What happened to Teddy Roosevelt’s glasses?

Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt Blindfolded on a motorcycleRacing President Teddy Roosevelt No GlassesWashington Nationals Presidents Race Nationals ParkLast Saturday at Nationals Park, the racing presidents held a rare second presidents race as the Nationals and Yankees extended past the 13th inning.  Teddy Roosevelt drew attention for competing in both races aboard a motorcycle, overshadowing the fact that he came out blindfolded for the second race.

It’s now clear why. Apparently something happened to Teddy’s glasses between those races.

The next day, Roosevelt raced without the blindfold, revealing that his glasses were missing and leading some on Twitter to speculate whether the Hero of San Juan Hill had received laser eye surgery to help him take victory at Nationals Park.

Judging by the subsequent race results, he did not.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, still sans glasses, Teddy faded and finished last, losing to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, respectively.

Requests to the Nationals for an explanation have gone without comment, but we’ll keep trying to get to the bottom of this.

Video: Thomas Jefferson whacks George, Abe and Teddy, but is not disqualified. Bob Carpenter calls for an inquiry.

Nationals Presidents Race Thomas Jefferson CheatsNationals Presidents race Thomas Jefferson Cheats Shoves Teddy RooseveltNationals presidents race Teddy Roosevelt LosesPresidents Race Teddy Roosevelt finish line Amanda RykoffThe Nationals’ conspiracy against Teddy Roosevelt was on full display Sunday at Nationals Park, as Thomas Jefferson flaunted the rules to steal a race from our favorite president, yet avoided disqualification.

Over the years, it’s been president #16 Abe Lincoln who has built up a reputation for cheating, but something got into Jefferson Sunday, as the Sage of Monticello went on a rampage, first slamming George Washington into the outfield wall, then pushing aside Abe Lincoln in the corner.

That left only Roosevelt to beat, and the crowd roared with anticipation as Teddy surged ahead in the home stretch, but just before the finish line, Jefferson reached out and shoved Teddy to the ground. There was nothing subtle about it, yet Screech declared Jefferson the winner.

The double standard was not lost on MASN play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter. “I think we should find out why Screech did not disqualify Tom Jefferson,” he said on the broadcast, “because Teddy, in my opinion, won that race. Inquiry!”

Inquiry indeed. Here’s Carpenter’s call of the race, followed by the finish line video. Note that’s espnW’s Amanda Rykoff holding the sign at Sunday’s finish line.

Finish line video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy’s two attempts to win aboard a motorcycle

As reported earlier, here are the videos from Saturday’s presidents race extra-innings doubleheader, in which Teddy attempted to win aboard a motorcycle… twice.


Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy tries winning aboard a motorcycle — twice — but can’t pull it out in extra innings

Presidents race Teddy Roosevelt MotorcyclePresidents race Teddy Roosevelt MotorcyclePresidents race Teddy Roosevelt Motorcycle13th Inning Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt Blindfolded on a motorcycle13th Inning Presidents Race Teddy on Motorcycle Runs out of Gas Abe WinsTeddy Roosevelt had two chances to take his first presidents race victory Saturday at Nationals Park, as the Nationals and Yankees took their contest past the 13th inning, triggering a rare second presidents race.

Roosevelt threw caution to the wind Saturday, risking disqualification by entering the field aboard a motorcycle.

The Bull Moose had speed on his side, but was done in by the details. Teddy started the race by going the wrong way, and by the time he realized and turned around, he was far behind the field.

With a sellout crowd of 41,287 cheering him on, Teddy almost caught up to the pack, but Abe Lincoln took the tape, and Roosevelt skidded out, falling off the bike at the finish line.

The arrival of the thirteenth inning triggered just the tenth doubleheader in presidents race history, and this time, Teddy was sure to get the directions straight.

In fact, Roosevelt was so confident, he rode the motorcycle blindfolded.

With the finish line moved to the 3rd base side for the second race, Teddy got off to a quick start and took a huge lead.

Nationals Park PA Announcer Jerome Hruska got the crowd cheering as #26 pulled away from the pack, but just as it seemed victory was at hand, Teddy started slowing down and came to a stop just short of the tape.

He had forgotten to fill up between races, and ran out of gas.

Teddy could have walked across the finish line, but tried getting the motorcycle going, and once again, Abe Lincoln was there to steal the victory.

