Teddy and an all star cast of villains hold off Lincoln to hand George Washington the 2013 presidents race title

Bullee the Moose tackles Abraham Lincoln Washington Nationals racing presidents

Bullee the Moose tackles Abe Lincoln

Martha Washington hands off to the Rally Pigeon Washington Nationals racing presidents

Martha Washington hands off to the Rally Pigeon

The Rally pigeon hands off to the Sharknado Washington Nationals presidents race

The Rally pigeon hands off to the Sharknado

Kool Aid Man hands off to Bullee the Moose in the anchor leg of the Nationals presidents race

Kool Aid Man hands off to Bullee the Moose in the anchor leg

Bullee the Moose takes out our cameraman Luis Albisu - Washington Nationals presidents race

Bullee the Moose takes out our cameraman at the presidents race finish line

After cheating his way into contention entering the final day of the 2013 season, Abraham Lincoln was thwarted by Teddy Roosevelt and an all star cast of interlopers on the final home date of 2013.

Abe needed to sweep the doubleheader to take the title, and The Great Emancipator appeared to be on his way to victory during the afternoon opener; but a rare appearance by Roosevelt conspirator Bullee the Moose ended Abe’s chances. Bullee tackled Abe just short of the finish line, giving the victory to Teddy.

The evening finale was occasion for a relay race featuring a who’s who of presidents race sabateurs.

Martha Washington began the affair by shoving her husband aside and staking the villains to an early lead. The Rally Pigeon held the lead vs. Thomas Jefferson, but in the third leg, Abe Lincoln gained ground vs. the Sharknado, and the Kool Aid Man was unable to gain it back, falling behind to William Howard Taft.

That left Teddy Roosevelt behind in the anchor leg to Bullee the Moose. The Rough Rider and his usual co-conspirator pushed and shoved along the home stretch before the Moose was thrown over the rail into Row A of Section 134.

Bullee plowed into our intrepid cameraman along the presidents race finish line, knocking out what exclusive footage we had hoped to share from the final day of the season.

The prognosis is positive for a full recovery by 2014.

Teddy took the tape to pull even with William Howard Taft for the final season standings.

Video: “Rally Cicada” leads Teddy to victory, inspires reserves

Cicada invades Nationals presidents raceCicada tackles Nationals racing presidentsCicada Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWith the Nats trailing early Sunday at Nationals Park, the team needed a rally, and got inspiration from the most unlikely of places.

When the presidents race began in the middle of the fourth inning, Teddy Roosevelt lined up near the finish line, bringing with him the same giant cicada that invaded Nationals Park on June 9.

P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska introduced the big insect as “The Rally Cicada,” and this time, the cicada was on Teddy’s side.

As the remaining presidents approached the home stretch, Teddy pushed the cicada at them like a bowling ball, toppling them all, then turned towards the finish line to collect his fourth victory of the season.

The Nationals followed with a furious effort, holding the Rockies scoreless while an onslaught of Nats reserves delivered two runs in the bottom half of the inning and four more in the eighth, but it wasn’t quite enough.

A beautiful slo-mo of Teddy’s cicada tackle below.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

Video: Teddy wins, meets the Nats in 3rd place

Teddy Roosevelt wins Washington Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt wins Washington Nationals Presidents Race Nationals ParkConsecutive rainouts gave the Washington Nationals an opportunity to rest and reset for Saturday’s series opener vs. the Minnesota Twins, but an extra-innings loss ruined the day for the sellout Nationals Park crowd of 41,587, pushing the team two games below .500 for the first time this season.

In the fourth inning presidents race, Teddy Roosevelt got a late start out of the center field starting gate, but a steady stride pulled him past his Rushmore competitors as they circled the warning track. The Rough Rider pulled away at the finish for his third victory of the 2013 season.

Teddy, like the Nationals, moved into sole possession of third place in the standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt claims his first victory of 2013 in Mother’s Day “Dizzy Bat Race”

Nationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Teddy Roosevelt Wins Presidents Race Mothers DayNationals Presidents Race Teddy Wins George DropsNationals Presidents Race Teddy Wins First Race 2013Just one day after William Howard Taft notched his first-ever presidents race victory, the pressure was on for rival Teddy Roosevelt to prove that last year’s season-ending win was no fluke.

Sunday’s Mothers Day game at Nationals Park featured pink bats for the players and the annual appearance by mascot Screech’s Mom, who looks suspiciously like the team’s “Baby Screech” mascot from 2005 through 2007.

