Teddy goes after Thomas Jefferson in the outfield

Presidents race watchers knew what to expect when the fourth inning rolled around Saturday night at Nationals Park. Teddy Roosevelt said it all just before race time.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race: Teddy Tackles Jefferson“No more wins for TJ, your streak ends tonight! Mwhahaha,” Teddy tweeted from his account @Teddy26Nats.

After winning seven of the last eight races, Jefferson was poised to pass Teddy once again when the Bull Moose turned and slammed the Sage of Monticello into the outfield wall. Jefferson fell to the ground, his hair ripped by the impact.

Lincoln dashed by for his first victory since before the All Star break.

NOTE: Followers of the outfield scoreboard tally might have noted a discrepancy vs. our own presidents race standings. The Nationals scorekeepers have not credited George (or anybody) with a victory for July 10 — the last race before the all star break. We’re hoping the Nats will make the correction soon. In the meantime, we’re sticking with our count as a reflection of the true # of races this year.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

In 103° heat, Teddy Roosevelt stops to do the hula

Washington Nationals presidents race in Hawaiian ShirtsWashington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt does the HulaPerhaps it’s the uniform.

A crowd of 30,114 came to Nationals Park Friday night to see Chien Ming Wang battle both the sweltering heat and the New York Mets in his first major league start in over two years.

As Wang struggled in the in 103° game-time temperatures, the Nationals’ racing presidents chose to to ditch the wool uniforms in favor of cool Hawaiian shirts, honoring Friday’s anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood. Nobody appeared to benefit more than Teddy Roosevelt, who dashed into an early lead and put on one of his best performances ever.

Unfortunately, the fans cheering for Teddy along the first baseline must have proved too inspiring, as Teddy stopped and broke into a hula dance for the fans.

Thomas Jefferson, who has been on a tear since the All Star Break, dashed by for the victory.



Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: That Cat returns, takes out three presidents

Washington Nationals Racing Presidents are attacked by That CatWashington Nationals Racing Presidents are attacked by That CatLong-time presidents race interloper That Cat made another disruptive appearance Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

As the fourth-inning race began, the t-shirt clad panther hid out by the right field bullpen gate, jumping out onto the warning track only as the racing presidents approached.

In one fell swoop, That Cat managed to take out George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, leaving Thomas Jefferson with a clear path to the finish line before retreating to the bullpen.

Jefferson managed to avoid repeating the previous night’s mistakes, and postponed his celebration until after the race was finished.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

George Washington dons horns for Running of the Bulls

Running of the BullsRunning of the BullsAlexandria KleztetNationals Holidays at Nationals ParkThe annual Running of the Bulls takes place this weekend in Pamplona, Spain, and on Sunday at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ racing presidents paid tribute by strapping horns onto George Washington, who chased Tom, Abe, and Teddy across the outfield during the 4th-inning presidents race.

Thomas Jefferson broke away for the early lead, but couldn’t escape Washington’s charge.

After passing Abe and Teddy, the father of our country tucked his horns and caught up to Jefferson, flipping the Sage of Monticello head first into the Section 133 stands before claiming the victory. The move puts George within two of Abe in the standings heading into the All Star break.

Sunday was Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park, and throughout the game, the HD scoreboard featured famous jewish baseball players through history. Klezmer recording artists The Alexandria Kleztet performed in the centerfield plaza before the game.

Finally, we have to give a nod to these guys who formed their own 5-man cheering section along the first baseline. The leprechaun, angel, Easter Bunny, native American, and Uncle Sam got together to send a simple message: Every Nationals win should be a National Holiday.

Well done, gentlemen.

Wrestler John Cena pumps Teddy up to tackle Orioles Bird

The largest crowd at Nationals Park since opening day was rewarded richly Friday night after an hour-long rain delay postponed the start of the game.

John Cena gives Teddy Roosevelt a presidents race pep talkTeddy Roosevelt chases the Orioles Bird, who takes the lead in the presidents race at Nationals ParkTeddy Roosevelt tackles the Orioles Bird during the presidents race at Nationals ParkChildrens Chorus of Washington at Nationals ParkThe Nationals continued their torrid offensive streak with the 7th win in a row, and Teddy Roosevelt, despite losing the 4th-inning presidents race, delivered a satisfying blow to a longtime nemesis.

Following Tuesday night’s appearance at Nationals Park, WWE wrestler John Cena appeared Friday in a series of scoreboard video segments with Teddy Roosevelt, teaching Teddy his “You Can’t See Me” moves, and pumping up the Nats’ perennial loser both literally and figuratively in preparation for a visit from the Baltimore Orioles and their not-so-creatively named mascot, The Bird.

Before the game, The O’s fowl cheerleader pranced around Nationals Park like he owned the place, trying with little success to incite the smattering of Baltimore fans in attendance.

When the presidents race began, The Bird jumped out in front of the presidents, threatening to steal the thunder from the home town mascots; but with Teddy chasing closely behind as they turned the right field corner, the partisan crowd cheered in anticipation of what was to come.

