Teddy tackles Milwaukee’s racing sausages

Since the Washington Nationals racing presidents burst onto the scene 3 years ago, they have been host to a range of mascots from other teams, but the Nationals Park grounds have never been visited by the original racing mascots — Milwaukee’s Racing Sausages.

With the Milwaukee Brewers in town for a weekend series, it appeared that two of the famed racing sausages made an appearance at the beginning of the 4th inning presidents race. #3 Guido (the Italian sausage) and #4 Frankie Furter (the hot dog) appeared out of the gate early and dashed ahead to stake a huge early lead before the racing presidents even entered the field.

Or did they? Turns out the “sausages” were cardboard replicas. Teddy emerged from the centerfield gate and raced ahead to catch the “sausages” from behind. After tackling them to the ground, he recovered to his feet to continue the race. Teddy lost steam in the straightaway, ceding his lead to George, who crossed the finish line then held up a sign reading “Welcome to NatsTown Stephen,” to celebrate the signing of Stephen Strasburg.

Video courtesy of You Tube member lfahome.

New look for Nationals mascot Screech

Washington Nationals mascot Screech on 70s night at Nationals ParkThe Washington Nationals will unveil a “new look” for their mascot Screech this coming Monday, March 2, at ESPN Zone in Washington, DC. In-game host Clint Kouhry and members of the Nat Pack will be on hand for the unveiling.

If Screech seems a bit young to be getting a facelift, perhaps it’s because he is so clearly at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of Nationals mascot fan-favorites, with Teddy Roosevelt, of course, at the top of the pack. For my money, it’s going to take a lot more than a facelift to boost favor for Screech, who as judge of the Presidents Race, has disqualified Teddy Roosevelt a few too many times.

The Nationals announced today that Screech will make a variety of appearances during March to show off his “fresh-feathered look” before the start of the 2009 baseball season. Monday’s 1:00pm unveiling will be open to the public.

Presidents Race Auditions – When Else? Presidents Day!

Geico Racing PresidentsThe Washington Nationals have selected 50 finalists from the 120 applicants they received to become one of the 12-foot-tall racing presidents for the 2008 season.

The presidents race finalists have been invited to the new Nationals Park for auditions on Monday, February 18. Presidents Day, of course.

The finalists will be asked to demonstrate their ability to run the presidents race, dance, and celebrate while wearing a 45 pound costume.

Hoping to get some photos to share.

You can be in the presidents race

Presidents RaceHave you ever wanted to don the Teddy Roosevelt costume and race in the Washington Nationals presidents race? The Washington Nationals Mascot Coordinator is now soliciting applications via the team’s web site.

Applicants must be between 5’7″ and 6’6″ in height, able to run 100 yards wearing a 45 pound costume, and available for “at least” half the Washington Nationals home games. That’s 41 games plus playoffs (Ha! We can dream, right?).

Teddy wannabes should note that you don’t always get to be Teddy. The roles rotate between the staff, so all you lovable losers must also be able to demonstrate the brains of Tom and the honesty of George and Abe, from time to time.

Flickr photo by Scott Ableman.

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