Abe Lincoln takes on the “Let Teddy Win” fans

Nationals Park Empty StandsTeddy Roosevelt fans were out in force tonight as WeLoveDC.com sponsored its first “Let Teddy Win” night at Nationals Park, complete with a private ballpark tour, pre-game rally, presidents race trivia contest, food, prizes, and rally for our favorite racing president.

With an otherwise cold, damp night
Let Teddy Win Babyattracting the smallest crowd in Nationals Park history, it felt at times like a private party.

Among the reported 11,191 in attendance were presidents race rooters young and old, and of course Teddy signs everywhere, particularly during the 4th-inning presidents race.

The rain had stopped well before the first pitch, but Teddy Roosevelt took no chances, racing while carrying an umbrella from start to finish.

The umbrella was too small to cover Roosevelt’s giant head, but not too small to slow him down, and Abe Lincoln raced past him to move back into a tie with Tom for the season lead.

A huge contingent of Teddy fans met Abe with boos at the finish line, and Abe climbed into the stands to confront them, but was escorted off the field as the crowd chanted “Let Teddy Win.”

It was great to meet and enjoy a game with so many readers. Thanks to Cathy and the crew at WeLoveDC.com for sponsoring a terrific night at the park.

More photos to follow (if you have photos to share, let me know!).

Video courtesy of YouTube member and intrepid presidents race fan lfahome

After rain delay, Teddy races with an umbrella

After a 1/2-dozen roster moves, the signing of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to a long-term contract, and the calling up of rookie Jordan Zimmermann for his first major league start, there was an unusual mood of cautious optimism in the air tonight at Nationals Park. With the sound of thunder booming in the distance, it seemed the perfect night for Teddy to take his first presidents race victory.

It was wishful thinking. More than 3 hours after the scheduled start time for tonights game between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, the racing presidents finally took to the soggy outfield. After taking an early lead, Teddy seemed more concerned with staying dry, struggling as he ran with a comically undersized umbrella, while Abe passed him by to take the tape.

Abe now has sole posession of first place in the presidents race standings. Let’s hope this isn’t a repeat of last year.

Reminder: Two days left for Half price tickets for Teddy fans.

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