September 2, 2014

NATS: Auditions for 2013 Racing Presidents

The Washington Nationals once again invited fans with presidential aspirations to apply for the chance to become a Racing President. The team previously accepted applications and will hold auditions this Saturday, March 2 to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and newest member, Bill for the 2013 baseball season.

Note: This tryout is by invitation only and is not open to the public. Tryouts will take place regardless of weather conditions.

Check out photos from last year’s auditions.

Racing Presidents at Nationals Park on Sept. 11, 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Measure between 5’7” and 6’6” in height
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to run from center field to home plate in 40 seconds (approximately 200 yards)
  • Be able to wear a costume weighing approximately 45 lbs for several hours
  • Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games

Select candidates have been invited to Nationals Park on Saturday, March 9, 2013, where they will be required to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and run two Presidents Races from center field to the home dugout. They will also be interviewed by the Game Operations panel.

Developed in 2006, the Racing Presidents are 12-foot oversized mascots who compete during the fourth inning of every Nationals home game. The popular figures can be seen promoting the team and its community efforts at Nationals Park, the District and around the Washington region. The Racing Presidents usually visit the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll and Fourth of July celebrations. They also visited Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada, and made their first trip to the West Coast to race at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

NATS: “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure

Racing Presidents started with a racewalk to Olympic music and then Tom started to sprint at the corner and others followed. Tom won. Phillies v. Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Racing Presidents started with a racewalk to Olympic music and then Tom started to sprint at the corner and others followed. Tom won. Phillies v. Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

WASHINGTON NATIONALS RACING PRESIDENTS
HEAD WEST ON FIRST EVER ROAD TRIP TO MOUNT RUSHMORE

Fans can follow “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure” throughout
Presidents Day weekend

For the first time ever, the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents – George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and the newest member, Bill – will celebrate Presidents Day from America’s definitive presidential landmark when they visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

To kick off the Bill-Teddy rivalry, the two Presidents will “race” from D.C. to Mount Rushmore beginning Friday, February 15 and join the other Racing Presidents at the monument on Presidents Day. Fans can cast their ballots for “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure” on Twitter by using #VoteBill or #VoteTeddy to identify which of the two presidents they think should win. One randomly selected user of each hashtag will win a private mascot appearance with their respective Racing President. Official sweepstakes rules will be posted to the Nationals official Twitter account (@Nationals) when the contest launches on February 15.

All five of the Racing Presidents will celebrate Presidents Day at Mount Rushmore with the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association. Bill and Teddy will be tweeting throughout their travels and fans are encouraged to track their adventures by following @NatsBigChief27 and @Teddy26Nats.

Due to the road trip, auditions for the 2013 Racing Presidents – which are traditionally held President’s Day weekend – will instead take place on Saturday, March 2. Fans with presidential aspirations have until Wednesday, February 20 to apply for the chance to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill throughout the 2013 baseball season.

To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- Measure between 5’7” and 6’6” in height
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be able to run from center field to home plate in 40 seconds (approximately 200 yards)
- Be able to wear a costume weighing approximately 45 lbs for several hours
- Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games

Racing hopefuls should submit their cover letter, resume and photo to Entertainment@nationals.com. Once these materials are received, applicants will be contacted and required to answer six mascot-related questions. Further details regarding the 2013 Racing Presidents auditions will be released in the coming weeks.

Developed in 2006, the Racing Presidents are 12-foot oversized mascots who race in the fourth inning GEICO Presidents Race during every Nationals home game. The popular figures can be seen promoting the team and its community efforts at Nationals Park and around the Washington region. For more information on the Racing Presidents, visit nationals.com/racing presidents.

2013 Washington Nationals NatsFest (with fan photos)

“We’re going to the World Series this year.” – Principal Owner Mark Lerner said during a “State of the Nationals” forum for season ticket holders at NatsFest.

The Washington Nationals held NatsFest on Saturday, January 26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. By all accounts, it sounded like a big success with more than 7,000 fans (per @NationalsPR).

Fans got a chance to see new Nationals Denard Span and Dan Haren as well as several other Nats players and prospects, including Corey Brown, Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Christian Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Nathan Karns, Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore, Ryan Perry, Anthony Rendon, Will Rhymes, Matt Skole, Drew Storen, Kurt Suzuki, Chad Tracy, Jayson Werth and Jordan Zimmermann.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Mark Lerner, one of the team’s Principal Owners, as well as team broadcasters Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo, Charlie Slowes and Phil Wood were also in attendance. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: TEDDY WINS!

He did it! Teddy finally won during last game of regular season of Nats first winning season! [Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012] (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Well, it FINALLY happened. Teddy Won.

On October 3, 2012, Teddy was decked out in his shiny new gold sneakers and red headband, both by Under Armour.

