Video: Jefferson leads the way in Nationals Independence Day tradition.

Independence Day Thomas Jefferson wins the Presidents Race at Nationals ParkJuly 4 Presidents Race - Thomas Jefferson Always Wins Declaration of IndependenceLongtime Washington Nationals fans know two universal truths about Independence Day at Nationals Park. Ryan Zimmerman will have a big day, and Thomas Jefferson will win the presidents race.

Zimmerman delivered with a homer and three RBI, making him 10 for 20 with 13 RBIs in six Independence Day games.

And for the third year in a row, founding father Thomas Jefferson, scribe of the Declaration of Independence, led the 4th inning presidents race wire to wire, carrying an American Flag all the way.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

New Nationals Uniforms Announced — Just in time for Teddy’s Birthday

New Washington Nationals uniforms for the 2011 season are set to be unveiled at a Nationals Park fashion show next month.

Teddy in the presidents race home stretch

Have we seen the last of Teddy Roosevelt's home racing whites?

Invitations were sent out this week by the Washington Nationals for the VIP event, which will be held at the ball park on the evening of November 10.

Nationals players Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ivan Rodriguez, Drew Storen, Ryan Zimmerman and Jordan Zimmermann will show off the new uniforms as part of a fashion show for invited guests.
The new jerseys will be available for purchase beginning Thursday, November 11 exclusively at the Nationals Park Team Store, with players on hand to sign autographs beginning at 11:30am.

It’s been two years since the team last announced new Nationals uniforms. At that time, blue alternate jerseys were introduced for the launch of the new ball park, and a script “Washington” replaced the block lettering on the team’s road uniforms.

It’s been speculated that a similar change is in line for the home uniforms, with the block “Nationals” lettering disappearing in favor of script. Personally, I hope it’s not true, having been a fan of the block lettering since it was first introduced as part of the Nationals logo in November of 2004.

The new threads will make a nice birthday present for racing president Teddy Roosevelt, who is set to celebrate his 152nd birthday tomorrow.

New shoes didn’t help Teddy win in 2010. Perhaps another uniform change will…

Nats racing presidents ask fans to send Zimm to Anaheim

Ryan Zimmerman needed little help making his case for the All-Star team on Tuesday, belting a double and two home runs, including a walk-off game-winner to lead off the 9th inning.

Nationals racing presidents vote for Ryan ZimmermanBut in fact the best third baseman in the National League did not draw the fan votes he needed for an automatic berth, and while he was honored to be named to the “Final Vote” ballot by National League managers, he still needs fan support to be named as the final member of the roster.

So after Abraham Lincoln narrowly edged Thomas Jefferson to take Tuesday’s presidents race victory, the Nats’ racing presidents made a plea of their own, holding up signs that said “Send Zimm to Anaheim.” Even the Gecko joined in. VOTE HERE.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy kicks off homestand with weak effort, and coupon code for upcoming series

The Nationals kicked off a ten game homestand Thursday night with a terrific outing by Livan Hernandez and a walk-off game winning RBI by Ryan Zimmerman to take the first of four from the New York Mets.

As the Nats returned to their winning ways at home, Teddy Roosevelt returned to his losing ways as well, putting up no fight whatsoever asThomas Jefferson narrowly beat our George and Abe for the presidents race victory.

For next week’s series against the Padres, the Nationals have released a 1/3-off coupon code “for Teddy’s friends”: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” (all caps) and get half-price tickets in select seating sections for the 3-game series vs. the red hot San Diego Padres starting Tuesday at Nationals Park. The coupon is valid for online orders only, and gets you discount tickets in the outfield corners ($23), the outfield mezzanine ($20), or the upper infield gallery ($12).

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy welcomes winning team to town with surprise visits & half-price coupon code

DC Metro commuters got a surprise welcome as Teddy Roosevelt and his racing president cohorts greeted passengers with Nationals ticket coupons at the Metro Center exits Monday.

