Video: Presidents pummel Milwaukee sausages

Nationals fans who braved the cold at Nationals Park Friday night were rewarded with a walk-off victory as the team kicked off a series vs. the Milwaukee Brewers with a dramatic 10-inning affair.

The Brewers, who are known for both their frugality and their famous sausage race, once again refused to bring their racing mascots to town; and so, for the third consecutive year, the Nationals made do with their own substitutes.

In the fourth-inning presidents race, the “un-racing sausages” made their now annual appearance by blocking the finish line. The Nats racing presidents busted through their cardboard blockade, and Jefferson pulled ahead for the win.

Expect to see more antics from the makeshift sausages as the series continues this weekend.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Brewers and their sausages get pummelled at Nationals Park

The sun was shining on Nationals Park today as 18,673 fans watched the home team pummel the Milwaukee Brewers with near-flawless pitching, outstanding defense, heads-up baserunning, timely hitting, and yes, a little presidential butt-kicking too.

The Nationals continued to mock the Brewers’ famous racing sausages with a relay race between the racing presidents and the “un-racing sausages” — cardboard facsimilies created by the Nats mascot team when the Brewers refused to bring the real racing dogs to DC.

Tom teamed with George and Teddy teamed with Abe as the presidents took on each other — and the sausages.

In the outfield leg, George and Teddy tackled “Un-Talian Sausage” and “Not-Wurst” before handing off to anchors Abe and Tom, who promptly dispatched “Not-Dog” and “No-Lish Sausage”; leaving a 5th sausage, “Choriz-No,” to run for his life. Abe chased down the final sausage and tackled him to the ground, giving Tom a clear path to victory and a tie for first place in the season standings.

“Un-Racing Sausages” Return to Nationals Park

The Un-Racing Sausages are back.

Un-racing sausages mock the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals ParkThe Nats kicked off a long homestand Friday with a the first of a 3-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, and once again, the team long-known for its famous sausage race refused to bring its racing mascots to town to accept a challenge from our own racing presidents.

So, as they did last August, the Nationals shined a spotlight on Milwaukee’s negative response by bringing out the “un-racing sausages” — fake mascots with names like “Un-talian sausage,” “No-Lish Sausage,” “Not-Dog,” “Not-Wurst,” and “Choriz-No.”

The presidents race was competitive to the finish, when Abe Lincoln pulled away then used his body as a bowling ball to knock down the sausages, who were waiting behind the finish line.



Videos courtesy of YouTube members lfahome and TheTeddyRoosevelt

Presidents Race wins “Best on Field Promotion” of 2009

For the second time in their three full seasons, the Washington Nationals racing presidents have been awarded the “Golden Steagle” award for Best Contest or On Field Promotion of the year.

The award is bestowed annually by Gameops.com, a web site which connects sports teams and event producers with ideas and tools for on-field promotions. Our own racing presidents won the award in 2007 and were nominated again last year.

The 2009 award was granted jointly this year to both the Nationals presidents and Milwaukee’s racing sausages, also previous winners in 2003, and widely recognized as baseball’s original racing mascots. Gameops editor John Cudo called this year’s tie “a case of split between two great classic promotions….and an on-going battle which ends in a tie on this day.”

The Nationals mascot team mocked the racing sausages earlier this year when the Milwaukee mascots refused to race against the presidents during a Nationals homestand vs. the Brewers.

Cudo, who works for the Cleveland Cavaliers and spent 7 years as the mascot for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has written numerous times about the presidents race and claims a “mild addiction” to the Let Teddy Win blog, calling it “a season long tutorial on how to keep a promotion you do every night interesting.”

According to Cudo, the annual Best Of awards are among the most popular features of their site. Nominations come from readers and are judged by a panel of industry leaders and insiders.

Presidents Mock Milwaukee with “Un-Racing Sausages “

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but perhaps the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t get the memo.

In the narrow world of racing baseball mascots, it’s widely acknowledged that the Milwaukee Brewers’ famous racing sausages are the one-and-only originals. But in recent seasons, it has been equally recognized that the Washington Nationals racing presidents have raised the art to a whole new level. Recognized, that is, everywhere except Milwaukee, where apparently they don’t like being one-upped.

While other teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles have joined in the fun and popularity by bringing their mascots to race with the presidents, the Milwaukee Brewers have simply not returned the Nationals’ phone calls.

Milwaukee Brewers racing sausages have substitutes at Nationals ParkSo when the Brewers visited Nationals Park for a recently completed homestand, the Nationals mascot team chose to mock Milwaukee’s mascots by trotting out their “un-racing Sausages.” Made of cardboard, the fake mascots included “Un-talian sausage,” “No-lish Sausage,” “Not-Dog,” “Not-Wurst,” and “Choriz-No.”

The Washington Nationals Presidents racing presidents hold up signs taunting the Milwaukee Brewers racing sausagesThe imposters were introduced gradually over the 4-game series, losing every race. With all five on the field for the series finale, the racing presidents spotted them a big lead before tackling them all to the ground near the finish line. Afterwards, the presidents used signs to issue a challenge: “Racing Sausages We Are Waiting.”

Video by YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt.

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.

Teddy Roosevelt Says “Bring On the Sausages!”

Given Teddy Roosevelt’s pitiful record
in the Washington Nationals’ presidents race, he can hardly afford
to be thinking ahead to the next series, but that’s what he did on Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

At the start of our favorite 4th-inning ritual, a self-assured Abraham Lincoln once again spotted the other presidents a big lead, giving Teddy a chance at victory, but as the racing presidents came down the first base line, Teddy stopped and posed for Dave the videographer with a sign reading “Bring On the Sausages!”, and Thomas Jefferson raced on to beat Abe to the finish line.

In addition to disappointing his rooters in the stands, Teddy’s move also confused those in right field who couldn’t see the sign, including youtube user tsbicca:

The reference on the sign is, of course, to the Memorial weekend series which begins Friday night at Nationals Park against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers’ Miller Park is home to the famous Sausage Race, which deserves credit for starting this whole racing mascot thing back in 1995 (it started at the old Milwaukee County Stadium as a promotion for Milwaukee’s Klement’s Sausage Company).

Earlier this month, when the Pittsburgh Pirates came to town, they brought the Racing Pierogies to Nationals Park. Could it be that we’ll see the original racing sausages in town this weekend?

Photos by flickr users Liliang and Philgarlic

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