Video: Teddy Roosevelt wins his fourth race

Teddy Roosevelt wins presidents race in Hawaiian ShirtsThe Nationals racing presidents were decked out in their Sunday finest for the final game of the team’s homestand this afternoon at Nationals Park, but with the sun shining on a beautiful April afternoon, they removed their jackets and ties and switched to Hawaiian shirts for the fourth inning race.

With 34,873 cheering fans on hand, Teddy Roosevelt pulled away for his fourth victory of the young season.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube user lfahome

Video: In tropical attire, Lincoln leads wire to wire

Abe Lincoln wins Nationals presidents raceThe Nats racing presidents chased the rain away Friday night by trotting out their Hawaiian Shirts, and decided to keep it away Saturday afternoon by wearing them again.

With Lavar Arrington nowhere to be seen, Abe Lincoln jumped out of the starting gate in the fourth inning and led the presidents race wire to wire. It was a surprisingly clean performance to match the efficiency of Nats starter Tanner Roark, who raced through the Padres lineup for a complete game 3-hitter.

Video by YouTube member lfahome for LetTeddyWin.com

Video: Lavar Arrington tackles racing president Abraham Lincoln

With his recent surge in the presidents race standings, fans at Nationals Park had begun wondering if anything could stop Abraham Lincoln.

Lava Arrington Nationals Park presidents raceThe answer arrived Thursday night in the form of three time Pro Bowl linebacker Lavar Arrington.

It began with a misdirection play, as William Howard Taft darted toward left field, leading Lincoln and the other presidents in the wrong direction.

The move gave Taft enough time to race ahead to the finish line and pull Arrington from the stands.

Arrington, who played six seasons for the Washington Redskins and is now a radio host on DC’s 106.7 The Fan, went straight for Lincoln, executing an open field tackle, then chasing the other presidents back toward the bullpen.

“That’s how you do it!,” Arrington declared as he walked off the field.

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Video: Teddy commemorates “Man in the Arena” Speech during presidents race

Teddy Roosevelt wearing boxing glovesApril 23 Boxing Gloves Presidents Race Nationals Park Teddy Man in the ArenaOn this day in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave his famous “Man in the Arena” speech at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France.

Roosevelt used the occasion to extol the virtues not of the critic, but of “the man who is actually in the arena,” who “if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

The speech established the philosophy that guided the Let Teddy Win movement since 2006, and provided locker room inspiration for the Nationals before a huge playoff victory in 2012.

To commemorate the 104th anniversary, the Rough Rider donned boxing gloves for Wednesday’s fourth inning race at Nationals Park.

Teddy entered the race from the bullpen and ambushed his opponents with a series of jabs as they approached the right field corner. But Abe Lincoln wasn’t phased, and the Great Emancipator was able to hold off a late charge from Roosevelt to take his third straight race.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Presidents recycle field trash during Earth Day race, Abe tops the standings for the first time since 2012

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Abe Lincoln shows off his Earth Day trophies (Twitter Photo:@Teddy26Nats)

The Nats racing presidents recycled an Earth Day tribute on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, pausing during the fourth inning race to pick up trash from the warning track and deposit it in recycle bins before continuing the race.

The presidents have celebrated Earth Day at home before, but this was the first time they all got into the act. In previous years, Teddy has paused to pass out beads and hats, planted a tree in foul territory, and picked up Abe Lincoln’s litter. Yet despite this year’s even playing field, Abe Lincoln prevailed to take over first place in the standings for the first time since 2012.

No finish line video tonight, but here’s the call by Bob Carpenter and FP Santangelo from the MASN broadcast:

Video: Lincoln catches Teddy in the standings

Abe Lincoln wins Nationals presidents raceIt’s early still, but 2014 is shaping up to be the a historically tight battle in the presidents race standings.

Perennial cellar dweller Teddy Roosevelt has suddenly emerged as a competitive force, but his notorious rival Abe Lincoln isn’t sitting still. On Monday night at Nationals Park, it was Abe’s turn, pulling away at the finish to take his third victory and tie the Rough Rider atop the presidents race standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Easter Bunny Takes Out 4 Racing Presidents

Easter Bunny Attacks Nationals Racing PresidentsOn Easter Sunday at Nationals Park, the racing presidents wore their Sunday finest and ran a tight, clean fourth inning race with Teddy in the lead down the home stretch.

But the Easter Bunny was waiting in foul territory and took a leap towards Roosevelt, taking out the Rushmore Four in one fell swoop.

With George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy on the ground, the plodding William Howard Taft was able to race by for his second win of the season.

