Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies and Washington’s racing presidents have a history of bad blood, including most famously a vicious hit on Teddy Roosevelt by the retired Potato Pete at PNC Park, and one of only two instances in history when the presidents race was sabotaged by a non-president.
On Monday night the pierogies returned to Nationals Park and joined the fourth inning presidents race, jumping out ahead of the pack, chased by George, Tom, Abe, and Bill.
But Teddy Roosevelt was waiting for them in foul territory, yielding a giant fork and knife. Teddy chased the pierogies back into their pursuers, and as Jalapeno Hannah tried fending them off with her purse, Lincoln raced past for the victory.
On Tuesday night, the pierogies sought their revenge, with Oliver Onion waiting in ambush as Teddy raced toward the finish. Oliver jumped off a table, with Sauerkraut Sal right behind, taking Teddy down as Abe once again raced by.
For the sixth straight year, The Nationals racing presidents accompanied the team to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to participate in the host team’s Great Pierogie Race. For the sixth straight year, the presidents came up short.
The weekend’s antics included relay races and promising starts for the Nationals’ fab five. However, the presidents were once again undone by overconfidence, distractions, and plain old Pierogie aggression.
On Friday, William Howard Taft held a sizeable lead, but stopped cold when the Pittsburgh Parrot appeared dangling a large pizza over the field. On Saturday, it was Teddy Roosevelt’s turn to run anchor. The Bull Moose dashed ahead on the anchor leg, but tripped after turning to taunt Cheese Chester. Chester leapt over the fallen Teddy to keep the presidents winless in Pittsburgh.
Nationals Racing Presidents vs Pittsburgh Pierogies
Perhaps that’s why he and sat out the first race of the series Tuesday night. As George Washington and Abe Lincoln squared off against Jalapeño Hannah and Sauerkraut Sal, Teddy and Thomas Jefferson manned the finish line.
As they always seem to do at home, the pierogies trounced the presidents.
An animated crowd welcomed the Washington Nationals back to Nationals Park Friday to begin an extended home stand, and celebrated in walk-off style with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As they have done every year since Nationals Park was opened, the Pirates brought their racing pierogie mascots along for the ride to participate in the 4th-inning presidents race.
Teddy, in particular, had some unfinished business with the pierogies, but fans hoping for Teddy to leverage his home field advantage were sorely disappointed.
The four pierogies started the race at the opposite end of the course, running towards the predidents. Pierogies Sauerkraut Saul and Oliver Onion went straight for Thomas Jefferson and Teddy, plowing into them hard enough to knock them into the air.
Cheese Chester broke off and dragged down Lincoln, but Jalapeño Hannah simply missed her assignment, leaving George Washington with a clear path to the finish line.
The Washington Nationals racing presidents all showed up at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park for an Easter Sunday relay race vs. the Pirates’ racing Pierogies.
Abe and Teddy ran the anchor legs as George and Tom joined their annual visit to Pittsburgh, but the presidents never had a chance. Cheese Chester flew by his top-heavy rivals to claim the hometown victory.
It’s been a tough and bizarre week for the Washington Nationals, who’ve had trouble finding their rhythm in the face of weather postponements, canceled off days and three unscheduled double-headers.
So too for the racing presidents, who continued a tradition of joining the Nats as they visited Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on Friday only to get rained out; but Saturday night, Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt were on hand to finally kick off the series with an unofficial foot race vs. two of Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies, Cheese Chester and Jalapeño Hannah.
As for that bad rhythm, Teddy Roosevelt completely ignored the starter’s call and jumped out to a huge lead, but ran out of gas mid-race and was passed by the field, with Jalapeño Hannah taking the tape for the Pierogies.
And for the record, thank goodness the Nationals’ PA announcer doesn’t sound like this guy:
Posted on September 5, 2010 by Presidents Race Fan
It’s been more than a year since the Nationals racing presidents last appeared at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park — an infamous visit in which Teddy Roosevelt became a SportsCenter highlight when Pittsburgh Pirates racing pierogie Potato Pete took Teddy down in an open field tackle that ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt called “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen.”
The presidents took the field at PNC Park once again this Labor Day weekend for a series of relay races vs. the pierogies, and by all accounts, Teddy was not about to let a renegade Pierogie take him down again.
On Saturday night, Teddy ran the anchor leg, and sure enough, he held the lead again in the home stretch, but the Pittsburgh mascots left nothing to chance, sending not one but two pierogies after him. Teddy was promptly flattened, keeping the presidents winless in their 3 seasons of visits to PNC Park.
