Today at Nationals Park, Teddy spotted the orioles mascot right out of the starting gate, ran after him and promptly slammed The Bird into the outfield wall, taking him down and out of the action. We’ve rarely seen Teddy so motivated.
In fact, the Bull Moose acted with such efficiency that he was able to spin around and rejoin the race, giving the other presidents a run for their money and almost catching George. Washington took his second presidents race of the series, pulling him into a tie for 2nd with Thomas Jefferson to finish the homestand.
The racing presidents are back in action June 2 when the Giants come to town.
Photo courtesy of James Littlefield.
Video by YouTube member DCSportFan
For Teddy fans, the question entering this weekend’s “Battle of the Beltways” series between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles was whether we’d see an escalation of last year’s rivalry between racing president Teddy Roosevelt and the creatively-named Orioles mascot “The Bird.”
In the first game Friday night, Nationals mascot Screech prevented any funny business by fighting The Bird early in the game, and getting the O’s mascot escorted out of Nationals Park before it had any chance to interfere with the presidents race, which George Washington took at the wire.
Tonight, it was Teddy who grabbed the early lead. The crowd roared as the presidents raced down the home stretch, tasting a first-ever victory for #26; but those who were in the stands last June felt an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu. There was the Oriole Bird, appearing out of nowhere in the foul territory. There would be no tripping this time. Not leaving anything to chance, The Bird tackled Teddy to the ground.
One consolation for Teddy: The Bird got his. George Washington was right behind and leveled Teddy’s attacker.
Its fair to say that after almost three years of presidents race mishaps and oddities, it would be hard to imagine any result that would stun the Nationals Park crowd; but last night, the unthinkable happened.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies were at Nationals Park for the final game of their 4-game series. In the 4th inning, Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen was cruising through a perfect start in his major league debut. Perhaps the quick work Stammen was making of the Pirates caught the racing presidents off guard, but when the gates opened for the mid-inning presidents race, Abe Lincoln false-started, then pulled back. The Pierogies took off, and nobody caught them. Cheese Chester was first to the finish line, marking the first time ever that a president did not win the presidents race!
It’s been tough to get any official word from the team, but indications are that this was not what they had planned.
The Washington Nationals have put George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy to work to build buzz around town for the current homestand. Yesterday, Teddy Roosevelt was spotted with Washington Nationals co-host Yolanda Makle outside the Gallery Place Metro station, handing out discount coupons for the weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles. Today Makle reports via Twitter that she is riding around DC in pedicabs with the George, Tom, Teddy, and the Nat Pack. If you are heading out for lunch, look lively!
The Pittsburgh Pirates racing pierogies continued their 4-game visit to Nationals Park with a set of relay races against the Washington Nationals racing presidents. Last night’s game featured a traditional baton relay, with Tom and George pacing the field over sets of hurdles placed along the warning track.
Tonight, the teams were switched, as each racing president was paired with one of the Pittsburgh pierogies in a comical and painfully slow 3-legged race. Teddy and Sauerkraut Saul pulled into the lead before tripping and falling along the first base line. Pittsburgh favorite Jalapeño Hannah was tied to Abe Lincoln and positioned to take the lead when Teddy and Saul collapsed.
Photo courtesy of flickr member afagen
Videos courtesy of Mike Hill and YouTube member lfahome
Mascots were coming out of the woodwork tonight at Nationals Park as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled into town for a 4-game series. Just as they did last season, the Pirates brought the giant racing pierogies from PNC Park’s Great Pierogie Race.
The racing pierogies joined tonight’s 4th-inning presidents race and nearly stole the victory from the Nationals’ own presidents; but with Cheese Chester and Oliver Onion in the lead, Teddy’s nemesis That Cat appeared and clotheslined them both, allowing Abe Lincoln to take the victory.
The Washington Nationals have once again released a coupon code “for Teddy’s friends”: Order online at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” and get half-price tickets in select seating sections for this week’s 4-game series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The coupon code is valid only for online orders and may be used to get outfield box seats, outfield corner, or mezzanine seats for $14.00 to $17.00 each.
Note also that $5.00 walk-up grandstand tickets have been readily available at the Nationals Park box office during this homestand. In my opinion they are the best entertainment value in DC. Grandstand seats are available before the game at the Nationals ticket office outside the Center Field Gate.
Today at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt did a nice impression of the home team Washington Nationals, staking a big lead and giving his cheering fans much hope, only to collapse in the home stretch.
For the home team, the collapse came at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies, who scored the game-tying and go-ahead runs on an 8th-inning fielding error by second baseman Anderson Hernandez.
The difference with Teddy was that the collapse was literal.
After taking a seemingly insurmountable lead out of the outfield turn, Teddy hit the home stretch, stopped and keeled over.
With Teddy on his knees and members of the Nat Pack rushing to his aid, George, Tom and Abe raced by, with Abe narrowly claiming the victory.
