July 23, 2018

NATS: Halloween Costume Contest

Enter Teddy’s #PicOrTreat Halloween Costume Contest for a change to trick or treat with Racing President Teddy! Just post a photo of you and/or your kids in a Washington Nationals-themed costume to Instagram with the hashtag #PicOrTreat by Wednesday, October 23 to enter to win! The five finalists will be announced October 24. See Official Rules.

The fall weather is upon us now so this weekend is perfect timing for heading to a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin. Fans can even download the Nats stencils and show your Natitude by carving a Nats pumpkin! Be creative!

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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.

Washington Nationals Game 162 Review: Nats clinch MLB’s best record with 5-1 win over Phillies

Our long Nationals nightmare is over.

No, not the Washington Nationals clinching MLB’s best record, which they did with a 5-1 win over their bitter rival, the Philadelphia Phillies. No, not the idea that with the best record, and the N.L. winning the All-Star game, the Nationals would have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs regardless how far they advance.

No, it was none of those things actually baseball related: Teddy Roosevelt finally won the President’s Race.

In all seriousness, the Nats benefitted from 6 2/3 solid innings from Edwin Jackson and three home runs — one each from Ryan Zimmerman, Tyler Moore and Michael Morse — to defeat the Phillies Wednesday afternoon, finishing the 2012 regular season with an MLB-best 98-64 record. The Nats will open post-season play in the League Division Series against the winner of the wild-card play-in game between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, to be played Friday evening.

Edwin Jackson earns his 10th win of the season on Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The biggest development might have been that manager Davey Johnson revealed after the game that he spent the last couple of innings in the clubhouse, receiving x-rays and treatment from team doctors after he experienced numbness in his left leg, due to nerve irritation in his back. Johnson said he was okay after the game and more concerned that he would take a misstep than anything else, and team doctors prescribed him anti-inflammatories and pain-killers.

Bench coach Randy Knorr handled managing duties for Johnson in the late innings.

As for the game action, the Phillies actually scored first, scratching a run in the top of the fourth against Jackson (W, 10-11, 4.03). Carlos Ruiz doubled to lead off the inning, took third on a ground out, and came home on rookie Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly to center field. It’s all the Phillies would get off Jackson, as he was as effective today as he’s been all season. For the day, the soon-to-be free agent right-hander gave up just the one run on six hits and a walk, striking out six.

The Nationals got that run back — and more — in the bottom half of the inning against Phillies starter Cliff Lee (L, 6-9, 3.16). Zimmerman lead off the frame with his 25th home run of the season. Morse followed with a double into the left field corner and scored on Moore’s double right after him to take a 2-1 lead.

Washington bolstered that lead in the sixth, when Moore launched his 10th homer of the year 10 rows deep into the bleachers in straight-away left field. The Nats capped the scoring in the eighth inning, as Morse clubbed his 18th of the year to the stands in right center field. After the game, manager Davey Johnson said Morse actually tweaked his left hamstring jogging out the homer and required treatment, but that Morse should be fine for play Sunday.

Michael Morse curtain call after his home run – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Christian Garcia, Sean Burnett and Michael Gonzalez went 2 1/3 scoreless inning to finish up for Jackson.

THE TAKEAWAY: All week long, Davey has said he wasn’t concerned about securing the top spot in the division, but finishing ahead of the Reds means the Nats don’t have to fly all the way across country and face Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner on the road. Instead, they’ll get either the Cardinals or Braves No. 2 starter, as the two teams face each other Friday evening to decide who moves on to face the Nats.

THE GOOD: Edwin Jackson. Even though the Phillies were playing for nothing and fielding a lineup that didn’t include Ryan Howard or Jimmy Rollins, it was important for him to go out and give a good effort after being hit around his last start against the Cardinals.

THE BAD: Jesus Flores. He’s seen his playing time significantly diminish since the arrival of Kurt Suzuki, and in his first game in two weeks, the backup catcher went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to finish the season hitting .213.

THE UGLY: Seriously, there were about 10,000 ways the marketing folks could have come up to allow Teddy to finally win the President’s Race. They could have played it straight. They could have imported other real mascots to impede the other big-head presidents. Shoot, they could have just had him come out and run it all by himself. [Photo Gallery]

But instead, they had an imitation — and rather shabbily designed, at that — Philly Fanatic hop over the rail and tackle George, Abe and Tom was perhaps the ridiculously appropriate way to end the thing. Teddy crossed the line ahead of his competition before only to be disqualified, so it’s kinda lame that he got assistance in his first qualified win, but whatever. It’s over, a blogger needs a new gig, and we can all go on with the President’s just being mascots and not some call to arms.

THE STATS: 11 hits, 1 BB, 10 Ks. 1-for-10 with RISP, 7 LOB, no GIDP. No errors, no DPs.

NEXT GAME: Sunday, Game 1 of the N.L.D.S., location and time to be determined.

Ryan Zimmerman saluting fans after Bryce Harper replaced him as a pinch runner – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Nationals coverage on Twitter @NationalsDSP.

NATS: “Teddy in 2012″ Giveaways for Last Homestand

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)

Homestand Highlights: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Fan Appreciation Month continues as the Nationals celebrate ‘Teddy in 2012’ series
during final regular season homestand

The Washington Nationals will dedicate the last homestand of the 2012 regular season to Teddy Roosevelt, one of the team’s beloved racing presidents, when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies October 1 through October 3.

Known for his steadfast determination and resilience in the face of adversity, Teddy has become a fan favorite despite his inability to win a single GEICO Presidents Race in the event’s seven year history. The race is a Nationals tradition that takes place in the middle of the 4th inning during every game at Nationals Park.

As part of the ‘Teddy in 2012’ series, the Nationals will distribute unique Teddy-themed promotional items during the final three games of the regular season. The first 20,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through the Center Field Gate before each game will receive the following giveaways:

· MONDAY, OCTOBER 1: Teddy Eye Black
· TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2: Teddy Bumper Sticker
· WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3: Teddy Lapel Pin

In addition, various pregame and in-game videos featuring special guests will air in the hopes of motivating Teddy to put forth his best effort in the final races of the 2012 regular season. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nationals.com/teddy.

The Nationals will also extend Fan Appreciation Month into October and give fans the opportunity to win various prizes during each game of the final homestand, including Nationals merchandise, autographed items from Nationals players and a variety of giveaways from the team’s corporate partners.

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
To receive up-to-date WMATA service notifications on a mobile device, fans are encouraged to register for Alert DC at https://textalert.ema.dc.gov/. Visit nationals.com/waytogo for information on parking and additional routes to Nationals Park.

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.

Washington Capitals Day at Potomac Nationals

The Potomac Nationals, single-A affiliate for the Washington Nationals, celebrated hockey with Washington Capitals Day on Sunday, August 12th at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Prior to the P-Nats game against the Winston-Salem Dash at 1:05 p.m.,  Washington Capitals “Enforcer” and NHL Hall of Famer Rod Langway signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans. Langway, known as the “Secretary of Defense”, was a two-time winner of the Norris Trophy which is given to the NHL’s top defensemen. He also finished second to Wayne Gretzky in 1982 for the Hart Trophy which is given to the MVP of the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1979. Langway was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002. [Read more…]

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)

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