Sombrero weighs down Teddy on T-Shirt Tuesday

Washington Nationals T-Shirt Tuesday features Teddy Roosevelt on Cinco de MayoThere looked to be plenty of reasons to celebrate at Nationals Park today. The clear skies and rare weekday afternoon start drew folks from their offices to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Nats and Astros. It was also T-Shirt Tuesday, and the first 10,000 fans received free t-shirts featuring racing president Teddy Roosevelt wearing a sombrero. Ryan Zimmerman extended his record hitting streak to 23 games, and the hot-hitting Nationals turned 14 hits 8 walks into 10 runs. Unfortunately, the Nats pitching staff gave up the lead three times, and after 11 innings of 10-10 baseball, the rains came and the game was postponed.

The Nationals will have to wait until July 9 to determine the winner of this one, but the 4th-inning presidents race was officially completed with Abe coming from behind to pass Teddy, who appeared to be weighed down by the sombrero on his head.

Next home game is May 15th!

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

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.

Nats fans need a victory — Will Teddy deliver?

Washington Nationals racing presidents' Teddy Roosevelt at Nationals ParkThe Washington Nationals begin their home season Monday afternoon at Nationals Park against the world champion Philadelphia Phillies, and after an 0-6 start on the road against the Marlins and Braves, the question on the mind of some Nats fans is “Who will win first: The Nationals or Teddy Roosevelt?”

In the first three years of the Nationals presidents race, three different presidents have taken the season crown (George in ’06, Tom in ’07, and Abe last year), which begs the question: Will 2009 be Teddy’s year?

If the last two season openers are any indication, the opening day presidents race will be nothing if not entertaining. In 2007, Teddy was disqualified after flying into RFK Stadium on a zip line. On opening day 2008, Teddy was disqualified again for cutting across the outfield. If Teddy runs a clean race on Monday, we can hold out hope that a change of fortune is in store for 2009.

Nationals Park presidents race bobbleheadsIn April, there’s always hope.

If you don’t have tickets yet, grab your Let Teddy Win t-shirts and head down to Nationals Park tomorrow to take in all the changes at Nationals Park. The team may be having a rough start, but an afternoon at our new ballpark remains one of the best entertainment values in town, and it looks like tickets will still be available at the gate.

This year brings lower seat prices, more (and cheaper) open parking, open home batting practice, the renovated Red Porch restaurant, improved food concessions, the new statues installed in the centerfield plaza, and new 7-foot racing president bobbleheads in the Nats Family Fun Area — perfect for photo ops with Teddy (photo at right courtesy of Teddy fan Shanna Comai).

The centerfield gates open at 12:30pm, with festivities leading up to the first pitch:

12:30pm – Face painting & balloon artists, centerfield plaza
12:30pm – The music of Dr. Fu, new Centerfield Plaza Stage
12:30pm – The music of Road Soda, Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk Stage
12:45pm – Home team batting practice
2:00pm – Nats Xtra with Ray Knight and Johnny Holliday, centerfield plaza
2:35pm – David Gregory hosts pregame ceremonies with singer Patti Austin
3:05pm – First pitch

See you there!

Nationals Promotion / Giveaway Schedule for 2009

The Washington Nationals today announced that almost all 2009 individual game tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 3, and revealed the Nationals Park game day promotion/giveaway schedule for 2009.

In addition to the known dates and giveaways listed below, the “popular post-game events” such as Friday Night Fireworks and Sunday Kids Run the Bases will be back, but Saturday night movies were not mentioned.

2009 Washington Nationals Promotional/Giveaway Schedule

Mon 4/13 Opening Day Hat (first 20,000 fans)
Wed 4/15 Jackie Robinson Day
Sat 4/18 Magnetic Schedule/Frame/Car Magnet (first 20,000 fans)
Tue 4/21 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 5/2 Latino Heritage Day / Los Nacionales T-Shirt (first 20,000 fans)
Tue 5/5 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sun 5/17 Kids Drawstring Backpack (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tue 5/19 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 5/23 Nationals Cap (first 20,000 fans)
Sun 5/24 Kids Jersey (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tues 6/2 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Fri 6/5 Black Heritage Night
Tue 6/9 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Fri 6/19 Beach Bash / Beach Towel (first 10,000 21 & older)
Sun 6/21 Fathers Day / Gym Bag (first 10,000 18 & older)
Tue 6/23 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 7/4 Mini U.S. Flags (first 20,000 fans)
Sun 7/19 Kids Insulated Lunch Bag (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tue 7/21 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 7/25 Eco-Friendly Tote Bag (first 20,000 fans)
Tue 8/4 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 8/8 Bobblehead TBD (first 15,000 fans)
Tue 8/18 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 8/22 Bobblehead TBD (first 15,000 fans)
Sun 9/6 Kids Run the Show
Tue 9/8 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Tue 9/22 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 9/26 Gospel Music Fest Post-Game Concert
Mon 9/28 Team Photo (first 20,000 fans)
Tue 9/29 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Wed 9/30 Fan Appreciation Day (giveaways TBD to 1st 20,000 fans)