It was the first regular season appearance for the Easter Bunny, who last appeared in an exhibition game in 2012.

GIF: George slams Teddy into the visitor’s bullpen fence

George Washington Slams Teddy Roosevelt Animated GIF VideoGeorge Slams Teddy Cardinals reactionRunning the wrong way seemed to help the team on Friday night, so on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, the racing presidents took off toward the third base side again, but as was the case in the game vs. the Cardinals, things got ugly quickly.

Teddy Roosevelt had an early lead, but as the presidents passed the visitors’ bullpen, George Washington slammed Teddy into the fence, to the surprise and horror of the Cardinals’ relievers.

Roosevelt fell to the ground, and oncoming presidents Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson tripped over him. With his competition dispatched, George Washington managed to avoid disqualification and cruised to an easy victory.

Video: Teddy & the racing presidents reverse course to exorcise Cardinals demons

Nationals racing presidents running left Teddy winsNationals racing presidents running left Teddy winsThe home team had not beaten the visiting St. Louis Cardinals since the 2012 playoffs, and so, coming off an inauspicious series opener Thursday, the Nats needed to exorcise some demons.

In the fourth inning Friday, Teddy Roosevelt and the racing presidents did their part, reversing the direction of the nightly presidents race and heading towards a new finish line along the third base side.

Perennial loser Roosevelt came on strong from behind and pulled away for an easy victory, perhaps inspiring the Nats toward victory and enabling the hero of San Juan Hill to take regain sole possession of first place in the standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy gives up lead to celebrate National High Five Day

National High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsNational High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsNational High Five Day Racing President Teddy Roosevelt signsThe Nationals returned to DC Friday to kick off an eleven game homestand on what apparently was National High Five Day.

Nats racing president Teddy Roosevelt celebrated the occasion by running a fourth inning race reminiscent of his epic six year losing streak.

The Rough Rider surged from the rear of the pack to overtake his fellow presidents heading into the home stretch, but waiting in the stands along the first base line were members of the Nat Pack holding signs of encouragement.

Faced with messages of “Happy NH5D Teddy!!,” “Teddy Win = High-5″, and “Go Teddy Go!!,” our 26th president stopped to high five all the fans along the rail, letting Thomas Jefferson run by to pick up that president’s first victory of the young season.

Video below. For readers interested in the baseball-related history of the high five, check out this piece from ESPN The Magazine.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy pulls ahead on Capital Bikeshare bicycle

Presidents race capital bikeshare Teddy wins on bicycleThe Nats racing presidents did their part to speed things up during Wednesday night’s epic victory over the Miami Marlins, running the fourth inning presidents race aboard special edition cherry blossom bicycles provided by Capital Bikeshare. Teddy Roosevelt put on an impressive showing, racing from far behind the pack to pull away at the end.

The Rough Rider is now once again alone atop the presidents race standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Presidents trample Jefferson, keep him winless

Nationals Racing Presidents Teddy George BillIn what looks to be the most competitive season in the history of the Nationals’ presidents race, Thomas Jefferson is now the only president who has yet to taste victory.

On Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the competition was committed to keeping it that way.

As they approached the home stretch in the fourth inning race, George Washington knocked over Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln stayed behind to finish the job. Teddy turned back to look, and Washington raced by for the win.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Nationals fans ask “Where’s Terrance?”

Throughout the Nats’ first home series vs. the Atlanta Braves, a question was posed repeatedly on social media by fans at Nationals Park: Where’s Terrance?

Terrance Briscoe Nationals Park Cheerleader Nat Pack Terrance Briscoe Nationals Park Cheerleader Nat PackTerrance Briscoe Nat Pack Cheerleader Nationals Park Oklahoma City ThunderTerrance Briscoe Nat Pack Oklahoma City Thunder NationalsLove him or hate him, the ubiquitous Terrance Briscoe has been a fixture at Nationals Park since joining the Nat Pack cheerleading squad in 2009. Briscoe holds a special role within the Nat Pack, roaming the stadium with a great degree of autonomy and using his booming voice to lead the crowd in cheers.

“He makes Nats Park feel like home!,” said Nats fan Lynne Reynolds, who was one of several fans that started tweeting with the hashtag #WhereIsTerrance over the weekend. “His energy is boundless! He knows how to inspire and rally the crowd.”

“Terrance’s exuberance for the game is amazing,” said season ticketholder Lisa Milisa. “How can you not smile and cheer whenever he’s around?“

So where’s Terrance?

