Video: Let Teddy Win on The Today Show

Alert YouTube member lfahome spotted and captured his own video being featured during Len Berman’s “Spanning the World” segment on this morning’s Today Show on NBC.

The video includes the Let Teddy Win contingent cheering Teddy during his June 1 disqualification for riding a Segway.

Teddy comes up short in first California presidents race

Presidents race in Anaheim - Teddy on TricyclePresidents race in Anaheim - George WinsThe Nationals’ racing presidents joined the team in Anaheim, California Monday night as the Nats kicked off the Davey Johnson era vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Fans at Angel Stadium cheered as the presidents took the field in the middle of the 5th inning wearing oversized versions of the Nationals new road uniforms; but those looking for Teddy’s luck to change on the road were extremely disappointed.

Teddy entered the field riding an oversized tricycle, and fell behind the other presidents before they reached the right field corner.

As they hit the home stretch, George Washington shoved Abe Lincoln into the stands, preserving the first victory in Anaheim for the father of our country.

Presidents to race in Anaheim next week

Angel StadiumThe Nationals’ racing presidents are hitting the road and heading to California, where they will run three unofficial races during the Nats’ series against the Anaheim Angels beginning Monday night, the Angels announced this afternoon.

It will be the presidents’ first appearance at Angel Stadium. They have previously made guest appearances at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and Baltimore’s
Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Monday’s race will mark the first time the racing presidents have appeared on the road without the presence of another teams’ mascot. The Angels are one of only four major league teams that do not have a mascot.

Photo by Flickr user Kwong Yee Cheng

On hearing about Riggleman, Hitler is not pleased

Hitler is upset about Jim RigglemanWith apologies in advance to all those who are sure to be offended, we present the Jim Riggleman version of Downfall, and learn a little about who’s pulling the strings in the presidents race.

Warning: This one is just a little less kid-friendly than our usual posts.

Video: Samurai takes out Washington, Jefferson

Presidents Race Samurai - Nationals ParkSamurai in the Nationals Park Presidents Race - Photo by Cheryl NicholsDominique Dawes and Rocky MacIntoshIn the real-life obstacle course that has become the Washington Nationals’ presidents race, it’s hard to be surprised by anything anymore.

So in the middle of the race Wednesday night, with Thomas Jefferson in the lead, he couldn’t have been surprised when the bullpen door opened and a Samurai warrior emerged to chase him down.

The black-clad Samurai tackled Jefferson with ease, then hopped up to pursue and take out George Washington, who’d been following close behind.

In the subsequent footrace to the finish, Teddy Roosevelt had no chance, and Abe Lincoln took the win.

Also on hand for tonight’s race were special celebrity guest finish line holders Dominique Dawes and Rocky McIntosh.

Yes, the presidents race has become a celebrity draw, akin to throwing out the first pitch. Here’s hoping we see more local celebs holding the finish line at Nationals Park.

Video by YouTube member lfahome
Samurai photo by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network

Video: Teddy sends That Cat to stop George Washington

George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson in the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWashington Nationals Presidents Race: That Cat tackles George Washington as Teddy Roosevelt looks onRacing president Abe Lincoln leaps over That Cat to take the presidents raceWith George Washington coming off a recent 4-game winning streak and challenging Abe Lincoln for the season lead, Teddy Roosevelt decided he’d seen enough.

While George was taking an early lead in Tuesday’s 4th-inning race at Nationals Park, Teddy was waiting in foul territory, hiding in ambush along with long-time presidents race conspirator That Cat.

With George entering the home stretch, the t-shirt-clad panther lept out at Teddy’s urging, knocking our first president soundly to the ground. Lincoln, who was running close behind, made a nifty leap over the cat to jump into the lead.

“You been winning too many races lately George,” Teddy tweeted, “and I was tired of hearing about it!”

Abe and Tom didn’t seem to object, holding hands and skipping together at the finish line, but Abe crossed first and was awarded the victory.

