Nats hold presidents race tryouts in the snow

Washington Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsThe Washington Nationals celebrated Presidents Day weekend by holding their annual racing president auditions Saturday at Nationals Park.

The team drew a record number of applicants from the DC area, and invited a select group to the ball park to run the bases and show off their entertainment skills.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsThe recent record snowfall provided a hitch for this year’s applicants, as they were asked to run the full length of the presidents race in snow that reached 2 feet deep at the finish line. The conditions posed problems for more than a few racers who needed help up after falling in the snow.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsFor the fourth consecutive year, Teddy Roosevelt was absent from the auditions. Applicants donned the 12-foot costumes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln, as they ran an indoor 40-yard dash, competed against each other on the snow-covered presidents race course, demonstrated their dancing and celebrating skills, and faced individual interviews with the entertainment staff.

We enjoyed meeting so many of the applicants as part of our first-ever video interviews (one of whom details his experience on his personal blog.

Update: Contestant Gwen Purdom details her experience in Washingtonian Magazine.

Audition photos by Ethan Ableman

Best Blogs in Washington?

Washingtonian Magazine named Let Teddy Win one of Washingtons Best BlogsTraveling last week before the season started, I pulled the Washingtonian Magazine I’d grabbed out of my bag, and was surprised to see a write-up of our little blog at in an article titled Can’t Miss Clicks: The Best Blogs in Washington.

I was extremely flattered, of course; but saddened at the same time. Of the eight sports blogs that made the Washingtonian’s list, this was the only one devoted to the Nationals. And we’re obviously a novelty pick. Nobody comes here for coverage of the team.

What’s it going to take to get the Nationals some respect?

Here’s the truth: The best sports bloggers in DC are focused on the Nationals, and many are worthy of your bookmarks. Yesterday the DC Pro Sports Report published its Nationals Blog Review for 2009, and the list just gets more impressive every year. More than 30 bloggers receive detailed reviews, and given how young the team is, it’s remarkable how many are extremely active and well-written.

It would be nice if I’m still on the Washingtonian’s list next year, but here’s hoping they and the other local media start recognizing that we have a real baseball team with tons of real fans here in DC.

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