In the fourth inning, the presidents race was announced as a “Dizzy Bat Race,” in which all five racing presidents had to spin around three times with their heads on pink bats, then carry the bat to the finish line.

Thomas Jefferson got the quick jump out of the gate, but paid for it soon after by losing his balance as he raced forward.

Abe Lincoln and William Howard Taft were close behind, but Lincoln plowed into Taft, sending both to the ground on the outfield warning track.

That left George Washington in the lead with Teddy Roosevelt trailing behind. Washington appeared to be on his way to another presidents race win, but the father of our country dropped his bat along the first base line. When he turned to pick it up, Teddy raced by.

It was the Rough Rider’s first victory of 2013, and his first ever wearing the presidents’ traditional Sunday garb.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy triumphs in all star villains presidents race

Teddy Roosevelt Wins Kool Aid Man helpsTeddy Roosevelt Wins presidents race Kool Aid ManTeddy Roosevelt celebrates victory Nationals presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt celebrates victory Nationals presidents raceIt’s been a postseason of redemption for Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt, who is on a sudden winning streak after losing 525 straight races.

Facing possible elimination Thursday night at Nationals Park, infielder Mark DeRosa read the team a speech by Teddy Roosevelt before the game. Then, when the presidents race began, the Nats trotted out an all star cast of Teddy’s past nemeses to help exorcise his demons.

As George, Tom, and Abe raced around the warning track towards the first base line, they were met in succession by a who’s who of bad guys.

Long-time interloper That Cat tackled George Washington.  Then a shark who attacked Teddy in August took out Thomas Jefferson.

Luc the Lobster, who has made several appearances over the years, tackled Abe Lincoln.

By that time, George Washington was back on his feet and actually passed Teddy and looked ready to steal the victory, but Mr. Kool Aid, a fan favorite who last appeared in 2010, appeared from the stands and decked the founding father.

Teddy turned around and fell backwards over the finish line, then pranced and posed around the stadium, basking in the glow of victory as the sellout crowd chanted his name.

On the national broadcast, TBS analyst Bob Brenley took Teddy to task for his celebration. “You’re pimping it a little bit in front of the other presidents,” he said. “Act like you’ve done it before.”

After 7 seasons of losing, most fans seemed willing to cut the Rough Rider some slack.

Video: Teddy’s victory inning as called on MASN

With Teddy Roosevelt’s historic win coming on a weekday afternoon, it’s likely most fans at home found out via social media, highlight shows, and websites such as this, and not the live game broadcast.

Turns out that’s a shame, because MASN broadcasters Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo sure enjoyed the moment, along with the offensive barrage that immediately followed Teddy’s victory. In fact, they talked about it for nearly 20 minutes, but we’ve abridged the highlights for you here:

The team speculates about what happens with the Let Teddy Win website, and at one point Santangelo calls for the Nats to prevent further victories by Teddy, allowing him to enjoy only the one victory in honor of the team’s special 2012 season. Here’s hoping the team takes the opposite approach, allowing Teddy’s continued victories to carry the Nats through the World Series.

Some highlights:

F.P.: “He might have to pass a drug test to make it official”
Carp: “Do I hear horns honking on 395? Is the word getting out?”

And after Zimmerman’s home run:

Carp: “Teddy Wins! Zimmerman goes deep! And the game is tied!”
F.P.: “Is this a movie? Unbelievable.”
F.P.: “Just think of how many home runs the Nats would hit if Teddy would have won sooner.”

After Morse doubles, MASN puts up a graphic on total bases since Teddy’s win:

F.P. “They are such a better ball club since Teddy won. Way better.”
Carp: “If he’d have won on opening day they’d be 161-0 right now.”
F.P.: “How do you think Teddy winning affected Cliff Lee? That’s got to rattle him.”

After Tyler Moore doubles, Santangelo goes on through the end of the inning:

F.P.: “If Teddy doesn’t win, that ball’s foul. Teddy’s 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored, a home run, and 2 doubles… Think Teddy’s pounding some champagne right now?… I just want to find out where Teddy’s going after the game and I want to party with him all night. He’s got to have a table somewhere. VIP, bottle service. I mean, he’s got to celebrate. Maybe he’s going to the White House. Yeah. Party at the White House with Teddy tonight, everybody. Let’s all go.”

And finally:

Carp: “Thanks to Teddy, Nats 2, Phils 1″

Are the Nationals planning to retire Teddy Roosevelt?

