Orioles Bird takes out racing presidents, struggles with Taft

Baltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing PresidentsBaltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing Presidents William Howard TaftBaltimore Orioles Bird Tackles Nationals Racing PresidentsBaltimore Orioles mascot “The Bird” made his annual appearance at Nationals Park Tuesday night as the Nats took on the Orioles in the “Battle of the Beltways.”

The creatively named mascot has been known for disrupting the presidents race in the past, but Tuesday marked the first time the Oriole had ever faced five presidents at once.

As the fourth inning race began, The Bird charged at the racing presidents along the outfield warning track.

The Bird made quick work of front-runners George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, but charging behind was big Bill Taft, who proved to be more of a load than anticipated.

As the Oriole struggled to pull down the portly Chief Justice, Thomas Jefferson slipped by and raced ahead unobstructed for the victory.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Teddy Roosevelt pummels the Orioles’ The Bird

Nationals Teddy Roosevelt tackels the Baltimore Orioles Bird Teddy Roosevelt Baltimore Oriole Bird Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Pummels Baltimore Oriole Bird NatsWith the Baltimore Orioles in town, Teddy Roosevelt was looking for The Bird to show up, and finally got his wish Saturday night.

Teddy and the “creatively”-named Orioles mascot have a contentious history, but The Bird appeared ready to make peace as the fourth-inning presidents race began.

With Teddy rounding the outfield corner carrying a big lead, The Bird appeared on the first base line holding a “Go Teddy” sign.

But Teddy would have none of it.

With a sellout crowd of 42,331 cheering Teddy on, the site of an unprotected Bird was just too much for the Hero of San Juan Hill to resist.

He veered off course and put a highlight reel tackle on the mascot.

The Battle of the Beltways continues Sunday at Nationals Park.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video of Teddy’s take down of the Orioles’ Bird

Here it is. Video of Friday night’s John Cena-inspired take-down of the Orioles’ Bird by Teddy Roosevelt.

AND here it is in slo-mo:

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Orioles Bird disrupts presidents race, misses Jefferson

The Oriole Bird vs. the Nationals Screech in the mascot Battle of the BeltwaysThe annual “Battle of the Beltways” between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles kicked off Friday afternoon as Nationals mascot Screech took on the creatively-named Orioles mascot “The Bird” in a series of challenges including arm wrestling and free-throw shooting at DC’s ESPN Zone.

The last time we saw The Bird at Nationals Park, the Orioles mascot was lying in the warning track after Teddy Roosevelt knocked him out cold . The Bird had to wait a year, but tonight sought his revenge, ambushing Teddy in the home stretch of the 4th-inning presidents race.

The Bird took on the presidents like tackling dummies, bringing Teddy, Abe, and George to the ground in one swift move; but Jefferson steered clear of the pile-up, and The Bird failed to chase him down.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Vote for the Presidents in ESPN’s Mascot Madness

ESPN Radio’s Doug Gottlieb is running “Mascot Madness,” in which fan voting will determine America’s #1 sports mascots for 2010. Gottlieb hand-picked 64 mascots for the fan tournament, and — sorry Screech — the Washington Nationals racing presidents were selected as the only representative of DC-area professional sports teams.

The Rushmore presidents are seeded at #7 and currently behind in a very tough divisional matchup vs. their hated rivals, the racing sausages from Milwaukee. Presidents fans should VOTE EARLY AND OFTEN at espn.go.com. If the presidents beat the sausages in this round, they face a likely match-up with the Orioles mascot, The Bird.

Teddy knocks the ‘O’ out of the Oriole Bird

After last night’s episode in which the Oriole bird tackled Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th president wasn’t going to leave anything to chance.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt knocks down the Baltimore Orioles Bird at Nationals Park.Today at Nationals Park, Teddy spotted the orioles mascot right out of the starting gate, ran after him and promptly slammed The Bird into the outfield wall, taking him down and out of the action. We’ve rarely seen Teddy so motivated.