Teddy put his newly-learned wrestling moves to use, catching The Bird and taking him down with a satisfying blow.

“You can’t see me O-bird!,” Teddy tweeted. “No WAY I was gonna let you win the race tonight!”

The antics would have to be satisfaction enough for Teddy’s long-suffering fans, who then watched George Washington blow by for the win.

A special nod to members of the Childrens Chorus of Washington, who did an amazing job with the National Anthem Friday night, and could be heard chanting the most beautiful chorus ever of “Let Teddy Win! Let Teddy Win!” from the 400 level during the presidents race!

Video to follow.

Teddy goes off-course into the outfield

Yet another offensive outburst Thursday night left Nationals fans wondering what they’re putting in the drinking water at Nationals Park.

While the Nats’ bats are suddenly on fire, the racing presidents’ behavior has reached a new level of unpredictability.

Teddy Roosevelt Cheats in Nationals Presidents RaceOn Thursday, Teddy Roosevelt got off to a solid start, then ran off-course into the middle of the outfield, only to redirect himself back into last place. “WOW!,” Teddy commented from his Twitter account. “The grass looked sooo pretty I wanted to touch it! (sic)”

Abe Lincoln then briefly took the lead, only to stop, turn, and briefly run backwards, leading Nationals PA announcer Jerome Hruska to exclaim “What’s going on?”

George Washington survived to take his second win in a row.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Santangelo guarantees Memorial Day victory for Teddy

It appears that Jayson Werth may have lit a fire under Teddy and the Nationals.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race 5-29-11Werth’s call for Nats management to let Teddy Win drew the attention of NBC 4 and The Washington Post yesterday, in addition to a slew of online chatter; so all eyes were on Teddy at the start of Sunday’s race at Nationals Park.

Roosevelt had an unusually strong start, and surged mid-way through the race to take the lead into the home stretch. Rather than fade as usual, Teddy kept his momentum, but was passed by George Washington at the wire.

Werth did not come out of the dugout to watch.

In the wake of Werth’s public criticism, Teddy’s tweets included “Jayson I’m trying!,” and “Sooo close I could taste it today!! I’ve gotta good feeling about tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, on MASN’s TV broadcast, color commentator F. P. Santangelo upped the ante. “Teddy’s going to win tomorrow,” he declared after today’s race. “That’s my call, and I’m sticking to it.” He repeated the prediction later in the broadcast.

With Roy Halladay scheduled to take the mound for the Phillies Monday, Nats fans may need something to celebrate.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy takes out his frustrations on Milwaukee’s sausages

The Nationals hosted a rare doubleheader vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Nationals Park, and if you’re a Nats fan, you couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon of baseball and presidents race excitement.

Teddy manning the barbeque by Kirsten Rae IrwinIn fact, even Teddy fans got to taste a little sweet victory — not in the standings, but in the form of revenge against those cocky racing sausages from Wisconsin.

In the first race, the “un-racing sausages” jumped out to a big lead, followed closely by Teddy Roosevelt; but nine (9!) mascots from other local teams were waiting for them in ambush, and gang-tackled them all as they reached the home stretch.

Teddy had a clear path to the finish line, but chose instead to put a full body slam on “No-lish Sausage,” who’d already been knocked to the ground. George sneaked by for the win.

It was a convincing hit, and may be the only time Teddy’s fans have cheered him enthusiastically for blowing a race.

The other teams’ mascots were on
Mascots at Nationals Parkhand to help celebrate Screech’s birthday, and included Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals), Pinch (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs), Talon (DC United), Testudo (University of Maryland), The Patriot (George Mason University), Jack (Georgetown University), George (George Washington University), Clawed Z. Eagle (American University), and YoUDee (University of Delaware).

In the second game, “Un-italian Sausage” replaced Teddy in a race against George, Tom, and Abe, and had the lead heading into the home stretch, but Teddy was waiting in foul territory, tending a kettle grill filled with sausages.

As the sausage ran by, Teddy nonchalantly lifted his arm and clotheslined the imposter, eliciting gasps from the crowd as Abe ran by for the victory.

The Nats now hit the road as a winning ball club for the first time in memory. Perhaps Teddy will be inspired and get back in the race by the 26th when the next homestand begins vs. the New York Mets.

Teddy photo courtesy of Kirsten Rae Irwin.
Mascot photo and videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Teddy commemorates space flight, but is defeated by gravity, and George

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt dresses as a CosmonautLivan Hernandez and the Washington Nationals treated fans to a decisive victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night at Nationals Park, evening the team’s record at 5-5 as
they kicked off this week’s homestand vs. the Phils and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt in a cosmonaut helmetNationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt rarely misses an opportunity to celebrate history, and as Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first human space flight, our favorite #26 took the field in the fourth inning wearing a makeshift cosmonaut helmet.

Unfortunately for Teddy fans, the Rough Rider took the tribute a little too seriously, pretending to run in zero gravity slow motion, and allowing George, Tom, and Abe to sprint past.

