GIF: Teddy Roosevelt scares MLB with astronaut costume

Racing president Teddy Roosevelt celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing Sunday at Nationals Park by donning a makeshift astronaut helmet fashioned from tinfoil.

The tactic helped propel Teddy to his 16th victory and an unprecedented July lead in the presidents race standings, but it apparently scared the folks at Major League Baseball, who tweeted this GIF:

For the record, it was the fourth time Roosevelt has attempted the astronaut helmet, but the first time he’s won while wearing it.

Video: Teddy goes after George Washington, who returns the favor

It was not Teddy’s finest hour.
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In the first presidents race after the All Star break, Teddy Roosevelt came out swinging Friday night at Nationals Park, turning on his fellow presidents before they even finished coming out of the centerfield gate.

The Rough Rider shoved George Washington to the ground, but failed to down his other competitors, backpedaling as Thomas Jefferson slipped by him on the warning track.

Teddy chased Jefferson for the length of the race, and cut the outfield corner to try to catch up, but Washington, who had recovered early, caught up to the Bull Moose and exacted his revenge.

It should be a fun second half of the season.

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Video: Bear cub attacks Teddy Roosevelt in the outfield

Chicago Cub tackles Teddy RooseveltThe beating that Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals put on the Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon was nothing compared to the grizzly scene that played out in the fourth inning presidents race at Nationals Park.

With Teddy Roosevelt in the early lead, an orange, oversized bear cub came running from the home bullpen and shoved the Rough Rider to the ground, but the other presidents exacted revenge on Teddy’s behalf, as George Washington finished the job with a body slam.

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Abe and Tom pushed and shoved to the finish line, and Abe eked out the victory to extend his lead over Teddy in the season standings.

Finish line video courtesy of lfahome

Video: George Washington leads a July 4th Parade at Nationals Park

George Washington 4th of July Nationals ParkWhen baseball returned to Washington DC, Major League Baseball established an annual tradition of playing a morning baseball game on Independence Day in the nation’s capital.

For the first several years of the Nationals’ presidents race, it was also an annual tradition for the writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, to lead the other presidents while carrying an American flag.

But last year, the team handed the honor to George Washington, and once again in 2014, it was George who led the parade.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe shows no sense of humor on International Joke Day

Abe Lincoln cheats presidents race Nationals ParkOn Tuesday night at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt stopped his fellow racing presidents on the warning track to read them the “Joke of the Day” in celebration of International Joke Day.

George, Tom, and Bill started laughing, but Abe Lincoln grabbed the joke from Teddy’s hands, tore it up, and raced for the finish line.

We knew Abe cheated. Apparently he’s also got no sense of humor.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Nats Park crowd chants “USA” as racing presidents act out USA vs. Belgium

Nationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USANationals racing presidents lead Nationals Park crowd chanting USA USAAs they did before last week’s World Cup soccer match, the Nationals racing presidents acted out Tuesday’s upcoming match between Team USA and Belgium on Monday night at Nationals Park.

And this time, the crowd really got into it.

George Washington and Abe Lincoln represented Team USA on Monday, wearing their home white uniforms. They got off to a rough start, as “Honest” Abe had trouble handling the ball and tripped on the outfield warning track.

But Belgian defenders Thomas Jefferson and William Howard Taft (wearing red uniforms) weren’t able to capitalize. George held them up then broke away as Lincoln recovered and pushed the ball past them.

Washington took Abe’s pass and advanced the ball towards goalie Teddy Roosevelt (who was wearing his Hawaiian shirt). The Rough Rider managed to stuff Washington’s shot, but the Founding Father recovered the ball, put a fake on Teddy, and sent the goalie flying to his left as he passed to the charging Lincoln.

The Great Emancipator finished the job, then joined Washington in leading the Nationals Park crowd in a rawcous chant of “USA! USA!”

Here’s the finish line video:

And here’s the official full call of the race by P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska:

Video: Meet the man who dressed as Teddy Roosevelt at the World Cup

When the USA scored for the second time during Sunday’s World Cup match vs. Portugal, international broadcasts caught a glimpse of a fan dressed as Teddy Roosevelt celebrating the go-ahead goal.

