Nationals Park introduces Pepe Food Truck by chef José Andrés

The Nationals’ debuted another new local food option for fans at Nationals Park with the introduction of Pepe Food Truck by celebrity Spanish chef José Andrés.

Jose Andres Pepe Truck Nationals Park

Jose Andres Pepe Truck Nationals Park Pollo Frito

The spicy and rich Pollo Frito at Pepe Food Truck

Jose Andres Pepe Truck Nationals Park Mushroom sandwich

The Elana, featuring Portobello mushrooms and carmelized onions on crispy bread

The truck, named “favorite truck in all of Washington” by Washingtonian Magazine, made its debut inside the right field plaza outside the new team store on Friday night.

Like the popular celebrity sandwich stand G by Mike Isabella on the first base side of the concourse, the small menu features a handful of premium-priced sandwiches with gourmet ingredients.

Pepe by José Andrés stands out from other food options at Nationals Park in three significant ways. First, unlike other sandwich stands in the Park, the sandwiches here are served piping hot. On Friday night, even after a long walk back to the opposite side of the stadium, our sandwiches were hot and toasty, but a welcome departure from the typical pre-made sandwich or frigid bun.

Second, the menu will not be fixed. On Friday night, the four sandwiches included a spicy fried chicken sandwich, a confit chicken breast sandwich with bacon, a rich “sausage burger”, and a dynamite vegetarian sandwich with portabello mushrooms and carmelized onions on a delightfully crispy bun.

Finally, you won’t find Pepe Food Truck at every game. In true food truck fashion, you’ll have to pounce at the opportunity when you see it, because it may be gone the next minute. Pepe won’t be at Nationals Park on Saturday, but they’ll be back for Sunday’s series finale.

Friday’s Menu:

Jose Andres Pepe Truck Nationals Park Menu

Video: Abe Lincoln enlists Ant Man to knock out Nats’ presidents race competition

Abe Lincoln Ant Man racing presidents raceTeddy Roosevelt Ant Man racing presidents race Abe Lincoln Ant Man racing presidents raceThe Nationals presidents race has a history of borrowing from popular culture. Friday was the release date for the feature film Ant Man, and racing president Abraham Lincoln wasted no time jumping on the summer blockbuster bandwagon, recruiting the diminutive superhero to help eliminate his competition.

“Honest” Abe emerged first from the tunnel for the fourth inning race wearing his black formal suit usually reserved for Sunday races and sporting an unusual bulge on his back.

No sooner had the five other racing presidents followed wearing their white home uniforms, then Ant Man emerged from under Lincoln’s cape.

The action star proceeded to chase after each of the racing presidents and knock them out one by one with flying leaps.

He caught Teddy Roosevelt last and wrestled him to the ground, then escorted Lincoln across the finish line.

Video below featuring the race as called by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska, followed by our finish line video.


Finish line video by lfahome

Who to root for in the Nationals’ presidents race? Fangraphs breaks it down

For everybody who ever claimed “the Nationals always lose when Teddy wins,” the baseball stat geeks over at FanGraphs have attempted to create the definitive analysis of who to root for in the Nats’ presidents race.

Nationals Racing President George Washington

If you’re Bryce Harper or Jordan Zimmerman, you should root for George Washington, according to FanGraphs

Using data compiled here at the Let Teddy Win blog, sports reporter Zachary Abate has analyzed our data beginning in 2013 — the first year after the Nats allowed Teddy Roosevelt to win, as well as the first year president William Howard Taft joined the mix.

During that time, Abraham Lincoln has won the most races, and the Nationals have won 61% of home games. After FanGraphs added run differential and player stats to the mix, Abate concludes that George Washington is the president to root for.

His reasons: The Nats win the most games and have the biggest run differential when George wins. Even more impressive: Bryce Harper also has the highest batting average and Jordan Zimmermann has the lowest ERA when George wins.

Which president is the worst for Harper? “Honest Abe” himself, Abraham Lincoln.