Teddy Roosevelt wins his first presidents race at Nationals ParkThe National’s plan to let Teddy Roosevelt win the presidents race Wednesday was one of the most poorly kept secrets in Washington history. The team promoted the event for a week, even bought ads in the newspaper; yet many Teddy fans, having been burned in the past, remained skeptical.

However, in light of Teddy’s historic victory, must the Nats’ rumor mill be taken more seriously?

Before Wednesday’s historic race even took place, rumors were flying around Nationals Park about not just a victory for Teddy, but about the team’s plans for the 26th president after the celebration was over.

Chillin' with Teddy

Will the Nats retire Teddy?

Nobody would speak on the record, but the story was consistent from employees working all corners of the Park: The Nats would let Teddy Roosevelt win, then retire him and replace him with a new racing president in 2013 — possibly John F. Kennedy.

The first part came true. Is part two in the cards?

One fan, hearing the same rumors, has already started a Facebook campaign to keep Teddy.

Sounds downright heretical to me. In the meantime, Teddy fans are hoping to see more victories as the Nationals host their first home playoff game next Wednesday.

Speaking of retirement, one question that’s been pouring in from all corners is “What happens to LetTeddyWin.com?” On that there is no discussion. As long as the readers keep coming, we’ll keep writing.

Scoreboard photo by reader Alfonse Mannato

Teddy’s victory in slow motion, set to Chariots of Fire

From blog contributor and YouTube member lfahome. Soak it in:

Teddy Wins His First Presidents Race on Historic Day at Nationals Park (Videos, Photos, & More)

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Let Teddy Win Poll - When will Teddy winTeddy Roosevelt Pep Talk Video from Nationals ParkTeddy Roosevelt Golden Shoes video Nationals Park scoreboardTeddy Roosevelt scoreboard video: Teddy gets his Golden ShoesNationals Presidents race Teddy Wins October 3 2012 - Starting gateTeddy Wins the presidents race vs the fake Philly PhanaticTeddy Roosevelt Wins his first Nationals Presidents Race - October 3, 2012Teddy Roosevelt October Playoff NatitudeA near-capacity house of 37,075 filled Nationals Park Wednesday afternoon with two things in mind: A record 98th win for the Nationals, and a record first win for racing president Teddy Roosevelt.

Rumors had swirled that today would be the day for Teddy to break his epic streak — rumors fed by the team’s own “Teddy in 2012″ theme that dominated the final series vs. the Phillies.

A Let Teddy Win reader poll showed fans were expecting nothing less, with 39% expecting Wednesday to be the day.

The Nats, in fact, played it out to such a degree that anything short of a win for the Rough Rider might have sparked a riot. Videos played on the HD scoreboard for the series showed Teddy training with the U.S. Army, getting pep talks from WWE wrestler John Cena, and working out at the Under Armour training facility in preparation for Wednesday’s Fan Appreciation Day.

The movement turned out in vast numbers, with with “Let Teddy Win” t-shirts and homemade signs dotting the stands, and Twitter abuzz before the game with rumors that turned out to be true, but not before one final tease.

In the third inning, the HD scoreboard lit up with a video pep talk for Teddy by Nationals players Kurt Suzuki, Craig Stammen, Mike Morse, Drew Storen, coach Bo Porter, and GM Mike Rizzo.

“Time to turn it up,” Rizzo said. ” It’s playoff time. Now get it going, and finish strong.”

“There’s still time to save the season,” added Storen. “We need you Teddy.”

Teddy then was presented with a glowing pair of Usain Bolt-style golden Under Armour sneakers.

When the fourth inning race began, Teddy came out wearing his new sneakers, but trailed the pack by a significant margin. Then, as Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln approached the outfield corner, a character resembling the Phillie Phanatic mascot appeared from the bullpen.

The “Fake-natic” proceeded to take out Honest Abe and the Founding Fathers single-handedly, despite losing his fake nose in the process.

That left only Teddy Roosevelt on his feet. As he and the Fake-Natic turned the corner together, the crowd went wild with the knowledge that Nationals brass would never have allowed Teddy to be defeated by such an unsavory foe with the Phillies watching from the visitor’s dugout.

The Fake-natic bowed out quickly, leaving the Rough Rider with a clear path to victory, as fans along the first base line chanted “Teddy, Teddy, Teddy” in celebration.

The Hero of San Juan Hill, victorious for the first time after seven long years and 525 races, posed for the crowd, displaying an October Playoff Natitude t-shirt beneath his jersey.

