Racing presidents run relay on segways & bicycle taxis

Washington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson ride the anchor leg of a presidents race relay at Nationals ParkThe racing presidents pulled out all the stops for the standing room only crowd of 41,985 tonight at Nationals Park, completing the homestand against the Boston Red Sox with a multi-vehicle presidents race relay.

Abe Lincoln and George Washington competed in the first leg, riding Segway personal transporters along the left field warning track toward a finish line that had been moved to center field from its usual location in foul territory.

With Abe on a Segway and unable to put on his usual burst of speed, George was able to hand a huge lead to Thomas Jefferson, who took on Teddy Roosevelt in the second leg riding pedicab bicycle taxis.

Tom jumped into one of the taxis as the driver started peddling him to the finish line, but then Teddy Roosevelt took the reigns and started peddling his own cab. The Rough Rider ignited the crowd when he briefly overtook Tom, but the peddling wore him out. Teddy faded at the finish and failed to deliver for the 201st time.

Teddy throws tea party, Abe’s feet are on fire

Perhaps Teddy knew better than to take the field with the Boston Red Sox.

The Nats set another attendance record Wednesday night as the visiting Red Sox helped draw a record crowd to Nationals Park for the second night in a row.

Boston took the lead for good in the 4th inning, just before George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln took the field for a very unusual presidents race.

Teddy Roosevelt, on the other hand, appeared only on the outfield scoreboard, where the Rough Rider was holding his own Boston Tea Party, tipping over cases labeled “TEA.”

Abe Lincoln fire extinguishersThe other presidents stopped in their tracks to watch Teddy’s antics, but after about ten seconds, Abe Lincoln took off towards the finish line, leaving George and Tom staring at the screen.

Never a one to win graciously, the Great Emancipator celebrated his uncontested victory by dancing as two members of the Nat Pack sprayed fire extinguishers at his feet.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Teddy races on a unicycle, loses lead quickly

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt races on a unicycleThe largest crowd in Nationals Park history was on hand Tuesday night for the opener of the Washington Nationals first home series against the Boston Red Sox.

The variety of Red Sox paraphernalia on display suggested that many were going to see their first Washington Nationals presidents race, and Teddy Roosevelt — always the showman — set out to make an impression.

Abe Lincoln wins the Washington Nationals presidents race.When the 4th inning race began, Teddy dashed out and hopped aboard a unicycle. Whether our #26 thought this would help him win the race is hard to say, but he gave it a valiant effort before falling quickly behind the other racing presidents.

Teddy gave up on the unicycle about half-way through the race, but it was far too late to catch up to Abe Lincoln, who has now won four of the last 5 races to take a commanding lead in the season standings.

George serves suspension, Teddy fails to capitalize

George Washington SuspendedThe Teddy Roosevelt fans were out in force this afternoon as the Washington Nationals hosted the Toronto Blue Jays for the final match of their 3-game interleague series.

After last night’s race, in which George Washington was ejected for arguing with the umpires, George was forced to serve the first-ever 1-game suspension in the history of the Nationals’ presidents race. Perhaps the father of our country was just trying to engineer a day off for Fathers Day.

With his odds improved by George’s misfortune, Teddy Roosevelt attempted to further boost his chances by slamming Thomas Jefferson into the right field wall as they turned into the home stretch. Tom fell, but Teddy failed to take advantage, losing his lead to Abe Lincoln.

George Washington ejected for arguing with umpires

Nationals Press Box with TeddyTonight was blogger night at Nationals Park, in which several Washington Nationals bloggers were invited to meet with Nats players and executives, visit the field for batting practice, then report on tonight’s game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays from the Nationals Park press box.

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt joined Stan Kasten for a lively Q&A before heading down to warm up for the evening’s presidents race. Kasten has historically expressed confidence in Teddy, but admitted tonight that the “sprinting may simply not be his event.”

Tonight’s presidents race featured a new twist: Blue Jays fans Tim Williams and Joe Ferrell, who wear Major
Nationals Park UmpiresLeague Baseball Umpire uniforms and mock the home plate umpire throughout Toronto home games, sat in the first row behind the Nationals Park home plate throughout tonight’s game except for the 4th-inning race, when they took over for usual judge Screech at the presidents race finish line.

Coming out of the gate, Abe Lincoln got off to an uncharacteristically slow start, running just behind Teddy as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson sprinted ahead. The two presidents appeared headed for a photo finish, but George collapsed just before the finish line. George then appeared to accuse Jefferson of foul play, and was summarily ejected by the “umpires” for arguing.

Nationals Park Press BoxAs for blogger night, it was a great treat to cover tonight’s game and file this report from the press box, and to meet other members of the “Natosphere” (I sat next to Brian Markham from Nationals Review throughout the game). The Nationals blogger community is robust and growing. Kudos to Kasten and the Nats for embracing the team’s most outspoken fans.

Teddy’s BBQ opens tonight at Nationals Park

Teddy's BBQ makes its debut at Washington Nationals Park tonightThe blog’s been quiet with both the team and me out of town for the last week, but the week ahead should be packed with action as the Nationals return home to continue their interleague series against the American League East.

Tonight, with the Blue Jays arriving at Nationals Park, the team will officially unveil some new fan concessions, including another reason to favor our favorite racing president.

Teddy’s Barbeque is located on the centerfield concourse, near the kids’ play area and the Build-A-Bear workshop. The team says to expect “authentic Carolina-style barbeque” including beef brisket and pulled chicken sandwiches.

Teddy’s Barbeque will also feature what the team is calling a new Nationals Park “signature item” — the Rough Rider Rib — a jumbo beef short rib brined for 12 hours then slow-smoked for 12 hours more.

Flickr photo by afagen

Teddy please don’t curse Drew Storen!

Drew Storen Washington Nationals 26A day after picking closer Drew Storen in the first round of the draft, the Washington Nationals signed the #10 overall pick to his first contract and introduced him to the fans at Nationals Park.

In a young season that has already had more than its fair share of screw-ups, the quick signing and introduction was meant to show Nats fans that Nationals management can get things right.

So what the heck were they thinking when they put their new pitcher in uniform #26?

#26 is, of course, Teddy Roosevelt’s number…
a number which the Nationals avoided issuing
Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt wears #26, the same number issued to first round draft pick Drew Storento any player this season… a number which, frankly, should be retired until Teddy Roosevelt breaks the curse and wins the presidents race.

Hasn’t this organization had enough bad luck? Wearing #26, Teddy has easily been the most snakebitten National of all.

Lest you think the number has nothing to do with it, remember that the last Nationals player to don #26 gave Teddy a run for his money. It was outfielder Wily Mo Peña, the slugger with the .205 batting average who hit a whopping two home runs for the Nationals last season before being chased out of town.

Why curse the new kid?

Last night, Storen got a first-hand introduction to Teddy’s travails as the newest National was on hand to throw out the first pitch. In the 4th inning, the crowd went wild as Teddy broke out to a huge and seemingly insurmountable lead, but Teddy stopped just short of the finish line to pull out a sign for the cameras welcoming the new #26 to Nationals Park.

Oh Teddy…

AP photo by Gerald Herbert
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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