Video: Trick or Treating with Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt learned Thursday that Halloween is the one night of the year when a ten foot tall president at your door doesn’t surprise anybody.

Teddy Roosevelt Goes Trick or TreatingThe Rough Rider went trick or treating on Thursday night, accompanying young Nats fan Jake Lang and friends through Lang’s Potomac, Maryland neighborhood.

With a little help from Twitter, Lang’s Bryce Harper costume had won the fan vote in the Nationals’ Pic or Treat Halloween Costume Contest, with Teddy as the prize.

“We were far behind in the voting,” said Lang, “then I tweeted Bryce and his sister and they helped. I tweeted Holden on the radio and he helped. My family tweeted and put it on Facebook and my friends voted a lot.”

Teddy kept the spirits high despite a steady rain and a failure by most neighbors to recognize him. Watch as one after another fails to recognize the racing president, until he finally barges in on some Nats fans.

“It was so cool trick or treating with Teddy,” Jake added. I had a great time.”

Video: Jayson Werth and Joey Votto chat about the presidents race

It can’t get much dumber than Yahoo!’s Sports Friends, but when Jayson Werth and Joey Votto chat at first base about the racing presidents, we have to listen in.

The authors decided to make Werth look clueless by calling Alexander Hamilton a president. Of course, followers know better, as Jayson Werth has always been among the more prominent members of the Let Teddy Win movement.

Video: Nationals Racing Presidents in Pittsburgh vs the Racing Pierogies

Washington Nationals racing presidents William Howard Taft PizzaPittsburgh Pierogies vs Nationals Racing President Teddy RooseveltFor the sixth straight year, The Nationals racing presidents accompanied the team to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to participate in the host team’s Great Pierogie Race. For the sixth straight year, the presidents came up short.

The weekend’s antics included relay races and promising starts for the Nationals’ fab five. However, the presidents were once again undone by overconfidence, distractions, and plain old Pierogie aggression.

On Friday, William Howard Taft held a sizeable lead, but stopped cold when the Pittsburgh Parrot appeared dangling a large pizza over the field. On Saturday, it was Teddy Roosevelt’s turn to run anchor. The Bull Moose dashed ahead on the anchor leg, but tripped after turning to taunt Cheese Chester. Chester leapt over the fallen Teddy to keep the presidents winless in Pittsburgh.



Videos: MASN and lfahome

Racing presidents, Nationals Park to be featured on finale of CBS’s The Amazing Race Sunday

 It looks like a mid 60s pennant to me. "Off the floor in '64"CBS’s The Amazing Race will feature Nationals Park, the Nats’ racing presidents and mascot Screech, as the season finale takes place in Washington, DC.

The episode was shot last December, and features a task in which participants are suspended from a zip wire stretching from the center field plaza to the top of the stadium, and toss baseballs as they fly above the mascots on the diamond below.

The episode airs this coming Sunday night at 8:00pm. Preview below.

Photos: Racing Presidents arrive at Mt. Rushmore, Teddy on a Snowmobile, wins fan vote

Teddy Roosevelt on a Snowmobile

Teddy and Tom on Snowmobiles at Recreational Springs Resort in Lead, South Dakota

Teddy Roosevelt and WH Taft met up with their fellow Nats racing presidents and mascot Screech at Mt. Rushmore to celebrate Presidents Day, after Teddy trounced Bill in their “Executive Adventure” Twitter contest.

After Teddy played poker in Deadwood, the racing presidents went snowmobiling at Recreational Springs Resort, and Ice Skating in Rapid City. First photos below.

Nationals Racing Presidents at Mt. Rushmore

The Nationals Racing Presidents with Mascot Screech at Mt. Rushmore

Nationals Racing Presidents on Snowmobiles

The Racing Presidents on Snow Machines in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Teddy Roosevelt Playing Poker

Teddy Playing Poker at Old Style Saloon #10 in Deadwood, South Dakota

Photos courtesy of Black Hills Travel Blog

Teddy meets the Jolly Green Giant, approaches Mt. Rushmore

Teddy Roosevelt and the Jolly Green Giant
Teddy Roosevelt met the Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth Minnesota, tweeting this photo just before sundown Saturday, as the Hero of San Juan Hill continues to race “The Big Chief” William Howard Taft across the country this weekend.

