No. 1 pick Mickey Moniak's name is tattooed on his friend thanks to a bet

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Mickey Moniak, the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/phi/" data-ylk="slk:Philadelphia Phillies">Philadelphia Phillies</a>’ first overall selection in 2016 MLB draft, smiles during a baseball news conference, knowing that his friend will have to get his signature tattooed on his behind. (AP Photo)
Mickey Moniak, the Philadelphia Phillies’ first overall selection in 2016 MLB draft, smiles during a baseball news conference, knowing that his friend will have to get his signature tattooed on his behind. (AP Photo)

When you want to celebrate an important and exciting moment in your life, what do you do? Perhaps you go to dinner with family and friends. Maybe you buy yourself a bottle of champagne or an expensive fifth of scotch. You could go on a shopping spree or a vacation or to a theme park. There are many options.

Philadelphia Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak did something a little different to celebrate being picked No. 1 in 2016’s amateur player draft. He got his name tattooed on his friend’s behind.

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Strictly speaking, this isn’t a “celebration.” It’s payment of a bet. When the draft happened back in June, Moniak bet his friend Ethan Abrams that he would be picked in the top ten. If Moniak was picked before the draft got to 11, Abrams had to get Moniak’s name tattooed on his butt. Here’s Moniak talking about it.


Honestly, you could get worse tattoos. The tattoo that Abrams had to get is actually pretty nice. It’s done in a stylish dark red color, the line work is clean, and no one’s going to see it unless he pulls his pants down. The bet could have been a lot worse! A tattoo on your arm or back would be easier to see, and then Abrams would have to explain to a lot more people why he has a tattoo of someone else’s name on his body. But on the other hand, having his butt tattoo broadcast so widely means that a lot of strangers are probably going to ask to see it.

This whole bet was pretty fantastic, and it wasn’t one-sided: Abrams bet Moniak that if he went in the top 20 of a future draft, Moniak would have to get a similar tattoo in the same place. This isn’t farfetched, either. Abrams is a pitcher at Columbia University, and so the chances of him being selected in a future draft are decent.

Moniak is 100% in support of this, though. In his tweet about Abrams’ tattoo, he said “Can’t wait till I get mine.” It’s so nice to see friends supporting each other, even if it is through painful, permanent tattoos on private body parts.

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