Presidents Mock Milwaukee with “Un-Racing Sausages “

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but perhaps the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t get the memo.

In the narrow world of racing baseball mascots, it’s widely acknowledged that the Milwaukee Brewers’ famous racing sausages are the one-and-only originals. But in recent seasons, it has been equally recognized that the Washington Nationals racing presidents have raised the art to a whole new level. Recognized, that is, everywhere except Milwaukee, where apparently they don’t like being one-upped.

While other teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles have joined in the fun and popularity by bringing their mascots to race with the presidents, the Milwaukee Brewers have simply not returned the Nationals’ phone calls.

Milwaukee Brewers racing sausages have substitutes at Nationals ParkSo when the Brewers visited Nationals Park for a recently completed homestand, the Nationals mascot team chose to mock Milwaukee’s mascots by trotting out their “un-racing Sausages.” Made of cardboard, the fake mascots included “Un-talian sausage,” “No-lish Sausage,” “Not-Dog,” “Not-Wurst,” and “Choriz-No.”

The Washington Nationals Presidents racing presidents hold up signs taunting the Milwaukee Brewers racing sausagesThe imposters were introduced gradually over the 4-game series, losing every race. With all five on the field for the series finale, the racing presidents spotted them a big lead before tackling them all to the ground near the finish line. Afterwards, the presidents used signs to issue a challenge: “Racing Sausages We Are Waiting.”

Video by YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.

Teddy tackles Milwaukee’s racing sausages

Since the Washington Nationals racing presidents burst onto the scene 3 years ago, they have been host to a range of mascots from other teams, but the Nationals Park grounds have never been visited by the original racing mascots — Milwaukee’s Racing Sausages.

With the Milwaukee Brewers in town for a weekend series, it appeared that two of the famed racing sausages made an appearance at the beginning of the 4th inning presidents race. #3 Guido (the Italian sausage) and #4 Frankie Furter (the hot dog) appeared out of the gate early and dashed ahead to stake a huge early lead before the racing presidents even entered the field.

Or did they? Turns out the “sausages” were cardboard replicas. Teddy emerged from the centerfield gate and raced ahead to catch the “sausages” from behind. After tackling them to the ground, he recovered to his feet to continue the race. Teddy lost steam in the straightaway, ceding his lead to George, who crossed the finish line then held up a sign reading “Welcome to NatsTown Stephen,” to celebrate the signing of Stephen Strasburg.

Video courtesy of You Tube member lfahome.

Twitter turns out to be Teddy’s downfall

2009 has been a big year for the Washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt in the world of social media, as the team has made Teddy its official voice on Facebook and Twitter.

But last night at Nationals Park, it turned out to be Teddy’s downfall.

Teddy had an early lead in the 4th-inning presidents race, then stopped on the outfield warning track to “update his Twitter page.” Those following Teddy26Nats on Twitter saw his update: “Im in the lead! no one can stop me!”

Faster on his fingers than he is on his feet, Teddy did managed to maintain the lead after his Tweet, but then as he hit the home stretch, our #26 stopped to Tweet again: im taking this all the way!!

That’s when Abe passed him for good.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

Nationals offer $1.00 tickets for Friday’s game

The Washington Nationals announced that they will offer tickets for $1, based on availability, in the LF/RF Corner (Sections 108 through 110 and 135 through 137), LF Box (Sections 103 through 107) and LF/RF Mezzanine (201 through 205 and 223 through 235) for Friday evening’s game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets go on sale today at NOON at Nationals.com/one. The Nationals will make an additional 1,000 one-dollar tickets available at the Nationals Park Main Box Office on Friday from noon until 2:00pm. There is a limit of two tickets per transaction on all online and walk-up purchases.

All tickets for Friday’s game will allow fans to view a 2:00pm press conference on the field announcing Stephen Strasburg as the newest member of the Washington Nationals, weather permitting*. Following the press conference Nationals Team Officials will participate in a 30-minute question-and-answer session with those in attendance. The Center Field Gates will open at 1:30pm.

Presidents Race Results: The Readers Take Over

The Washington Nationals racing presidents at Nationals ParkI am en route to London, where needless to say we are unable to attend the Nationals six-game homestand that starts tonight vs. the Marlins and Diamondbacks. As we did for one homestand last summer, rather than recruit somebody to update the blog, we’re going to ask the loyal Let Teddy Win readers to take over!

Going to Nationals Park? Please leave a comment on this blog post with your reports describing what happened in the presidents race (be sure to mention the date).

Got photos? Add them to the Flickr presidents race group, or on our Facebook page. When we return we’ll update the Presidents Race Standings page with all the results!

Photo by flickr member afagen

Teddy Roosevelt leveled by racing pierogie at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park

The Nationals’ racing presidents and the racing pierogies of Pittsburgh have a 2-year tradition of traveling to each others’ ball parks when the teams play each other; but after May’s debacle in which the racing pierogies tricked the presidents and won a race at Nationals Park, fans were left wondering whether the embarrassed presidents would make an appearance for this weekend’s Nationals/Pirates series at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
Pittsburgh's racing pierogie Potato Pete levels Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt
On Friday night, the question was answered when the presidents appeared for a 4-team mascot relay race. Abe Lincoln was paired with Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington was paired with Thomas Jefferson, with Teddy and Tom poised to run anchor.

Abe Lincoln finished the opening leg in last place, but on the anchor leg, Teddy put on a burst of speed. That’s when pierogie Potato Pete, who had not been participating in the race, ran onto the field and straight into Teddy, leveling him to the ground. Here’s the race as it was called in the park:

The take-down was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter, where SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt called it “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen”:

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