ESPN Video: Teddy Roosevelt undone at PNC Park by selfie with racing pierogie Potato Pete

Teddy Roosevelt Potato Pete Racing Pierogies selfieTeddy Roosevelt Potato Pete Racing Pierogies selfieConfrontations between the Nats’ racing presidents and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies tend to attract national media attention, and Friday night was no exception.

At PNC Park, fan favorite Pierogie Potato Pete came out of retirement once again to play a trick on the visiting Teddy Roosevelt.

For a moment, Potato Pete’s surprise appearance looked like it would be a repeat of the famous body slam on Teddy Roosevelt that ESPN Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt called “the greatest highlight I’ve ever seen” in 2009.

But Pete stopped short, pulled out a giant cell phone, and got Teddy to pose for a selfie as Jalapeño Hannah raced by for the win.

The highlight was featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter:

And here’s the selfie, courtesy of @Teddy26Nats:

Videos: Teddy ambushes Pittsburgh’s Pierogies, who return the favor

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.

Washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt attacks Pittsburgh Racing PierogiesPittsburgh Pierogie tackles Washington Nationals Teddy RooseveltOn 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.

Oliver’s leap captured in slo-mo below.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Nationals Racing Presidents in Pittsburgh vs the Racing Pierogies

Washington Nationals racing presidents William Howard Taft PizzaPittsburgh Pierogies vs Nationals Racing President Teddy RooseveltFor 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.



Videos: MASN and lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh racing pierogie Potato Pete, avenging 2009 incident

Washington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing Pierogie Potato PeteWashington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt tackles Pittsburgh Pirates racing PierogiesRevenge was a long time coming, but Teddy Roosevelt finally got even.

The Bull Moose lived up to his promise from the night before, as the Pittsburgh Pirates racing pierogies brought Potato Pete out of retirement for one more race at Nationals Park.

Longtime Teddy fans are still haunted by the vicious  hit Teddy took at PNC Park in 2009, and with Potato Pete in retirement, Roosevelt had not gotten a shot at revenge.

But after Potato Pete showed up at Nationals Park on Wednesday, Teddy was single-minded.

“Tomorrow Pete, it’s on,” he tweeted after Wednesday’s victory.

When Thursday’s race began, Potato Pete was all alone in front, with Teddy nowhere to be found.

But Roosevelt was ahead of the pack. Emerging from the Nationals bullpen wearing a pirate’s bandana on his head, Teddy ran full speed at Potato Pete, left his feet, and plowed the dumpling into the warning track.

As the other presidents raced by, the remaining pierogies attempted to pile on, but Teddy would have none of it.  He tackled all of the pierogies, leaving Thomas Jefferson with a clear path to the finish line.

“Must Protect This HOUSE!,” Teddy tweeted after the race.  “Not on my watch Pete! NOW we are even!”

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Pittsburgh’s Potato Pete returns. Teddy Roosevelt vows revenge. This could be fun.

It’s been nearly three years since retired racing pierogie Potato Pete leveled Teddy Roosevelt at PNC Park.  The 2009 incident that wouldn’t die was celebrated on ESPN’s Sportscenter and nominated for a “This Year in Baseball Award”. With Potato Pete officially retired, our favorite racing president never got a shot at revenge.

Racing presidents  Teddy Roosevelt sees Potato Pete pierogies Nationals ParkRacing presidents  Teddy Roosevelt sees Potato Pete pierogies Nationals ParkRacing presidents  Teddy Roosevelt sees Potato Pete pierogies Nationals ParkFor TR, the wound obviously remains as fresh as ever, because when Potato Pete made a surprise appearance Wednesday night at Nationals Park, Teddy stopped dead in his tracks.

The Four current Racing Pierogies started the evening running an extra-long relay race from the left field bullpen, with Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson taking the first leg against Oliver Onion and Jalapeño Hannah.

After a questionable tag from Abe Lincoln in center field, Teddy got a big jump on the second leg, but stopped in his tracks when Potato Pete appeared in the stands by section 134.

Teddy and Pete began sparring, and even took their scuffle into the stands as George Washington raced by for the win.

After the race, Teddy tweeted Ohhh, I see Potato Pete has come out of retirement and on MY home turf!? I haven’t forgotten what happened in 09! Tomorrow Pete, it’s ON!”

It sound like a grudge match is in the works for Thursday’s series finale. This could be fun.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Nationals racing presidents at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park

The racing presidents accompanied the Washington Nationals to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park this week, marking the fifth straight year the presidents have faced off with Pittsburgh’s racing pierogies.

Racing Presidents vs Racing Pierogies at PNC Park, photo by Joseph GuevaraPNC Park has never been kind to the presidents — particularly Teddy Roosevelt, who famously got leveled there by Potato Pete in 2009.

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.

Photo courtesy Joseph Guevara

Presidents close out series with a traditional footrace

Presidents Race vs Pierogies - NationalsWashington Nationals Presidents RaceWhen the Nationals’ racing presidents and the Pirates’ racing pierogies get together, fireworks usually ensue, and this week was no different.

