Win a Teddy Roosevelt Bobblehead from Asylum.com

Teddy Roosevelt Bobblehead DollAsylum.com is giving away authentic Teddy Roosevelt Bobblehead dolls to two lucky presidents race fans.

The popular AOL blog site wrote about Teddy’s off season training efforts just before the season started. Today, they announced the giveaway sweepstakes. To enter, simply leave a comment on today’s blog post about Teddy before April 20 at 6 p.m. EST.

Note that this is not the doll sold at the Nationals Park team store. Winners receive the rare original bobblehead doll that was given away for Teddy Roosevelt’s bobblehead night at RFK Stadium on on September 1, 2007.

Speaking of bobblehead dolls, the Nationals’ own bobblehead sweepstakes has ended, but voting remains open to determine whose bobblehead will be given away at the August 28 game at Nationals Park. You can still vote for Teddy here.

Obama to throw out first pitch on opening day

Barack Obama will throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park for the Washington Nationals home opener on April 13.Finally!

The Washington Nationals confirmed today that president Barack Obama will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies for opening day 2010.

Team president Stan Kasten and various members of the Natosphere have hoped that Obama will make the presidential first pitch an annual tradition again in Washington. That seems more likely than converting White Sox fan Obama into a Nationals fan — at least for now.

The presidential first pitch was started 100 years ago by William Howard Taft in April, 1910. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch for the Nationals when they first moved to DC in 2005 and when they opened Nationals Park in 2008.

Fans are advised to show up early because of the extra security sure to be on hand. Gates will open at 10:00am, and pregame ceremonies will include a presentation of the 2009 Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards to Ryan Zimmerman, hosted by CBS’s James Brown. Additional pregame distractions will include balloon artists, face painters, live bands in the centerfield plaza, and $5 beer specials until 12:30pm.

Advance ticket sales for opening day are sold out, but as always, the Nationals have reserved 400 day-of-game seats in sections 401 and 402 for only $5 beginning at 10:00am on Monday at the Nationals Park Main Box Office. You must have all members of your party at the box office to get these tickets (that is, one person can’t walk up and ask for 8 tickets).

To help speed through security, the team is advising fans to leave all bags and backpacks at home.

Opening day jinx?

Dear Readers, I am on my way back from opening day at Nationals Park, where the team appeared to be jinxed on the field, and unfortunately up in the stands, I suffered a personal jinx of my own. I realized after walking into the park that my camera battery had been left in the charger at home. No problem! I brought a compact camera that I use to shoot short videos. After using it to record the various opening festivities and the presidents race, the memory card I was using failed. Can a guy get a break?

Opening day write-up to follow, but if you have photos/videos, please let me know!

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