Posted on June 23, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
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.”
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Posted on June 22, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
For 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:
(Video: Washington Nationals)
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Posted on June 18, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
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.
On 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
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Posted on June 16, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
The previously reported ESPN Sportscenter commercial titled “Universal Remote” and featuring Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt is now on air.
As usual, the hero of San Juan Hill gets little respect, being featured in just a cameo role.
But Teddy sure loves free candy:
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Posted on May 31, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
You have to hand it to the Nationals mascot team. They really do their homework.
Friday 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:
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Posted on May 26, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
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.
Despite 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
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Posted on May 25, 2014 by Presidents Race Fan
Confrontations 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:
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