Tickets to the highly-anticipated interleague series vs. the Boston Red Sox on June 23, 24 and 25 will not be made available on March 3 along with other series. The Nationals will be holding back those tickets until on or about the 1st of April in an attempt to sell more season ticket packages. When those individual tickets to go on sale, they will be available online only.

What goes up…

Visits to the Presidents Race blog for the last year.

Visits to the Presidents Race blog for the last year.

It’s safe to say we have a few years to go before baseball is a year-round fixation for any but the most dedicated fans in Washington. Thus this beautiful bell curve documenting the seasonality of visitors to the presidents race blog.

Baseball’s winter meetings may yet provide some exciting news about our Nationals, but with DC focused these days on football and inaugurations, I don’t expect to be posting much in December. In the meantime, I’ve finally cleaned up the shop at letteddywin.com, just in time for Nationals fan holiday shopping.

There are tons of new items from CafePress including new sweatshirts and hoodies, long-sleeve t-shirts, Teddy mugs, aprons, pet bowls, boxers, thongs, bumper stickers, and even some buttons calling out Abe Lincoln for the crook he really is. As always, I am eager to hear your feedback and ideas on what to add.

Thanks. You have all made this a very fun year. Happy holidays!

Teddy Gives Up Lead, Turns to Chase Panther

Teddy Roosevelt, Washington Nationals Presidents RaceThe air was thick with anticipation last night at Nationals Park as over 32,000 filled the stands for Teddy’s T-Shirt Tuesday. As Teddy Roosevelt’s faithful poured into the stadium, many were disappointed to find that the team had given out all 10,000 free “Run Teddy Run” t-shirts nearly an hour before game time.

The skies were clear, the weather was warm, and the always popular New York Mets were in town to kick off a six game homestand; but make no mistake about it. The attraction drawing so many fans on this Tuesday night was the Bull Moose, who was looking to continue the racing presidents’ unbeaten streak on their T-shirt Tuesdays.

Washington Nationals Racing President Teddy Roosevelt Gives Up Lead to Chase PantherWhen the fourth inning presidents race began, Teddy’s fans were rewarded as he jumped out to a huge lead and maintained it throughout the race.

As Teddy neared the finish line, it appeared that he might actually pull this one out, but he suddenly stopped short and turned around. His frequent nemesis, a panther wearing a “That Cat” t-shirt, appeared near the right field corner. Teddy turned, apparently conflicted between chasing the panther and chasing the finish line. He chose the panther, and Abe raced by him to steal yet another victory from our beloved #26.

The panther is becoming a frequent visitor to Nationals Park. After first attacking Teddy in April, it returned in June wearing the t-shirt and chased Teddy down from behind. Then, just 2 weeks ago, it returned to chase Screech into a collision with Teddy.

Teddy Roosevelt Fans at Nationals ParkThat Cat is quickly becoming Teddy’s Moby Dick.

We spotted some Let Teddy Win t-shirts as soon as we walked by the ticket booth and met many more of the blog readers at the pre-game rally and again after the presidents race down by the first base line.

It was great to meet all of you, despite sharing Teddy’s 173rd consecutive loss.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

This weekend should draw huge crowds at Nationals Park starting with tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs, and the warm weather plus some well-timed heroics by Felipe Lopez may be just the thing the Nationals needed to spark a turnaround. This is a long homestand, and Nationals fans have probably started to figure out that the Metro’s continuing fear campaign about Nationals Park has no basis in fact.

The Nats Express continues to be a smooth and easy free option for parking at Nationals Park (even on Saturday when DC United will be playing at RFK), and with the Nationals having also announced the availability of cash parking near the park for home games, I may give it a try tonight, just to report on how smoothly it goes. By all accounts, the $15.00 lot is a short, safe, well-lit walk from the park.

With the weather turning warm, I hope to see all of you who’ve been ordering Let Teddy Win! t-shirts to show up and show your support for our favorite president. After each race, the presidents reach the finish line near the Nationals dugout, then head up the aisle by section 127. Wear your shirts tonight and join us in the aisle at the bottom of section 128 with a “Let Teddy Win” cheer in middle of the 4th inning!

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