Teddy wins Peepsidents Race in Post diorama contest. Voting open now!

The Washington nationals racing peepsidents are represented in a Washington Post peeps diorama contest entryThe Washington nationals presidents race received a fitting tribute in an entry to this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest.

The entry, titled “The Peepsidents Race” and depicting a Teddy Roosevelt victory, was selected as a semifinalist from over 1,100 entries to the popular annual contest.

The Post’s chosen winner was an equally-inspired send-up of the movie “Up,” but the People’s Choice voting opens today, and the Peepsidents have collected quite a few votes already. You can view the gallery and place your vote here (click on the “Peoples Choice” link).

The nationals racing peepsidents are represented in a Washington Post peeps diorama contest entryThe Peepsidents was created by DC resident Morgan Barr and a team of coworkers at the U.S. Office of Trade Policy Analysis, who turned to this site to watch videos of past presidents races, and included a number of painstakingly-created details from Nationals Park (or “Nationals Peep,” as the diorama scoreboard states).

Ads on the scoreboard include The Washington Peep, Peepeiser, Peepza Hut, and Peepsi.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the presidents race without oversized heads, so the team expanded the heads of the four racing peeps using plastic eggs.

Barr says that the presidents race is the main reason she goes to Nationals games. “Only, in the Peeps universe, Teddy does win!,” Barr told the Post. “I definitely think that our diorama will help raise awareness to Teddy’s plight,” said team member Justin Hoffman. “We hope this season will bring success to both Teddy and the Nationals.”

Flickr photos courtesy of team member Justin Hoffman

Obama to throw out first pitch on opening day

Barack Obama will throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park for the Washington Nationals home opener on April 13.Finally!

The Washington Nationals confirmed today that president Barack Obama will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies for opening day 2010.

Team president Stan Kasten and various members of the Natosphere have hoped that Obama will make the presidential first pitch an annual tradition again in Washington. That seems more likely than converting White Sox fan Obama into a Nationals fan — at least for now.

The presidential first pitch was started 100 years ago by William Howard Taft in April, 1910. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch for the Nationals when they first moved to DC in 2005 and when they opened Nationals Park in 2008.

Fans are advised to show up early because of the extra security sure to be on hand. Gates will open at 10:00am, and pregame ceremonies will include a presentation of the 2009 Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards to Ryan Zimmerman, hosted by CBS’s James Brown. Additional pregame distractions will include balloon artists, face painters, live bands in the centerfield plaza, and $5 beer specials until 12:30pm.

Advance ticket sales for opening day are sold out, but as always, the Nationals have reserved 400 day-of-game seats in sections 401 and 402 for only $5 beginning at 10:00am on Monday at the Nationals Park Main Box Office. You must have all members of your party at the box office to get these tickets (that is, one person can’t walk up and ask for 8 tickets).

To help speed through security, the team is advising fans to leave all bags and backpacks at home.

Teddy fans join WeLoveDC April 21 for a special night at Nationals Park

We Love DC Let Teddy Win night at Nationals ParkBaseball is in the air, and the WeLoveDC blog and the Nationals are kicking off the season by sponsoring a special event for fans of the Nats, the racing presidents, and of course, Teddy Roosevelt.

On Wednesday, April 21, with the Rockies in town for the Nats’ first extended homestand, we’ll be going behind the scenes for a private tour and pre-game rally, plus prizes, sign-making, and an opportunity to go down on the field before the game.

WeLoveDC has packaged all this into a $40 ticket, which also includes entrance to the game, a $10 food voucher, and a seat amid the Teddy Roosevelt cheering section in section 237 by the scoreboard bar.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

5:30 p.m. Tour of the stadium. We’ll go behind the scenes, tour the press box, and four lucky raffle winners will get to go down to field level.

6:00 p.m. Pre-game rally, with sign-making materials, prizes, and Nats trivia.

7:05 p.m. First pitch

Tickets went on sale today at eventbrite and will sell out, so order yours now.

Nationals racing presidents participate in DC Elephant Walk

Nationals racing presidents arrive at Ringling Brothers Elephant Walk 2010Each year, when the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus comes to Washington, their famous circus elephants are helped off of the train early and are paraded the rest of the way to the Verizon Center. The annual event has been dubbed the “Elephant Walk.”

This year, the Ringling Brothers upped the ante by adding your favorite racing presidents to the spectacle.

The Nationals racing presidents join the Ringling Bros. Elephant WalkFor the first time, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt took part in this right of spring, arriving via bicycle taxi and escorting the famous Elephants on their walk, from DC’s Garfield Park all the way to the Verizon Center, where the circus begins tonight.

Photos courtesy of the Washington Nationals.

The Eagles, Dixie Chicks, and Keith Urban to perform at Nationals Park

The Eagles Nationals Park Concert AnnouncedRock legends The Eagles will headline a concert at Nationals Park on June 15. They’ll be joined in the Nationals Park outfield by country stars The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban.

The Washington Nationals announced the concert today. Tickets and parking will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 29 through tickets.com. American Express cardmembers will have early access to tickets beginning Monday, March 22 at 10:00am. VIP ticket packages are also available from iloveallaccess.com.

This will be the 2nd concert in Nationals Park history, following last year’s successful Billy Joel and Elton John concert. A concert featuring Dave Matthews Band will follow on July 23.

Photo by Flickr member Youngrobv

Vote for the Presidents in ESPN’s Mascot Madness

ESPN Radio’s Doug Gottlieb is running “Mascot Madness,” in which fan voting will determine America’s #1 sports mascots for 2010. Gottlieb hand-picked 64 mascots for the fan tournament, and — sorry Screech — the Washington Nationals racing presidents were selected as the only representative of DC-area professional sports teams.

The Rushmore presidents are seeded at #7 and currently behind in a very tough divisional matchup vs. their hated rivals, the racing sausages from Milwaukee. Presidents fans should VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN at espn.go.com. If the presidents beat the sausages in this round, they face a likely match-up with the Orioles mascot, The Bird.

Racing presidents ride in DC St. Patricks Day Parade

With Steven Strasburg making his second spring training start in sunny Florida, the local Nats fans facing another weekend of lousy DC weather were greeted to their own surprise treat today.

Nationals racing presidents at DC St Patricks Day ParadeYes, the crowd that braved the rain this afternoon to line Constitution Avenue for the 2010 Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was treated to an appearance by some very special dignitaries.

Emerging from between the floats, marching bands, and pipe bands were the Nationals’ very own racing presidents George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, who accompanied the DC Fire Department through the parade, riding atop a hook & ladder truck and walking along Constitution Avenue to greet and shake hands with the fans who lined the parade route. More photos at the NatMobile Facebook page.

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