Half-price Coupon Code “for Teddy’s Fans” to see Stephen Strasburg Debut. GOING FAST.

The Washington Nationals announced this evening that 2009 #1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg will make his highly-anticipated major league debut on June 8th at Nationals Park. The team had just released a coupon code “for Teddy’s fans” to use during that week’s series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This evening, some tickets are still available at half price in the outfield corners ($18) and outfield mezzanine ($15). Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY”.

Good luck.

Strasburg Nationals debut tickets sold out9:30pm UPDATE:
Only singles left now, but lower bowl seats still available at $18 with coupon.

10:15pm UPDATE:
Sold out.

Congrats to those who got in.

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

Abe Lincoln forces 3-way tie to end homestand

A day after cheating his way to the finish line, Abraham Lincoln followed a more traditional path to victory, coming from behind to take the tape today as the Nats wrapped up their homestand vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Orioles mascot The Bird once again failed to make an appearance.

With the Nats hitting the road tomorrow, Abe’s victory ensured that George, Thomas, and Abe would enter the month of June on an extended 3-way tie for first place — something we’ve never seen this late in the season.

Teddy Roosevelt, sadly, remains the only president without a win.

Inspired by Nyjer Morgan, Abe throws a fit of his own

The crowd at Nationals Park wasn’t paying too much attention during Saturday’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

The race began just moments after Nats centerfielder Nyjer Morgan singlehandedly allowed an inside-the-park home run by throwing a fit instead of chasing after a ball he should have caught to end the Orioles 4th inning.

Abe Lincoln pushes Teddy Roosevelt to the Ground - Washington Nationals presidents raceOne pitch and one out later, the crowd of 30,000+ was still on its feet and buzzing about the oddity they had witnessed as the presidents race began.

Teddy Roosevelt took an early lead, but Abraham Lincoln, upset about falling to 3rd place in the presidents race standings, took a cue from Nyjer Morgan and threw a little fit of his own.

Chasing Teddy from behind, Abe dropped him to the ground, then turned to go after the other presidents.

After slamming Tom into the stands, he pranced across the finish line and climbed into the crowd to celebrate.

For the first time since Nationals Park opened, the Orioles mascot “The Bird” failed to make an appearance for the interleague race.

His Nationals counterpart Screech, who allegedly judges the presidents race, was a no show himself, failing once again to disqualify “Honest” Abe despite blatant cheating.

Nyjer Morgan photo by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network

Orioles Bird disrupts presidents race, misses Jefferson

The Oriole Bird vs. the Nationals Screech in the mascot Battle of the BeltwaysThe annual “Battle of the Beltways” between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles kicked off Friday afternoon as Nationals mascot Screech took on the creatively-named Orioles mascot “The Bird” in a series of challenges including arm wrestling and free-throw shooting at DC’s ESPN Zone.

The last time we saw The Bird at Nationals Park, the Orioles mascot was lying in the warning track after Teddy Roosevelt knocked him out cold . The Bird had to wait a year, but tonight sought his revenge, ambushing Teddy in the home stretch of the 4th-inning presidents race.

The Bird took on the presidents like tackling dummies, bringing Teddy, Abe, and George to the ground in one swift move; but Jefferson steered clear of the pile-up, and The Bird failed to chase him down.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Uniform change no help for Nationals or Teddy

The Nationals toyed with the forces of mojo Thursday night at Nationals Park, trotting out their rarely-used red, white, and blue alternate jerseys for the players, and letting the racing presidents don their traditional period uniforms for the first time this season.

It didn’t work.

The Nats’ normally solid defense fell apart early, committing 3 errors, and Teddy Roosevelt delivered one of his weakest races of the season. Even after cheating and cutting the outfield corner, the original Rough Rider never challenged front-runner Thomas Jefferson.