Congratulations to season ticket holders Jeff and Colleen Sherman, who were honored today as the “Mayors of Nats Town.” Jeff and Colleen (and their fabulous monkey) never miss a game in section 128, and are great friends of the Let Teddy Win blog.
A well deserved honor!
Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome and TheTeddyRoosevelt
Barely two hours after Rachel Alexandra wore #13 to become the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years, the Washington Nationals presidents race was visited by a surprise fifth participant. Yes, it was another #13 “Philly”, this time a last-minute entrant. The racer appeared in the outfield and wore a Phillies shirt with #13 on the back. The “Philly” carried the lead into the home stretch, but was narrowly beaten by Abe at the tape.
Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt has a short memory, having been disqualified in the past for attempting to motor his way to victory. Perhaps he thought his antics would go unchallenged by the light crowd on hand for Saturday’s rain delay make-up game vs. the Phillies.
Either way, by the time Teddy entered Nationals Park on a Segway to take on the other racing presidents, the point was moot. His entrance through the centerfield gate came too late for him to catch up to George, who captured his fourth win of the season.
Photo courtesy of Sam at 2Guys1Roadtrip
Video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt
For those saying the Nats need a new Bullpen, help has arrived.
Help drowning your sorrows, that is…
At 5:00pm Friday, two hours before the Washington Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies, The Bullpen will open its doors to the public, with food, drinks, and live music just outside the centerfield gates of Nationals Park. After a series of delays and rounds of approval by neighborhood groups and DC commissions, this marks an important milestone in the development of the Half Street neighborhood.
The Bullpen is on Half Street between M and N streets, between the Metro station and the stadium. Opening Friday will be a beer garden, local food vendors including Rocklands and Surfside, and interactive sports games for children. The bullpen will be open two hours before and after Washington Nationals home games.
The hot-hitting Washington Nationals return to Nationals Park tomorrow to kick off an 11-game homestand that should feature plenty of fireworks, starting with the world champion Philadelphia Phillies and ending Memorial Day weekend with the “Battle of the Beltways” against the Baltimore Orioles.
As he did last season, the Oriole Bird will spend the weekend in DC for the Baltimore series, and this year will kick off its visit with a battle against Nationals mascot Screech at DC’s ESPN Zone. On Friday, May 22, from 4:00 to 5:00pm, Screech and the Oriole Bird will take each other on in basketball, horse racing, air hockey, arm wrestling, and an egg race, with a trophy presentation to follow.
The two mascots will then head to Nationals Park for the series opener. No word yet on whether The Bird will be seeking revenge against Teddy Roosevelt for last season’s grudge match defeat.
There looked to be plenty of reasons to celebrate at Nationals Park today. The clear skies and rare weekday afternoon start drew folks from their offices to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Nats and Astros. It was also T-Shirt Tuesday, and the first 10,000 fans received free t-shirts featuring racing president Teddy Roosevelt wearing a sombrero. Ryan Zimmerman extended his record hitting streak to 23 games, and the hot-hitting Nationals turned 14 hits 8 walks into 10 runs. Unfortunately, the Nats pitching staff gave up the lead three times, and after 11 innings of 10-10 baseball, the rains came and the game was postponed.
The Nationals will have to wait until July 9 to determine the winner of this one, but the 4th-inning presidents race was officially completed with Abe coming from behind to pass Teddy, who appeared to be weighed down by the sombrero on his head.
The Washington Nationals have released a coupon code “for Teddy’s friends”: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” and get half-price tickets in select seating sections for this afternoon’s free “T-Shirt Tuesday” game vs. the Houston Astros.
It’s a special Cinco de Mayo T-Shirt Tuesday with a 12:35pm start. The first 10,000 fans will receive a free “Corre, Teddy, Corre” t-shirt (“Run Teddy Run” in spanish) featuring Teddy Roosevelt in a sombrero.
The coupon code is valid only for online orders and may be used to get outfield box seats, outfield corner, or mezzanine seats for $15.00 to $18.00 each.
When the Nationals issued misspelled uniforms (spelled “Natinals” instead of Nationals) to two players on April 17, the blogs jumped on it, but I don’t think any of us thought the story would still be making news two weeks later.
In fact, with the team getting off to such a rough start, the Washington Nationals’ uniform mistake has gotten more national coverage than the team itself. National sports news, numerous talk shows, and even the Today Show siezed on the misspelled uniform as symbol of the team’s early ineptitude.
To their credit, the Nationals have not hidden from the gaff, and used the opportunity to offer up the now-famous mistakes at Saturday night’s annual Washington Nationals Dream Foundation gala. The misspelled jersey worn by Adam Dunn fetched $8,000 — the highest price of the night.
But was the whole “misspelled” uniform a mistake? Not according to CafePress, which now has on display “Natinals” jerseys and shirts with the caption “No ‘O’ In Here,” a great reminder that at least we’re not the Orioles.