Teddy says retirement is out of the question

Teddy Roosevelt chats with The Washington PostStill basking in the glow from Wednesday’s historic victory, Nationals mascot Teddy Roosevelt participated in a live online chat Friday with The Washington Post, and gave an emphatic denial to rumors of his retirement.

“Retirement? RETIREMENT?,” the mascot wrote. “Let me make this clear, I will NOT be retiring anytime soon! The best is YET to come!”

Nats broadcast F.P. Santangelo had speculated about a night of boozing it up on the town in celebration Wednesday, but Teddy tried to put that to bed as well.

“To tell ya the truth, I went home and got some much needed rest.,” he wrote. “…I want to make sure I am ready to go when the Nats come home for NLDS Game 3!”

On his relationships with George, Tom, and Abe:

“We don’t really talk about the racing much. On the field, we are all fierce competitors, but off the field we are good friends.”

Full transcript here.

Photo: The Washington Post

Photo: Racing presidents celebrate the 4th at the White House

Washington Nationals racing presidents at the white houseOne benefit of being a former president for the summer: Security clearance.

For the second year in a row, the Nationals racing presidents joined president Barack Obama and his family for an Independence Day barbecue honoring military heroes and their families at the White House, joining other celebrities including country singer Brad Paisley (pictured).

Photo: Washington Nationals

Nationals racing presidents at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park

The racing presidents accompanied the Washington Nationals to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park this week, marking the fifth straight year the presidents have faced off with Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies.

Racing Presidents vs Racing Pierogies at PNC Park, photo by Joseph GuevaraPNC Park has never been kind to the presidents — particularly Teddy Roosevelt, who famously got leveled there by Potato Pete in 2009.

Perhaps that’s why he and sat out the first race of the series Tuesday night. As George Washington and Abe Lincoln squared off against Jalapeño Hannah and Sauerkraut Sal, Teddy and Thomas Jefferson manned the finish line.

As they always seem to do at home, the pierogies trounced the presidents.

Photo courtesy Joseph Guevara

Video: Teddy fails to win at retirement community in final pre-season warmup

Nationals Racing Presidents visit the Greenspring Retirement CommunityNationals Racing Presidents visit the Greenspring Retirement CommunityIn a warm-up for Thursday’s home season opener at Nationals Park, Nationals racing presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt ran a presidents race for residents Wednesday at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield, Virginia.

While the residents enjoyed their lunch, George, Tom, and Teddy shot a few rounds of billiards, posed for pictures with the residents, and set up a makeshift course around the facility’s rec room, running what may have been the first presidents race indoor heat.

Abe Lincoln failed to make the appearance, but the absence of his chief nemesis proved no help to Roosevelt, who was clearly saving his energy for the official 2012 campaign.

Photos and video courtesy of the Washington Nationals

Video: Presidents race on ice skates in New York

Racing presidents on ice skatesFollowing Saturday’s racing president auditions, the Washington Nationals took to the road to bring the presidents to New York for their annual appearance at a New York Islanders Presidents Day hockey game at Nassau Coliseum.

Donning ice skates, the four presidents raced around the ice until George slammed Teddy into the visitor’s bench. Teddy retaliated by jumping from the bench into the other three presidents, knocking the entire field to the ice.

Washington was declared the winner. Full video:


Video: NHL Network

Video: Teddy and George in Cupid’s Undie Run

As expected, Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington participated in Saturday’s Cupid’s Undie Run to raise money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Thankfully, they maintained their dignity.

Video courtesy of WTOP Radio:

Photo courtesy Flickr User thisisbossi

Racing presidents to appear in Cupid’s Undie Run Saturday

The Washington Nationals racing presidents will participate in Saturday’s Cupid’s Undie Run, reports The Hill.

Cupid's Undie Run, Washington DCThe event is held annually on Valentine’s Day weekend, and raises money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Participants volunteer to strip down to their underwear and run 1.5 miles in usually-freezing cold weather, though this year’s participants are relatively lucky. The forecast for race time is a balmy 44 degrees.

The race is scheduled to begin at 2:00pm from Pour House at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue SE and head towards Independence Avenue, then up 1st St SE. Spectators are welcome.

Thanks Running is Funny
2011 Photo: NFNet blog

Video: Racing presidents grace Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker despite backstage “diva fit” by Teddy

For your enjoyment this Christmas weekend, the Washington Nationals released a behind-the-scenes video from the racing presidents’ guest appearance earlier this month in The Washington Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre.

The Nationals Racing Presidents appear in The Washington Ballet production of The Nutcracker - by Theo Kossenas PhotographyThe clip features an interview with director Septime Webre, who praises Thomas Jefferson for his “confident, nuanced artistry,” George Washington for his “virtuosic high kicks,” and Teddy Roosevelt for his “sophisticated” port de bras, but when pressed, he confessed that the hero of San Juan Hill was the most difficult to work with.

“Teddy did throw a diva fit at a moment during rehearsal,” said Webre, “but I had to put him in line.”

Photo by Theo Kossenas Photography via the Curly W Blog

Racing presidents to appear in Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” December 14

The Washington Nationals’ own racing presidents will make a special return guest appearance in The Washington Ballet production of Septime Webre’s “The Nutcracker” at the Warner Theatre on Wednesday, December 14.

Racing Presidents in The Nutcracker

The Nationals racing presidents in last year's Washington Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" at the Warner Theatre

A Washington tradition, the Webre production stars George Washington as the Nutcracker, and features guest appearances by local celebrities throughout the season.

This will be the second year the presidents have appeared in the classic. This video from Mojo Factory Productions shows a behind-the-scenes glimpse of last year’s appearance, including an impressive arabesque by Abraham Lincoln:

Tickets are available at the historic Warner Theatre Box Office, or via Ticketmaster.

