Tag:Presidents race
Posted on: September 24, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 7:12 pm

Nats' Werth stages a coup in presidents race

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Sometimes you wonder if baseball players take any notice of the other things going on around the ballpark during the game. Well, with 162 games, they're bound to take notice of somethings, especially in a team's home park.

In Washington D.C., the team holds the President's Race during each game with large-headed mascots of ex-Presidents racing from the bullpen down the right-field line. The joke, of course, is that Teddy Roosevelt has never won the race. Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is on a crusade to change that.

Saturday, Werth, center fielder Rick Ankiel and the Nationals' bullpen took out all the presidents in an attempt to win the race. However, Roosevelt also fell down and all the mascots went back into the stadium through the bullpen before finsihing the race, so Werth crossed the finish line himself.

Here's the video of the incident:

"Well, if Teddy can't win, then no one wins in my book," Werrth told reporters after the team's 4-1 victory over the Braves (via CSNWashington.com). "I'm the last remaining member of the Bull Moose Party, I guess. I don't really know what else to say."

Werth was asked if he and his teammates had warned the presidents what was coming, he didn't exactly answer the question.

"I can't really comment," Werth said. "When you stage a coup, it's better to keep it quiet."

Friday night, Werth  tried to hold up Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in order to give Roosevelt the win. He slowed them down, but he couldn't get to Thomas Jefferson, who finished ahead of Roosevelt.

Here's the video of Friday's shenanigans:

Werth wouldn't say if he had any plans for Sunday's presidents race, the final one of the season at Nationals Park. Lincoln currently leads Jefferson 30-29 in the season series.

The genesis of Werth's membership in the Bull Moose Party goes back to May when Werth said "things need to change" after a loss to the Brewers.

Later when asked to expand on his statement, he joked, "Why doesn't Teddy get to win?" as a way of saying what kind of change the team needed to make.  

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:59 am

Video: Strasmonkey takes out Teddy

By C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the things I find great about baseball is the trend of racing mascots -- and while the Brewers did it first and do it best (I have two bobble-sausages in my collection), I do love the spin the Nationals have put on the mascot race. If you're not aware, during the Presidents Race, Teddy Roosevelt never wins.

That, of course, has led to blogs and Twitter feeds documenting poor Teddy's struggles.

When it looked like Teddy may win on Tuesday, Stephen Strasmonkey from the team's Double-A team in Harrisburg, Pa., came out of the stands to tackle Teddy. Check it out in all it's slo-mo glory here:

Teddy and the rest of the presidents were guests in Harrisburg this past weekend, where George Washington knocked out the Senators' mascot Rascal during a dance-off. Later in the game, the Senators' racing monkeys tackled Teddy. It was a precursor to Tuesday's actions, where Abraham Lincoln claimed a victory after Teddy went down.

Here's what Teddy had to say after the race:

Here's the entire race and aftermath for those of you into that sort of thing:

HT to the D.C Sports Bog

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com