Video: Teddy fails to reel in the fish

In an attempt to inspire the Nationals to beat the Florida Marlins, Teddy Roosevelt ran the length of the presidents race on Saturday sporting fishing gear and rod.

Alas, while Teddy despite a great pitching effort by Livan Hernandez, the Nats failed to score as the Fish continued their dominance at Nationals Park.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Tom shoves Teddy to the ground as George takes over 1st

With first place in the standings up for grabs, George Washington left no opportunity for monkey business, breaking away from the pack early and leading wire to wire, but that didn’t prevent Thomas Jefferson from shoving Teddy Roosevelt to the turf as they approached the outfield corner. What Tom has against Teddy, we don’t know.

It was hard to see Tom’s transgression from the first base stands, but the second video courtesy of Nats Fan and YouTube member shmaggie23 reveals all!

Unlike George, the Nats couldn’t hold their lead, as a late rally by the Florida Marlins ruined a quality outing by Craig Stammen. The homestand ends this weekend with two matinees: Pups in the Park day on Saturday, followed by Mothers Day Sunday.

Video courtesy of YouTube members lfahome and shmaggie23

Teddy Roosevelt returns, can’t hold lead

Barely 16 hours after the Nationals announced that Teddy Roosevelt was listed as “day to day” for the presidents race, visitors entering Nationals Park for today’s game vs. the Florida Marlins found Teddy waiting to greet them, giving the thumbs up sign to those inquiring about his health.

Sure enough, when race time came in the 4th inning, a very healthy-looking Teddy jumped out to a quick lead, drawing cheers from the 22,000 fans in attendance. Teddy looked good, but couldn’t hold on in the home stretch, as George Washington took his third race in a row to move into 2nd place in the season standings.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy Roosevelt Scratched from Presidents Race, listed as “Day to Day”

Washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt Scratched Injured Day to DayIn an unprecendented turn of events, the Washington Nationals announced during Saturday night’s game that racing president and fan favorite Teddy Roosevelt had been injured during pre-game warmups and would not participate in the presidents race.

With the Nationals trailing the Florida Marlins in the top of the 4th inning, the Nationals Park announcer said that Teddy’s status was “day to day.”

Sure enough, when the presidents race began, Teddy was nowhere to be seen.

It was “Pups in the Park” night at Nationals Park, with the Washington, DC Humane Society running its adopt-a-pet program for fans in the outfield picnic area, and dog owners invited to bring their dogs to the game. The sold out promotion filled up section 201, where Humane Society volunteers helped keep
George Washington Fire Hydrantan eye on the pets and their owners.

In keeping with the spirit of the evening, George Washington took the early lead in the 4th-inning race, and dropped a fire hydrant along the outfield warning track. Abe Lincoln tripped on the hydrant, leaving George with a clear path to another first place finish.

Photo of Teddy Roosevelt by Anthony Gualtieri
Video by YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt

Presidents Race Results: The Readers Take Over

The Washington Nationals racing presidents at Nationals ParkI am en route to London, where needless to say we are unable to attend the Nationals six-game homestand that starts tonight vs. the Marlins and Diamondbacks. As we did for one homestand last summer, rather than recruit somebody to update the blog, we’re going to ask the loyal Let Teddy Win readers to take over!

Going to Nationals Park? Please leave a comment on this blog post with your reports describing what happened in the presidents race (be sure to mention the date).

Got photos? Add them to the Flickr presidents race group, or on our Facebook page. When we return we’ll update the Presidents Race Standings page with all the results!

Photo by flickr member afagen

Tom levels Abe in the outfield. George notches win #1.

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson is as frustrated with the Washington Nationals bullpen as the rest of us.

On a day when the Nats’ bullpen notched it’s third and fourth blown saves of the 3-game series vs. the Florida Marlins, our nation’s third president took out his frustration on Abraham Lincoln during the 4th-inning presidents race at Nationals Park.

After George Washington took an early lead, Tom and Abe followed behind and began scuffling almost immediately. Tom slammed Abe against the outfield scoreboard wall, with Abe falling as Teddy Roosevelt raced by.

Teddy was unable to catch George, who notched his first presidents race victory of the young season. Alas, Teddy is now in familiar territory as the only racing president who has yet to win this season.

Video courtesy of YouTube user lfahome

The sun sets on the first season at Nationals Park

With the Washington Nationals on the road, and the season in it’s final month, it’s been a quiet couple of weeks at Nationals Park. The biggest news was the announcement that season ticket prices for 2009 would be lowered in several sections around the stadium. The outfield seats had been the most overpriced, but it’s good to see the team has recognized the mistake and corrected things. Next season, the TV cameras may still show empty seats behind the batter, but there will at least be a chance we’ll see butts in the outfield seats when they show a pitcher.

Nationals ParkAs the sun sets on the first season at Nationals Park, what better excuse for catching one last ball game than to check out some of these cheaper sections for next season. Good tickets are available at nationals.com (use coupon code EMETS for 30% off selected seats to the next series), and despite the ongoing negative ad campaign by Metro, parking at Nationals park remains cheap, easy, and plentiful!

The Mets, Padres, and Marlins will be in town for ten games, and the team is pulling out all the stops to fill the home stretch with promotions:

Tue 9/16: Free T-Shirt Tuesday
Wed 9/17: St. Patrick’s celebration with free green Curly W hats
Fri 9/19: Free camouflage Curly W floppy hats
Sat 9/20: Free team photo & schedules + Saturday night move “Field of Dreams”
Sun 9/21: Free kids backpack and Family Fun Day activities
Tue 9/23: Free T-Shirt Tuesday
Wed 9/24: Free Curly W fleece scarf
Thu 9/25: Fan appreciation night

Of course, with the campaign season now in full swing, we could also see the presidents race take on some election-season overtones. With the candidates all trying to position themselves as outsiders, maybe it’s time for the original original maverick — Teddy Roosevelt — to taste victory!

Photo by Flickr member Liliang

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