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.

Presidents race honors final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis

Washington Nationals Presidents Race - Honoring the Space Shuttle AtlantisThe Washington Nationals have a tradition of using the 4th-inning presidents race to pay tribute to significant cultural events.

On Friday night at Nationals Park, the team attempted to honor the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, wrapping the heads of George, Tom, and Abe in tinfoil, presumably to represent astronaut helmets.

We’re not sure if they ran out of tinfoil, or were just in a hurry, but thankfully for the Nationals Park crowd, P.A. announcer Jerome Hruska explained the reference.

Photo and video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy commemorates space flight, but is defeated by gravity, and George

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt dresses as a CosmonautLivan Hernandez and the Washington Nationals treated fans to a decisive victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night at Nationals Park, evening the team’s record at 5-5 as
they kicked off this week’s homestand vs. the Phils and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt in a cosmonaut helmetNationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt rarely misses an opportunity to celebrate history, and as Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first human space flight, our favorite #26 took the field in the fourth inning wearing a makeshift cosmonaut helmet.

Unfortunately for Teddy fans, the Rough Rider took the tribute a little too seriously, pretending to run in zero gravity slow motion, and allowing George, Tom, and Abe to sprint past.

George took the tape, and the early
lead in the presidents race standings.

Photo and video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy honors Space Shuttle astronauts

Teddy as Astronaut, By Cheryl Nichols, Nats News NetworkWhat do you do after a spectacular 14-day, 5.7 million-mile journey to the International Space Station as pilot of the the Space Shuttle Endeavor? Head to Nationals Park, of course.

Space Shuttle Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Kathryn Hire, Stephen Robinson, Nicholas Patrick and Robert Behnken were on hand Tuesday night as Virts threw out the first pitch at the Nationals/Rockies game.

Jefferson wins the Nats presidents race by Cheryl Rush Nichols, Nats News NetworkThe Shuttle crew has been to DC be honored by our 44th president, but they may not have been expecting a tribute tonight from #26 Theodore Roosevelt.

Teddy took the lead in tonight’s presidents race carrying a “Curly W” flag and wearing a makeshift astronaut helmet to honor the evening’s special guests. The helmet, unfortunately, may have obscured Teddy’s view of the finish line, as he faltered rounding the outfield corner, before planting the flag in foul territory.

In a race for the tape, Tom edged Abe to steal the season lead, dropping Abe from first place for the first time since May, 2009.

Photos by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network
Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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