Nationals Park postgame concerts to include Martina McBride, Plain White T’s, and Austin Mahone

The Washington Nationals today announced the complete lineup for the 2014 NatsLive FREE Postgame Concert Series, which follows select Nationals home games throughout this summer at Nationals Park.

Plain White T’s will appear June 5, Austin Mahone will appear July 19, and Martina McBride will appear August 16. Tickets to the ball game on those nights includes free admission to the postgame concert.

Our now-complete full promotional/giveaway schedule for 2014 has been updated here.

Teddy tricks fellow racing presidents, wins home opener, leading FP to predict a Teddy season sweep.

Racing Presidents Wheel of FortuneRacing President Teddy Roosevelt wins Washington Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Championship BeltFor the first time ever, Teddy Roosevelt is in first place.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt showed up prepared for Friday’s home opener at Nationals Park. The 26th president had planted a wheel of fortune along the warning track, and as his fellow presidents emerged from the center field gate, Teddy stopped them with a wave towards the wheel, suggesting that each president had to spin the wheel before running.

But as George, Tom, Abe, and Bill lined up to take a spin, Teddy turned and darted for the finish line uncontested.

With one victory, Teddy has tasted rare air: First place in the presidents race standings. Teddy spend the rest of the day parading around Nationals Park carrying a championship belt.

On the local TV broadcast, Nationals color commentator FP Santangelo saw Teddy’s opening day victory as a sign of great things to come for the Bull Moose.

“I got a call right now,” FP said. “Teddy’s going to win every race all year. 81 wins.”

Now that would be amazing.

UPDATE: Here’s the video

Video courtesy of lfahome

Natsfest begets a Bryce Harper meme

 Bryce Harper up in arms memeIt’s been a quiet winter here in Let Teddy Win World, but what better way to kick off the season and reignite Nats fan frenzy than a new Bryce Harper internet meme?

On the main stage at Saturday’s Natsfest, I caught Harper reacting with a shrug as he was announced winner of the afternoon’s Wheel of Fortune contest.

Today, Dave Brown at Yahoo!’s Big League Stew turned the photo into an internet meme, saying the photo was “sure to be iconic,” and calling for readers to download the “up in arms” photo and manipulate it for a bit of informal fun.

Here below the original are just a few of the entries to have appeared on Twitter so far.

Facing Stephen Strasburg and Tyler Clippard on stage Saturday, the hyper-competitive Harper had figured out quickly that there was no “Lose a Turn” option on the game wheel, and so he kept spinning and racking up dollars, refusing to guess or give up control until he had amassed enough points to leave Strasburg and Clippard in the dust.

Nationals radio personality and Wheel of Fortune game host Dave Jageler declared Harper the winner, and Harper gave the shrug that will apparently live on forever…

Brown is accepting entries via Twitter at @bigleaguestew.

No word yet on what either the criteria or the prize will be for the chosen winner.

Abe showboats, wins race from left field bullpen

Racing president Abe Lincoln taunts cheats winsDespite needing to win out the remaining home games to claim the presidents race season title, “Honest” Abe Lincoln has gotten cocky. After attacking rival George Washington Thursday night, Abe gave the field a head start Friday, starting the race from the left field bullpen.

Lincoln caught the pack and surged ahead, turning to taunt his fellow presidents as he took yet another improbable victory.

With a victory Saturday night, Abe could set up a final battle vs. George for the season title on Sunday afternoon.

Video: Shark Week Teddy runs away from Sharky

The Nats Shark Week homestand continued Saturday night with the racing presidents trotting out another shark-themed twist for the fourth inning race.

Teddy Roosevelt held a big lead until Presidents Race newcomer “Sharky” showed up, startling the Rough Rider and causing him to reverse direction and flee in retreat.

Abe Lincoln took the win to maintain a narrow lead over Thomas Jefferson in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Abe Lincoln dons Batman costume to take down the Sharknado

The Shark Week absurdities reached new heights Friday night at Nationals Park, as the Sharknado returned to wreak its own brand of havoc on the Washington Nationals presidents race.

Racing presidents batman vs SharknadoSharknado popped out of the home bullpen and took out front-running William Howard Taft, then spun its way along the warning track toward the rest of the oncoming presidents.

But Abe Lincoln raced from behind dressed in a Batman costume, and the Caped Emancipator collided with Sharknado, clearing the way for Thomas Jefferson to take the victory.

Teddy kicks off Shark Week with attack on Taft

Racing Presidents Shark Week at Nationals ParkTeddy Roosevelt kicked off Shark Week by donning a shark mask for Monday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

The Rough Rider raced furiously from behind, slowly catching up to front runner William Howard Taft and attacking from behind.

It was the first time Teddy has donned the makeshift shark teeth since Shark Week 2011.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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