Video: Did Teddy give up at the finish?

Presidents Race photo finish - Washington NationalsPresidents Race photo finish - Washington NationalsTeddy Roosevelt seemed to have victory in hand Sunday at Nationals Park.

In one of his more inspired races, #26 overcame a bad start, working his way to the front of the pack with a burst of speed around the right field corner.

Teddy had the upper hand in one of the tightest presidential finishing packs ever, but he seemed to pull up at the end, taking a crooked angle towards the finish line as George barely edged Abe in a photo finish.

After seeminly handing the race to Washington, Teddy tweeted “This is your dayyyy….George!” Hardly the rallying cry Teddy’s fans are looking for.

Video: Lobster runs onto the field, takes down Teddy

On Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, the hero of San Juan Hill ran into an ambush he never could have anticipated.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt attacked by Luc the LobsterRacing down the home stretch during the 4th-inning presidents race, a large, costumed Luc the Lobster dashed out of the stands and flattened the Teddy Roosevelt before the big Bull Moose knew what hit him.

What the red menace was doing at Nationals Park remains a mystery, but our best guess is that it had something to do with Wednesday being the opening day of the 64th annual Maine Lobster Festival.

After the race, Teddy tweeted “Ok you wana be like that? I see how it is. Luc the Lobster 1 – Me 0.”

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Teddy goes after Thomas Jefferson in the outfield

Presidents race watchers knew what to expect when the fourth inning rolled around Saturday night at Nationals Park. Teddy Roosevelt said it all just before race time.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race: Teddy Tackles Jefferson“No more wins for TJ, your streak ends tonight! Mwhahaha,” Teddy tweeted from his account @Teddy26Nats.

After winning seven of the last eight races, Jefferson was poised to pass Teddy once again when the Bull Moose turned and slammed the Sage of Monticello into the outfield wall. Jefferson fell to the ground, his hair ripped by the impact.

Lincoln dashed by for his first victory since before the All Star break.

NOTE: Followers of the outfield scoreboard tally might have noted a discrepancy vs. our own presidents race standings. The Nationals scorekeepers have not credited George (or anybody) with a victory for July 10 — the last race before the all star break. We’re hoping the Nats will make the correction soon. In the meantime, we’re sticking with our count as a reflection of the true # of races this year.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Video: Teddy sends That Cat to stop George Washington

George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson in the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWashington Nationals Presidents Race: That Cat tackles George Washington as Teddy Roosevelt looks onRacing president Abe Lincoln leaps over That Cat to take the presidents raceWith George Washington coming off a recent 4-game winning streak and challenging Abe Lincoln for the season lead, Teddy Roosevelt decided he’d seen enough.

While George was taking an early lead in Tuesday’s 4th-inning race at Nationals Park, Teddy was waiting in foul territory, hiding in ambush along with long-time presidents race conspirator That Cat.

With George entering the home stretch, the t-shirt-clad panther lept out at Teddy’s urging, knocking our first president soundly to the ground. Lincoln, who was running close behind, made a nifty leap over the cat to jump into the lead.

“You been winning too many races lately George,” Teddy tweeted, “and I was tired of hearing about it!”

Abe and Tom didn’t seem to object, holding hands and skipping together at the finish line, but Abe crossed first and was awarded the victory.

And the slo-mo version:

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Wrestler John Cena pumps Teddy up to tackle Orioles Bird

The largest crowd at Nationals Park since opening day was rewarded richly Friday night after an hour-long rain delay postponed the start of the game.

John Cena gives Teddy Roosevelt a presidents race pep talkTeddy Roosevelt chases the Orioles Bird, who takes the lead in the presidents race at Nationals ParkTeddy Roosevelt tackles the Orioles Bird during the presidents race at Nationals ParkChildrens Chorus of Washington at Nationals ParkThe Nationals continued their torrid offensive streak with the 7th win in a row, and Teddy Roosevelt, despite losing the 4th-inning presidents race, delivered a satisfying blow to a longtime nemesis.

Following Tuesday night’s appearance at Nationals Park, WWE wrestler John Cena appeared Friday in a series of scoreboard video segments with Teddy Roosevelt, teaching Teddy his “You Can’t See Me” moves, and pumping up the Nats’ perennial loser both literally and figuratively in preparation for a visit from the Baltimore Orioles and their not-so-creatively named mascot, The Bird.

Before the game, The O’s fowl cheerleader pranced around Nationals Park like he owned the place, trying with little success to incite the smattering of Baltimore fans in attendance.

When the presidents race began, The Bird jumped out in front of the presidents, threatening to steal the thunder from the home town mascots; but with Teddy chasing closely behind as they turned the right field corner, the partisan crowd cheered in anticipation of what was to come.

Teddy put his newly-learned wrestling moves to use, catching The Bird and taking him down with a satisfying blow.

“You can’t see me O-bird!,” Teddy tweeted. “No WAY I was gonna let you win the race tonight!”

The antics would have to be satisfaction enough for Teddy’s long-suffering fans, who then watched George Washington blow by for the win.

A special nod to members of the Childrens Chorus of Washington, who did an amazing job with the National Anthem Friday night, and could be heard chanting the most beautiful chorus ever of “Let Teddy Win! Let Teddy Win!” from the 400 level during the presidents race!

Video to follow.

Presidents race on tandem bikes, Teddy issues a challenge

Fans who braved the cold and volatile weather at Nationals Park Saturday were rewarded with the Nats’ first victory of the season — a dramatic affair that included a hail storm and two weather delays, spectacular defensive plays, heroics, and a rare suicide squeeze.

While new regulars Rick Ankiel, Danny Espinosa, and Jayson Werth were giving long-suffering Nats fans new reasons for hope, Teddy Roosevelt again failed to deliver in the 4th-inning presidents race, falling short after being paired with Abraham Lincoln in yet another team race — this time aboard tandem bicycles.

Teddy and Abe had the lead heading into the right field corner, but failed to negotiate the turn and watched as George and Tom passed them to take the tape in the season’s second race.

Within moments of walking off field in defeat, Teddy sent a message to his Twitter followers:

“That’s it!!”, he wrote. “That is the last time Abe loses a race for me! Tomorrow I’m challenging him mono e mono!” (sic).

Sounds like we can expect fireworks Sunday in the final game of the series.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Twitter turns out to be Teddy’s downfall

2009 has been a big year for the Washington Nationals Teddy Roosevelt in the world of social media, as the team has made Teddy its official voice on Facebook and Twitter.

But last night at Nationals Park, it turned out to be Teddy’s downfall.

Teddy had an early lead in the 4th-inning presidents race, then stopped on the outfield warning track to “update his Twitter page.” Those following Teddy26Nats on Twitter saw his update: “Im in the lead! no one can stop me!”

Faster on his fingers than he is on his feet, Teddy did managed to maintain the lead after his Tweet, but then as he hit the home stretch, our #26 stopped to Tweet again: im taking this all the way!!

That’s when Abe passed him for good.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

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