Orioles Bird takes out racing presidents, struggles with Taft

Baltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing PresidentsBaltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing Presidents William Howard TaftBaltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing PresidentsBaltimore Orioles mascot “The Bird” made his annual appearance at Nationals Park Tuesday night as the Nats took on the Orioles in the “Battle of the Beltways.”

The creatively named mascot has been known for disrupting the presidents race in the past, but Tuesday marked the first time the Oriole had ever faced five presidents at once.

As the fourth inning race began, The Bird charged at the racing presidents along the outfield warning track.

The Bird made quick work of front-runners George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, but charging behind was big Bill Taft, who proved to be more of a load than anticipated.

As the Oriole struggled to pull down the portly Chief Justice, Thomas Jefferson slipped by and raced ahead unobstructed for the victory.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

The Orioles’ Adam Jones weighs in on Teddy and the racing presidents

Baltimore Oriole Adam Jones is a Washington Nationals Presidents Race Teddy Roosevelt fanBaltimore Orioles star center fielder was warming up before Saturday’s game at Nationals Park, waiting for the Nationals to finish batting practice, and chatting with teammates about the Nationals’ racing presidents.

“Teddy never wins,” Jones asked. “Why doesn’t Teddy ever win?”

Jones, as it turns out, is a Teddy Roosevelt fan. He doesn’t miss the presidents race when the Orioles play the Nationals, knows about Jayson Werth’s attempts to help Teddy Roosevelt last season, and has a problem with the injustice served out nightly to the great president and war hero.

“They need to let him win,” Jones told me.

For Jones, the presidents race is a realization of a childhood misunderstanding.

“When I was like 5 years old, I thought they really held a race to determine who was going to be president,” he said. “I thought ‘that’s crazy,’ but I actually thought that’s how we picked the president.”

Jones’ memory triggered a novel suggestion. “I’d like to see them get some real presidents out there,” he said. “Have George W. race Obama. Who do you think would win that race?”

Jones sported a Let Teddy Win button until it was time to take the field, leading MLB.com to suggest that Jones’ homer Saturday was just following Teddy’s motto: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

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Orioles Adam Jones supports Teddy Roosevelt in the Washington Nationals Presidents Race by wearing a Let Teddy Win button

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Video: Teddy Roosevelt pummels the Orioles’ The Bird

Nationals Teddy Roosevelt tackels the Baltimore Orioles Bird Teddy Roosevelt Baltimore Oriole Bird Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Pummels Baltimore Oriole Bird NatsWith the Baltimore Orioles in town, Teddy Roosevelt was looking for The Bird to show up, and finally got his wish Saturday night.

Teddy and the “creatively”-named Orioles mascot have a contentious history, but The Bird appeared ready to make peace as the fourth-inning presidents race began.

With Teddy rounding the outfield corner carrying a big lead, The Bird appeared on the first base line holding a “Go Teddy” sign.

But Teddy would have none of it.

With a sellout crowd of 42,331 cheering Teddy on, the site of an unprotected Bird was just too much for the Hero of San Juan Hill to resist.

He veered off course and put a highlight reel tackle on the mascot.

The Battle of the Beltways continues Sunday at Nationals Park.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Washington (George, that is) returns to winning ways, Orioles Bird expected Saturday

The Orioles Bird did not make an appearance as expected during the presidents race for Friday night’s kickoff of the annual Battle of the Beltways.

Washington-Nationals-Presidents-Race 5-18In the fourth inning, the racing presidents mixed things up, running toward the third base side, but the Bird’s absence was no help for Teddy. George Washington easily passed a tired Roosevelt before doing jumping jacks at the finish line.

Teddy was quick to make excuses for his poor outing. “Still hurting a bit from last night,” he said via Twitter, but #26 promised he’d be ready to go on Saturday.  “Rumor has it a certain Bird will be visiting…”

Abe Lincoln forces 3-way tie to end homestand

A day after cheating his way to the finish line, Abraham Lincoln followed a more traditional path to victory, coming from behind to take the tape today as the Nats wrapped up their homestand vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Orioles mascot The Bird once again failed to make an appearance.

With the Nats hitting the road tomorrow, Abe’s victory ensured that George, Thomas, and Abe would enter the month of June on an extended 3-way tie for first place — something we’ve never seen this late in the season.

Teddy Roosevelt, sadly, remains the only president without a win.

Inspired by Nyjer Morgan, Abe throws a fit of his own

The crowd at Nationals Park wasn’t paying too much attention during Saturday’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

The race began just moments after Nats centerfielder Nyjer Morgan singlehandedly allowed an inside-the-park home run by throwing a fit instead of chasing after a ball he should have caught to end the Orioles 4th inning.

Abe Lincoln pushes Teddy Roosevelt to the Ground - Washington Nationals presidents raceOne pitch and one out later, the crowd of 30,000+ was still on its feet and buzzing about the oddity they had witnessed as the presidents race began.

Teddy Roosevelt took an early lead, but Abraham Lincoln, upset about falling to 3rd place in the presidents race standings, took a cue from Nyjer Morgan and threw a little fit of his own.

Chasing Teddy from behind, Abe dropped him to the ground, then turned to go after the other presidents.

After slamming Tom into the stands, he pranced across the finish line and climbed into the crowd to celebrate.

For the first time since Nationals Park opened, the Orioles mascot “The Bird” failed to make an appearance for the interleague race.

His Nationals counterpart Screech, who allegedly judges the presidents race, was a no show himself, failing once again to disqualify “Honest” Abe despite blatant cheating.

Nyjer Morgan photo by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network

Orioles Bird disrupts presidents race, misses Jefferson

The Oriole Bird vs. the Nationals Screech in the mascot Battle of the BeltwaysThe annual “Battle of the Beltways” between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles kicked off Friday afternoon as Nationals mascot Screech took on the creatively-named Orioles mascot “The Bird” in a series of challenges including arm wrestling and free-throw shooting at DC’s ESPN Zone.

The last time we saw The Bird at Nationals Park, the Orioles mascot was lying in the warning track after Teddy Roosevelt knocked him out cold . The Bird had to wait a year, but tonight sought his revenge, ambushing Teddy in the home stretch of the 4th-inning presidents race.

The Bird took on the presidents like tackling dummies, bringing Teddy, Abe, and George to the ground in one swift move; but Jefferson steered clear of the pile-up, and The Bird failed to chase him down.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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