In fact, the Bull Moose acted with such efficiency that he was able to spin around and rejoin the race, giving the other presidents a run for their money and almost catching George. Washington took his second presidents race of the series, pulling him into a tie for 2nd with Thomas Jefferson to finish the homestand.

The racing presidents are back in action June 2 when the Giants come to town.

Photo courtesy of James Littlefield.
Video by YouTube member DCSportFan

Baltimore Orioles Bird tackles Teddy Roosevelt

For Teddy fans, the question entering this weekend’s “Battle of the Beltways” series between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles was whether we’d see an escalation of last year’s rivalry between racing president Teddy Roosevelt and the creatively-named Orioles mascot “The Bird.”

In the first game Friday night, Nationals mascot Screech prevented any funny business by fighting The Bird early in the game, and getting the O’s mascot escorted out of Nationals Park before it had any chance to interfere with the presidents race, which George Washington took at the wire.

Tonight, it was Teddy who grabbed the early lead. The crowd roared as the presidents raced down the home stretch, tasting a first-ever victory for #26; but those who were in the stands last June felt an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu. There was the Oriole Bird, appearing out of nowhere in the foul territory. There would be no tripping this time. Not leaving anything to chance, The Bird tackled Teddy to the ground.

One consolation for Teddy: The Bird got his. George Washington was right behind and leveled Teddy’s attacker.

Video courtesy of Bree Stevens

Screech and the Oriole Bird to kick off Battle of the Beltways at ESPN Zone

The Oriole Bird vs. the Nationals Screech in the mascot Battle of the BeltwaysThe hot-hitting Washington Nationals return to Nationals Park tomorrow to kick off an 11-game homestand that should feature plenty of fireworks, starting with the world champion Philadelphia Phillies and ending Memorial Day weekend with the “Battle of the Beltways” against the Baltimore Orioles.

As he did last season, the Oriole Bird will spend the weekend in DC for the Baltimore series, and this year will kick off its visit with a battle against Nationals mascot Screech at DC’s ESPN Zone. On Friday, May 22, from 4:00 to 5:00pm, Screech and the Oriole Bird will take each other on in basketball, horse racing, air hockey, arm wrestling, and an egg race, with a trophy presentation to follow.

The two mascots will then head to Nationals Park for the series opener. No word yet on whether The Bird will be seeking revenge against Teddy Roosevelt for last season’s grudge match defeat.

Screech and the racing presidents invade Verizon Center

The Nationals racing presidents invade Verizon CenterThe Washington Nationals racing presidents joined new Nationals mascot Screech at the Verizon Center tonight for a basketball game between the last place Washington Wizards of the Eastern Conference and the last place Sacramento Kings of the West — a battle for pride which came down to the last shot.

The visit to Verizon Center was part
Screech and Teddyof a “31 Appearances in 31 Days” tour that the Nationals have arranged since the new Screech’s unveiling two weeks ago. The Nationals mascots made an appearance earlier in the day at the DC St. Patrick’s Day parade, with Screech sporting a kilt.

It was “Kids Night” for the Washington Wizards, with player introductions by junior Wizards fans, and mascots from around the DC area working the crowd before and during the game.

Joining the Nationals mascots were Mel, The George Mason University Patriot, the Baltimore Orioles’ “The Bird,” the Washington Capitals’ Slapshot, and of course the Wizards’ own G-Wiz, G-Man, and G-Fan.

The new ScreechSince its unveiling, the new look of the “teenage Screech” has been getting a lot of criticism in Nationals blogs and discussion forums. So this was a great opportunity –and a relief — to see the new Screech work a real crowd, which helped the Nationals’ new mascot look a lot less goofy than he did dancing around an empty stage when he was first announced.

