- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2007

Teddy Roosevelt reported to camp yesterday and was spotted doing sit-ups and working out with Nationals players.

Our 26th president was winless in 37 races at RFK Stadium last season, and he apparently is determined to find the winner’s circle this year.

Somebody asked whether Teddy was going to take batting practice. A team official replied, “We think he is too tall to fit into the cage.”

The players know Roosevelt is in training and made efforts to help.

After working out, Roosevelt went to the concession stand and bought a hot dog. Before he could jam the frankfurter down his throat, Jason Bergmann rushed over and ripped the hot dog out of his grasp.

Bergmann waved his finger back and forth to Roosevelt, meaning hot dogs are off limits to anybody in training — except right-handed pitchers, apparently.

After warning Roosevelt off snacks, Bergmann downed Teddy’s dog himself.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

TO THE DOGS (UP)

Black lab wearing Zimmerman jersey

SPINOUT ON STADIUM PARKWAY (DOWN)

Near collision interrupts infield drills

FLORIDA WILDLIFE (UP)

Snake spotted at third base on field 2

PHOTO DAY (DOWN)

More hassle than necessity

BY THE NUMBERS

37

Presidents races last season at RFK Stadium.

0

Races won by Teddy Roosevelt last season.

OVERHEARD

“I didn’t bring any arrows. You’re OK.”

— Pitcher John Patterson, who brought his compound hunting bow into the clubhouse yesterday

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Tomorrow: Intrasquad game, 11 a.m.

Wednesday: Intrasquad game, 11 a.m.

Thursday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Friday: vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Orioles in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Dodgers (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.; vs. Astros (ss) in Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Cloudy, 41 degrees

Viera: Partly cloudy, 79 degrees

— Ken Wright

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