Racing presidents ride in DC St. Patricks Day Parade

With Steven Strasburg making his second spring training start in sunny Florida, the local Nats fans facing another weekend of lousy DC weather were greeted to their own surprise treat today.

Nationals racing presidents at DC St Patricks Day ParadeYes, the crowd that braved the rain this afternoon to line Constitution Avenue for the 2010 Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was treated to an appearance by some very special dignitaries.

Emerging from between the floats, marching bands, and pipe bands were the Nationals’ very own racing presidents George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, who accompanied the DC Fire Department through the parade, riding atop a hook & ladder truck and walking along Constitution Avenue to greet and shake hands with the fans who lined the parade route. More photos at the NatMobile Facebook page.

Shop with the racing presidents this weekend

If you’re out holiday shopping this weekend, the Washington Nationals want to provide you and your littlest Nats fans a little relief.

The Nationals racing presidents will make multiple appearances at area shopping venues this weekend, along with members of the Nat Pack and mascot Screech.

Confirmed locations:

Friday
12:00pm – 3:00pm Fashion Center at Pentagon City (Metro Level)

Saturday
12:30pm – 4:30pm Dulles Town Center

Sunday
11:00am – 3:00pm White Flint Mall (Center Court, Level One)

The presidents are supplementing this schedule with unscheduled appearances around the city. Alert reader Dave Nichols also spotted Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln at the Metro Center Metro stop this morning, handing out spring training info and 2010 pocket schedules.

(As for your Let Teddy Win stocking stuffers, you’ll have to shop online).

Meet Screech and the racing presidents this weekend

The racing presidents will be giving Santa a run for his money this weekend as they give fans an off-season opportunity to mingle with their favorite mascots.

Members of the Nat Pack will escort the Nationals’ racing presidents along with mascot Screech to White Flint Mall in Rockville this Sunday, December 13.

The “Exclusive Santa Photo Experience” is scheduled for 11:00am to 3:00pm in Center Court, Level One.

Racing Presidents appear in Cherry Blossom Festival Parade before exhibition game vs. Orioles

Washington Nationals racing presidents in the National Cherry Blossom Festival ParadeThe Washington Nationals racing presidents continued to cement their position as DC icons with an appearance in yesterday’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

The presidents were decked in their Nationals uniforms and got to ride in style on the back of individual bicycle taxis.

It was a rare opportunity for the racing presidents to appear with the blooming cherry blossoms. Nationals Park, of course, has a much-touted row of cherry blossom trees in the centerfield plaza, but the team has yet to play a regular season game when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. With this year’s home opener scheduled for April 13 and a rainy week in the forecast, it seem likely we’ll have to wait another year to witness that spectacle.

The appearance by George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy came just hours before the first unofficial presidents race of the 2009 Nationals Park season. Last night’s annual preseason game vs. the Baltimore Orioles offered no hints that the presidents race will play out any differently for poor Teddy. He had an early lead, but failed to even finish as George Washington took the tape handily.

Photo courtesy of flickr member Rebecca Ash

Presidents race on ice skates with predictable results

The first presidents race of 2009 took place today in the most unlikely of places — New York’s Nassau Coliseum. Billed as “Kids Day” by the host New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, the Coliseum was host to mascots from around the country for today’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt hits the iceIt being Presidents Day, our own Nationals racing presidents made the trek up north to pose with fans for pre-game photos and autographs. The “main attraction” for Kids Day was saved for the second intermission, when George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy took to the ice for their first-ever presidents race on skates.

NHL.com has the full play-by-play of the race, plus a terrific photo gallery of all the day’s festivities. Of course, with hockey sticks in hand, it should surprise no one that Abe and Teddy scuffled, with Teddy getting knocked to the ice. Ouch.

Photo courtesy of NHL.com.

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