The Rules of the Baseball Drinking Game (MLB & Baseball Beer Pong)
Many don't know that there are two versions of the baseball drinking game. One is enjoyed socially over the course of a delightful (slog-through-it) 3+ hour tour of the diamond where real professional MLB players decide whose homerun trots are best. The other version of the game is a cut-throat, high action riff on the game of beer pong. It is debatable which version of the game requires more athleticism.
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Baseball Drinking Game (MLB version)
The MLB versions of the Baseball drinking game is quite different than the pong version of the Baseball drinking game. This set of rules is much more social and relaxed. In fact, one of the most interesting things about the MLB Baseball Drinking Game is that you can go back in history and drink through the biggest moments of your favorite team(s) of years past.
Before we begin, everyone take one drink if your favorite team is not the Brewers. Brewers fans, give one drink. Why? Because they make the delicious beer you're enjoying right now. No, not the team ... you know what we mean.
MLB Drinking Game (Little League Rules)
Best to cover this as well before we get started. If you aren't ready for the big show, you can take the junior varsity route. Essentially, you're going to cut the rules in half. Select a team and only follow that team's actions throughout the game.
For example: If the Boston Red Sox are playing the New York Yankees, you pick one of those teams and drink to their offensive and defensive actions. If you select the Boston Red Sox as your team, and you should, because it's wrong to pick the Yankees, then you only drink when they make an out or get a hit.
To note: Global rules like a rain delay or a player charging the mound are still in play.
Technically you can play by yourself, but like most games, it's better to play in a group setting.
- A television
- Beverage(s) of choice
- A way to get baseball on the TV (broadcast, cable, satellite, subscription, app, youtube, etc.)
Take One Drink
- For every out
- For every single
Take Two Drinks
- For every double
- If a runner steals second
- If a batter is hit by a pitch
- For an unassisted double play
Take Three Drinks
- For every triple
- When a rain delay is called
- If a runner steals third
Take Four Drinks
- For every homerun (extra sip if the player points to the sky prior to touching home plate)
- When a rain delay ends
- If a runner steals home
- If a pitcher throws a no hitter
- If a pitcher balks
Finish Your Drink
- If a player hits a grand slam
- If the defense turns a triple play
- If a pitcher throws a perfect game
- When the game ends
- If a player charges the mound. Keep going until the first bullpen pitcher arrives in the infield.
- If a player hits a walkoff homer, you conduct a waterfall until they touch home plate.
Baseball Drinking Game (Pong Version)
The pong-based version of the baseball drinking game does not revolve around sips for singles and double plays on TV. You, the player, have full control over the outcome, as you "hit" and "field" on and around the beer pong table.
Much like the real game of baseball, each team is afforded a turn on offense and defense as they play through a 9 inning game (yes, you can go into extras). Similarly, you get 3 outs per half inning to show off your hitting (tossing) prowess and glove work.
The object of the game is the same: score more runs than the other team.
Like Wiffleball, you could play a game 1-on-1. However, it is generally better to play with larger teams. Four on Four is an ideal number to help spread out the beverage consumption of the game and to fall within the rules of gameplay. You could play with 10 ... kind of like an extra fielder for both teams.
- 14 Solo Cups
- Beverage(s) of choice
- Ping Pong balls.
- A Beer Pong table. A ping pong or regular old table will do in a pinch.
How to Setup the Table
Table setup is key in Pong Baseball, as you need to establish how to hit singles, doubles, triples and homeruns, as well as First, Second and Third base. The beer pong table should have ample room to move around it. If you don't have space, maybe because you're in a college dorm room, get creative. Using a smaller table is an option if you cut the field in half (players switch sides on O/D and you only have 4 cups for hitting).
Ok, arrange the table the long way. Starting with the edge of the short side of the table, each team should find the midpoint and place four cups extending out in-line toward the other side. Moving from the edge inward, these will be the homerun cup, triple cup, double cup, and single cup.
How do you fill the cups?
- First Base: 1/4 full
- Second Base: 1/2 full
- Third Base: 3/4 full
- Homerun: Full
The three cups on each side of the table represent the bases for runners - aka - people playing Flip Cup. Fill the Solo cups 1/4 to 1/3 full. Do this every time those cups are emptied.
It's just like baseball, only better. As such, each team gets three outs per half inning to hit (shoot) and three outs per half inning to field (play defense). Once the hitting team has made three outs, you switch sides. An inning is played when both teams have made three outs hitting.
As a hitter/shooter, your only goal is to get a hit. This comes in the form of a single, double, triple or homerun. Anything that isn't a hit has a negative result, such as a strike or an out.
What is a strike?
- A throw that hits the beer pong table and no part of s single, double, triple or homerun cup.
What is an out?
- Three strikes and you're out.
- If you throw a ping pong ball at bat which connects with a hit cup and doesn't go in, the defense has a chance to record an out by catching the ball before it hits the table or the ground.
- Caught stealing. If a baserunner loses at flip cup in an attempt to steal, they are considered out.