As the clown dropped his pants and juggled rings, Teddy pranced and clapped, while Abe paced the field to take the tape.

Photo courtesy of Miss Chatter.
Video courtesy of Bree Stevens.

Washington Natinals? Nats’ uniforms misspelled.

Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Dunn's uniform was misspelled to read NatinalsAs was first reported by the intrepid Chico Harlan, for several innings of tonight’s game vs. the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park, Nationals players Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman sported uniforms with the word “Nationals” misspelled. The “o” was missing, making it “Natinals”, as you can see in this image from the broadcast.

The players switched jerseys mid-game after the error was noticed.
[May update: the story won't die]

The game was a heartbreaker, with Joel Hanrahan blowing his first save opportunity in the 9th inning. The 4th inning presidents race offered no theatrics — just a convincing wire-to-wire victory for Thomas Jefferson, with Teddy pulling up the rear.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Nats get first victory of the season — Not so for Teddy

On a beautiful spring night at Nationals Park, 20,000 fans witnessed a display of the Washington Nationals new power as they grabbed their first victory of the season tonight in an 8-2 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Alas, Teddy Roosevelt did not join the Nationals in the win column.

Thomas Jefferson trips in the Washington Nationals presidents race, but is granted the victory.Unlike opening day, Teddy did participate in the presidents race from start to finish. Our #26 actually built an early lead and had a clear path to the finish line, but Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson passed him in the home stretch, with Abe appearing to cross the tape first as Jefferson fell at the finish line (or was he tripped by Abe?).

The close finish was initially called for Abe, but after video review it was announced that the win was granted to Thomas Jefferson.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user philliefan99
Video by YouTube member Rockthered8

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