Teddy the shark attacks George, Tom to kick off Shark Week

Washington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt dons a Shark mask for Shark WeekWashington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt celebrates Shark Week - Photo by Cheryl NicholsShark Week starts today, and ever the student of popular culture, Teddy Roosevelt got into the act by donning a makeshift shark mask and cardboard dorsal fin for Sunday’s game vs. the New York Mets at Nationals Park.

With Jaws music in the background, Teddy followed the other presidents out of the gate and chased them down, one by one.

Teddy dispatched of both Washington and Jefferson with his razor-sharp cardboard jaws, but he couldn’t catch up to the speedy Abe Lincoln, who crossed the finish line with his limbs intact.

NOTE: After yesterday’s post, the Nationals have updated the standings they show on the scoreboard during the race, properly crediting George with his July 10 victory. We are in sync once again.

Attack photo by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Teddy goes after Thomas Jefferson in the outfield

Presidents race watchers knew what to expect when the fourth inning rolled around Saturday night at Nationals Park. Teddy Roosevelt said it all just before race time.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race: Teddy Tackles Jefferson“No more wins for TJ, your streak ends tonight! Mwhahaha,” Teddy tweeted from his account @Teddy26Nats.

After winning seven of the last eight races, Jefferson was poised to pass Teddy once again when the Bull Moose turned and slammed the Sage of Monticello into the outfield wall. Jefferson fell to the ground, his hair ripped by the impact.

Lincoln dashed by for his first victory since before the All Star break.

NOTE: Followers of the outfield scoreboard tally might have noted a discrepancy vs. our own presidents race standings. The Nationals scorekeepers have not credited George (or anybody) with a victory for July 10 — the last race before the all star break. We’re hoping the Nats will make the correction soon. In the meantime, we’re sticking with our count as a reflection of the true # of races this year.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

In 103° heat, Teddy Roosevelt stops to do the hula

Washington Nationals presidents race in Hawaiian ShirtsWashington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt does the HulaPerhaps it’s the uniform.

A crowd of 30,114 came to Nationals Park Friday night to see Chien Ming Wang battle both the sweltering heat and the New York Mets in his first major league start in over two years.

As Wang struggled in the in 103° game-time temperatures, the Nationals’ racing presidents chose to to ditch the wool uniforms in favor of cool Hawaiian shirts, honoring Friday’s anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood. Nobody appeared to benefit more than Teddy Roosevelt, who dashed into an early lead and put on one of his best performances ever.

Unfortunately, the fans cheering for Teddy along the first baseline must have proved too inspiring, as Teddy stopped and broke into a hula dance for the fans.

Thomas Jefferson, who has been on a tear since the All Star Break, dashed by for the victory.



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Video: That Cat returns, takes out three presidents

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents are attacked by That CatWashington Nationals Racing Presidents are attacked by That CatLong-time presidents race interloper That Cat made another disruptive appearance Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

As the fourth-inning race began, the t-shirt clad panther hid out by the right field bullpen gate, jumping out onto the warning track only as the racing presidents approached.

In one fell swoop, That Cat managed to take out George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, leaving Thomas Jefferson with a clear path to the finish line before retreating to the bullpen.

Jefferson managed to avoid repeating the previous night’s mistakes, and postponed his celebration until after the race was finished.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: Nationals racing presidents switch to football

Nationals Park must have seemed a sight for sore eyes to a team coming off three straight road series losses following the All Star break; but in the first game of the homestand vs. the Marlins, both Teddy and the Nats failed to deliver.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents - Football GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents play footballWith the Nationals on their way to an 11-2 loss Tuesday night, the racing presidents chose to look away from baseball and celebrate the end of the NFL lockout during their 4th-inning race.

Kicking things off, Abe, Tom, and Teddy lined up in i-formation against George Washington, who was wearing his alternate red uniform. Lincoln hiked the ball to Jefferson, who then handed off to Teddy as the Great Emancipator turned and put a world-class block on our first president.

The block gave Roosevelt a clear path to the end zone, and he took off. With Nationals P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska yelling “He could go all the way,” Teddy kicked his legs in celebration as he danced his way to certain victory.