Video: Racing presidents debut new military uniforms, but Teddy falls to a rogue lobster

Nationals racing presidents at the PentagonNationals Racing presidents Military TransportNationals Racing Presidents in Military Uniforms Nationals racing presidents in military uniforms for Nationals Lobster DayThe Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt and Luc the LobsterThe Washington Nationals debuted new military camouflage uniforms for the racing presidents as the team opened its home stand at Nationals Park Friday night.

The Nationals have embraced the U.S. military as part of their DC community outreach programs, and expanded that effort during the team’s recent road trip, when the racing presidents appeared at the Pentagon and Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

On Friday night, the presidents’ military antics were highlighted during several “Nats HD” features, culminating in the fourth inning race, when the presidents entered the field wearing their new uniforms and riding aboard a U.S Army Humvee in honor of the Army’s 237th anniversary.

Teddy Roosevelt, riding in the back, got off first and jumped to a huge lead, bringing the sellout crowd of 41,406 to its feet.

But as Teddy pulled away in the home stretch, a large, costumed Luc the Lobster appeared from the stands and dragged down Teddy short of the finish line.

Turns out Friday was National Lobster Day.

This isn’t the first time the Nats’ mascot team has celebrated the obscure June 15 holiday, but last year it was Teddy who was on the attack, brandishing lobster claws.

The costumed Luc the Lobster made an appearance last August as well, on the opening day of the Maine Lobster festival.

Assuming the mascot team’s shellfish obsession continues, then presidents race fans will have to be on the lookout for Luc to make a return later this season as the annual festival kicks off August 1 when the Phillies return to town.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Guest report from Teddy Roosevelt’s out of town fan club

Today Let Teddy Win brings you a guest post by Brian Ketchum, who recently chaperoned a group of 78 U.S. history students from Hillwood Middle School in Ft. Worth TX to Washington, DC to visit Nationals Park and cheer for Teddy Roosevelt:

As Hillwood Middle School in Fort Worth, Texas got ready for our yearly 8th grade trip to Washington D.C., we asked the kids, what do you want to do when you are in D.C.? One thing that everyone wanted was to see a game at Nationals Park.

The teachers, already well aware, informed the kids of the tradition at the ballpark, the President Race, and LetTeddyWin.com; so when it was time to design t-shirts for the week, the kids overwhelming voted on custom National jerseys with Roosevelt #26 on them.

Hillwood Middle School visits Teddy Roosevelt before Nationals ParkHillwood School Teddy Roosevelt Mustache FansNationals Teddy Roosevelt visits Let Teddy Win fans from Texas at Nationals ParkNationals Park racing president Teddy Roosevelt with fans from Hillwood Middle SchoolNationals Park scoreboard Hillwood SchoolHillwood Middle School Nationals Park extra innings sleep asleepBefore the game began, we made an “executive” decision to make a rare visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island to see Teddy himself, and look for guidance before we went to cheer him on. Some of the kids wondered if having so many fans there would push Teddy to victory. After each member of the group touched him for good luck, we headed to the ballpark.

We loved Nationals Park. It’s immaculately clean, from the concourse, to the seats, to even the bathrooms. The ushers were very nice and helpful for such a large group of Teddy fans. The view of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument from the Right Field Terrace are stunning.

The game was cruising along with pitchers for both teams working fast, and before you knew, the Presidents were off and running. This race was just ridiculous! The kids yelled “LET’S GO TEDDY” over and over, but they moved the finish line to the opposite side and Abe biked instead of running. Needless to say, the Teddy fans felt cheated. This is no way to treat a Bull Moose. We firmly believe that Abe should be tested for PEDs.

After the race, while some of the kids were looking for the eight pound StrasBurger, (they didn’t find it), the game got interesting.  Both managers emptied their bullpens as the game wore on. The crowd shrunk as the game entered extra innings.

We received a surprise visit from Teddy, who came and joined us in section 238. He combed his moustache, cleaned his glasses, and took photos with the group. It was pretty cool to meet the great Hero of San Juan Hill. The kids were excited.

The Teddy fans were exhausted and ready for bed, but they had decided they were staying until the last out. A few of them, (myself included) admitted they were hoping it would go to the 13th for an extra innings President’s race.

