Ole Miss alum Aaron Barrett tried to get U-Va. alum Ryan Zimmerman to bet paychecks on the College World Series


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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.

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.

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