After making stops in Iowa this morning, the duo headed north, with Taft trailing Teddy and checking in from the Minnesota border at 7:34pm.

The pair are within 500 miles of their Presidents Day destination.

In the corresponding Twitter contest, Bill is closing the gap, but still has only half the votes of his popular rival.

Taft Gains on Teddy in race to Mt. Rushmore

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt reaches IllinoisRacing President William Howard Taft reaches IllinoisRacing president William Howard Taft gained ground on Teddy Roosevelt late Friday evening as they both crossed the Illinois line after just one day of their race to Mt. Rushmore.

The Big Chief followed Teddy in tweeting from the border just before sunset, nearly 700 miles from the day’s starting point.

In a Nationals-sponsored Twitter contest, fans have been asked to use the hashtags #VoteBill or #VoteTeddy to show support for either Taft or Roosevelt. Teddy shot out to an early lead, but voting has been light, meaning a Taft comeback isn’t out of the question.

Given that one randomly selected user of each hashtag will win a private mascot appearance with that racing president, a vote for Taft right now is
carrying pretty nice odds.

Teddy is first to Indiana, maintaining 3x lead over Taft

Teddy Roosevelt in Indiana, beating Taft to Mt. RushmoreWilliam Howard Taft National Historic SiteRacing president Teddy Roosevelt appears to be making excellent time in his race to Mt. Rushmore, tweeting that he beat rival William Howard Taft to the Indiana border just after 5:00pm Friday.

That’s nearly one third of the driving distance from Nationals Park to the South Dakota landmark on just the first afternoon.

Taft, meanwhile, stopped in Cincinnati to visit his boyhood home.

Teddy continues to get triple the fan votes as his rival Taft in the corresponding Twitter contest, but at just 100 fan tweets as of Friday evening, one has to wonder whether the Nationals mascot team had higher expectations from their newly fabricated rivalry.

Racing president auditions postponed as Teddy Roosevelt & William Howard Taft race to Mt. Rushmore

Racing president auditions will not be held on Presidents Day weekend this year.

The Washington Nationals announced this evening that they would break the tradition in order to promote their newly-conjured rivalry between racing president fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt and newcomer William Howard Taft.

The two presidents will take off Friday in a 4-day race to race to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, where they will meet up with their fellow racing presidents on Presidents Day.

The Nationals will promote the race as “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure,” and ask fans on Twitter to use the hashtags #VoteBill or #VoteTeddy beginning Friday to pick their favorite. One supporter of each president will win a “private mascot appearance” with her choice.

The Nats had been mum about confirming the date for auditions, and now we know why. Ted and Bill’s road trip have pushed the auditions to Saturday, March 2.

Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsPresidents Race AuditionsApplicants have only until next Wednesday, February 20 to apply for the part-time summer position by sending a cover letter, resume and photo to entertainment@nationals.com.

As always, applicants must be adults between 5’7” and 6’ 6” in height, can handle wearing a 45-pound costume for hours, can commit to at least 35 home games, and can run 200 yards in 40 seconds or less (yes, that’s with the costume still on).

The Nationals typically select 50 to 60 applicants to be invited to auditions, in which they will race against each other, run a 40-yard dash, dance, and show their celebration skills.

For a sense of what’s in store, check out our video chronicle from last year’s auditions:

Racing presidents don boxers for Cupids Undie Run

Cupids Undie Run Racing Presidents Flickr photo by lwalensFor the second year in a row, the Nationals’ racing presidents appeared in the annual Cupids Undie Run on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Saturday.

Volunteers stripped to their underwear and ran 1.5 miles in near-freezing weather. George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy all participated, donning boxer shorts over their usual racing uniforms. New racing president William Howard Taft did not make an appearance.