The Nationals TV and scoreboard crew must have noticed the loud group from the living Hillwood Middle school because they showed us over and over on the TV broadcast along with nearly every half inning on the HD scoreboard.

The Mets rallied from behind to take leads in the top of the eighth, 10th and 12th innings — only to have the Nationals tie the game in the bottom of the frame each time. The game was finally won on Bryce Harper’s first career walk off. History was witnessed.

Hopefully the first of many.

After years of being the NL East’s doormat, The new Nationals are 1st in War, 1st in Peace, and 1st in the National League East.

Now if only we could bust this trust and give Teddy a shot to bask in the glory. Maybe he’ll win the first playoff game. Maybe that will be this year…

Photos/Brian Ketchum. For more on the Hillwood DC trip visit Coachketcham.com.

Video: Abe beats Teddy again, this time both on bikes

Abe Lincoln Cheats presidents race Nationals ParkJust one day after Abe Lincoln blatantly stole a race while riding a tricycle, the Great Emancipator was at it again.

On Wednesday night at Nationals Park, the presidents ran a 2-wheel relay, with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson running the first leg aboard Segway personal transporters, and Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt running the anchor leg aboard Capital Bikeshare bikes.

“Honest” Abe was teamed with Washington, but Lincoln decided he wasn’t waiting for the tag. Abe jumped head of Teddy on the anchor leg and never looked back, to win steal his second race in a row, this time a shared victory with George.

Video courtesy YouTube member lfahome
Twitter photo/DC Pro Sports Report

Abe cheats on tricycle. Screech fails to disqualify him.

Abe Lincoln Cheats Presidents Race Nationals ParkAbe Lincoln Cheats Presidents Race Washington NationalsAnyone who doubted the Nationals’ conspiracy against Teddy Roosevelt need only have witnessed the travesty on display at Nationals Park Tuesday night.

No, it wasn’t the Henry Rodriquez wild pitch, or the back-to-back bases-loaded strikeouts in the tenth, or the excuse for pitching the Mets trotted out in extra innings.  It was the blatant double standard on display as Abe Lincoln was handed a presidents race victory he didn’t deserve.

The Nationals moved the presidents race finish line to the third base side Tuesday, but only one president got the memo. George, Tom, and Teddy were first out of the gate, but stopped mid-race when they realized that Abe Lincoln had taken off in the other direction aboard a large tricycle.

As Lincoln approached the finish line, the Nats’ official race judge Screech didn’t hestitate to wave the checkered flag and declare Abe the winner.

Of course, Screech has previously disqualified Teddy Roosevelt for, among other things, riding a motor scooter, a golf cart, and a segway.  The hypocrisy was not lost on fans, as Twitter lit up immediately following the race:

@cnichols14: Why wasn’t Abe disqualified? If @Teddy26Nats had pulled that, he would have been!

@WallyHuron: @LetTeddyWin so teddy wins with a segway and is disqualified. But Abe wins with a bike and wins? IT’S A CONSPIRACY I SAY!

@msdavisteacher @LetTeddyWin not fair! They disqualified Teddy for a Segway last year. How can Abe use a bike?

Let Teddy Win Teddy Roosevelt fans at Nationals ParkHow indeed?

Tuesday’s Let Teddy Win cheering section of 8th-graders from Fort Worth, Texas remained an impressive presence in the Nationals Park Right Field Terrace through the full 12 innings, and even got a visit from the Bull Moose himself  after the presidents race was finished.

Video and guest blog report to follow.

Twitter Photo: @NatzfFan

Teddy Fans from Texas to invade Nationals Park tonight

Let Teddy Win Fans at Roosevelt IslandTeddy Roosevelt fans heading to Nationals Park tonight might want to check out the party in the Right Field Terrace, where a group of enthusiastic Teddy Roosevelt fans will be cheering on #26 during the 4th inning presidents race.

The group of American history students is on its 8th-grade visit to Washington, DC from Hillwood Middle school in Ft. Worth Texas. Faithful readers may recall the night they took over Nationals Park two years ago. The group once again voted on homemade Teddy #26 jerseys for their trip t-shirt.

In preparation for tonight’s contest, the group visited Roosevelt Island this afternoon, to give Teddy an inspirational pep talk.

We’ll be featuring a guest blog post from the Ft. Worth students later in the week.

Photo via Twitter/@DCLikeALocal

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