The Presidents v. Pierogies Race-Off will take place at PNC Park on September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Expect a good contingent of Nationals fans to make the 4-hour drive for the holiday weekend series. Good tickets are available.
Photos courtesy of the Washington Nationals and Flickr member afagen
How do you follow up on what was arguably the most electric night in team history?
The day after a sellout crowd was mesmerized by Stephen Strasburg’s debut, and Teddy barely missed making a little history of his own, the Nationals racing presidents answered that question by throwing out everything but the proverbial kitchen sink.
Wednesday’s 4th-inning presidents race looked at first like a repeat of the night before. The “un-racing sausages” joined Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies in a crowded field, and held a lead over the presidents into the final turn.
On this night, however, the critter waiting in ambush was none other than long-time presidential nemesis “That Cat,” who had recruited the Nationals Park grounds crew to the cause. They stormed onto the field, taking down all of the visiting mascots, and leaving Thomas Jefferson with a clear path to victory.
Video courtesy of YouTube member theteddyroosevelt
Postseason honors are few and far between for the Washington Nationals this season, but over at MLB.com, you can submit your vote today for two Nationals nominees for the 2009 This Year In Baseball awards.
Ryan Zimmerman’s nomination as 2009 Defensive Player of the Year will come as no surprise to Nationals fans; but the more dubious nomination comes in the “2009 Oddity of the Year” category, where among the choices is the July 31 take-down of Teddy Roosevelt by the Pittsburgh Racing Pierogies at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
Teddy was running anchor in a 4-team mascot relay race, when racing pierogie Potato Pete, who had not been participating in the race, entered the field and tackled Teddy to the ground.
On that evening’s ESPN Sportscenter, Scott Van Pelt called the incident “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen”, and was likely the main reason this blog had it’s highest single traffic day ever:
The Nationals’ racing presidents and the racing pierogies of Pittsburgh have a 2-year tradition of traveling to each others’ ball parks when the teams play each other; but after May’s debacle in which the racing pierogies tricked the presidents and won a race at Nationals Park, fans were left wondering whether the embarrassed presidents would make an appearance for this weekend’s Nationals/Pirates series at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
On Friday night, the question was answered when the presidents appeared for a 4-team mascot relay race. Abe Lincoln was paired with Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington was paired with Thomas Jefferson, with Teddy and Tom poised to run anchor.
Abe Lincoln finished the opening leg in last place, but on the anchor leg, Teddy put on a burst of speed. That’s when pierogie Potato Pete, who had not been participating in the race, ran onto the field and straight into Teddy, leveling him to the ground. Here’s the race as it was called in the park:
Official PA call: Racing Pierogie Potato Pete takes out Teddy Roosevelt at PNC Park
The take-down was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter, where SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt called it “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen”:
Its fair to say that after almost three years of presidents race mishaps and oddities, it would be hard to imagine any result that would stun the Nationals Park crowd; but last night, the unthinkable happened.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies were at Nationals Park for the final game of their 4-game series. In the 4th inning, Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen was cruising through a perfect start in his major league debut. Perhaps the quick work Stammen was making of the Pirates caught the racing presidents off guard, but when the gates opened for the mid-inning presidents race, Abe Lincoln false-started, then pulled back. The Pierogies took off, and nobody caught them. Cheese Chester was first to the finish line, marking the first time ever that a president did not win the presidents race!
It’s been tough to get any official word from the team, but indications are that this was not what they had planned.
The Pittsburgh Pirates racing pierogies continued their 4-game visit to Nationals Park with a set of relay races against the Washington Nationals racing presidents. Last night’s game featured a traditional baton relay, with Tom and George pacing the field over sets of hurdles placed along the warning track.
Tonight, the teams were switched, as each racing president was paired with one of the Pittsburgh pierogies in a comical and painfully slow 3-legged race. Teddy and Sauerkraut Saul pulled into the lead before tripping and falling along the first base line. Pittsburgh favorite Jalapeño Hannah was tied to Abe Lincoln and positioned to take the lead when Teddy and Saul collapsed.
Photo courtesy of flickr member afagen
Videos courtesy of Mike Hill and YouTube member lfahome
Mascots were coming out of the woodwork tonight at Nationals Park as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled into town for a 4-game series. Just as they did last season, the Pirates brought the giant racing pierogies from PNC Park’s Great Pierogie Race.
The racing pierogies joined tonight’s 4th-inning presidents race and nearly stole the victory from the Nationals’ own presidents; but with Cheese Chester and Oliver Onion in the lead, Teddy’s nemesis That Cat appeared and clotheslined them both, allowing Abe Lincoln to take the victory.