The racing presidents were promoting the homestand that starts with a Free T-Shirt Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park and continues with a Mothers Day weekend series against the Florida Marlins. You couldn’t ask for a better weather forecast, and despite losses Saturday and Sunday, the team arrives in town with a winning record and just 1.5 games out of first place in the NL East.

For the upcoming series, the Nationals have again released a half-price coupon code “for Teddy’s friends”: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” (all caps) and get half-price tickets in select seating sections for the 3-game series vs. the Braves starting tonight at Nationals Park. The coupon is valid for online orders only, and gets you half price in the outfield corners ($18), the outfield mezzanine ($15), or the upper infield gallery ($9).

George Washington pays tribute to The Masters

On the opening day of the Masters golf tournament, George Washington and the Nationals’ racing presidents decided to pay tribute with a little 4-man golf scramble during the 4th-inning presidents race this afternoon at Nationals Park.


Emerging from the centerfield starting gate with golf ball and club in hand, George went first, hitting the ball down the outfield warning track, then handing the club to Teddy for the second shot.

With the other presidents concentrating on golf, George seized the opportunity to bolt for the finish line, and won the race uncontested.

The Nationals’ victory today over the Phillies was not quite as easy but even more sweet. Ryan Zimmerman’s late-inning RBI double enabled the team to head to New York with a first victory under the belt.

After disastrous starts the previous two Aprils, the embarrassing outpouring of Phillies fans for Monday’s opener, and poor pitching performances in the first two games, the Nats had a major PR problem brewing; but victory cures all ills. As they hit the road, the Nats are just a game under .500, and Teddy is just one win behind the presidents race lead.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

Obama to throw out first pitch on opening day

Barack Obama will throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park for the Washington Nationals home opener on April 13.Finally!

The Washington Nationals confirmed today that president Barack Obama will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies for opening day 2010.

Team president Stan Kasten and various members of the Natosphere have hoped that Obama will make the presidential first pitch an annual tradition again in Washington. That seems more likely than converting White Sox fan Obama into a Nationals fan — at least for now.

The presidential first pitch was started 100 years ago by William Howard Taft in April, 1910. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch for the Nationals when they first moved to DC in 2005 and when they opened Nationals Park in 2008.

Fans are advised to show up early because of the extra security sure to be on hand. Gates will open at 10:00am, and pregame ceremonies will include a presentation of the 2009 Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards to Ryan Zimmerman, hosted by CBS’s James Brown. Additional pregame distractions will include balloon artists, face painters, live bands in the centerfield plaza, and $5 beer specials until 12:30pm.

Advance ticket sales for opening day are sold out, but as always, the Nationals have reserved 400 day-of-game seats in sections 401 and 402 for only $5 beginning at 10:00am on Monday at the Nationals Park Main Box Office. You must have all members of your party at the box office to get these tickets (that is, one person can’t walk up and ask for 8 tickets).

To help speed through security, the team is advising fans to leave all bags and backpacks at home.

Natsfest and Winter Caravan Schedule Announced

The Washington Nationals today announced the schedule for their 2010 “Winter Caravan”, in which members of the team will tour the Washington, DC area to meet fans and promote the upcoming season before heading south for spring training.

Participating players and front office staff include new acquisitions Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Brian Bruney, and Matt Capps; manager Jim Riggleman; and players Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman, John Lannan, Nyjer Morgan, Josh Willingham, Tyler Clippard, and Craig Stammen. Prospects Danny Espinoza, Ryan Speier, and Drew Storen will also participate in the first 3 days of activities. Nats broadcaster Rob Dibble will moderate the sessions.

The 10-stop tour will run from January 27th to January 31st, culminating in the second annual Natsfest on January 31st at Nationals Park.

Wednesday, January 27
11:00am – 12:00pm
Unity Health Care’s Southwest Health Center, Washington, DC
Meet-and-Greet and Book Donation

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Hard Times Cafe, Arlington, VA
Autograph Session

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Build-A-Bear Workshop, McLean, VA
Autograph Session

Thursday, January 28
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Ben’s Chili Bowl, Washington, DC

2:00pm – 4:00pm
USO of Metropolitan Washington Warehouse, Ft. Belvoir, VA
Care Package Assembly

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Potomac Nationals Pfitzer Stadium, Woodbridge, VA
Autograph Session

Friday, January 29
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Hot Stove Luncheon hosted by David Gregory,
Nationals Park, Washington, DC (Ticketed Event)

5:00pm – 8:00pm
Washington Capitals Game, Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Autograph Session

Saturday, January 30
11:00am
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Atrium Visit with Patients

1:30pm – 3:30pm
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, Landover, MD
Press Conference and Skills Demonstration & Autograph Session

Sunday, January 31
11:00am – 4:00pm
NatsFest, Nationals Park, Washington, DC (Ticketed Event)

If the second annual NatsFest is as good as the first, it will be a guaranteed good time for Nats fans. Expect long lines for to get autographs and take photos with Nationals players, but fans will otherwise roam freely in Nationals Park, tour the clubhouse, participate in question-and-answer sessions with the likes of Stan Kasten, Mike Rizzo, Jim Riggleman and George Will, and even take your shot in the Nationals batting cages for a $1 donation to the Nationals Dream Foundation. Nationals Season Ticket Holders will receive up to four complimentary tickets per account and additional tickets should be available soon for purchase at Nationals.com.

Cast Your Vote: Teddy nominated for 2009 “This Year in Baseball” Awards

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:

Cast your votes now through December 11. Multiple votes are allowed.

Misspelled Washington “Natinals” jersey auctioned for $8,000

The Washington Natinals Ryan Zimmerman sports a uniform misspelled NatinalsWhen the Nationals issued misspelled uniforms (spelled “Natinals” instead of Nationals) to two players on April 17, the blogs jumped on it, but I don’t think any of us thought the story would still be making news two weeks later.

In fact, with the team getting off to such a rough start, the Washington Nationals’ uniform mistake has gotten more national coverage than the team itself. National sports news, numerous talk shows, and even the Today Show siezed on the misspelled uniform as symbol of the team’s early ineptitude.

The day Tony Kornheiser called for somebody to be fired, Majestic Athletic, which provides the team’s uniforms, was forced to issue a public apology for the mishap.

Washington Natinals Misspelled t-shirtTo their credit, the Nationals have not hidden from the gaff, and used the opportunity to offer up the now-famous mistakes at Saturday night’s annual Washington Nationals Dream Foundation gala. The misspelled jersey worn by Adam Dunn fetched $8,000 — the highest price of the night.

But was the whole “misspelled” uniform a mistake? Not according to CafePress, which now has on display “Natinals” jerseys and shirts with the caption “No ‘O’ In Here,” a great reminder that at least we’re not the Orioles.

Great Promotions and Baseball Weather At Last

The Nats return home Tuesday night for seven games against the Cardinals and Giants, and it should be a great week for baseball at Nationals Park, with evening temperatures projected to be in the 70s throughout the homestand and some great fan promotions that should help fill the stands.

Free Thomas Jefferson racing president t-shirts for the first 10,000 Nationals Fans on T-Shirt Tuesday June 3.

The homestand kicks off with free Thomas Jefferson racing president t-shirts to the first 10,000 fans on T-Shirt Tuesday, followed by “Get Your Green On” night on Wednesday, Ryan Zimmerman bobblehead night on Thursday, and free baseball gloves for kids 12 and under on Sunday. Quite a lineup.

We’ll be looking to see if Thomas Jefferson disappoints his fans or runs away with the presidents race on his t-shirt night tomorrow. More importantly, after Teddy Roosevelt’s unexplained collapse in the last home game, is the Bull Moose back and ready for the challenge?

Nationals Park Makes the Big Time

You know you’ve hit it big when The Onion makes fun of you.

Today’s recommended reading: The lead story on The Onion sports page reports that “an 8,976-foot foul ball off the bat of Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman crashed through the U.S. Capitol Building rotunda.”

“We are so dead,” Zimmerman is reported as saying.

Added Nick Johnson, “Aw, man, we’re never gonna get that ball back”

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