The event is held annually on the weekend before Valentine’s Day, and raises money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Photo by Flickr member lwalens

…and this from Teddy, via Twitter:

Racing Presidents Cupids Undie Run

Video: Racing Presidents on the Inaugural Ball circuit

Racing Presidents at the Kids Inaugural Ball and concert

Photo:WUSA9


The Washington Nationals racing presidents let loose on Saturday evening as the Rushmore Four warmed up for Katy Perry and Usher, and Michelle Obama, then traded in their racing shoes for cowboy boots to kick off inaugural weekend.

The DC Convention Center hosted its first unofficial presidents race early Saturday evening as the Nationals mascots warmed up the crowd at the first Kids’ Inaugural Concert:

Racing Presidents at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball

Photo:Tanya Pai/Washingtonian Magazine

Teddy Roosevelt at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball

Photo:Ken Smith/Instagram

George Washington at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

Photo:Charlie Neibergall/AP

Abe Lincoln at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

Charlie Neibergall/AP

The invitation-only event, hosted by Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and their children, featured performances by Usher and Katy Perry, and honored hundreds of kids from military families and Washington D.C. area schools.

George, Tom, Abe and Teddy then changed out of their red racing uniforms and joined the revelry at the 2013 Texas Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball at the Gaylord National Harbor resort.

Unlike four years ago when the racing presidents were spread thin across a number of evening events, the Texas State Society ponied up and staked their claim to all four of DC’s famous ten foot tall mascots on the first of three nights of inaugural festivities.

Notorious as one of the largest inaugural balls, The Black Tie and Boots affair was spread across five ballrooms, but the presidents were hard to miss as they joined the revelers on the dance floor, getting down to the music of Tracy Byrd, Jack Ingram, and Asleep at the Wheel.

Leveraging the privileges of higher office, the racing presidents took their turns joining the bands on stage. These AP photos captured Abe and George with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson.

Inaugural festivities continue through tomorrow.

Video courtesy of YouTube member adhinchman

Video: Racing Presidents in Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Nationals Racing Presidents Dance The NutcrackerThe Nationals racing presidents continued a three year old tradition on Thursday by appearing in The Washington Ballet’s annual production of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker.

The racing presidents took the stage one at a time to perform ballet’s famous Russian Dance, with Teddy Roosevelt making the final entrance and of course drawing the loudest applause from the partisan crowd.

Here, courtesy of The Washington Ballet, is their performance:

Video courtesy of The Washington Ballet

Teddy’s Presidents Race Win Makes Most Buzz Worthy Moments of 2012

Yahoo Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012 - Teddy Roosevelt WinsWhat does Teddy Roosevelt have in common with Honey Boo Boo, Gangnam Style, and Binders Full of Women?

They all made Yahoo!’s new video tribute to the Most Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012.

Watch the video at Yahoo! News (including the Blog’s finish line video by regular contributor lfahome).

Presidents Race Gingerbread House at NIH

Gingerbread Presidents Race at NIHThe National Institutes of Health Clinical Center is holding its Seventh Annual Gingerbread House Contest in its Bethesda headquarters, and alert reader Cindy Smith Clinton shared this photo of one notable entry — a DC Mall scene featuring Teddy Roosevelt winning a presidents race on the National Mall.

The meticulously decorated gingerbread creation includes the Washington Monument and Capitol Building, with Teddy breaking the tape and 2012 champion George Washington lying in defeat.

Entries are on display in the atrium of the NIH Hatfield Building through the holidays. You can view all the entries, including a replica of Nationals Park, and vote for your favorite here through December 15.

Photo: Cindy Smith Clinton

Teddy loses to GMU Patriot. Crowd boos.

Teddy Roosevelt’s unprecedented post-season winning streak apparently doesn’t extend beyond the Nationals Park presidents race, but the Rough Rider’s popularity clearly does.

The University of Virginia Cavaliers basketball team visited the George Mason Patriots Friday night, and the Patriot Center crowd was treated to a dance competition between Nationals racing presidents Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and GMU’s mascot The Patriot.

Teddy drew extended cheers from the Patriot Center crowd, and when The Patriot was declared the winner, booing ensued.

In a basketball shootout that followed, The Patriot tackled Teddy.

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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