From blog contributor and YouTube member lfahome. Soak it in:
A fog-filled “Teddy in 2012” celebration continued Tuesday night at Nationals Park, and with the division championship locked up, the only question left in many minds was when Teddy Roosevelt would win his first race.
After bursting through the center field gate in the middle of the fourth inning, the Rough Rider promptly turned to lock the gate behind him. The Teddy-crazed crowd could barely make out the tops of Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson through the fog, trapped on the other side of the wall.
With his rivals struggling to get through the gate, Teddy took off unopposed. The cheers grew as Teddy turned into the home stretch, but George Washington appeared through the tunnel on the first base line and leapt over the fence, landing in front of Roosevelt.
After gaining his balance, the Founding Father took off for the finish line. Teddy took a flying leap at victory, but fell short as Washington stole the penultimate race. His fourth straight win moved GW into first with one game remaining.
Wednesday’s Fan Appreciation Day will be Teddy’s last chance to pay off on the Nationals’ “Teddy in 2012″ promotion. Readers looking for a Teddy victory this year believe Wednesday is the day. Whatever happens, it’s sure to be a raucous finale on South Capitol Street.
Two perspectives tonight:
Videos courtesy of Twitter user @OldTownHome and YouTube member lfahome
Having depleted the supply of champagne in the locker room, Nationals players returned to the field to celebrate their National League East championship Monday night and began spraying themselves and nearby fans with beer.
Though Teddy and the racing presidents had joined them on the field to celebrate, they kept their distance from the beer soaking — that is, until one Nationals player (Is that Ryan Mattheus?) did his best to annoint the Rough Rider with brew.
This video courtesy of Twitter user @OldTownHome shows the attack.
Wall Street Journal reports Teddy seeks meeting with Obama, McCain calls it a “vast left wing conspiracy”
The Nationals are seeking a tête-à-tête between racing president Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama, as Arizona Senator John McCain calls Teddy’s losing streak a “vast left-wing conspiracy being organized by pinko commie liberals,” according to Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.
The front page story by diplomatic correspondent Neil King, Jr. caps a week in which the Let Teddy Win movement has become national news, following an ESPN profile by Ken Burns and a White House statement in support of the cause.
King’s profile revisits the outrage expressed by McCain and White House spokesman Jay Carney over Teddy’s losing streak, adding additional perspectives from Roosevelt biographer Edmund Morris, and from Teddy’s great great grandson Kermit Roosevelt.
“I find this whole thing extraordinarily unfunny,” Morris tells the Journal.
“Teddy would have physically dominated any of those guys,” adds Roosevelt, who turns out to be a Phillies fan, and believes in a curse. “The Nationals will not win the World Series until Teddy wins the presidents’ race,” he said.
The Let Teddy Win blog gets a few nods as well, and the online story features a compilation of our race videos taken by longtime blog contributor lfahome:
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The Ken Burns narrated video profile of the Let Teddy Win movement airs tonight again on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.
The 8-minute mini-documentary, which inspired president Barack Obama to join the Let Teddy Win movement, almost led to a prediction from Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech.
“Gotta believe when they clinch first place that that’ll be the day when perhaps…,” Ravech said on tonight’s show, before cutting himself off.
Teddy, meanwhile, lost again today in the final race of the homestand. The hero of San Juan Hill was forced to cut the outfield corner when Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln formed a makeshift blockade in centerfield.
George Washington took the win.
And if you missed it the first time:
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
“Look at the running of Teddy Roosevelt,” Bob Carpenter advised viewers on Friday night’s MASN broadcast.
“He’s either dropped a few lbs., been training seriously, or a combination of the two because I’ve never seen him run this well.”
“He’s training for something,” added color commentator F.P. Santangelo. ”He’s on a mission.”
With Arizona Senator John McCain in the Nationals Park stands for the first time since calling for a congressional investigation into the presidents race on ESPN’s E:60, Teddy came up just short in his first bid to taste presidents victory of the Nationals’ post-playoff-clinching era.
With the Brewers in town for the only time this season, Friday’s race was also notable for the absence of the “un-racing sausages.” The cardboard replicas have been a fixture at Nationals Park since Milwaukee first declined to bring the real racing sausages to DC in 2008.
Of course, after Teddy got a chance to clobber the real thing at this year’s All-Star game, perhaps the cardboard version just doesn’t make the cut.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
The Nats brought the best record in baseball home to DC as they kicked off the season’s penultimate home stand with a doubleheader vs. the Dodgers Tuesday at Nationals Park.
Nationals mascots Teddy Roosevelt and Screech the Eagle aren’t allowed to talk on duty, but that didn’t prevent them from celebrating National
Talk Like a Pirate Day during the fourth inning presidents race.
Teddy Roosevelt came out for the nightcap race sporting a pirate’s bandana and a hook for a right hand.
After race judge Screech, sporting full pirate regalia, declared Thomas Jefferson the winner, Teddy pulled out a sign reading “Argh!”
