The Orioles’ Adam Jones weighs in on Teddy and the racing presidents

Baltimore Oriole Adam Jones is a Washington Nationals Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt fanBaltimore Orioles star center fielder was warming up before Saturday’s game at Nationals Park, waiting for the Nationals to finish batting practice, and chatting with teammates about the Nationals’ racing presidents.

“Teddy never wins,” Jones asked. “Why doesn’t Teddy ever win?”

Jones, as it turns out, is a Teddy Roosevelt fan. He doesn’t miss the presidents race when the Orioles play the Nationals, knows about Jayson Werth’s attempts to help Teddy Roosevelt last season, and has a problem with the injustice served out nightly to the great president and war hero.

“They need to let him win,” Jones told me.

For Jones, the presidents race is a realization of a childhood misunderstanding.

“When I was like 5 years old, I thought they really held a race to determine who was going to be president,” he said. “I thought ‘that’s crazy,’ but I actually thought that’s how we picked the president.”

Jones’ memory triggered a novel suggestion. “I’d like to see them get some real presidents out there,” he said. “Have George W. race Obama. Who do you think would win that race?”

Jones sported a Let Teddy Win button until it was time to take the field, leading MLB.com to suggest that Jones’ homer Saturday was just following Teddy’s motto: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

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Orioles Adam Jones supports Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race by wearing a Let Teddy Win button

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Video: In his Sunday best, Abe Lincoln returns to form

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt  - Photo by Luis AlbisuCivility ruled the day as another packed house came to watch Stephen Strasburg and the Nats put a hurt on the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at Nationals Park.

Some were hoping to see a Teddy victory, and others just wanted to see another pummeling of the Orioles mascot, The Bird, but there were no shenanigans in store. When the fourth inning rolled around, the fans were treated to the rare gimmick-free race.

Wearing their Sunday best traditional uniforms, the Nationals racing presidents delivered on presidents race tradition, with Teddy Roosevelt taking an early lead and Abraham Lincoln turning on the afterburners to pass the field in the home stretch.

It was Honest Abe’s only win of the homestand and his first victory since May 3rd.

Photo and video courtesy YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt pummels the Orioles’ The Bird

Nationals Teddy Roosevelt tackels the Baltimore Orioles Bird Teddy Roosevelt Baltimore Oriole Bird Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Pummels Baltimore Oriole Bird NatsWith the Baltimore Orioles in town, Teddy Roosevelt was looking for The Bird to show up, and finally got his wish Saturday night.

Teddy and the “creatively”-named Orioles mascot have a contentious history, but The Bird appeared ready to make peace as the fourth-inning presidents race began.

With Teddy rounding the outfield corner carrying a big lead, The Bird appeared on the first base line holding a “Go Teddy” sign.

But Teddy would have none of it.

With a sellout crowd of 42,331 cheering Teddy on, the site of an unprotected Bird was just too much for the Hero of San Juan Hill to resist.

He veered off course and put a highlight reel tackle on the mascot.

The Battle of the Beltways continues Sunday at Nationals Park.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Nationals announce first-ever Ignite Your Natitude Tweet-up

The Washington Nationals will be announcing the inaugural Ignite Your Natitute Tweet-up to be held at Nationals Park during the July 3 game vs. the San Francisco Giants.

The team will be setting aside a section in Nationals Park for those who RSVP via Twitter, with a special discount ticket package.  The exact location of the tickets will be announced late in June, and the team has promised that the location of the tickets will improve based on the number of RSVPs received.

To RSVP, simply tweet “RSVP” and use the hashtag #IYNT.  Tickets will go on sale June 22.

The Nats have promised an evening of prizes and giveaways based on Twitter activity, both before and during the game.

“Twitter will be integrated into the whole evening, from the pre-game through the end,” said Nationals Director of Creative Services and New Media Chad Kurz. “Teddy will have a hand as well.”

Washington (George, that is) returns to winning ways, Orioles Bird expected Saturday

The Orioles Bird did not make an appearance as expected during the presidents race for Friday night’s kickoff of the annual Battle of the Beltways.

Washington-Nationals-Presidents-Race 5-18In the fourth inning, the racing presidents mixed things up, running toward the third base side, but the Bird’s absence was no help for Teddy. George Washington easily passed a tired Roosevelt before doing jumping jacks at the finish line.

Teddy was quick to make excuses for his poor outing. “Still hurting a bit from last night,” he said via Twitter, but #26 promised he’d be ready to go on Saturday.  “Rumor has it a certain Bird will be visiting…”

Video: Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh racing pierogie Potato Pete, avenging 2009 incident

Washington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing PierogiesRevenge was a long time coming, but Teddy Roosevelt finally got even.

The Bull Moose lived up to his promise from the night before, as the Pittsburgh Pirates racing pierogies brought Potato Pete out of retirement for one more race at Nationals Park.

Longtime Teddy fans are still haunted by the vicious  hit Teddy took at PNC Park in 2009, and with Potato Pete in retirement, Roosevelt had not gotten a shot at revenge.

But after Potato Pete showed up at Nationals Park on Wednesday, Teddy was single-minded.

“Tomorrow Pete, it’s on,” he tweeted after Wednesday’s victory.

When Thursday’s race began, Potato Pete was all alone in front, with Teddy nowhere to be found.

But Roosevelt was ahead of the pack. Emerging from the Nationals bullpen wearing a pirate’s bandana on his head, Teddy ran full speed at Potato Pete, left his feet, and plowed the dumpling into the warning track.

As the other presidents raced by, the remaining pierogies attempted to pile on, but Teddy would have none of it.  He tackled all of the pierogies, leaving Thomas Jefferson with a clear path to the finish line.

“Must Protect This HOUSE!,” Teddy tweeted after the race.  “Not on my watch Pete! NOW we are even!”

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Pittsburgh’s Potato Pete returns. Teddy Roosevelt vows revenge. This could be fun.

It’s been nearly three years since retired racing pierogie Potato Pete leveled Teddy Roosevelt at PNC Park.  The 2009 incident that wouldn’t die was celebrated on ESPN’s Sportscenter and nominated for a “This Year in Baseball Award”. With Potato Pete officially retired, our favorite racing president never got a shot at revenge.

Racing presidents  Teddy Roosevelt sees Potato Pete pierogies Nationals ParkRacing presidents  Teddy Roosevelt sees Potato Pete pierogies Nationals ParkRacing presidents  Teddy Roosevelt sees Potato Pete pierogies Nationals ParkFor TR, the wound obviously remains as fresh as ever, because when Potato Pete made a surprise appearance Wednesday night at Nationals Park, Teddy stopped dead in his tracks.

The Four current Racing Pierogies started the evening running an extra-long relay race from the left field bullpen, with Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson taking the first leg against Oliver Onion and Jalapeño Hannah.

After a questionable tag from Abe Lincoln in center field, Teddy got a big jump on the second leg, but stopped in his tracks when Potato Pete appeared in the stands by section 134.

Teddy and Pete began sparring, and even took their scuffle into the stands as George Washington raced by for the win.

After the race, Teddy tweeted Ohhh, I see Potato Pete has come out of retirement and on MY home turf!? I haven’t forgotten what happened in 09! Tomorrow Pete, it’s ON!”

It sound like a grudge match is in the works for Thursday’s series finale. This could be fun.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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