The Battle of the Beltways starts Friday. Look for the Orioles to bring their creatively-named mascot The Bird to Nationals Park for a third year of presidents race-related hijinks.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

“That Cat” adds to a night of Nationals Park oddities

On a night that featured both a triple play and an inside-the-park home run, oddities seemed to be the order of the day on Wednesday as the Nats returned to Nationals Park to kick off a homestand vs. the New York Mets.

That Cat tackles Abe Lincoln, photo by Tom BridgeOff the field, TV chef and cookbook author Paula Deen offered to cook Nationals mascot Screech before throwing out the first pitch, and the racing presidents ran a rare relay race; but fans of the presidents know that when it’s time to kick things up a notch in the oddities department, nothing tops an appearance by “That Cat”.

The man-sized panther, who last appeared during an exhibition game in April, showed up to once again disrupt the presidents’ rhythm, this time as Abe Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt formed a relay team vs. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

In the 4th-inning race, Teddy started out strong and handed the lead to Lincoln, running anchor. Abe looked like a sure winner, but he was ambushed by That Cat, who lept from the stands along the first base line to make a flying tackle.

George, running anchor for Tom, high-stepped to an easy victory.

Photos by flickr member tbridge.

Racing presidents return from Syracuse

The Washington Nationals return from a 10-day road trip tonight to kick off a five game homestand at Nationals Park vs. the Mets and Orioles.

The racing presidents usually get a break while the Nats are on the road, but last week they took to Syracuse, where they held a presidents race during the 5th inning of Stephen Strasburg’s first start for the Syracuse Chiefs. It looked for a time as if Teddy would take the exhibition, but Thomas Jefferson passed him as they raced along the 3rd baseline at Alliance Bank Stadium.

For the two games starting tonight vs. the Mets, the Nationals have released a coupon code for Teddy’s friends: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” (all caps) and get up to 35% off tickets in select seating sections. The coupon is valid for online orders only.

Video by YouTube member rscuse34

Nats add more tickets for Pups in the Park August 29

We previously reported that the Washington Nationals Pups in the Park dates were sold out; but the Nats have responded by adding another seating section for this popular event. Five dollar dog tickets are available once again for the Sunday, August 29 game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Presidents to race during Stephen Strasburg’s start in Syracuse Wednesday night

The Washington Nationals’ racing presidents will take their show on the road Wednesday for Stephen Strasburg’s second start with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs.

George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy will greet fans at the main gates of Alliance Bank Stadium, then run a presidents race following the 5th inning of the game vs. Norfolk. Nationals Mascot and race judge Screech will also make the trip.

Nats Entertainment Coordinator Tom Davis noted that “sending the Racing Presidents up to Syracuse for a night is another way to let Chiefs fans experience Nationals baseball.”

The game will be carried locally in DC on tape delay by MASN at approximately 10:30pm.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user dougtone

Nationals racing presidents have a message for moms

Screech and Screech's Mom by Luis AlbisuOn a beautiful Mothers Day afternoon, the Washington Nationals pulled off another nail biter at Nationals Park, completing another winning homestand and taking the series from the Florida Marlins, three games to two.

Moms were honored both before and throughout the game, and the 4th-inning presidents race was no exception.

Nats mascot and presidents race judge Screech wore a pink cap and brought his mom onto the field to help out.

Momma Screech wore a pink dress and lots of lipstick. It was reported to be her first visit to Nationals Park, but to long-time Nationals fans, she looked suspiciously familiar.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Mothers Day message - Nationals ParkThe presidents ran a tight race in which George Washington held off Abe to end the homestand with a 1-race lead over Lincoln. After the race, the presidents all held up signs for the scoreboard camera operators, reading “Happy Mothers Day Moms.”

Aww….

Photo and video courtesy of YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt

Pups in the Park can’t stop Abe Lincoln

Washington Nationals Pups in the ParkIt was a beautiful dog day afternoon at Nationals Park as four-legged Nationals fans filled the Left Field Mezzanine seats for Saturday’s sold-out Pups in the Park promotion.