But after Friday’s hard hits and Saturday’s beatings, the eight participants managed a traditional footrace Sunday at Nationals Park.

Wearing their traditional period garb for Sunday’s race, the presidents got off to a slow start, but once again Abe Lincoln turn on the afterburners, and passed all four pierogies at the finish to secure his lead in the presidents race standings.

For Teddy, pitcher Jason Marquis, and Nationals fans who endured blistering heat to watch a 10-2 loss, Sunday was otherwise a notable failure. Even an appearance by SpongeBob Squarepants for Nickelodeon Day turned problematic. As noted by NatsNQ, the Square One failed in his attempts to climb onto the dugout, and got stuck in the stands.

Race video and photos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.
SpongeBob Squarepants fail courtesy of NatsNQ

Video: Abe is unlikely hero vs. Pittsburgh’s pierogies

The biggest crowd of the season took in a rare old fashioned double header under sunny skies Saturday at Nationals Park, and Abe Lincoln emerged as the unlikely hero, delivering two victories to George Washington in a presidents race twin bill.

Racing president Abe Lincoln passes the Pittsburgh PierogiesRacing pierogie Jalapeno Hannah beats racing president Abe Lincoln with a purse

In the afternoon opener, the presidents and Pittsburgh’s visiting racing pierogies paired off in a relay race. Teddy and Tom teamed against George and Abe, with Teddy and Abe running anchor.

Pierogies Jalapeño Hannah and Oliver Onion were leading the anchor leg when Abe Lincoln took over, shooting past them to claim victory in race #1 for himself and George.

In race #2, the pierogies were all ahead of the presidents, but Abe shot out once again and passed the field. Just as PA announcer Jerome Hruska began to declare him the victor, Abe turned around, ran back at the field, and toppled three oncoming pierogies with a single body blow.

As Jalapeño Hannah beat Abe with her purse, George ran for the finish line, claiming victory #2 for the day.

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: Pierogies’ send Teddy and Tom airborne

Pittsburgh's Pierogies take on the Nationals' racing presidentsGeorge Washington takes the presidents raceAn 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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Racing presidents offer no competition in Pierogie relay

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.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Pierogies show up racing presidents in Pittsburgh

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.

Pittsburgh Racing Pierogies vs Washington Racing Presidents at PNC ParkSo 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:

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy returns to the scene of the crime, and it’s not pretty

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.

Nats presidents to race in Vermont and Pittsburgh

The Nationals Racing Presidents arrive at Centennial Park, home of the Vermont Lake MonstersThe Nationals’ own racing presidents are making their furthest trip north this weekend, as they pay a visit to the team’s Short Season Single-A Affiliate, the Vermont Lake Monsters.

The presidents will be racing during games held tonight through Saturday.

This marks the first time the Racing Presidents have performed at Burlington’s Centennial Park.

The Nationals have also confirmed that George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy will be accompanying the team to Pittsburgh on Labor Day weekend.

This marks the presidents’ first return to the scene of the crime — PNC Park — where one year ago Pittsburgh’s racing pierogie Potato Pete flattened Teddy Roosevelt like a pancake in what ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt called “The Greatest Highlight I’ve Ever Seen.”

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

Racing Presidents do the limbo on Ladies Night

Washington Nationals racing president Abraham Lincoln shows off his new Hawaiian shirtThursday night was the first Ladies Night of 2010 at Nationals Park, as ticket-holders were treated to a Hawaiian-themed Luau party on the Rooftop Party Deck before the game.

Not ones to miss out on a good time, the Nationals racing presidents joined in on the fun, donning Hawaiian shirts for the occasion.

After showing off new red racing uniforms in April, this marked another of the new costumes the Nationals promised we’d see in 2010.

The famous Pittsburgh Pierogies were in town for the final game of the series between the Nats and Pirates, but rather than run alongside the presidents during the 4th inning race, they were stationed along the outfield warning track, preparing the Hawaiian-themed antics for the night.

Racing presidents do the limbo at Nationals ParkAfter emerging from the centerfield gate, the racing presidents encountered a limbo pole being held by two pierogies. Teddy Roosevelt went through first, using his stature as the shortest racing president to his advantage, but the Bull Moose ducked the big stick, cheating his way under the pole.

Teddy’s shortcut gave him the lead as they then approached the hula hoops in the outfield corner, but he was too enthralled by the toys to continue, and while too-tall Abe Lincoln continued to struggle with the limbo pole, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson made a mad dash to the finish.

George Washington beats Thomas Jefferson by a Nose in the Washington Nationals presidents raceGeorge and Tom broke the tape together in a photo finish, and Nationals PA Announcer Jerome Hruska was unable to call a winner, deferring to on-field judge and Nationals Mascot Screech.

Screech made the call for George, which our photo suggests was the right call — by a nose.

This video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome captures the photo finish, and at the very end, some members of Teddy’s Texas cheering section that were in attendance Thursday.

That Cat, grounds crew create presidents race chaos

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

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