Teddy’s shark attack targeted Terry Francona

Shame on me for missing this one, but Sunday’s Shark attack by Teddy Roosevelt was more than just a celebration of Shark Week.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt celebrates Shark Week - Photo by Cheryl NicholsAs Dan Steinberg pointed out in the outstanding DC Sports Bog, there was a Boston Red Sox cap stuck in Teddy’s teeth.

The cap was a swipe at Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who had taken his own swipe at Nationals fans and the presidents race during a conversation with reporters. “We don’t need to have president races or mustard racing ketchup”, he said. “Our fans like our baseball, and I actually really think that’s cool. Nothing against mustard.”

Funny. When I visited last summer, Fenway felt like a giant after-work happy hour, they played a watered-down version of baseball with a DH, tossed beach balls in the stands, and fans poured out early because the team was losing.

Photo by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network

Racing presidents run relay on segways & bicycle taxis

Washington Nationals racing presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson ride the anchor leg of a presidents race relay at Nationals ParkThe racing presidents pulled out all the stops for the standing room only crowd of 41,985 tonight at Nationals Park, completing the homestand against the Boston Red Sox with a multi-vehicle presidents race relay.

Abe Lincoln and George Washington competed in the first leg, riding Segway personal transporters along the left field warning track toward a finish line that had been moved to center field from its usual location in foul territory.

With Abe on a Segway and unable to put on his usual burst of speed, George was able to hand a huge lead to Thomas Jefferson, who took on Teddy Roosevelt in the second leg riding pedicab bicycle taxis.

Tom jumped into one of the taxis as the driver started peddling him to the finish line, but then Teddy Roosevelt took the reigns and started peddling his own cab. The Rough Rider ignited the crowd when he briefly overtook Tom, but the peddling wore him out. Teddy faded at the finish and failed to deliver for the 201st time.

Teddy throws tea party, Abe’s feet are on fire

Perhaps Teddy knew better than to take the field with the Boston Red Sox.

The Nats set another attendance record Wednesday night as the visiting Red Sox helped draw a record crowd to Nationals Park for the second night in a row.

Boston took the lead for good in the 4th inning, just before George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln took the field for a very unusual presidents race.

Teddy Roosevelt, on the other hand, appeared only on the outfield scoreboard, where the Rough Rider was holding his own Boston Tea Party, tipping over cases labeled “TEA.”

Abe Lincoln fire extinguishersThe other presidents stopped in their tracks to watch Teddy’s antics, but after about ten seconds, Abe Lincoln took off towards the finish line, leaving George and Tom staring at the screen.

Never a one to win graciously, the Great Emancipator celebrated his uncontested victory by dancing as two members of the Nat Pack sprayed fire extinguishers at his feet.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome.

Teddy races on a unicycle, loses lead quickly

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt races on a unicycleThe largest crowd in Nationals Park history was on hand Tuesday night for the opener of the Washington Nationals first home series against the Boston Red Sox.

The variety of Red Sox paraphernalia on display suggested that many were going to see their first Washington Nationals presidents race, and Teddy Roosevelt — always the showman — set out to make an impression.

Abe Lincoln wins the Washington Nationals presidents race.When the 4th inning race began, Teddy dashed out and hopped aboard a unicycle. Whether our #26 thought this would help him win the race is hard to say, but he gave it a valiant effort before falling quickly behind the other racing presidents.

Teddy gave up on the unicycle about half-way through the race, but it was far too late to catch up to Abe Lincoln, who has now won four of the last 5 races to take a commanding lead in the season standings.

The Real Problem with Willy Mo Peña

Lost amid the all-star headlines yesterday was the news that the Washington Nationals’ beleaguered left fielder Wily Mo Peña was likely headed to the disabled list.

Wearing Teddy's Number 26, Wily Mo Pena grounds into a double play.  Flickr photo by MissChatter.The 26-year-old would-be slugger might very well be the biggest disappointment for the Nationals in a season choc full of disappointments. Touted as an everyday middle-of-the order power hitter when GM Jim Bowden acquired him from Boston, Peña has instead hit an embarrassing .205 this season with just two home runs and 10 RBI.

Now an MRI has revealed that Peña has been playing with a small tear in his left rotator cuff and a frayed labrum in his left shoulder, something the Nationals should have diagnosed much earlier. Bowden pointed to this discovery as “certainly the main reason” that Peña has not performed, but just to be safe, may I suggest that the Nationals made another mistake that could be affecting Wily Mo’s play.

Teddy Roosevelt Jersey T-Shirt Number 26When the Nationals brought Peña here from the Red Sox, they changed his uniform number from 22 to 26, the number previously worn by pitcher Ramon Ortiz.

Surely Wily Mo asked for the number he’d worn while with the Cincinnati Reds, but if he’d been paying attention, he might have noted that the #26 is already owned by the most cursed member of the Nationals for the last 3 seasons: Teddy Roosevelt.

In an organization that has had more than it’s share of bad luck, Teddy has easily been the most snakebitten of all. Until Teddy’s run of bad luck clears up, the organization might think about keeping #26 set aside just for him.

My advice to Wily Mo: Rest that shoulder, and when you come back, ask for a new number.

Photo of Wily Mo Peña courtesy of Nationals blogger Miss Chatter.

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