And the slo-mo version:

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

George Washington fails to deliver again on Fathers Day

Nationals fans approached Fathers Day with an heightened level of excitement Sunday as the Nationals took an eight-game winning streak into their series finale vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park.

What followed was a series of disappointments, from the rain that dampened the stands, to uncharacteristic lapses in pitching and defense, to yet another Fathers Day no-show by George Washington.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day 2011Team officials have denied it for years, but it’s no secret the presidents race result has been fixed on occasion. We don’t call this blog “Let Teddy Win” for nothing.

So it’s fair to ask the question: Why has the father of our country NEVER won a presidents race on Fathers Day?

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day at Nationals ParkIn the middle of a rain-soaked fourth-inning Sunday at Nationals Park, it was Teddy Roosevelt who got the crowd to its feet, cutting the outfield corner and hanging onto the lead through most of a tight race, only to go off course and lose the lead at the finish.

But it was Thomas Jefferson and not George who stole the victory. After winning the previous four consecutive
races, Washington finished last.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video of Teddy’s take down of the Orioles’ Bird

Here it is. Video of Friday night’s John Cena-inspired take-down of the Orioles’ Bird by Teddy Roosevelt.

AND here it is in slo-mo:

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Wrestler John Cena pumps Teddy up to tackle Orioles Bird

The largest crowd at Nationals Park since opening day was rewarded richly Friday night after an hour-long rain delay postponed the start of the game.

John Cena gives Teddy Roosevelt a presidents race pep talkTeddy Roosevelt chases the Orioles Bird, who takes the lead in the presidents race at Nationals ParkTeddy Roosevelt tackles the Orioles Bird during the presidents race at Nationals ParkChildrens Chorus of Washington at Nationals ParkThe Nationals continued their torrid offensive streak with the 7th win in a row, and Teddy Roosevelt, despite losing the 4th-inning presidents race, delivered a satisfying blow to a longtime nemesis.

Following Tuesday night’s appearance at Nationals Park, WWE wrestler John Cena appeared Friday in a series of scoreboard video segments with Teddy Roosevelt, teaching Teddy his “You Can’t See Me” moves, and pumping up the Nats’ perennial loser both literally and figuratively in preparation for a visit from the Baltimore Orioles and their not-so-creatively named mascot, The Bird.

Before the game, The O’s fowl cheerleader pranced around Nationals Park like he owned the place, trying with little success to incite the smattering of Baltimore fans in attendance.

When the presidents race began, The Bird jumped out in front of the presidents, threatening to steal the thunder from the home town mascots; but with Teddy chasing closely behind as they turned the right field corner, the partisan crowd cheered in anticipation of what was to come.

Teddy put his newly-learned wrestling moves to use, catching The Bird and taking him down with a satisfying blow.

“You can’t see me O-bird!,” Teddy tweeted. “No WAY I was gonna let you win the race tonight!”

The antics would have to be satisfaction enough for Teddy’s long-suffering fans, who then watched George Washington blow by for the win.

A special nod to members of the Childrens Chorus of Washington, who did an amazing job with the National Anthem Friday night, and could be heard chanting the most beautiful chorus ever of “Let Teddy Win! Let Teddy Win!” from the 400 level during the presidents race!

Video to follow.

Teddy goes off-course into the outfield

Yet another offensive outburst Thursday night left Nationals fans wondering what they’re putting in the drinking water at Nationals Park.

While the Nats’ bats are suddenly on fire, the racing presidents’ behavior has reached a new level of unpredictability.

Teddy Roosevelt Cheats in Nationals Presidents RaceOn Thursday, Teddy Roosevelt got off to a solid start, then ran off-course into the middle of the outfield, only to redirect himself back into last place. “WOW!,” Teddy commented from his Twitter account. “The grass looked sooo pretty I wanted to touch it! (sic)”

Abe Lincoln then briefly took the lead, only to stop, turn, and briefly run backwards, leading Nationals PA announcer Jerome Hruska to exclaim “What’s going on?”