After 525 losses and never winning a race, it seemed fitting that Teddy Roosevelt would win his first race during the last game of the regular season during the Washington Nationals first winning season.

If it hadn’t happened today, fans thought it just would not happen. Teddy has gotten a lot of attention lately and has appeared in the ESPN E:60 video, on the cover page of the Wall Street Journal, topic of an ABC special and the subject of many local news stories.

It was fun to see the Nationals players and coaches watch the race and celebrate Teddy’s victory as well. Several players have voiced their opinion on Teddy’s losing streak including Jayson Werth’s attemped coup with the bullpen last season and most recently, Drew Storen.

After Teddy’s milestone, Jayson Werth said, “I think I said last year that it’s going to be tough to win without Teddy winning, but I guess he was waiting for us.” “I guess,” Werth continued, “it marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in Nats baseball.”

Read all about Teddy’s first win and the Presidents Race history at our friends over at Let Teddy Win.

Now that Teddy has won, what happens next? Does he go back to a long losing streak? Retire? Either way, let’s hope that the race is no longer announced as the, “Main Event.” Stephen Strasburg agrees.

Congrats Teddy.

Fans under press box held up Teddy signs early in the game. – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fans were ready for Teddy to win today! Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy started off in last place – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy was decked out in his shiny new gold sneakers and red headband, both by Under Armour – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy’s new shiny gold sneakers – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

A creepy looking faux Philly Fanatic is on the far right and apparently took out the other Racing Presidents – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy leaping after victory! Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy flashed his postseason Natitude shirt to the screaming fans during Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Nats players and coaches even watched Teddy win and high-fived after Teddy’s victory – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

NATS: Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Ride on ESPN E:60

In case you missed it on ESPN on Tuesday night, here is the video featuring Senator John McCain, Ken Burns, Washington Nationals Racing Presidents, Nats’ Tom Davis, Let Teddy Win blog and many fans. Surprised that there was no mention of Jayson Werth and his thoughts on Teddy always losing.

Fun side note: I make a very brief appearance in one of the last race clips taking photos during the June 17 game.

NATS: Where are Teddy’s Glasses?

After the GEICO Presidents Race on Tuesday, June 19 at Nationals Park, we noticed that Teddy Roosevelt looked different. He was missing his glasses! Where are Teddy’s glasses? Teddy needs them back if he ever wants to win.

Where are Teddy’s Glasses? Racing President Teddy Roosevelt after GEICO Presidents Race at Nationals Park, June 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Here is what Teddy looks like with his glasses! [Racing Presidents on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (George ended up with victory)] (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATS: Happy “Racing” Presidents’ Day (with Photos)

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt had a big day in New York. The Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents spent Presidents’ Day on Long Island for their traditional skate during the intermission at a New York Islanders game. Teddy tweeted a warmup photo before game. Apparently, they also got to meet Jack Hanna.

Glad to see that Teddy made it back from Barbados safe and sound. Washington Nationals Entertainment Manager Tom Davis announced that Teddy was on vacation, which was the reason Teddy missed out when the Nationals held auditions for the 2012 Racing Presidents on Saturday, February 18. “Teddy takes a vacation every year right around Presidents’ Day weekend. I got a postcard from Teddy in Barbados,” said Davis. [Read more...]

NATS: Auditions for 2012 Racing Presidents

There is more than one race for president happening in DC in 2012.  The Washington Nationals once again invite fans with presidential aspirations to apply for the chance to become a Racing President. The team is now accepting applications and will hold auditions during the Presidents Day Weekend to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe and Teddy for the 2012 baseball season.

Racing Presidents at Nationals Park on Sept. 11, 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Measure between 5’7” and 6’6” in height
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to run from center field to home plate in 40 seconds (approximately 200 yards)
  • Be able to wear a costume weighing approximately 45 lbs for several hours
  • Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games

Racing hopefuls will have until Friday, February 10 to submit their cover letter, resume and photo to Entertainment@nationals.com. Once these materials are received, applicants will be contacted and required to answer six mascot-related questions.

Select candidates will then be invited to Nationals Park on Saturday, February 18, 2012, where they will be required to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and run two Presidents Races from center field to the home dugout. They will also be interviewed by the Game Operations panel.

This tryout is by invitation only and is not open to the public. Tryouts will take place regardless of weather conditions.

Developed in 2006, the four Racing Presidents (George, Tom, Abe and Teddy) are 12-foot oversized mascots who race during the fourth inning of every Nationals home game. The popular figures can be seen promoting the team and its community efforts at Nationals Park, the District and around the Washington region. In 2011, the Racing Presidents visited the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll and Fourth of July celebrations. They also visited Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada, and made their first trip to the West Coast to race at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. (From the team’s press release).

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

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