Video: Did Teddy give up at the finish?

Presidents Race photo finish - Washington NationalsPresidents Race photo finish - Washington NationalsTeddy Roosevelt seemed to have victory in hand Sunday at Nationals Park.

In one of his more inspired races, #26 overcame a bad start, working his way to the front of the pack with a burst of speed around the right field corner.

Teddy had the upper hand in one of the tightest presidential finishing packs ever, but he seemed to pull up at the end, taking a crooked angle towards the finish line as George barely edged Abe in a photo finish.

After seeminly handing the race to Washington, Teddy tweeted “This is your dayyyy….George!” Hardly the rallying cry Teddy’s fans are looking for.

Teddy shows no fight before record Nats Park crowd

Phillies fans at Nationals Park - CBP South - Citizens Bank Park SouthGeorge Washington wins the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceGEICO Gecko introducing the GEICO Presidents Race at Nationals ParkAn all-time record crowd of 44,675 squeezed into Nationals Park Saturday night, but everybody on the field, including Teddy Roosevelt, appeared to have nothing left after Friday night’s late-inning heroics.

It was estimated that as much as 50% of the standing room only crowd hailed from Philadelphia, but with the Phillies staking a 5-0 lead, and the Nationals doing nothing but squandering opportunities, the mood felt increasingly like a Phillies home crowd as the night wore on, capped by a group of fans in the outfield who held signs spelling out “Welcome to Citizens Bank Park South.”

In the fourth-inning presidents race, Teddy Roosevelt finished in last place for the second night in a row, as George Washington sneaked by Thomas Jefferson for the victory. Teddy seemed ready to admit that the race is fixed against him, tweeting after the race “Drats, foiled again!! If only I could race a vegetable or something!”

The night also featured a change to the presidents race introductions. For the last four seasons, Nationals Park P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska has intoned “Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for the main event. It’s the GEICO Presidents Race!” Hruska’s bold introduction is the subject of much derision by fans who take offense at the notion that something other than the game would be called “The Main Event.”

While the unfortunate phrase didn’t change, the emphasis did, at least for one night. Fans on Saturday were instead greeted by a new video featuring the sponsor’s soft-spoken Gecko. It may not satisfy the critics, but it was a nice clarification between between the voice of the team and that of the race’s commercial sponsor.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Photos/Scott Ableman.  All rights reserved.

Video: Wardrobe malfunction at Nationals Park

Presidents Race wardrobe malfunctionThe Washington Nationals racing presidents were not all on their game Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

As the presidents were announced, George Washington banged his head into the centerfield gate, subsequently hitting Thomas Jefferson with a backwards head butt before the race even started.

The impact apparently knocked open Jefferson’s uniform, because the Sage of Monticello completed the race with his uniform open — a no-no in the usually Rated-G NatsTown. One of the mascot handlers raced to the finish line to cover him up and preserve his modesty.

Abe took the win.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Let Teddy Win makes the DC Stereotype Map

DC Stereotype Map - from LivingSocial's Social Studies DC blogSocialStudies, the DC-focused blog produced by daily dealmonger LivingSocial, today published the DC Stereotype Map, their own extremely blunt take on the map of DC, with Wards and neighborhoods replaced by stereotypes.

Notably, Nationals Park’s small corner of southeast DC is labeled not as the Navy Yard, but as “Let Teddy Win.”

I didn’t know we had become a stereotype, but the folks over at DCist called that one out as being particularly solid. What’s that they say about being the last to know?

Rather wisely, LivingSocial published the map without commentary, leaving the discussion to the community.

Video: Nats fans meet Stephen Strasmonkey, who promptly tackles Teddy

Teddy Roosevelt learned Tuesday night that what happens in Harrisburg doesn’t necessarily stay in Harrisburg.

With the team in Philadelphia last weekend, the Nationals’ racing presidents made their own road trip to Harrisburg’s Metro Bank Park, where the Class-AA Senators were hosting the Trenton Thunder for a 3-game series.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents at Harrisburg Senators Metro Bank Park, photo by Gary CaveHarrisburg Senators racing monkey Steve tackles Washington Nationals president Teddy Roosevelt at the Harrisburg Senators' Metro Bank ParkHarrisburg Senators racing monkey Steve tackles Teddy RooseveltGeorge, Tom, Abe, and Teddy greeted fans and ran races during all three games, but the proceedings quickly turned contentious, as George Washington knocked out the Senators’ mascot Rascal during a 3rd-inning dance Friday night. Later, Senators racing monkeys Bingo, Bongo, and Steve ran onto the field and tackled Teddy Roosevelt just short of the finish line.

Flash forward to Tuesday night, where the racing presidents were ready to put their Harrisburg troubles behind them, and ditch their road greys for blue patriotic home uniforms.

Roosevelt in particular looked very much in his comfort zone, as #26 jumped out to a big lead in the fourth-inning race. With the crowd cheering what appeared to be a sure victory, racing monkey Steve appeared from the stands in section 133 wearing a Stephen Strasburg jersey.

Teddy bounced off the monkey and appeared to have withstood the attack, but lost his balance and fell on his back as Abe Lincoln raced past him to claim victory.

Slo-mo take-down below.


Harrisburg photos by Flickr member Gary Cave and by Mick Reinhard/The Sports Burger. Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: Lobster runs onto the field, takes down Teddy

On Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, the hero of San Juan Hill ran into an ambush he never could have anticipated.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt attacked by Luc the LobsterRacing down the home stretch during the 4th-inning presidents race, a large, costumed Luc the Lobster dashed out of the stands and flattened the Teddy Roosevelt before the big Bull Moose knew what hit him.

What the red menace was doing at Nationals Park remains a mystery, but our best guess is that it had something to do with Wednesday being the opening day of the 64th annual Maine Lobster Festival.

After the race, Teddy tweeted “Ok you wana be like that? I see how it is. Luc the Lobster 1 – Me 0.”

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

MASN pulls a racing president bobblehead switcheroo

The MASN Broadcast truckBob and F.P. in the MASN Broadcast BoothRacing President Bobblehead SurgeryMASN's Byron Kerr and Ray KnightAstute watchers of Nationals broadcasts on MASN know that since the opening of Nationals Park in 2008, play-by-play man Bob Carpenter has displayed bobbleheads of the Nationals’ four racing presidents on a shelf behind him in the booth. What they may not have noticed is that just yesterday, the bodies changed.

MASN hosted a small group of Nationals bloggers at Nationals Park on Monday night, providing a behind-the-scenes tour and a chance to meet both players on the field and the team’s on-air personalities in the booth.

For this uniquely obsessed blogger, one thing immediately stood out on entering the MASN booth: The presidents had new bodies.

After this weekend’s Jason Werth bobblehead giveaway, MASN stage manager Joe Delpo decided to perform a little bobblehead surgery, taking the heads of the presidents and placing them on the more active bodies of Jayson Werth, Chad Cordero, Jose Guillen, and Nyjer Morgan.

In a bit of irony, Roosevelt’s head now sits on the body of Teddy-critic Jayson Werth.

Honestly, it’s a good look. Next season will have been 5 years since the Nationals gave away presidents bobbleheads (which now command a hefty premium on ebay). Perhaps it’s time to issue updated versions of the presidents in uniform, inspired by MASN.

Thanks to Jim Buckle of MASN, Chad Kurz of the Nationals, and the entire MASN crew for embracing the Nationals blogging community.

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