Dogs were everywhere — streaming through the centerfield gates, running around the field before the first inning, and featured during all of the Nationals’ usual between-inning entertainment segments from the Dance Cam to the
Fan of the Game.

So it was no surprise when Teddy Roosevelt entered the field for the 4th-inning presidents race with a dog on a leash.

But this was no ordinary dog. It was a giant Brian Griffin, the dog from The Family Guy. Brian ran along with Teddy to an early lead, but as they ran across the outfield warning track, Teddy let go
of the leash, and unleashed Brian on the other racing presidents.

As Teddy sprinted for the finish line, Brian ambushed George Washington, then pushed Thomas Jefferson to the ground; but Abe Lincoln managed to sidestep the big dog, and took off after Roosevelt, passing poor Teddy just before hitting the finish line.


Videos courtesy of YouTube members pjf311 and TheTeddyRoosevelt

Tom shoves Teddy to the ground as George takes over 1st

With first place in the standings up for grabs, George Washington left no opportunity for monkey business, breaking away from the pack early and leading wire to wire, but that didn’t prevent Thomas Jefferson from shoving Teddy Roosevelt to the turf as they approached the outfield corner. What Tom has against Teddy, we don’t know.

It was hard to see Tom’s transgression from the first base stands, but the second video courtesy of Nats Fan and YouTube member shmaggie23 reveals all!

Unlike George, the Nats couldn’t hold their lead, as a late rally by the Florida Marlins ruined a quality outing by Craig Stammen. The homestand ends this weekend with two matinees: Pups in the Park day on Saturday, followed by Mothers Day Sunday.

Video courtesy of YouTube members lfahome and shmaggie23

DeAngelo Hall offers to trade places with Teddy Roosevelt

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was on hand at Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch for Thursday night’s game vs. the Atlanta Braves.

During the game, Hall was interviewed by Nationals Park in-game host Clint Khoury. The speedy Hall had no advice for Teddy Roosevelt, but offered to trade places and run for him in the presidents race. You’ll find the full interview over at The Redskins Blog.

Jefferson drinks a Red Bull mid-race, sprints ahead to victory

Thomas Jefferson did his best Abe Lincoln impression tonight at Nationals Park, sprinting out ahead of the other presidents for an early lead. Lacking Abe’s stamina, Tom paused to catch his breath, but fortunately he had can of Red Bull handy, drank it down, and then sprinted past his opponents again to run away with a Nationals presidents race victory.

“Honest” Abe hasn’t been himself since getting helped off the field Tuesday night.

TJ’s victory forced a rare 3-way tie atop the presidents race standings, marking the first time in more than 2 years that Teddy Roosevelt can lay claim to 2nd place …sort of.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

Canine Nats fans sell out Nationals “Pups in the Park” day

Let Teddy Win Dog T-ShirtThe Nats have not sold out a game since opening day, but maybe they were targeting the wrong audience.

This Saturday marks the return of “Pups In the Park,” a promotion the team began last year in which the Washington Nationals open the gates of Nationals Park to their furry fans.

While regular seats remain available for the 1:05pm game vs. the Florida Marlins, the Dog Tickets are apparently a complete sellout.

The special $5.00 Dog Tickets allow fans to sit with fido in the Left Field Mezzanine, sections 201 through 203 (human seats are still $20.00). The area will feature a sod grass section behind the stands for dogs who’ve had too much beer, and dog walkers from Fetch! Pet Care are on hand to let you visit the concessions yourself.

The first-ever “pup parade” is a new addition. Fans will be invited to walk their dogs around the warning track before the game, so Josh Willingham, please watch where you step in left field Saturday.

Dog Tickets are on sale now for the second Pups in the Park day, which will be Sunday, August 29.

UPDATE: A day after this post, the August 29 date sold out as well! Clearly the Nationals need to look into expanding their canine capacity for this popular event.

UPDATE #2: The Nats have added a section for the August 29 date, so tickets are available again!

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