“I have been visiting my parents in Oklahoma City,” Briscoe said Sunday via email. That, and also leading the crowd in cheers for the NBA’s Northwest Division leading Oklahoma City Thunder.

“The difference between working a NBA crowd as oppose to a MLB crowd is the constant game flow,” Briscoe said. “There is not a lot of down time such as space in between at bats, pitches, and innings. It’s an effort to keep guests in the arena optimistic, loud, and smiling.”

Briscoe sent his love to Nationals Park fans, along with a promise. “When the playoffs are over,” he said, “I will be back in Washington, D.C. to help fire up the fans. I would like to work for the Nationals as long as they will have me.”

That may take some time. The Thunder has the second best record in the NBA, led by league-leading scorer Kevin Durant. If the Thunder makes it to the NBA Finals, Briscoe could be in Oklahoma until mid-June.

In the meantime, Briscoe’s message for Nats fans is one of patience: “Continue to be optimistic, along with diligently displaying your Natitude for each and every game.”

Oklahoma City Thunder Photos courtesy of Wendall Curry

Video: Eight area mascots pummel racing presidents, Abe Lincoln rips off Talon’s head

It’s become an annual tradition. Each April at least a half dozen area mascots show up on a Sunday at Nationals Park to celebrate Nats mascot Screech’s birthday.

Screechs Birthday - Mascots visiting Nationals Park racing presidentsMascots tackle Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln knocks off DC United Talon's Head - Nationals Park Presidents RaceNationals Park racing presidents photo finish William Howard TaftAnd each year, they take great joy in ambushing the racing presidents.

In the 4th inning today, as the presidents rounded the right field corner in their Sunday finest, the mascots poured out of the stands along the first base line.

YoUDee and Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue (University of Delaware) ganged up on the charging Teddy Roosevelt. Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals) and George (George Washington University) teamed up on George Washington. True Grit (UMBC) tripped up William Howard Taft, and what appeared to be Bill the Goat from Navy (with a new uniform number) downed a spinning Thomas Jefferson. Clawed Z. Eagle (American University) mostly just joined in high-fiving the other mascots.

Abe Lincoln managed to burst through the melee, but like a catcher guarding home plate, DC United’s Talon held ground as the last line of defense against the Great Emancipator. Abe plowed into the mascot and knocked off his head, but fell just short of the finish line.

As the Goat pounded relentlessly on the downed Jefferson, Washington and Taft both stumbled to their feet and raced for the tape, leading to a surprising photo finish, with Taft claiming his first victory of the season.

Full video below, plus a bonus slo-mo version of the big hits


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Details/Photos from new food stands at Nationals Park

Nationals Park Sushi - Washington Nationals Stadium Food

Sushi made to order at South Capitol Sushi

Nationals Park Sushi Menu - South Capitol Sushi - Washington Nationals Stadium Food

The Washington Nationals unveiled more than a half dozen diverse new food options to Nationals Park fans on Friday, and the early buzz was almost universally positive, despite several stands selling out of signature items.

In previous years, many of the stadium’s ethnic and “upscale” offerings had been isolated to the Scoreboard Walk and restricted Club level, but the newest concessions have brought more variety to the main concourses where most of the park’s foot traffic occurs.

Directly behind the Nationals’ dugout boxes at Section 129 is a new stand called South Capitol Sushi, where maki sushi is rolled to order.

Selections include vegetarian and cooked options, but bright, fresh raw tuna and salmon were on hand to be sliced to order for the spicy tuna and salmon avocado rolls. As a bonus, at $8.00 each, they looked to be a relative value considering the quality of the ingredients on display.

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South Capitol Sushi – Section 129

Lines were forming as early as 11:00am at the new Nationals Park outpost of “Top Chef” celebrity Mike Isabella’s G Gourmet Sandwiches behind section 136 along the first base line. The trimmed-down menu features five items from the 14th Street restaurant, including a hot chicken parmesan sub that was drawing raves in the stands, a delicious but very messy hot roasted cauliflower sub with romesco and pickled vegetables (extra napkins required), a cold stuffed Italian hero, and the eponymous “Drewno,” a delicious (if pricey) house-made kielbasa with sauerkraut, named not for the Nat’s reliever, but for Chef Scott Drewno from DC’s The Source.

If you’re hungry, the G Italian hero is easily the largest sandwich served at any of the Nats Park stands. The Italian meats are high quality, but they are inexplicably dressed not only with oil and vinegar but also mayo. The sandwiches were so popular that Isabella, who was on hand for opening day, ran out of food and had to shut down the stand by the fourth inning.

