Presidents of Fire

Before it gets pulled by the Google police, check out this video from Saturday’s first race, captured and set to familiar music by YouTube member aaronleavy:

12 mascots can’t stop the racing presidents

The Nationals celebrated mascot Screech’s 5th birthday today at Nationals Park with a 1-0 victory vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers behind a stellar pitching performance by Scott Olson.

Eleven of Screech’s mascot friends were on hand for the celebration, including Slapshot, Talon, Pax, Gunston, Glory, Clawed Z. Eagle, and more. In the 4th inning, they formed a “mascot obstacle course” along the first base line, but George Washington powered through it to take today’s presidents race victory.

Thomas Jefferson followed behind, running over Maryland Terrapin mascot Testudo and knocking him to the ground.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

New uniforms and a presidents race doubleheader

Washington Nationals fans who are getting used to expecting victory found more than their fair share of frustrations from the squandered scoring opportunities in Saturday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. If there was a silver lining, it was only for devotees of the Nationals’ presidents race.

The Nats’ reached the 13th inning of a home game for the first time since the 2008 season, and as is their custom, the racing presidents returned to the field in the middle of the 13th for a second presidents race of the day.

The extra innings gave the fans double the opportunity to check out George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy’s sparkling new red uniforms with the Curly W in front. The uniforms have been featured this season on the HD scoreboard introduction, but before today had yet to make an appearance on the field.

If the trend of the last few days is any indication, Sunday’s game should polish off this homestand on an entertaining — and winning — note. To follow Wednesday’s Let Teddy Win celebration, Teddy chose Thursday to plant a tree in foul territory instead of racing on Earth Day. On Friday, he jumped back into the competition by racing on a Segway (Abe won anyway), and today they raced twice in their new red uniforms before doing the bunny hop as they left the field. There’s no telling what the presidents have in store for Sunday’s finale, but if the Nats’ unusual 8-day streak of winning every other day continues, there should be celebrating on South Capitol Street.

Photo by SBF at Nats320.
Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

More from Let Teddy Win Night at Nationals Park

Cathy over at WeLoveDC.com has a terrific recap of Let Teddy Win Night, including some fantastic and funny photos by Chris Rief.

After reading the article, click through to Chris’s Flickr photostream for a great slide show that’s also a wonderful tribute to Nationals Park.

Photo by Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie

Abe Lincoln takes on the “Let Teddy Win” fans

Nationals Park Empty StandsTeddy Roosevelt fans were out in force tonight as WeLoveDC.com sponsored its first “Let Teddy Win” night at Nationals Park, complete with a private ballpark tour, pre-game rally, presidents race trivia contest, food, prizes, and rally for our favorite racing president.

With an otherwise cold, damp night
Let Teddy Win Babyattracting the smallest crowd in Nationals Park history, it felt at times like a private party.

Among the reported 11,191 in attendance were presidents race rooters young and old, and of course Teddy signs everywhere, particularly during the 4th-inning presidents race.

The rain had stopped well before the first pitch, but Teddy Roosevelt took no chances, racing while carrying an umbrella from start to finish.

The umbrella was too small to cover Roosevelt’s giant head, but not too small to slow him down, and Abe Lincoln raced past him to move back into a tie with Tom for the season lead.

A huge contingent of Teddy fans met Abe with boos at the finish line, and Abe climbed into the stands to confront them, but was escorted off the field as the crowd chanted “Let Teddy Win.”

It was great to meet and enjoy a game with so many readers. Thanks to Cathy and the crew at WeLoveDC.com for sponsoring a terrific night at the park.

More photos to follow (if you have photos to share, let me know!).

Video courtesy of YouTube member and intrepid presidents race fan lfahome

Teddy honors Space Shuttle astronauts

Teddy as Astronaut, By Cheryl Nichols, Nats News NetworkWhat do you do after a spectacular 14-day, 5.7 million-mile journey to the International Space Station as pilot of the the Space Shuttle Endeavor? Head to Nationals Park, of course.

Space Shuttle Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Kathryn Hire, Stephen Robinson, Nicholas Patrick and Robert Behnken were on hand Tuesday night as Virts threw out the first pitch at the Nationals/Rockies game.

Jefferson wins the Nats presidents race by Cheryl Rush Nichols, Nats News NetworkThe Shuttle crew has been to DC be honored by our 44th president, but they may not have been expecting a tribute tonight from #26 Theodore Roosevelt.

Teddy took the lead in tonight’s presidents race carrying a “Curly W” flag and wearing a makeshift astronaut helmet to honor the evening’s special guests. The helmet, unfortunately, may have obscured Teddy’s view of the finish line, as he faltered rounding the outfield corner, before planting the flag in foul territory.

In a race for the tape, Tom edged Abe to steal the season lead, dropping Abe from first place for the first time since May, 2009.

Photos by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

TJ takes Abe Lincoln on the inside

An all-time record low crowd of 11,623 who skipped the Caps game and braved the cold were rewarded as Craig Stammen shut down the Colorado Rockies through 8 innings tonight at Nationals Park, setting the table for closer Matt Capps to enter to cheers of “Let’s Go Capps!” from the home crowd.

As it becomes increasingly evident that the Nats have changed their losing ways, Teddy still hasn’t gotten the memo. He faltered in the outfield corner, allowing Thomas Jefferson to make an inside move and pass Abe Lincoln to move into a tie for the season lead.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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