Teddy imitates Nats bullpen and collapses

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt collapsesToday 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.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt collapsesThe 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.

Stan Kasten with Mayor of Nats Town Jeff and Colleen ShermanCongratulations 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

After Preakness, “Philly” #13 runs with the presidents

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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy races on a Segway, but starts late

Washington Nationals racing president George Washington crosses the finish line ahead of Teddy Roosevelt, who pulled up the rear while riding a Segway

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

The Bullpen – A milestone for Half Street

The Bullpen opens Friday outside Nationals ParkFor 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.

Screech and the Oriole Bird to kick off Battle of the Beltways at ESPN Zone

The Oriole Bird vs. the Nationals Screech in the mascot Battle of the BeltwaysThe 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.

Sombrero weighs down Teddy on T-Shirt Tuesday

Washington Nationals T-Shirt Tuesday features Teddy Roosevelt on Cinco de MayoThere 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.

Next home game is May 15th!

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Nationals offer half-price tickets to Teddy fans for today’s t-shirt Tuesday

T-Shirt Tuesday for Cinco de Mayo features Teddy RooseveltThe 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.

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