Don’t get me wrong. The Capitals’ own eagle mascot Slapshot didn’t look very intimidated by the permanent grin affixed to Screech’s head, but the new costume did give Screech a lot more room to dance with the cheerleaders, bound up stairs, and throw t-shirts into the stands. I have a feeling we’ll get used to “teenage Screech” pretty quickly.

Teddy Wins!

Teddy Wins unsanctioned presidents race vs. Orioles Bird at Nationals ParkTeddy Roosevelt had never won a race at Nationals Park (at least not without being disqualified for cheating); but tonight a packed house got to cheer as our beloved #26 came from behind and crossed the finish line to claim victory in a 1-on-1 grudge match vs. The Bird from Baltimore.

It was a night of firsts, starting with the first Washington Nationals home game since July of 2006 not to feature an official presidents race. The “unsanctioned” event was announced only yesterday, after Teddy was tripped by the Orioles mascot, robbing him of a presidents race victory.

Nationals Park Scoreboard Statistics for Teddy Roosevelt and the Orioles BirdWith the outfield scoreboard displaying the two contestants’ vital statistics (Moustache-span: 2.5 ft), the racers were introduced and Teddy appeared from the centerfield gate draped in an American flag. The Bird got a huge jump out of the gate, but Teddy quickly turned on the afterburners. As they raced past the centerfield wall flashing “TED-DY,” Teddy passed The Bird to run away with it in the home stretch.


It was the unquestioned highlight for Nationals fans in an otherwise depressing 9-1 loss to the Orioles. No, this one doesn’t count in the standings (if there was any doubt, it was removed when the “The Presidents Racing Association of America” announced the fact shortly after the race), but one can hope that Teddy’s come-from-behind victory will serve as momentum and inspiration.

Photo courtesy of flickr user The West End
Video by YouTube users theblackdog2071 and 3031oaktown

After tripping incident, Nationals’ Teddy Roosevelt challenges The Bird to “unsanctioned race” on Saturday.

Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles Battle of the BeltwaysThe over 35,000 fans who packed Nationals Park for the opening game of the “Battle of the Beltways” series between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles were treated to a spectacle of presidential proportions on Friday night.

Teddy Roosevelt’s supporters were out in full force, with Teddy signs throughout the stands and chants of “Teddy, Teddy” heard on a number of occasions. The fans were not disappointed when the 4th inning
Washington Nationals presidents race - Teddy is tripped by The Birdpresidents race kicked off, as Teddy Roosevelt took a commanding lead out of the gate and drew cheers as he rounded the warning track in right field.

Even the Baltimore Oriole mascot jumped onto the field to cheer for Teddy as he approached the finish line. Or so it seemed.

As Teddy Roosevelt neared the finish, The Bird stuck out a claw and tripped him, sending him reeling onto the dirt, as George Washington and the other racing presidents flew by. George took the victory and a bow as Teddy and The Bird scuffled along the baseline.

One inning later, a “press conference” was shown on the outfield high-definition scoreboard, announcing a grudge match between Teddy and The Bird. Teddy challenged The Bird to an “unsanctioned race” to be held during the 4th inning of Saturday night’s game between the Orioles and Nationals.

This unsanctioned event was then promoted repeatedly throughout the evening. It makes one wonder what surprises are in store for Saturday night.

Video of race and “press conference” by YouTube member QuakerWildcat:

The Washington Nationals are clearly pulling all the stops to make this a big weekend. Washington Nationals Saturday night moviesIn addition to the special presidents race between Teddy and The Bird (which the announcer described “the race of the century”) on Saturday night the Nationals are kicking off Nationals Park Saturday Night Movies. On select Saturday nights throughout the season, the Nationals will play a feature film after the game on the high-definition scoreboard. Concessions and parking will remain open during the movie, and fans are encouraged to move to any open seat on the 3rd base side of Nationals Park (presidential seats excepted).

But the big attraction is clearly the race itself. Let’s all show up on Saturday night prepared to root for Teddy Roosevelt as he takes on The Bird in this “unsanctioned” event. It’s sure to be a really good show.

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