Nats invite fans to state their case for invitations to a private clubhouse party

Nats Clubhouse SocialIn March of 2015, Nationals Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Valerie Camillo asked her team to identify the Nats fans most deserving of a “thank you” for their support of the team on social media. Barely two dozen received cryptic invitations to what became the first Nats Clubhouse Social, a private party in the Nationals Clubhouse a few days before the start of the season. The evening offered an intimate and exclusive gathering of rabid Nats fans and special guests, including Camillo herself, principal owner Mark Lerner, broadcaster FP Santangelo, the racing presidents, and more.

This year, the Nationals announced via social media that they are repeating the event, and this time asking fans to nominate themselves:

Like the invitation says, get creative, and use hashtag #NatsClubHouseSocial. You have until 5:00pm.

For the First Time, Teddy Talks

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy RooseveltIn what appears to be a presidents race first, Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt has given an interview to Chris Cwik of Yahoo’s Big League Stew, making this the first time since the Nats’ presidents appeared on the scene ten years ago that any of them has spoken.

In the interview, published on Presidents Day, Teddy says he’s “much better prepared for this season than I have ever been before.” He discusses his offseason film study, two-a-day workouts, and his ambitions to win the presidents race belt back from Abe Lincoln.

He also mentions his fear of the Easter Bunny.

As for the curse some fans attribute to him, he’s not buying it. “…if there a connection between how I do and the team, I don’t see it, we both have our sights set on giving everything we got to win.”

Rugby, raccoons, and puppies can’t keep Abe Lincoln from claiming a record fifth presidents race season title

“Honest” Abe Lincoln closed out the 2015 home season Monday with an emphatic wire-to-wire victory at Nationals Park, sealing the Great Emancipator’s record fifth presidents race season title.

It was only Lincoln’s fourth victory since August 9th, but that was more than enough to hold off the increasingly crowded field. Five presidents had remained in contention heading into the final homestand, and four of them won, allowing Abe to back into the championship before the weekend.

Nationals Presidents Race Rugby World CupNationals Presidents Race Rebecca Raccoon helps CoolidgeTeddy Roosevelts dog TeddyA tribute to the Rugby world cup on Tuesday had the founding fathers carrying a rugby ball downfield, but a fumbled pass and a bit of fan interference put the ball in Teddy’s hands.

Teddy stiff-armed Abe and carried it over for the win.

Thursday night marked the return of Rebecca Raccoon, Calvin Coolidge’s famous pet, who made her first appearance back in August.

The nocturnal pest reprised her role as interloper, pouncing on Abe Lincoln and causing a pile-up in the home stretch before escorting her owner across the finish line.

Saturday was Pups in the Park day at Nationals Park, and Teddy Roosevelt used the occasion to introduce his own pet dog Teddy to the field.

Wearing a “Teddy 01” dog jersey, Teddy accompanied the Rough Rider as he followed the racing presidents onto the field, then lapped them to take the win and finish third in the season standings.

And with that, the tenth presidents race season comes to a close, a little earlier than most Nats fans expected.

Select videos of the final races of the season:

The September 22 Rugby race, as seen on Nats HD:

The September 24 Raccoon-infested race, as seen from the finish line:

The September 26 “Pups in the Park” race, featuring Teddy’s dog “Teddy”:

And the final race, as seen on Nats HD:

Video: Nats racing presidents pay tribute to Yogi Berra

The Washington Nationals racing presidents paid tribute to baseball great Yogi Berra during Wednesday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park, peppering the play-by-play with well-known quotes from the hall-of-famer who died yesterday at the age of 90.

Abe Lincoln Racing Presidents Yogi Berra

Abe Lincoln is remninded that 90% of the presidents race is mental. The other half is physical.

The Yankee great was a 3-time league MVP, 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion, but was best known over the years for his malapropisms, which Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska peppered into Wednesday’s play-by-play.

“It’s deja vu all over again,” Hruska claimed as Teddy jumped out to an early lead. When Abe Lincoln then surged from behind, Hruska cheered him on. “C’mon Abe, 90% of the presidents race is mental. The other half is physical.”

Abe responded by turning and pummeling all of his competitors into the outfield fence, then turned and ran alone towards the finish line. “He’s off to the races all by himself,” Hruska followed. “But it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Here’s the race as called in the stadium:

ESPN analyst Dallas Braden dresses as a hot dog, helps Teddy Roosevelt win the Nationals presidents race

Teddy Roosevelt Dollar Hot Dog Stand Racing PresidentsTeddy Roosevelt Dollar Hot Dog Stand Racing Presidents Dallas Braden DogDallas Braden Tackles Racing PresidentsFormer major league pitcher and ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Dallas Braden visited Nationals Park on Wednesday night, and joined in the fourth inning presidents race to help Teddy Roosevelt notch a victory.

Wednesday was dollar hot dog night, so when the presidents race began, Teddy got into the spirit by wheeling a giant dollar hot dog cart onto the field along the first base line:

As Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Taft, and Coolidge approached the home stretch, Teddy stopped them to offer a bargain dog.

That’s when “Dallas Dog”, aka Dallas Braden in a hot dog costume, jumped out of the cart and startled Teddy’s opponents.

As Teddy turned to steal the victory, Braden chased Taft back into the bullpen in right field, taking down the Big Chief before he could reach the tunnel (GIF at right).

Our finish line video is below, followed by the official call by Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska as heard on Nats HD.

After the race, mascot Screech stayed on the sidelines to help lead the crowd in a happy birthday serenade for a longtime season ticket holder who sits along the finish line.

Martha Washington knocks out five racing presidents with her purse

Martha Washington attacked Nats racing presidentsMartha Washington made yet another appearance during the Nationals Presidents race on Labor Day, and once again, the beneficiary was husband George.

This time, Martha appeared from the Nationals bullpen and swung her purse at each of George’s opponents as they approached the right field turn.

It was Martha’s fifth appearance this season, and while only some of those appearances have occurred on Mondays, both Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft introduced a hashtag indicating that we should expect more of the first first lady on Mondays yet to come:

Photo: Washington Nationals
Video: lfahome

Video: Taft dives at Teddy, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose

William Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltWilliam Howard Taft Tackles Teddy RooseveltJust one night after William Howard Taft slammed Teddy Roosevelt into the outfield wall, the Chief Justice was at it again.

On Saturday night at Nationals Park, Taft sat out of the fourth inning presidents race, but the portly president was hiding in the tunnel between section 134 and 135, and darted out onto the field as the Rough Rider was approaching the finish line.

Taft dove at Roosevelt, but as Teddy was fond of saying, it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. The two fell over the finish line, and Teddy was awarded the win.

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