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Former Frog, Cubs ace Arrieta loses tattoo bet with teammate

Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta lost a bet with teammate and Coastal Carolina alumnus Tommy La Stella that the Horned Frogs would win their World Series matchup.
Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta lost a bet with teammate and Coastal Carolina alumnus Tommy La Stella that the Horned Frogs would win their World Series matchup. AP

Let this be a lesson for all you kids out there: Making a bet with friends can be fun; that is until tattoos become involved.

Overconfident Chicago Cubs ace and former TCU Horned Frogs pitcher Jake Arrieta believed so strongly that his alma mater would take Coastal Carolina at the College World Series to advance to the championship series that he made a bet with Cubs teammate and proud Coastal Carolina alumnus Tommy La Stella.

The bet? The loser will get a tattoo of the winner’s school.

For the record, Coastal Carolina is the Chanticleers, which looks like this. Or maybe Arrieta will go for the more understated “CCU.”

“So happy for those kids,” La Stella told ESPN Cubs writer Jesse Rogers about his former team on Sunday morning, the day after the Chanticleers won their second straight over TCU to knock the Frogs out of the CWS. “When we get back to Chicago we’ll get him tatted up for life.”

Arreita, who never played in a CWS himself, pays close attention to the Frogs and their championship pursuits. These were his last two tweets:

Now Arrieta will always be reminded of Coastal’s stunning triumphs over TCU on Friday and Saturday at Omaha when the Frogs entered those games needing just one win to advance.

So will we see the tattooing on social media?

“If it’s a body part that’s visually acceptable, absolutely,” La Stella said.

If it’s any consolation to Arrieta, and it doesn’t like it would be, La Stella will have to dress up as a Horned Frogs mascot to pay up his end of the bet after TCU beat Coastal Carolina in their first matchup of the CWS earlier last week.

But at least La Stella will get to take that off.

Matt Carpenter, an All-Star for the St. Louis Cardinals, was part of a group of players for TCU that helped the program build a strong foundation from 2005-2009 (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

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