Video: Teddy distracted by giant Buffalo chicken wing

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt is distracted by a Buffalo Bisons Chicken WingThe Washington Nationals’ racing presidents were in Buffalo, New York Thursday night as the Nats’ AAA affiliate Syracuse Chiefs took on the Buffalo Bisons.

The presidents’ exhibition appearance usurped Buffalo’s usual mid-game race between a chicken wing, celery, and blue cheese.

With Roosevelt in the lead mid-race, the Bisons’ giant Buffalo chicken wing ran onto the field, providing a distraction for Teddy, who went off course, giving George the unofficial victory.

Video: Buffalo.com

Full Video: Presidents Race Marriage Proposal at Nationals Park

Nationals Park Marriage Proposal - Racing Teddy Roosevelt for her affectionsThis you have to watch.

Twitter was all abuzz Wednesday after we told the story of the very lucky Jennie Kushlis, who’s fiance’, Matt Hendrickson, raced Teddy Roosevelt to win her affections.

Here now is the incredible video of the whole thing, compiled for the couple by Emma Patti Photography. It’s pure joy:

If you’d like to hear Matt’s video a little more clearly, that can be found in Wednesday’s post.

Racing presidents invade Canada, visit Buffalo tonight

Nationals Racing Presidents on the Road - TorontoNationals Racing Presidents on the Road - Niagra FallsNationals Racing Presidents on the Road - BuffaloGive credit to the Nationals’ racing presidents. These guys get around.

This week, the Rushmores decided to use the team’s current road trip as an excuse to hit the road themselves.

No, they didn’t follow the team south to Atlanta. They went in the opposite direction, touring Canada and upstate New York on their way to Buffalo.

Their destination? Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field, where the Mets Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons (Bison? Bisons?) will close out their home season tonight by hosting the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs.

The presidents will greet fans, run an exhibition race, and presumably pay a visit to familiar faces on the Syracuse Roster such as Roger Bernadina, Craig Stammen, and J.D. Martin.

In the meantime, Teddy Roosevelt has been tweeting photos as the presidents have taken the scenic route through Toronto, Niagra Falls, and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, where Roosevelt took the oath of office in 1901.

With the team returning to Nationals Park Friday night to begin a 10-game homestand, here’s hoping Teddy doesn’t overexert himself on the trip.

Photos/Teddy26Nats

Video: Nationals racing presidents at the All Star Game

Tyler Clippard wasn’t the only Washington National making an all star game appearance this week. The Nationals’ own racing presidents made a guest appearance at the All Star game — no, not that All Star game. George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy appeared Thursday at the Atlantic League All Star Game in York, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to reader Kyle Mace, a Camp Hill, PA native who provided the video, and to Chris Stetler, a Let Teddy Win fan and self-described baseball fanatic who offered this report from her home town:

While the Nationals may be still off enjoying their last day of the All-Star break, the President’s hit the road.

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameWashington Nationals Racing Presidents - Atlantic League All Star GameInvited to attend the Atlantic League All-Star game at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, PA, home of the York Revolution, the 2010 Atlantic League Champions, they traveled north to the delight of the home town crowd. It is a fitting journey north as York housed the Continental Congress when they wrote the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the newly formed United States of America in 1776-1777.

Throughout the game, the President’s could be seen mingling with the fans, having their photos taken, and being all-around great ambassadors. But, they got down to business in the fourth inning when they came out of the center field gates and prepared to do battle.

As they do at home, the quartet turned towards right field and at the count of three, raced around the outfield warning track aiming for the finish line just to the right of first base and before the home team’s dugout.

Teddy started out slow, and then poured it on as they came around the curve to the infield. Sadly, he was overtaken by George Washington who finished with a commanding lead. Just before the finish line Thomas Jefferson pulled ahead of Teddy, leaving Teddy to finish in third ahead of Abraham Lincoln.

The fans cheered on the Commander’s-in-Chiefs and I even heard a few Let Teddy Win! cheers during the race. It was so fun to hear other people cheering Teddy on and hoping, just hoping, he might finally break the streak and win. Sadly, it was not to be.

From a York Revolution fan to the Washington Nationals and Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt, thank you for coming up to add even more excitement to the Atlantic League All-Star game!

Thanks Chris and Kyle! It’s great to know that the Let Teddy Win movement reaches far beyond DC.

Photos by Christina Stetler Photography.
Video by Kyle Mace.

Photo: Racing presidents at the White House on July 4

The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents visit the White HouseThe Washington Nationals’ racing presidents made yet another appearance at the White House yesterday, joining president Barack Obama and his family for an Independence Day barbecue honoring military heroes and their families.

The appearance was part of a renewed effort by the Nats’ organization to embrace the military this year.

The First Lady also appeared at Nationals Park Tuesday night in support of her Joining Forces initiative, which focuses on mobilizing all sectors of society to support military families.

Photo: Washington Nationals

Teddy comes up short in first California presidents race

Presidents race in Anaheim - Teddy on TricyclePresidents race in Anaheim - George WinsThe Nationals’ racing presidents joined the team in Anaheim, California Monday night as the Nats kicked off the Davey Johnson era vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Fans at Angel Stadium cheered as the presidents took the field in the middle of the 5th inning wearing oversized versions of the Nationals new road uniforms; but those looking for Teddy’s luck to change on the road were extremely disappointed.

Teddy entered the field riding an oversized tricycle, and fell behind the other presidents before they reached the right field corner.

As they hit the home stretch, George Washington shoved Abe Lincoln into the stands, preserving the first victory in Anaheim for the father of our country.

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