Here’s race #1, in which the presidents wore their red day game uniforms (Abe won):
And here’s race #2 feature Screech and Teddy’s pirate day tribute:
Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
As usual, Teddy Roosevelt pulled up the rear but stole the show, as ESPN’s E:60 ended Tuesday night with an eight minute Ken Burns-narrated feature story on the conspiracy surrounding Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt.
ESPN’s Michael Johns set out to produce the definitive piece on the Let Teddy Win movement, and by all accounts, a new bar has been set. The mini-documentary featured the Let Teddy Win blog along with interviews with Senator John McCain and the great great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt himself, Winthrop Roosevelt.
“Theodore Roosevelt is one of the great presidents in history,” McCain says in the video. ”I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the fact that one of the truly great presidents in history has never won a race. I’m outraged. That’s why I’m calling for congressional hearings to right this horrible wrong.”
The Arizona senator called Teddy’s losing streak “one of the more traumatic experiences I’ve had as I watch my hero, my childhood idol, being treated in such a cavalier fashion.”
“He is Mount Rushmore’s Rodney Dangerfield,” Burns intones has he describes Teddy’s lot in modern day Washington, “a legendary president that gets no respect.”
Moments after the feature aired on ESPN, it had already inspired a “Make Teddy Win” charity campaign.
ESPN’s E:60 will will be profiling the Let Teddy Win movement this Tuesday night at 7:00pm on ESPN and WatchESPN.com. I haven’t seen the final piece by Michael Johns, but he set out to produce the definitive documentary on the presidents race and Teddy Roosevelt’s travails, visiting Nationals Park and the area monuments with the presidents earlier this season.
ESPN got a lot of cooperation from the Nats, so it’s good to see this airing before the postseason. It seemed doubtful the Nats would let Teddy win before before it aired.
UPDATE: Here it is, narrated by Ken Burns and featuring Senator John McCain.
The Nationals may be running away with the National League East, but with only eleven home games remaining, the 2012 presidents race title remains very much up for grabs, and Saturday’s contest showed that the contestants will do just about anything to gain an advantage.
As predicted, the fourth inning race shifted back to the first base side following Friday night’s loss to the Marlins, and by all accounts, it looked like a clean race to start.
But with Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln leading the pack along the right field warning track, George Washington came from behind and shoved them both into the outfield wall.
With Abe and Teddy on the ground, Washington raced toward the finish line. It looked like George would maintain his lead over a charging Thomas Jefferson, but the Sage of Monticello pushed him from behind, knocking the father of our country to the ground in front of the shocked crowd.
It seems these days like every racing president except Teddy Roosevelt will do anything it takes to win, and race judge Screech has remained hands off, having yet to disqualify any of them this season.
It should make for an interesting September.
Video courtesy YouTube member lfahome
Did Screech blow the call?
Wednesday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park may have been the closest in racing president history, with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson hitting the finish line at precisely the same time.
With NASCAR champion Austin Dillon on hand to wave the checkered flag Wednesday, race judge Screech was unusually liberated to focus on making the correct call.
Yet many on hand, including the MASN play-by-play team of Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo, felt that George Washington was robbed when Screech awarded the ‘W’ to Thomas Jefferson.
George reached out and grabbed the tape as he fell forward across the finish line, but even the slo-mo replay below is inconclusive as to whether Jefferson had already touched the tape.
Video #2 courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
Mitt Romney take note. A lot can change in a month.
On August 3, George Washington held a commanding lead in the 2012 presidents race standings; but that was before Abraham Lincoln went on his trademark late summer tear. A winless month left the father of our country mired in third place, riding the second longest losing streak in presidents race history.
Alas, Teddy Roosevelt’s record remains safe for now, as the Labor Day crowd saw Washington win his first presidents race in over a month to keep the season standings tight heading into the final weeks of the season.
Tight, that is, for everybody except Teddy Roosevelt.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
After wowing the crowd Saturday with his Gangnam Style dance, Teddy Roosevelt reached back into his bag of tricks Sunday at Nationals Park, entering the race aboard an oversized tricycle.
The trick might have worked, but a wet warning track and a big early lead by Thomas Jefferson proved insurmountable, as the presidents raced to the 3B side in their traditional Sunday finest.
Jefferson took the tape to keep the heat on Abraham Lincoln in the season standings.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page
When Saturday’s game between the Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals was picked up by FOX Sports as the game of the week, the Nats’ mascot team was faced with a golden opportunity: an entire extra minute of commercial time to fill during the middle of the 4th inning.
The result? Presidents race bonus time, “Gangnam Style.”
Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln started Saturday’s race wearing their day game jerseys and running from left field to the traditional music of “Let’s Go!” by Richie Valens, but Teddy Roosevelt entered from the center field gate wearing his hawaiian shirt and sunglasses, carrying an oversized boom box.
Abe and the founding fathers ripped off their jerseys to reveal hawaiian shirts, and to the cheers of 34,000 fans, the four Rushmore presidents broke into the “horse riding dance” made popular by Korean pop star PSY.
When the music stopped, Lincoln dashed towards the finish line to steal an easy victory.
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.
Here’s another angle from YouTube member shmaggie23, where you can better hear the crowd reaction:
And on the chance you haven’t seen the original phenomenon that has turned into an Internet meme, here it is: