Teddy fails to deliver for 33,774 at Nationals Park

A hot and sticky Nationals Park was packed with fans Friday night as Livan Hernandez and the Nats defeated the the Cincinnati Reds. As well as Livan’s been pitching, the crowd would like have been much smaller had it been known he’d be on the mound when tickets went on sale…

No. Many of the 33,774 in attendance Friday purchased their tickets in anticipation of Stephen Strasburg’s major league debut, which was ultimately pushed to next week. Many of our readers have expressed their hope to see a Teddy Victory when Stephen Strasburg makes his first start at Nationals Park, and perhaps for them, the question was whether Teddy would double the disappointment, or give the big crowd the “I was there” moment they’d hoped for.

Roosevelt came out of the gate fast, and maintained his lead across the outfield warning track, but the Rough Rider faded fast at the turn, as Abe and Tom sprinted past him to the finish.

Lincoln’s third consecutive come-from-behind victory vaulted the Great Emancipator to the top of the standings for the first time since April.

[i]Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome[/i]

Half-price Coupon Code “for Teddy’s Fans” to see Stephen Strasburg Debut. GOING FAST.

The Washington Nationals announced this evening that 2009 #1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg will make his highly-anticipated major league debut on June 8th at Nationals Park. The team had just released a coupon code “for Teddy’s fans” to use during that week’s series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This evening, some tickets are still available at half price in the outfield corners ($18) and outfield mezzanine ($15). Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY”.

Good luck.

Strasburg Nationals debut tickets sold out9:30pm UPDATE:
Only singles left now, but lower bowl seats still available at $18 with coupon.

10:15pm UPDATE:
Sold out.

Congrats to those who got in.

As always, 400 Grandstand-level seats (Section 401/402) will be available for $5.00 each at the gate before the game. No coupon required.

Racing presidents return from Syracuse

The Washington Nationals return from a 10-day road trip tonight to kick off a five game homestand at Nationals Park vs. the Mets and Orioles.

The racing presidents usually get a break while the Nats are on the road, but last week they took to Syracuse, where they held a presidents race during the 5th inning of Stephen Strasburg’s first start for the Syracuse Chiefs. It looked for a time as if Teddy would take the exhibition, but Thomas Jefferson passed him as they raced along the 3rd baseline at Alliance Bank Stadium.

For the two games starting tonight vs. the Mets, the Nationals have released a coupon code for Teddy’s friends: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” (all caps) and get up to 35% off tickets in select seating sections. The coupon is valid for online orders only.

Video by YouTube member rscuse34

Presidents to race during Stephen Strasburg’s start in Syracuse Wednesday night

The Washington Nationals’ racing presidents will take their show on the road Wednesday for Stephen Strasburg’s second start with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs.

George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy will greet fans at the main gates of Alliance Bank Stadium, then run a presidents race following the 5th inning of the game vs. Norfolk. Nationals Mascot and race judge Screech will also make the trip.

Nats Entertainment Coordinator Tom Davis noted that “sending the Racing Presidents up to Syracuse for a night is another way to let Chiefs fans experience Nationals baseball.”

The game will be carried locally in DC on tape delay by MASN at approximately 10:30pm.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user dougtone

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