- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2020

The world will see Washington Nationals relief pitcher Aaron Barrett be doused over the head with beer. Barrett called the recognition an honor.

“As if I needed another reason to open up a Bud… Thanks for the love!” Barrett tweeted, sharing Budweiser’s newly-released Super Bowl LIV commercial that features footage of the Nationals celebrating their World Series title.

The minute-long ad features a narrator speaking ironically about “typical Americans” over footage of everyday people doing inspiring things, like a man giving the shirt off his back to a homeless man.

But it later cuts to clips of the Nationals, the U.S. women’s soccer national team and the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage celebrating their championships in 2019 by spraying beer around the locker rooms.

One shot features Anthony Rendon — now a Los Angeles Angel — and the other shows first base coach Bob Henley pouring Budweisers over Barrett’s head.

“This was Bobby Henley and I’s tradition at every single celebration starting at the Wild Card Game!” Barrett tweeted. “What an honor for this moment to be captured in @budweiserusa Super Bowl Commercial.”

Barrett was on the 40-man roster for Washington’s postseason run. He missed three MLB seasons after Tommy John surgery but made his comeback to the majors in September 2019. 

• Adam Zielonka can be reached at azielonka@washingtontimes.com.

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