The image of the Rough Rider cheering in the stands was instantly shared on Twitter and Vine, but credit Yahoo! Sports
for tracking the man down.

His name is Mike D’Amico, and he told Yahoo! he was “super stoked” to find out he had he had become a Twitter sensation.

“I’ll take your word for it until I get some WiFi,” he said. “We’re out in the Amazon. I don’t have a whole lot of Internet here.”

D’Amico explained that he wears the costume because “…it gets people excited. It gets people involved. When I’m trying to start a song in the stands, it’s easier to listen to Teddy Roosevelt than some other guy in another shirt.”

Bully!

Video: Racing presidents play out USA vs. Portugal World Cup match

Washington Nationals Presidents Race World Cup USA Red CardWashington Nationals Presidents Race World Cup USAWashington Nationals Presidents Race World Cup USA 2For the first time ever, the Nationals racing presidents donned varied uniforms for the fourth inning presidents race, in preparation for Sunday night’s USA vs. Portugal World Cup match.

Instead of wearing their usual Sunday best, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt wore their patriotic uniforms to represent Team USA. Thomas Jefferson wore his red home jersey to represent Portugal, and William Howard Taft dressed in black to represent the Portuguese goalie.

Team USA entered the field with Lincoln kicking a soccer ball along the warning track. Jefferson entered from the bullpen, immediately faked a pulled hamstring, and was given a red card for flopping by a referee.

Taft waited by the finish line for the oncoming team, but Abe faked to his right, Bill dove to his left, and Lincoln kicked the ball across the finish line, leading fans along the first base line chanting “USA! USA!”

Here’s the finish line video, followed by the full call as heard in the stadium by Nationals PA announcer Jerome Hruska:

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Video: Teddy takes over first place after tug-of-war victory in the outfield

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Tug of War Washington Nationals Presidents Race Waffle Cone Ice Cream Washington Nationals Presidents Race Waffle Cone Ice Cream Wednesday was Army Night at Nationals Park, and during the fourth inning presidents race, the racing presidents stopped in the outfield to hold an impromptu tug-of-war competition.

With Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln anchored on one side by the portly William Howard Taft, it appeared that George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt didn’t stand a chance on the other side.

But the two former Army leaders let go of the rope, and as their competitors tumbled to the warning track, Teddy took off for the finish line.

The victory was the second straight for Teddy, who vaulted into unprecedented territory this late in the season: sole possession of first place in the standings.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race Waffle Cone Ice CreamOn Tuesday night, Teddy had won after being the only racing president to survive the onslaught of a man in an ice cream cone who hunted down and tackled all of Teddy’s competitors.

The costumed character, dubbed “Nice Cream Cone,” was celebrating Tuesday’s $1 dollar ice cream night at Nationals Park.

Race video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome.
Tuesday’s Vine video by @recordsANDradio

Video: Taft & Lincoln stop presidents race to commemorate dedication of Lincoln Memorial

You have to hand it to the Nationals mascot team. They really do their homework.

Taft commemorates dedication of Lincoln MemorialFriday marked the 92nd anniversary of the dedication of D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial — a ceremony presided over by the 27th U.S. president, William Howard Taft.

So on Friday night at Nationals Park, racing presidents Taft and Abe Lincoln stopped mid-race to reenact the ceremony.

Lincoln grabbed a chair and struck his famous pose, while Taft grabbed an oversized camera to preserve the moment.

Meanwhile, George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt raced by, with Teddy edging the Founding Father by a nose.

On the MASN TV broadcast, Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo were just confused:

After Memorial Day loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday at Nationals Park

Led by self-styled “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman, Nationals fans will sacrifice a rubber chicken at noon Tuesday outside the Nationals Park centerfield gate.

Nationals rubber chicken man sacrifice breaks bad luckNationals Racing Presidents photo finish - George Washington edges Teddy RooseveltDespite outscoring opponents over the last eight games, the Nationals have won only two of those contests, and find themselves with a losing record after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

As we’ve reported previously, Kaufman has performed the ritual “dozens of times” in the team’s ten year history. The act, which is designed to “remove bad juju” from the ball park, has become less frequent as the team has done well in recent years, but pitcher Gio Gonzalez has adopted the cause, having participated in the most recent sacrifice himself last August. Some fans have begun sporting Chicken Mode t-shirts when Gonzalez pitches.

