Ole Miss and Virginia met Sunday in the College World Series opener for both schools, and the game carried some added significance for Nationals teammates Aaron Barrett and Ryan Zimmerman.
— Aaron Barrett (@aaronbarrett30) June 16, 2014
Mike Papi’s two-out, walk-off double made Virginia and Zimmerman winners. So what were the terms of the wager?
“It was just a fun bet, nothing too serious, money-wise, or anything like that,” the rookie Barrett told Nats beat reporter and Bog correspondent Adam Kilgore this week. “Next TV interview, he’s in the process of possibly getting me a full Virginia uniform, and I need to wear it during the next possible interview that I have. It’s going to be vice-versa. He would have had to say ‘Hotty Toddy’ during the interview. And I have to say whatever the phrase is.”
“Wahoowa?” Kilgore offered.
“Yeah,” Barrett said. “I have to say that. I lost the bet. That’s going to happen at some point. But if Ole Miss beats TCU, which is their next game, then they have to beat Virginia twice. So I might have another shot at it.”
Ole Miss did beat TCU on Thursday, setting up Friday night’s rematch with Virginia in the double-elimination bracket-play portion of tournament. If the Rebels beat the Cavaliers, the teams would meet again Saturday, with the winner of that game advancing to the best-of-three championship series.
“I don’t hate them,” Barrett said of Virginia. “They’ve ruined our season twice. And potentially three [times].”
Barrett has good reason to dislike Virginia, though. He was a junior on the 2009 Ole Miss team that was four outs away from advancing to the College World Series before Virginia rallied to force Game 3 in their Super Regional series. The Cavaliers won the deciding game. The following year, Virginia defeated Barrett — then a starter — in his final collegiate game, and the Rebels failed to advance out of the Charlottesville Regional.
The bet could’ve been juicier.
“I tried to get Zimmerman to do paycheck-to-paycheck,” said Barrett, who is making $500,000 this year. “If he would have lost, I would get one of his paychecks, and vice-versa. That would have been awesome.”
Zimmerman, who agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract in 2012, didn’t bite. Let’s hope they went double-or-nothing for tonight’s game.
Thanks again to Kilgore, who worked the Aaron Barrett beat hard this week.