Teddy and the Nats pause to celebrate Earth Day

Tonight the Washington Nationals celebrated Earth Day at Nationals Park by effectively conserving energy for nine innings.

Washington Nationals Earth Day Presidents RaceBy scattering their six hits over an efficient 2 hours and 30 minutes, the home team wasted an equally efficient seven shutout innings by starter John Lannan. With the score tied 0-0, the door was left open for the Atlanta Braves to out-conserve them in the 9th inning, converting a single hit into victory with a game-winning walk.

Teddy Roosevelt got into the act during the 4th inning presidents race. After taking an early lead, he slowed down to celebrate Earth Day with the fans, passing out the armful of green hats and beads he’d been carrying; but Abe flew past and claimed the victory.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Ash

Presidents Race Videos

Presidents Race VideosAnnouncing the Presidents Race Videos page.

Nats fans know that the presidents race is superior to all those other racing characters from around Major League Baseball. The theme is uniquely DC, the costumes are outrageous, and I doubt any sausage could ever captivate a city the way loveable Teddy has captured the hearts of Washington Nationals Fans.

Still, it’s hard to appreciate the presidents race if you haven’t seen it.

That’s why I am happy to announce a new section of the site for Presidents Race Videos. Lots of you have taken great videos of the presidents race since it started in 2006. Now I have compiled some of the best of those videos in a new section that has a permanent tab at the top of blog.letteddywin.com.

Today, the presidents race video page features vintage races from the team’s first season, and great moments from last year like Teddy’s zip line entrance on opening day, his various attempts to cheat, and his botched coronation on Teddy Roosevelt bobblehead night.

It’s a living video history of the presidents race. The 2008 section is ready and waiting. If you have any great videos you’d like to add, let me know at teddyroosevelt@letteddywin.com.

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