Nationals T-Shirt Tuesday Features Racing Presidents

Washington Nationals T-Shirt TuesdayYesterday’s home game against the Philadelphia Phillies marked the continuation of the Washington Nationals’ T-Shirt Tuesdays, which will run all season at Nationals Park.

Each Tuesday home game throughout the season, the first 10,000 fans arriving at Nationals Park will be handed a free t-shirt compliments of one of the team’s sponsors. The t-shirts have a small Curly W on the front, but a different design on the back each time.

The first T-Shirt Tuesday featured a photo of Nick Johnson sliding, but last night’s shirt was the first of a series that will feature our racing presidents. As you can see, George Washington is posed on the back, with his famous (?) quote “Who’s Your Founding Father?”

George certainly seemed motivated by the occasion, as he led the presidents race from wire to wire, holding off a late comeback by Abraham Lincoln. Could this be a sign of things to come?

Next T-Shirt Tuesday is June 3 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Photo by flickr user Scott Ableman.

Roosevelt #26 T-Shirts Are Here

Roosevelt #26 T-Shirts have arrived at, and I’m bummed I’m not going to have mine in time for the Nationals-Marlins series this weekend.

Available styles include jerseys, adult t-shirts, women’s t-shirts, and t-shirts in kids and infant/toddler sizes. There’s even a baby bib for the littlest Ben’s Chili Bowl fans to bring to Nationals Park.

All say “Washington” on the front and “Roosevelt” on the back. Like all Let Teddy Win t-shirts, these are printed to order by CafePress and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Introducing the Official Let Teddy Win TM T-Shirt

Let Teddy Win T-Shirt with Quote (front).

Announcing the first official Let Teddy Win t-shirt, for cheering on Teddy to win the presidents race in the upcoming 2008 season. This and other designs are available at the Let Teddy Win Store.

The quote on the back is by Teddy Roosevelt himself:

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, then to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

More about me: This is of course the first of many posts to come, so I’ll be brief. The I am a huge Washington Nationals fan (and partial season ticket holder) whose son fell in love with the Presidents Race from that day in July, 2006 when big-headed Teddy first came up short. I selected CafePress to create the store because the products are of very high quality (I ordered them myself before putting them up for sale). More info about me and the store are at the
Let Teddy Win About Me page.

Welcome to Presidents Race: Let Teddy Win!

Welcome to Presidents Race: Let Teddy Win! What is this site all about?

Presidents Race

The presidents race is a fixture at home games for the Washington Nationals baseball team. In the middle of the fourth inning, a race is conducted between the four presidents featured on Mount Rushmore — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt.

During the Nationals first season in Washington, the presidents race was little more than a cute bit of mid-inning entertainment conducted on the RFK Stadium electronic scoreboard. When the Lerner family purchased the Nationals in July of 2006, they introduced live, costumed racing presidents with oversized heads who entered the stadium from the right field corner and ran along the field towards a finish line near home plate. The new, big-headed presidents were an immediate hit.

Let Teddy Win!

It wasn’t apparent to most fans at first, but astute observers of the presidents race began to realize that something unusual was at foot. Day in and day out, the presidents race would be entertaining and occassionally competitive, but no matter how good a start he got, Teddy would somehow always falter before he reached the finish line. That first season finished with Teddy as the only winless racing president.

The streak continued in 2007. The Washington Nationals improved to a fourth place finish as their long rebuilding process continued, and Teddy’s relentless pursuit of his first victory in the Presidents Race became a rallying cry for fans.

2008 looks to be a huge year for Teddy Roosevelt and the Washington Nationals. As the team moves into its new ball park, the big question on the minds of many fans will be whether the team will finally let Teddy win.

Calling all Teddy fans

Do you think this is the year? Is it time for Teddy to break out? Join me in showing our support for Teddy to win the presidents race in 2008. The official Let Teddy Win shop is now open. As next season approaches, I hope to expand to include standings, photos, videos, and community features.

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