Bryce Harper Presidents Race stats
As for cause and effect, it’s not quite as clear. Perhaps George is more inspired by what’s happening on the field? To know for sure, FanGraphs would have to break down production before and after the 4th inning race.

But that’s the beauty of baseball. Advance presidents race stats are apparently just in their infancy.

And Teddy? Yes, it’s true. The Nats’ winning percentage is lowest when the Rough Rider wins the race, despite a positive run differential per game that’s second only to George. In other words, it seems Teddy has the worst luck.

Read the full analysis here.

Full video: Calvin Coolidge cheats, shoves Teddy Roosevelt to win his first Nationals presidents race

It took Teddy Roosevelt 526 tries to win his first presidents race. On Friday night at Nationals Park, the Nationals’ newest racing president made his debut and stole victory number one from his fellow Republicans.

Calvin Coolidge cheats shoves first Nationals presidents raceCalvin Coolidge got a late start to his inaugural presidents race, but after making a dramatic entrance, our 30th president charged hard from the back of pack.

“Silent Cal” shoved Abraham Lincoln aside, then caught up to Teddy Roosevelt just as the Rough Rider was about to cross the finish line.

That’s when Coolidge violently pushed Roosevelt to the ground.

The presidents race field definitely just got a little more crowded.

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Calvin Coolidge Bobblehead added to Washington Nationals promotion schedule

The Washington Nationals will give away Calvin Coolidge bobbleheads to the first 25,000 fans in attendance at the September 21 game vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

Calvin Coolidge Bobblehead Washington NationalsThe giveaway was revealed as part of the Nationals’ ongoing partnership with the White House Historical Association, which includes signage on the Nationals Park left-field garage honoring a Coolidge first pitch, in-game White House history quizzes, and promotion of the annual Official White House Christmas ornament (which this year honors the 30th president).

The team announced the addition of Coolidge as the sixth of the racing presidents on Wednesday.

When the Orioles visit Nationals Park, tickets are often at a premium, and the addition of the team’s first Coolidge bobblehead makes it a hotter ticket still. On StubHub, ticket prices have already risen for the Monday night game.

Our promotion/giveaway schedule has been updated accordingly.

Nationals introduce 6th racing president Calvin Coolidge

The Washington Nationals will introduce a sixth racing president Friday night at Nationals Park.
Washington Nationals Calvin Coolidge Racing President

Calvin Coolidge poses with Walter Johnson at Griffith StadiumIn an exclusive granted to Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post, the team announced Wednesday that the nation’s 30th president would join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft in an increasingly crowded field during the fourth inning race.

Coolidge was a proponent of the national pastime. Despite being just a one-term president, he holds the presidential record for World Series games attended, and threw out six first pitches for the Washington Senators.

With the move, the Nationals are following a recent trend in the world of racing mascots, in which teams such as the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates have continued to add “flavors” to their racing sausages, pierogies, etc.

Of course, the Nationals marketing team is hoping that the addition of “Silent Cal” to the home game ritual creates more interest than would a Jalapeno-flavored dumpling.

“We love the fact that you can come to a Nationals game and walk out smarter,” Valerie Camillo, the team’s Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer told the Post. “Look, if we have a handful of kids in that crowd that say ‘who’s Calvin Coolidge?’ and go open their encyclopedias and learn a little bit more about Silent Cal, that’s a win for us.”

Teddy Roosevelt was less enthusiastic.

Read the full article here.

Video: Thomas Jefferson gets his first presidents race victory of the year on college rivalry night

Thomas Jefferson Wins Presidents RaceThomas Jefferson Wins Presidents RaceAs many had predicted, Thomas Jefferson finally nabbed his first presidents race victory of 2015 on Wednesday night, as thousands of University of Virginia students and alumni filled the stands at Nationals Park for for College Rivalry Night.

With UVA’s Cavalier mascot and Virginia Tech’s HokieBird holding the finish line tape, the sage of Monticello came from behind to take a huge lead into the home stretch, but then turned and tripped just before the finish line.

It looked for a moment like Jefferson would lose his shot at victory, but he sprung to his feet and fell over the finish line in a pile of founding fathers.

Video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

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