George Washington survived to take his second win in a row.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: That Cat, Rally Penguin aren’t enough to help Teddy on Lobster Day

Panther "That Cat" chases the Washington Nationals racing presidentsPanther "That Cat" tackles Thomas Jefferson during the Nationals Presidents RaceRally Penguin takes down Abe Lincoln - Nationals Presidents RacePresidents Race - Rally Penguin takes down AbeNational Lobster Day? Apparently so.

On Wednesday before a crowd of 27,130 at Nationals Park, Your crack Washington Nationals Mascot Team added to the pantheon of obscure holiday celebrations, as Teddy emerged for the 4th inning presidents race sporting lobster claws in celebration of, yes, National Lobster Day.

While the Nationals bats were shelling the Cardinals, and Livan Hernandez and Pudge Rodriquez picked them apart on the field, Teddy needed a little more help to stay in the hunt for victory number one.

Longtime presidents race conspirator That Cat made an appearance at the starting gate, chasing the presidents across the warning track and bringing Jefferson down with an open-field tackle, perhaps in retaliation for last night’s cheating incident.

With Jefferson out of the way, Abe Lincoln held a big lead heading down the first base line, but that’s where he ran into the Rally Penguin. The Penguin, who last appeared in 2008, was waiting in ambush, and clotheslined Abe, who never saw it coming.

That left Teddy with a clear shot at the finish line, and only George Washington to beat. But alas, TR had no more tricks up his sleeve. Lobster-clawed Teddy faded at the finish, and George took the win.

Photos courtesy of Ethan Ableman.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Shake Shack burgers, Box Frites fries highlight revamped Scoreboard Walk at Nationals Park

26,759 fans came to Nationals Park Tuesday to welcome the home team back to DC, and the evening didn’t disappoint as the Nationals followed their winningest road trip in years with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Miller Lite Scoreboard WalkMiller Lite Scoreboard WalkShake ShackShake Shack at Nationals ParkShake Shack at Nationals ParkShake Shack's 'Shroom BurgerShake Shack Concrete Take Me Out to the Ballgame with chocolate truffle cookie dough, peanuts and caramelBox FritesGarlic-Parmesan FritesEl Verano Taqueria at Nationals ParkEl Verano Taqueria at Nationals ParkElote Corn on the CobBlue Smoke at Nationals ParkBlue Smoke Pulled Pork at Nationals ParkBlue Smoke Kansas City Spare Ribs at Nationals ParkBlue Smoke's Salty Peanut-Jalapeno Chocolate BarNationals Park Scoreboard WalkFans had been drawn in by the return of Ryan Zimmerman, a $2 ticket promotion, great weather, a big draw opponent, and the long-awaited debut of the revamped Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk behind the right field bleachers.

The myriad updates to the popular Scoreboard Walk include a 4,000 square foot lounge area with artificial turf, chairs, sofas, trees, plants, and a large number of stylish new “shade sails.”

The sails stretch over the lounge area as well as the queue lines for each of several new dining options, providing sun protection when waiting in line on hot summer days. These new lounge and queue areas are all within view of the big new TV screen that premiered this season behind the outfield scoreboard.

As nice as the improved amenities are, the buzz on Twitter and in the Park tonight focused on the four new restaurant options that line the Scoreboard Walk. After tonight’s debut and a sampling of all the menus, it’s safe to say that Nationals Park food options rank among the best in the majors, albeit at some fairly steep prices.

No stand was more anticipated than Shake Shack. The most famous of the four new options from Union Square Restaurant Group, Shake Shack features hot dogs, fries, shakes, and natural Black Angus burgers. The burgers live up to their reputation, with a nice coarse grind that highlights the flavor of the meat more than the predecessor at the same location — DC’s Five Guys Burgers and Fries. A single is $5.75 and a double runs $8.75.

Shake Shack also features the Shack-cago Dog, a mostly authentic Chicago-style split grilled Vienna Beef hot dog smothered in relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, pepper, mustard and celery salt. If you’ve never had a Chicago dog, this is pretty close to the real deal, though Shake Shack opts for a potato bun over the traditional poppy seed variety. It’s a bargain at $5.75.

The sleeper and my personal favorite of all the new food options may be the ‘Shroom Burger, a portobello mushroom split and filled with muenster cheese, deep fried, and served on a burger bun. Truly decadent and delicious for $7.75.

For the first time since Giffords Ice Cream left Nationals Park this spring, fans can get once again get a milkshake in the stands at Nationals Park. Shake Shack’s namesake treats are made from frozen custard and come in four flavors.

At $5.75, the shakes are indeed quite good, but the buzz was around the Concrete, a dense cup of custard blended with chocolate truffle cookie dough, peanuts, and caramel. A straw will do you no good with this concoction. Price: $6.75 plus a week at the gym.

Shake Shack has fries on the menu, but spud connoisseurs will likely shuffle down a few feet to Box Frites, where fresh cut fries can be ordered by the box with your choice of toppings or dipping sauces.

The movie theater-inspired pricing gets you a reasonable-sized portion for $7.25, or a family-sized box for $8.00. You only get to choose one of the five dipping sauces (additional sauces are a whopping $2.00 each). Blue Cheese was the surprise runaway pick among our group of tasters. Chipotle ketchup is a fine second choice. Rosemary Ranch, which sounded promising, tasted like liquid pine tree.

But for the ultimate in decadent fries, the consensus pick is the Garlic-Parmesan Frites, which are light on the garlic but heavy on the parmesan, and more than suitable for sharing at $9.75.

If cholesterol just isn’t your thing, then the new El Verano Taquería offers some fresh options and more welcome variety to South Capitol Street.

The simple menu features three types of tacos served in soft corn tortillas with lime, cilantro and fresh salsa.

Options include medium rare skirt steak, carnitas, or chicken “mole pipian,” a braised green concoction. The combo platter has all three and is a lot of fresh variety for $10.25.

El Verano Taquería also offers “Elote,” or Mexican grilled corn. This classic street food is a steamed ear of corn dipped in a lime-spiked mayonnaise sauce, rolled in crumbly cotija cheese, and dusted with cayenne pepper for $4.75. If you like your food spicy, the Elote is your best bet at the ball park. Consider yourself warned.

The new restaurants facing the Miller Light Scoreboard Walk feature distinctively designed facades, and none stands out more than the new Blue Smoke Barbeque, with an attractive weathered wood veneer that’s visible over the right field stands from about half of the ball park. Nice touch.

Nationals Park needed a good pulled pork sandwich to replace the departed Teddy’s Barbeque, and Blue Smoke delivers with a flavorful if slightly dry version for $8.75. Make sure to get extra sauce. There is no pulled chicken option, but you can get wings — one of the few dishes I did not manage to try.

It will be interesting to see if the Barbecued Beef Bologna sandwich takes off in DC. This southern staple features pickles and raw onions atop a single thick slice of bologna that’s been grilled and topped with barbeque sauce for $7.75.

It tasted like… well.. bologna.

Blue Smoke’s signature item is Kansas City Spare Ribs, which were meaty and nicely carmelized. They are a fine choice, but with three modest ribs running $10.25, and relatively light on smoke flavor, it left me longing for the Rough Rider at the dear, departed Teddy’s Barbeque.

The surprise treat of the night? Blue Smoke’s Salty Peanut-Jalapeño Chocolate Bar. It isn’t very spicy, but the complex dark chocolate and salted peanut flavors are more than satisfying, and it’s certainly the only $4.75 desert
at Nationals Park that’s suitable for sharing.

Nationals’ COO Andy Feffer took a lot of heat today for appearing to imply that the new Scoreboard Walk was more important than the game.

I find it hard to believe that any journalist actually believes that. Others have more legitimately complained that the new restaurants are not DC-centric. While I agree with the latter criticism, I can’t deny that the fan experience has been improved.

What do you think?

Video: Jefferson cheats, knocks out Abe, wins anyway!

Will somebody please hold Screech accountable?

In one of the most blatant examples ever of the anti-Teddy conspiracy, the Nationals’ feathered mascot and presidents race judge handed the victory to Thomas Jefferson Tuesday night, despite an overwhelming case for Tom’s disqualification.

Thomas Jefferson Presidents Race CheatsThomas Jefferson Presidents Race CheatingThomas Jefferson as John Cena - You Cant See Me!When the race began, Abe Lincoln jumped out to a big lead, and despite running into the outfield wall, still held a big advantage over George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt entering the home stretch.

Jefferson, meanwhile, failed to participate, instead appearing for the duration of the race just in front of the finish line in first base foul territory.

As Lincoln approached the tape, Tom jumped out and slammed him to the ground. The Sage of Monticello then waltzed across the finish line, and to the dismay of 26,759 in the stands, was declared the victor.

Is there any doubt that Teddy Roosevelt would have faced instant disqualification?

After being declared the winner, Jefferson faced the in-stadium cameras and waved his hand in front of his face. Apparently Tom’s ambush and the “You Can’t See Me!” reference were a tribute to WWE wrestler John Cena, who was in the house. [Thanks Tom]

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

From around the web: Jeers, tributes, proposals for Teddy

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt’s Memorial Day red herring apparently generated enough interest to inspire even more national outrage over Wednesday’s disqualification.

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt is disqualified by mascot Screech for riding a SegwayFollowing reports from prominent sites including Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports, and NBC Washington, a number of prominent and not-so-prominent bloggers weighed in Thursday with jeers, tributes, and at least one proposal for Teddy Roosevelt.

Dayn Perry of FanGraphs.com offered a warning
to Nationals mascot Screech
, reminding the presidents race judge what the great Teddy Roosevelt does to “lower-evolved varmints who
get between him and what’s his.”

DC public relations and marketing professional Mike Holden yesterday offered a novel proposal
for the Nationals, suggesting in his blog that the team hold out a Teddy victory in exchange for season ticket sales. Of all the theories and suggestions I’ve heard for letting Teddy win, this one may be both the most creative and most lucrative for promoting the team.

Poet and Nationals fan Dan Creeden of Scaggsville, Maryland was inspired this week to publish a poem and a song about Teddy’s quest. Creeden blames Abe Lincoln for the bias against Teddy, citing jealousy (“Teddy has a cute bear named after him and Lincoln only has Logs.”). He followed a riff on the classic “Casey at the Bat” with a rewrite of Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets” called T-T-Teddy and the Nats.

Anthony Schneck of Sportsology offered his own spin on Teddy’s disqualification, noting that “contestants may not use Segways during the race because Segways are the universal symbol for douchebaggery.”

Brandon Stroud of the With Leather Blog asks “Why would they do this to a GEICO President? Is it because he was in the Progressive party?”

Finally, David Brown of Big League Stew points out what we failed to note here Wednesday — that Teddy has tried cheating with a Segway before, but failed to come in first.

Teddy crosses first, is disqualified for riding a Segway

Teddy in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race aboard a SegwayIn the final game of an undoubtedly difficult homestand for racing president Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th president decided it was time to leave nothing to doubt.

Unfortunately for Teddy, he could have picked a more subtle way to cheat.

When the presidents emerged in center field for the 4th-inning race, Teddy was out in front aboard a Segway personal transporter.

The other presidents were on foot.

Tom, Abe, and George struggled to keep up in the 98-degree heat, and Teddy held the lead from wire to wire.

The crowd erupted as Teddy broke the tape with a fist raised high in victory, but the cheers from the crowd ended moments later, when Screech jumped in.

Never one to put up with Teddy’s antics, the Nationals’ mascot and presidents race judge quickly interrupted Teddy’s victory dance and waved off the victory.

After disqualifying Teddy for riding the Segway, Screech awarded the victory to Thomas Jefferson, provoking a rain of boos from the crowd.

After taking the series from the Phillies, the Nationals now hit the road for an extended trip west, giving both Teddy and Screech some time to cool off.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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