“Our injury plagued squad has fallen below .500,” said Kaufman. “They need the extra Chicken Mode juju to help heal them, and energize our sedated bats.”

In unrelated news, George Washington edged Teddy Roosevelt wearing military fatigues for the Memorial Day presidents race win.

Kaufman encourages fans to attend on Tuesday. “Although it’s a work day,” he said, “I hope all Nats fans who can make it to this short ritual at lunch time, will come to help add good juju to our team.”

Race video below:

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

ESPN Video: Teddy Roosevelt undone at PNC Park by selfie with racing pierogie Potato Pete

Teddy Roosevelt Potato Pete Racing Pierogies selfieTeddy Roosevelt Potato Pete Racing Pierogies selfieConfrontations between the Nats’ racing presidents and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies tend to attract national media attention, and Friday night was no exception.

At PNC Park, fan favorite Pierogie Potato Pete came out of retirement once again to play a trick on the visiting Teddy Roosevelt.

For a moment, Potato Pete’s surprise appearance looked like it would be a repeat of the famous body slam on Teddy Roosevelt that ESPN Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt called “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen” in 2009.

But Pete stopped short, pulled out a giant cell phone, and got Teddy to pose for a selfie as Jalapeño Hannah raced by for the win.

The highlight was featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter:

And here’s the selfie, courtesy of @Teddy26Nats:

Video: Human head pops out of Abe Lincoln’s chest during Nationals presidents race

On Monday night’s broadcast of the Nationals’ 14-inning game vs. the Cincinnati Reds, MASN replays of the first presidents race picked up an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.

Human head pops out of Abe Lincoln's chest during Washington Nationals presidents race - racing presidents

As founding father’s George Washington and Thomas Jefferson clotheslined Abe Lincoln, a human head briefly pops out of the Great Emancipator’s chest as horrified bullpen pitchers look on.

It was not a great night for Abe, who moments later was clobbered by Teddy Roosevelt. and was blocked again in the 13th inning race.

Thanks to @FederalBaseball for the video, and to the intrepid DC Sports Bog for never missing a thing.

Video: Teddy wins historic 2nd presidents race in one night

Teddy Roosevelt wins extra innings Nationals presidents race 13thFor the first time since August, 2012, the Washington Nationals took a home game to the 13th inning Monday night, triggering a rare treat for presidents race fans: a bonus presidents race.

Earlier in the evening, Teddy Roosevelt had clobbered Abe Lincoln to gain a spot in the season standings.
In race #2, Teddy’s compatriots conspired once again to slow Lincoln down, as George, Tom, and Bill formed a roadblock in the outfield but let Teddy get by to take his historic second victory of the night.

The extra-innings affair moved Roosevelt within two games of Lincoln in the standings. It was the 12th double-header in presidents race history.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt Clobbers Showboating Abe Lincoln

The Nationals presidents race season is turning into an unlikely battle between perennial contender Abraham Lincoln and longtime loser Teddy Roosevelt.

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt Clobbers tackles Abe Lincoln 002Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt Clobbers tackles Abe Lincoln 002During the current homestand, Abe had extended his lead over the hero of San Juan Hill to four games, but when “Honest” Abe got too cocky Monday night at Nationals Park, the Bull Moose exacted his revenge.

Lincoln began the race by chasing down William Howard Taft on the warning track. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson then attempted to clothesline the Great Emancipator, but Abe forced his way through and it was the founding fathers who ended up on the ground.

Lincoln took off for the finish line but stopped to showboat for the crowd along the foul line. That’s when Teddy leaped from the stands and planted Lincoln face down in the grass.

Teddy Roosevelt beats racing presidents with baby GodzillaTeddy’s victory was his second of the series.

On Friday night, Teddy celebrated the night’s big movie opening by racing with a stuffed baby Godzilla. Roosevelt tossed the lizard at his competitors as they approached the finish line, and as they all hit the dirt, Teddy turned to claim the win.

Videos for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

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