Nats let fans vote for bobblehead night. Pudge or Teddy?

The recently-announced Nationals Promotion Schedule features three bobblehead giveaway nights for 2010, including a free Ryan Zimmerman bobblehead in June, a free Nyjer Morgan bobblehead in July, and a “fan’s choice” bobblehead in August.

This week the team opened voting for that “fans choice” game with a Nationals Bobblehead Sweepstakes. Nats fans can place your votes online to create a bobblehead for Pudge Rodriguez, John Lannan, Jim Riggleman, Jesus Flores, or Teddy Roosevelt. A write-in option is available as well. One voter will be selected to win a bobblehead autographed by the winner.

Not that we have a bias or anything, but if Teddy wins, we’ll definitely be having a party at Nationals Park for our favorite racing president on August 28. To vote, just visit the site and check the box next to the photo of Teddy holding up one of our Let Teddy Win campaign signs.

As this is a sweepstakes with a prize, the terms limit entries to one per person/email address/household.

Video: The Nationals presidents race on ice

Washington-Nationals-Presidents-Race-on-Ice-Photo-NHL.com“You are about to witness history in the making,” intoned the Nassau Coliseum announcer as the Washington Nationals racing presidents made their second annual Presidents Day weekend appearance at a New York Islanders home game.

YouTube member Dcfd3694 caught this terrific video of the presidents racing on ice skates between periods of Sunday’s game. Highlights include this take down of Abe by Thomas Jefferson, and a vicious body slam by Teddy Roosevelt that sent George Washington into the boards. Teddy unfortunately slipped later, allowing George to pass him for the victory.

We’d been promised by the Nats that Teddy was practicing his pirhouettes and quadruple jumps last weekend, but apparently it all fell apart under the pressure of the moment.

Photo courtesy of NHL.com

2010 Nationals Blog Review

Today Mark Buterbaugh at the DC Pro Sports Report released the annual Nationals Blog Review. This is a highly-recommended bookmark of all the best Nationals blogs (and we’re not just saying that because we made this year’s “5 Star” recommendations). If you’re still starving for Nats news after clicking through all these links, then you really need to get a life.

Sacrificed for the cause

I enjoyed catching up with Ian Koski from Nationals Pride during Saturday’s presidents race tryouts in the snow, not realizing that he had set his Flip video camera right in the path of the racing presidents, resulting in by far the funniest footage of the day:

UPDATE: It looks like I got a photo of the exact moment when Tom was about to crush Ian’s Flip Video camcorder:

Nats racing presidents topple camera during auditions in the snow

Ian's Flip video camera about to get booted by Thomas Jefferson

Thanks Ian for your sacrifice.

P.S. – If you need to replace your Flip video camera,
may I suggest a Let Teddy Win model:
;-)

Nats hold presidents race tryouts in the snow

Washington Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsThe Washington Nationals celebrated Presidents Day weekend by holding their annual racing president auditions Saturday at Nationals Park.

The team drew a record number of applicants from the DC area, and invited a select group to the ball park to run the bases and show off their entertainment skills.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsThe recent record snowfall provided a hitch for this year’s applicants, as they were asked to run the full length of the presidents race in snow that reached 2 feet deep at the finish line. The conditions posed problems for more than a few racers who needed help up after falling in the snow.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsFor the fourth consecutive year, Teddy Roosevelt was absent from the auditions. Applicants donned the 12-foot costumes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln, as they ran an indoor 40-yard dash, competed against each other on the snow-covered presidents race course, demonstrated their dancing and celebrating skills, and faced individual interviews with the entertainment staff.

We enjoyed meeting so many of the applicants as part of our first-ever video interviews (one of whom details his experience on his personal blog.

Update: Contestant Gwen Purdom details her experience in Washingtonian Magazine.

Audition photos by Ethan Ableman

Racing presidents practice their ice skating

The Washington Nationals racing presidents were spotted today at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston, waiting for the Capitals to finish so they could do a little presidential ice skating themselves.

The presidents were rehearsing for Sunday’s presidents race on ice during a hockey game between the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators at New York’s Nassau Coliseum.

The Nationals have been hush-hush about the presidents practice schedule, but the Washington Post’s Mark Giannotto was at Kettler and captured the moment on his cell phone.

Washington Post photo by Mark Giannotto

Nationals Promotion/Giveaway Schedule for 2010

The Washington Nationals today announced that 2010 individual game tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 2, and published the Nationals Park game day promotion/giveaway schedule for 2010.

Highlights this season include bobblehead nights for Ryan Zimmerman, Nyjer Morgan, and a “fan choice” which will be determined by an online and in-the-park poll.

In addition to the known dates and giveaways listed below, Friday Night Fireworks, Signature Sundays, and Sunday Kids Run the Bases programs will return.

2010 Washington Nationals Promotional/Giveaway Schedule

Mon 4/5 Opening Day Batting Practice Hat (first 20,000 fans)
Wed 4/7 Magnet Schedule/Car Magnet (first 20,000 fans)
Fri 4/16 Jackie Robinson Day
Tue 4/20 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sun 4/25 Kids Cap (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tue 5/4 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Fri 5/7 Cooler Bag (first 10,000 fans 21 & up)
Sun 5/9 Mothers Day Water Bottle (first 20,000 fans)
Sat 5/22 Nationals Cap (first 20,000 fans)
Sun 5/23 Kids T-shirt (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Sun 6/6 Kids Batting Helmet (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Sat 6/19 Ryan Zimmerman Bobblehead (first 15,000 fans)
Sun 6/20 Travel Mug (first 20,000 fans)
Tue 6/22 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 7/3 Replica Patriotic Cap (first 20,000 fans)
Sun 7/11 Kids Backpack (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tue 7/27 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 7/31 Nyjer Morgan Bobblehead (first 15,000 fans)
Fri 8/13 Beer and Pitcher Cup Set (first 10,000 fans 21 & up)
Sun 8/15 Kids Back-to-School Supply Kit (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tue 8/24 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 20,000 fans)
Sat 8/28 Fans Choice Bobblehead (first 15,000 fans)
Sun 9/12 Kids Run the Show
Sat 9/25 Third Annual Gospel Music Fest
Mon 9/27 Team Photo/Early Bird Schedule (first 20,000 fans)
Tue 9/28 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Wed 9/29 Knit Beanie (first 20,000 fans)
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