Alas, George was catching up from behind, and knocked the ball away Don Beebe style. As Teddy and George scrambled, Jefferson picked up the loose ball and waltzed across the finish line for the victory.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Nationals racing presidents at the All Star Game

Tyler Clippard wasn’t the only Washington National making an all star game appearance this week. The Nationals’ own racing presidents made a guest appearance at the All Star game — no, not that All Star game. George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy appeared Thursday at the Atlantic League All Star Game in York, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to reader Kyle Mace, a Camp Hill, PA native who provided the video, and to Chris Stetler, a Let Teddy Win fan and self-described baseball fanatic who offered this report from her home town:

While the Nationals may be still off enjoying their last day of the All-Star break, the President’s hit the road.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameInvited to attend the Atlantic League All-Star game at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, PA, home of the York Revolution, the 2010 Atlantic League Champions, they traveled north to the delight of the home town crowd. It is a fitting journey north as York housed the Continental Congress when they wrote the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the newly formed United States of America in 1776-1777.

Throughout the game, the President’s could be seen mingling with the fans, having their photos taken, and being all-around great ambassadors. But, they got down to business in the fourth inning when they came out of the center field gates and prepared to do battle.

As they do at home, the quartet turned towards right field and at the count of three, raced around the outfield warning track aiming for the finish line just to the right of first base and before the home team’s dugout.

Teddy started out slow, and then poured it on as they came around the curve to the infield. Sadly, he was overtaken by George Washington who finished with a commanding lead. Just before the finish line Thomas Jefferson pulled ahead of Teddy, leaving Teddy to finish in third ahead of Abraham Lincoln.

The fans cheered on the Commander’s-in-Chiefs and I even heard a few Let Teddy Win! cheers during the race. It was so fun to hear other people cheering Teddy on and hoping, just hoping, he might finally break the streak and win. Sadly, it was not to be.

From a York Revolution fan to the Washington Nationals and Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt, thank you for coming up to add even more excitement to the Atlantic League All-Star game!

Thanks Chris and Kyle! It’s great to know that the Let Teddy Win movement reaches far beyond DC.

Photos by Christina Stetler Photography.
Video by Kyle Mace.

Running of the Bulls video: George Washington attacks Thomas Jefferson

Presidents Race - Photo by Cheryl NicholsOn Sunday, George Washington donned
bull horns and rammed into Thomas Jefferson
, sending him diving over the railing (and practically into a fan holding a Let Teddy Win sign).

We didn’t get our usual video from Sunday’s contest, but we thought we’d provide the next best thing.

Highlights from Sunday’s MASN game broadcast:

Photos by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network

George Washington dons horns for Running of the Bulls

Running of the BullsRunning of the BullsAlexandria KleztetNationals Holidays at Nationals ParkThe annual Running of the Bulls takes place this weekend in Pamplona, Spain, and on Sunday at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ racing presidents paid tribute by strapping horns onto George Washington, who chased Tom, Abe, and Teddy across the outfield during the 4th-inning presidents race.

Thomas Jefferson broke away for the early lead, but couldn’t escape Washington’s charge.

After passing Abe and Teddy, the father of our country tucked his horns and caught up to Jefferson, flipping the Sage of Monticello head first into the Section 133 stands before claiming the victory. The move puts George within two of Abe in the standings heading into the All Star break.

Sunday was Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park, and throughout the game, the HD scoreboard featured famous jewish baseball players through history. Klezmer recording artists The Alexandria Kleztet performed in the centerfield plaza before the game.

Finally, we have to give a nod to these guys who formed their own 5-man cheering section along the first baseline. The leprechaun, angel, Easter Bunny, native American, and Uncle Sam got together to send a simple message: Every Nationals win should be a National Holiday.

Well done, gentlemen.

Suddenly it’s Dog Days at Nationals Park

Teddy in the lead on Pups in the Park DayOver five hundred canines were among the nearly 30,000 in attendance Saturday night at Nationals Park, as the Nationals hosted their second “Pups in the Park” day for 2011.

Sadly, the game was a dog as well — a third consecutive one-run loss filled with missed opportunities for the Nationals.

Lacking a real dog to accompany him, Teddy Roosevelt made up his own for the 4th-inning presidents race. Teddy competed while carrying a balloon-animal dog, which appeared to weigh him down in the home stretch as Thomas Jefferson took the win.

The popular Pups in the Park promotion allows a limited number of fans to buy $5 tickets for their canine pets, and sets aside a special section with relief areas and other dog-specific amenities.

To meet the demand, the Nationals added a third Pups in the Park day on Saturday, September 24. Tickets are available at Nationals.com/pups.