George took the tape, and the early
lead in the presidents race standings.

Photo and video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Presidents to race Ringling Bros. clowns Wednesday night

When the Philadelphia Phillies come to Nationals Park, the clowns usually follow, and Wednesday night will be no exception.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus hits town this week with a 17-show run beginning Thursday at the Patriot Center. To kick off the festivities, the troupe will be in attendance tomorrow night as the Nationals take on Roy Halladay and the Phillies.

The Ringmaster will sing the national anthem, and Ringling’s famous circus clowns will take on George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy in the 4th-inning presidents race.

Let’s hope Teddy doesn’t find the clowns too distracting.

Nats roll out the red, and Teddy falls on wet, cold opening day

It’s fair to say that the 39,055 Nationals faithful who packed the home park for opening day are accustomed to end-of-game suffering. Unfortunately, a near-freezing drizzle forced them to suffer non-stop from Thursday afternoon’s opening pitch.

The home team sported a new look for 2011, with six new position players, an improved defense, new home uniforms, and a variety of other changes to the stadium experience; yet these improvements were little consolation for failing to score against the Atlanta Braves pitching staff.

While the team’s refreshingly solid defensive performance may portend good times ahead, there were no such signals from Teddy Roosevelt.

The 2011 presidents race season kicked off with an unusual relay race in which Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson jumped over hurdles in the outfield before attempting to push Teddy and George, respectively, to the finish line aboard rolling carts.

As Tom pushed George over the finish line, Teddy failed to gain his balance and fell off the cart onto the warning track.

The shared victory knocked winless fan-favorite Teddy into 3rd place in the presidents race standings after just one race. It could be a long season ahead.

The Nationals promised changes to the in-stadium experience for 2011. Unfortunately, letting Teddy win does not appear to be one of them.

This fan captured his own video from the upper deck. It’s notable not for the camera work, but for the drunken despair expressed over Teddy’s fate.

When the team introduced its new uniforms back in November, they also promised a renewed marketing focus for the Nationals around the color red and the Curly W logo.

Today, further progress was revealed in the form of new uniforms for the Nat Pack, new Curly W signage around the parking garages, Curly W backgrounds on all of the featured HD scoreboard videos, and revised scoreboard graphics featuring bright whites and reds to match the uniforms.

To this observer, these changes are well done and help to solidify the Nats’ marketing identity.

Now if only we could get Teddy’s Barbeque back…

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Roll Call covers the presidents race. It must be baseball season.

Opening day is here, and that means people who aren’t obsessed with baseball 12 months a year have started paying attention. Congressional daily Roll Call weighs in today on Teddy’s plight.

Who knows? The Nats have promised some surprises for the upcoming presidents race season. Perhaps today they’ll finally Let Teddy Win!

Deadline approaching for 2011 presidents race auditions

As pitchers and catchers prepare to report to Florida to try to nab one of the final spots on the Washington Nationals roster, the Nats’ entertainment team is working to finalize the mascot roster back here in DC. The team has set a deadline of next Friday, February 11, to receive applications. Selected candidates will receive invitations to participate in the 2011 racing president auditions on — when else? Presidents Day weekend.

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume and recent photo to entertainment@nationals.com and include “2011 Racing Presidents” in the subject line.

Presidents Race auditions announced for 2011 season

Washington Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsThe Washington Nationals presidents race audition details have been announced for 2011.

In what has become an annual tradition, the Nats will be holding auditions on Presidents Day weekend for candidates who want to compete as racing presidents George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy at Nationals Park.

The tryouts will be held on Saturday, February 19th. In previous years, candidates have been asked to run a 40-yard dash, race on the field, dance, and show their celebration skills during the tryouts, which are held rain or shine. Last year, the auditions went forward in deep fresh snow, which made for a cold but hilarious afternoon.

Candidates must also:
• Be between 5’7″ and 6’6″ in height
• Be able to run approximately 200 yards in 40 seconds
• Be able to wear a costume weighing about 45 lbs for several hours
• Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games

Presidents race auditions are closed to the public. If you’d like to score an invitation, e-mail a cover letter, resume and recent photo to entertainment@nationals.com and include “2011 Racing Presidents” in the subject line. The team typically invites 50 to 60 finalists to the auditions.

Video from last year’s tryouts:

New Nationals Uniforms (and no more “Natinals” jokes)

As anticipated, the Washington Nationals revealed their new uniforms Wednesday night at a Nationals Park fashion show featuring members of the team.

The new Nationals Uniforms offered few surprises, with a new emphasis on the Curly W logo, and many other small changes including the elimination of the gold trim around the lettering and numbers.

Focus on the Curly W as the major identity of the team is a good move, but lost in most of the coverage is the elimination of the block “Nationals” that has adorned the team’s jersey’s since its inaugural season.

I’m going to miss it, but it’s a good PR move, in that it should help the team finally put the 2009 “Natinals” misspelling incident behind them forever.

Great comprehensive coverage of the event over at Nats News Network.

Flickr photo courtesy of Miss Chatter.

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