Twitter exploded with the news, and within minutes it was a national story, with articles appearing on sites as diverse as Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The New York Times, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, every local news outlet, and multiple stories by The Washington Post including the intrepid DC Sports Bog.

Turns out the Post even had an infographic prepared for the event, based on a recent interview with this blog.

In the at-bats immediately following Teddy’s victory, Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run, Michael Morse doubled, and Tyler Moore doubled to score Morse. Coincidence?

Below is the team’s official race video, capturing Nationals Park P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska’s live call from the ball park:

This fan video by Ryan Eades captures the euphoria of fans behind the Nats dugout:

Here’s Teddy getting his golden shoes:

And here’s Teddy’s pre-game workout with Under Armour:

Finally, our finish line video from stalwart contributor lfahome:

Teddy wins Peepsidents Race in Post diorama contest. Voting open now!

The Washington nationals racing peepsidents are represented in a Washington Post peeps diorama contest entryThe Washington nationals presidents race received a fitting tribute in an entry to this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama contest.

The entry, titled “The Peepsidents Race” and depicting a Teddy Roosevelt victory, was selected as a semifinalist from over 1,100 entries to the popular annual contest.

The Post’s chosen winner was an equally-inspired send-up of the movie “Up,” but the People’s Choice voting opens today, and the Peepsidents have collected quite a few votes already. You can view the gallery and place your vote here (click on the “Peoples Choice” link).

The nationals racing peepsidents are represented in a Washington Post peeps diorama contest entryThe Peepsidents was created by DC resident Morgan Barr and a team of coworkers at the U.S. Office of Trade Policy Analysis, who turned to this site to watch videos of past presidents races, and included a number of painstakingly-created details from Nationals Park (or “Nationals Peep,” as the diorama scoreboard states).

Ads on the scoreboard include The Washington Peep, Peepeiser, Peepza Hut, and Peepsi.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the presidents race without oversized heads, so the team expanded the heads of the four racing peeps using plastic eggs.

Barr says that the presidents race is the main reason she goes to Nationals games. “Only, in the Peeps universe, Teddy does win!,” Barr told the Post. “I definitely think that our diorama will help raise awareness to Teddy’s plight,” said team member Justin Hoffman. “We hope this season will bring success to both Teddy and the Nationals.”

Flickr photos courtesy of team member Justin Hoffman

Teddy is disqualified for “Unauthorized Use of a Feline”

It was a beautiful night at Nationals Park, with a game time temperature of 73 degrees and a crowd of 17,153 on hand to watch a classic pitchers’ duel between the Nationals’ John Lannan and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Pedro Martinez.

With the Nationals up 1-0 in the 4th inning and Lannan cruising through the World Champions’ batting order, it seemed the only thing that could make the night better would be a victory for Teddy Roosevelt.

That CatTeddy tried a little too hard.

As George Washington sprinted out to an early presidents race lead, Teddy recruited his onetime nemesis That
Cat
to join the race.

The now-familiar panther slammed
Abe Lincoln into the outfield wall, then
chased down George Washington and knocked him to the ground, before finally putting the block on Thomas Jefferson, leaving Teddy Roosevelt with an uncontested path to the finish line.

A biased Nationals Park crowd cheered Teddy’s apparent victory, but Screech quickly stepped in to issue the disqualification for “Illegal Use of a Feline.”

Contacted after the race, Screech responded “”Teddy brought that cat with him onto the field, it was an unfair advantage, he told that cat to tackle George Tom and Abe!! Cheating = DISQUALIFIED!””

Abe quickly got up off the ground to cross the tape and steal Teddy’s thunder, leading us to ask whether judge Screech and racing president Abe are in cahoots. After all, Abe has been known to cheat from time to time, but when was the last time he was disqualified?

And the in-game play-by-play:

Video by YouTube members lfahome and TheTeddyRoosevelt.
Finish line photo by Flickr member melanie.phung

Teddy disqualified for cheating in walk-race

Last night at Nationals Park, the racing presidents honored the Olympics by running that most difficult of track events — the walk race. After it was announced that walk race rules were in effect, the racing presidents took off — slowly — in a painful demonstration of speed-walking while wearing a 10-foot costume.

Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt was sympathetic to the umpires’ desire to start the 5th inning, but before the pack had even reached the right field corner, he decided to take things into his own hands.

The Nationals Park crowd roared with approval as Teddy cut the outfield corner and broke into a sprint for the finish line. Of course, that buzzkill Screech was there to issue an immediate disqualification, and Thomas Jefferson was granted the victory.

Where is Screech to throw the flag when Abe cheats?

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