Pup photo courtesy JudyMayka.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
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Presidents race honors final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis

Washington Nationals Presidents Race - Honoring the Space Shuttle AtlantisThe Washington Nationals have a tradition of using the 4th-inning presidents race to pay tribute to significant cultural events.

On Friday night at Nationals Park, the team attempted to honor the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, wrapping the heads of George, Tom, and Abe in tinfoil, presumably to represent astronaut helmets.

We’re not sure if they ran out of tinfoil, or were just in a hurry, but thankfully for the Nationals Park crowd, P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska explained the reference.

Photo and video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

“I’m just as confused as you, folks”

Presidential Walk RaceWashington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt hits the wallLet Teddy Win!Thursday night’s 10-9 marathon battle between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals could best be described as a bizarre affair, and by all counts, the 4th-inning presidents race did not fail to keep up with the theme of the evening.

The presidents broke out of the centerfield gate in speed walking mode, but with Teddy Roosevelt in last place, and the slow-paced race looking like it might extend into the 5th inning, Teddy ran across the outfield grass, and bolted into a sprint.

Roosevelt’s maneuver put him safely in the lead and ignited the crowd. That is, until he abruptly took a left turn into the right field wall.

Calling the race from high atop Nationals Park, P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska declared “I’m just as confused as you, folks.”

As a disoriented Roosevelt stumbled toward the finish line, Thomas Jefferson caught up and stole the win.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Nationals’ racing presidents lobby for Michael Morse

Washington Nationals Presidents Race - Let Teddy WinAbe Lincoln wins the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWashington Nationals Racing Presidents Vote for Michael MorseOn Wednesday’s TV broadcast of the Nationals’ 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs, MASN play-by-play man Bob Carpenter called it “one of the best races Teddy has ever raced.”

Unfortunately for Teddy, it wasn’t quite enough.

Abe Lincoln led wire to wire in an all-out sprint, with Teddy Roosevelt tailing him step for step the whole way. It was an impressive showing that sent the crowd to its feet, but didn’t prevent Abe from capturing win #19 on the season.

Upon crossing the finish line, the four presidents revealed the message hidden on their t-shirts.

“Vote 4 Morse,” said the message on their chests. Thomas Jefferson added Morse’s signature “Beast Mode” t-shirt.

Morse is a finalist in the All Star team Final Vote. Voting is unlimited and is open until Thursday afternoon.
Vote often!

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: Teddy locks out competition, celebrates prematurely

Nationals Presidents Race - Teddy Roosevelt Locks Out George, Tom, and AbeNationals Presidents Race - Teddy Roosevelt CelebratesIt seems Teddy Roosevelt has tried just about every way, legitimate and otherwise, to gain advantage over his opponents in the Washington Nationals’ presidents race.

Yet Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the hero of San Juan Hill came up with an entirely new 4th-inning strategy — lock up the competition.

After bursting through the center field starting gate, Roosevelt turned and latched the gate behind him, before George, Tom, and Abe could get through.

Teddy began his victory celebration almost immediately, prancing across the warning track to the cheers of over 19,000 fans.

But the celebration was short-lived. The other presidents got the gate open and Abe sprinted ahead, ensuring that Teddy’s losing streak would continue.



Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Photo: Racing presidents at the White House on July 4

The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents visit the White HouseThe Washington Nationals’ racing presidents made yet another appearance at the White House yesterday, joining president Barack Obama and his family for an Independence Day barbecue honoring military heroes and their families.

The appearance was part of a renewed effort by the Nats’ organization to embrace the military this year.

The First Lady also appeared at Nationals Park Tuesday night in support of her Joining Forces initiative, which focuses on mobilizing all sectors of society to support military families.

Photo: Washington Nationals

Teddy Roosevelt loses his 400th race on Independence Day

Nationals Presidents Race - Thomas Jefferson carries the flag on Independence DayStudents of presidents race history know better than to bet against Thomas Jefferson on Independence Day.

The scribe of our country’s declaration of Independence once again led the race from wire-to-wire, and as he did last year on July 4, carried an American flag the whole way.

Monday was designated a “Patriotic Day” by the Nationals, and while the associated new uniforms continued to provide good luck for the team, they’ve clearly had no impact on presidents race results.

Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt declined to provide even a challenge, and in his 400th winless presidents race, Teddy stayed at the very back of the pack from start to finish, wearing a very undersized stars and stripes hat.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

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