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G Gourmet Sandwiches by Mike Isabella – Section 136

G Sandwiches by Mike Isabella at Nationals Park - Washington Nationals Stadium Food

G Gourmet Sandwiches by Mike Isabella Menu

Mike Isabella's G Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich Nationals Park

Mike Isabella’s G Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich (extra napkins required)

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Mike Isabella’s enormous G Italian Hero

Mike Isabella's Drewno G Sandwich Kielbasa Nationals Park

The Drewno features house-made kielbasa and sauerkraut

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The G Chicken Parm Sandwich (Photo:Maura Judkis/Washington Post)

On the third base side of the main concourse behind section 114 is the new Chesapeake Crab Co., offering a simple menu of crab cakes, a crab grilled cheese with brie on sourdough, or crab “snack chips,” an upscale take on nachos featuring Old Bay kettle chips, crab queso, roasted corn and tomato salsa.

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Chesapeake Crab Cake Co. – Section 114

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Chesapeake Crab Cake Co. Menu

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Crab Grilled Cheese with Brie on Sourdough

Crab Nachos - Photo by Scott Allen Washington Post

Crab Shack Chips (Photo: Scott Allen/Washington Post)

Vegans, vegetarians, and those looking for healthy options will welcome the new Field of Greens food stand behind section 113 on the third base side. The extensive menu includes cold salads, vegetables and fruit, plus a number of soy-based imitations of more traditional ballpark food, such as burgers, hot dogs, and even a cheese steak.

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Field of Greens – Section 113

Field of Greens Menu - Vegan Food - Washington Nationals Park - Vegetarian Option

Field of Greens Menu

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The Veggie Cheese Steak at Field of Greens – Section 113

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The Grilled Portobello Sandwich at Field of Greens – Section 113

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Veggie Chop Salad, Greek Salad, Fruit Cup, and Veg Out Cup at Field of Greens

Burrito fans can herald the return of Bullpen Burritos to Nationals Park. Bullpen Burritos was a fixture at the stadium when it opened in 2008, but the stand disappeared in 2010. Now it’s back, featuring made-to-order steak, chicken or vegetarian burritos and burrito bowls, with a choice of toppings including rice, beans, guacamole, roasted tomatillo salsa, and pico de gallo.

Nationals Park Bullpen Burritos

Bullpen Burritos – Section 140

Bullpen Burritos - Photo by Scott Allen/Washington Post

Bullpen Burritos Burrito Bowl (Photo: Scott Allen/Washington Post)

Fans up on the 200 level can now add a thai noodle stand, including vegetarian option other than the Shake Shake ‘Shroom Burger, to the popular food choices along the Scoreboard Walk. Intentional Wok can be found behind section 233, and offers a simple menu of pad thai, drunken noodles, or veggie noodles, all cooked by batch in woks and served in classic takeout food containers with chopsticks.

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Intentional Wok – Section 233

Nationals Park Chinese Food Stand - Intentional Wok - Stadium Menu

Intentional Wok Menu

Nationals Park Chinese Food Stand - Intentional Walk - Washington Nationals Stadium Food Stand/Cart

Pad Thai at Intentional Wok

Chinese Food Container at Intentional Wok Nationals Park

Intentional Wok serves noodles in traditional takeout food containers

And it doesn’t stop there. The Nats added another location for Ben’s Chili Bowl behind section 141, and adult beverage choices also received an upgrade, with two new carts serving local craft beers that will change throughout the season, plus several new outposts (near sections 113, 130, and 306) offering pre-mixed cocktails with barrel-aged bourbon.

To be clear, there have been good food options at Nationals Park for years. If you haven’t had Ben’s Chili Bowl Half Smoke, you haven’t had the full Nationals Park experience. The shawarma and falafel at Max’s Kosher Grill behind section 143 continue to be the sandwiches to beat in the stadium (but being strictly kosher, they are not open on Fridays and Saturdays). Jammin’ Island Barbeque makes great jerk chicken and ribs. Hard Times Cafe Cincinnati chili still warms the soul on cool evenings (and has the fastest service in the park), and Fluffy Thoughts Bakery behind section 135 is the undisputed dessert king. The Scoreboard Walk restaurants from Union Square Restaurant Group (Blue Smoke, Shake Shack, Box Frites, and El Verano) remain incredibly popular, and the team’s outside food policy is still the best in professional sports.

However it’s safe to say that until now, interesting and healthy food options for the average fan remained the exception in a sea of bland burgers and chicken fingers. The plethora of interesting new options should help both attract more fans and smooth out the lines at all of the food stands throughout the Park.

So what have you tried and what do you recommend?

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