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

Nats release half-price coupon code for upcoming series

The Washington Nationals have once again released a coupon code “for Teddy’s friends”: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” (all caps) and get half-price tickets in select seating sections for the 4-game series vs. the Rockies starting tonight at Nationals Park .

The coupon is valid for online orders only, and gets you half price in the outfield corners ($17), the outfield mezzanine ($14), or the upper infield gallery ($8).

As always, for the ultimate bargain, 400 Grandstand-level seats (Section 401/402) are available for $5.00 each at the gate before the game. No coupon required.

Teddy ambushes sausages, fork & knife in hand

The Nationals’ racing presidents called on Teddy Roosevelt to complete their 3-game mockery of Milwaukee’s racing sausages on Sunday at Nationals Park.

When the 4th-inning presidents race began, the “Un-Racing Sausages” were once again on the field with the presidents, and were spotted a big lead over George, Tom, and Abe; but as they rounded the right field corner, they saw Teddy Roosevelt waiting in ambush, wearing a bib, knife and fork in hand.

The Rough Rider knocked down each of the sausages in succession, finally taking “Choriz-No” to the ground with a full body slam.

As is so often the case, Abe was right behind to steal the glory, and his 3rd victory of the young season.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Brewers and their sausages get pummelled at Nationals Park

The sun was shining on Nationals Park today as 18,673 fans watched the home team pummel the Milwaukee Brewers with near-flawless pitching, outstanding defense, heads-up baserunning, timely hitting, and yes, a little presidential butt-kicking too.

The Nationals continued to mock the Brewers’ famous racing sausages with a relay race between the racing presidents and the “un-racing sausages” — cardboard facsimilies created by the Nats mascot team when the Brewers refused to bring the real racing dogs to DC.

Tom teamed with George and Teddy teamed with Abe as the presidents took on each other — and the sausages.

In the outfield leg, George and Teddy tackled “Un-Talian Sausage” and “Not-Wurst” before handing off to anchors Abe and Tom, who promptly dispatched “Not-Dog” and “No-Lish Sausage”; leaving a 5th sausage, “Choriz-No,” to run for his life. Abe chased down the final sausage and tackled him to the ground, giving Tom a clear path to victory and a tie for first place in the season standings.

“Un-Racing Sausages” Return to Nationals Park

The Un-Racing Sausages are back.

Un-racing sausages mock the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals ParkThe Nats kicked off a long homestand Friday with a the first of a 3-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, and once again, the team long-known for its famous sausage race refused to bring its racing mascots to town to accept a challenge from our own racing presidents.

So, as they did last August, the Nationals shined a spotlight on Milwaukee’s negative response by bringing out the “un-racing sausages” — fake mascots with names like “Un-talian sausage,” “No-Lish Sausage,” “Not-Dog,” “Not-Wurst,” and “Choriz-No.”

The presidents race was competitive to the finish, when Abe Lincoln pulled away then used his body as a bowling ball to knock down the sausages, who were waiting behind the finish line.



Videos courtesy of YouTube members lfahome and TheTeddyRoosevelt

A Washington Post “Closer Inspection” of the Nats’ presidents race

If you thought you knew all there was to know about the Nats’ racing presidents, Kris Coronado at the Washington Post Magazine this week features a “Closer Inspection” of our Rushmore favorites.

The interview with Nationals Entertainment Coordinator Tom Davis reveals even a few details we didn’t have on our presidents race facts page. For example, did you know that Teddy’s #26 jersey is made from the same Majestic Performance Apparel COOL BASE polyester wicking fabric that the players wear?

A worthy read for any presidents race fan. Thanks to both Kris and Tom for the nod to LetTeddyWin.com.

Win a Teddy Roosevelt Bobblehead from Asylum.com

Teddy Roosevelt Bobblehead DollAsylum.com is giving away authentic Teddy Roosevelt Bobblehead dolls to two lucky presidents race fans.

The popular AOL blog site wrote about Teddy’s off season training efforts just before the season started. Today, they announced the giveaway sweepstakes. To enter, simply leave a comment on today’s blog post about Teddy before April 20 at 6 p.m. EST.

Note that this is not the doll sold at the Nationals Park team store. Winners receive the rare original bobblehead doll that was given away for Teddy Roosevelt’s bobblehead night at RFK Stadium on on September 1, 2007.

Speaking of bobblehead dolls, the Nationals’ own bobblehead sweepstakes has ended, but voting remains open to determine whose bobblehead will be given away at the August 28 game at Nationals Park. You can still vote for Teddy here.

Nats release coupon code for Brewers series

The Washington Nationals have released their coupon code “for Teddy’s friends” for the upcoming series vs. the Milwaukee Brewers: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” and get 35% off tickets in select seating sections on April 16th or 17th.

The coupon is valid for online orders only, and gets you discounts for tickets in the outfield corners ($23), the outfield mezzanine ($20), or the upper infield gallery ($12).

Nats racing presidents to appear in today’s Cherry Blossom Festival parade

The Washington Nationals racing presidents will appear in today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in DC, accompanied by Nationals mascot Screech. The Parade begins at 10:00am and runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, NW, and will be featured in a live simulcast on ABC 7/ WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8.

Update: Photo of Teddy warming up on the National Mall by flickr user Kevin Koski

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