How to Play Baseball Drinking Game
Baseball Drinking Game: What to Expect
This week’s drinking game will put you back on your feet! Baseball is a wildly fun and competitive 2v2 drinking game. It is a great game for all types of drinkers, but it does: 1. Result in quite a bit of drinking 2. Require standing up and moving around. Grab a partner and a couple of competitors who are up for the challenge, and let’s get at it!
What You Need:
- 4 people (2 teams of 2)
- 10 Solo cups
- Ping-pong ball
- Paper or dry-erase board to keep score with (optional, but recommended)
- Water bowl or cup (optional, but recommended to clean ball)
Set it Up:
Each team will take an end of the table. Each team will also set up a line of 4 cups, going from the edge of the table towards the center. These cups will represent the “bases” in the game. The cup closest to the edge is a “homerun” and should be filled with a full beer. The next cup is “third base” and should have ¾ of a beer. The next cup is “second base” and should be filled with ½ of a beer. Finally, the cup nearest the opposing team is “first base” and should be filled with ¼ beer.
Once the four bases have been set up, each team will put an extra solo cup near the edge of the center of the table (so, each team will have an extra cup opposite the other team’s extra cup). This cup will basically be used for Flip Cup mini-games. Each of the cups should be filled with ¼ beer.
Finally, if keeping score, you should prepare a piece of paper or dry erase board with a “scoreboard” that would be used in actual baseball games. You will just want to keep track of “runs”, so you will create a space for each team’s score to be recorded in each of the nine total innings. You can also place a water cup or bowl at the center of the table. The ping-pong ball can be placed in this bowl or cup.
Let’s Get this Ball Game Started!
We are ready to play! As with an actual baseball game, teams will alternate turns each “inning”. Either team can start with the ball.
The first player on the starting team will shoot the ball at the four cups/bases lined up by the opposing team. This throw can result in any of the following:
- Player sinks the ball in a cup: the throwing team will have a man “on base” corresponding with the cup hit (closest cup= 1st base, second cup= 2nd base, third cup= 3rd base, last cup=home run). The opposing team must drink the cup hit and refill it before play continues
- The ball hits a cup and bounces off of the cup: if the ball hits the table, this is a “strike”. After 3 strikes, the team gets an out. If the opposing team catches the ball before it hits the table or ground, the throwing team gets an out
- The ball misses the cups entirely: the throwing team gets an out.
Once the first player has thrown, it is the second player’s turn. Teammates alternate turns until they have 3 strikes. It then becomes the other team’s turn and is the top of the first inning.
Fairly straightforward, right? Curveball time! The team “at bat”/throwing team can attempt to steal a base at any point IF they have a man on base. To do this, the player throwing will go to the extra cup his/her team poured at the beginning. He will chug the cup and flip it as if it were flip cup. As soon as the opposing team sees him go to do this, a member from the opposing team will go to the extra cup they poured across the table. They will also chug and flip the cup. The first team to chug and flip the cup wins. If the throwing team wins, the man or men on base advance by one base. If the defending team wins, the team gets an extra out and the man on base is no longer there. (If there are multiple people on base and the throwing team loses an attempt to steal, the man on the lowest base is out).
All cups must be filled before a team can attempt to steal a base (so, you cannot steal while the opposing team is in the process of filling a cup). It is best to be subtle about stealing—if the opposing team doesn’t realize you plan on it, you will likely get more of a head-start.
Scoring works as it would in an actual baseball game—a home run gives a team 1 run. If a man is on third and a player gets a single, it drives the man on third home and the team gets a run. If a player has loaded bases (a man on each base), but they get 3 outs, the bases are cleared and it is the opposing team’s turn.
That’s all folks! The team with the most runs at the end of nine innings wins the game. We will map out an inning to demonstrate the rules if you are still a little unclear:
Team 1 (top of first):
-Player 1 hits the second cup. Team 1 has a man on second and team 2 drinks and refills the cup.
-Player 2 bounces the ball off of the cup and it hits the table. Team 1 has one strike
-Player 1 misses the cups altogether. Team 1 gets 1 out and the strike is cleared.
-Player 2 hits the first cup. Team 1 has a man on first and the man on second advances to third. Team two drinks and refills the first cup.
-Player 1 rushes to the steal cup to steal a base. He chugs and flips the cup before team 2 chugs and flips their cup. The man on third runs home, and the man on first runs to second. Team scores 1 run
-Player 1 bounces the ball off of a cup, and the opposing team catches it before it hits the ground. Team 1 now has 2 outs.
-Player 2 rushes to the steal cup to steal a base. Team 2 catches on quickly and chugs/flips their cup before Team 1. Team 1 gets their third out, and Team two is now up to bat! Team 1 ends up with 1 run
Team 2 (bottom of first inning):
-Player 3 rushes to the steal cup to steal. However, team 1 knows that no one is on base to steal. They point this out to Player 3. Player 3 drank the beer for nothing. Hopefully he was thirsty.
-Player 3 misses the cups entirely. Team 2 has 1 out.
-Player 4 hits the third cup. Team 2 has a man on third. Team 1 drinks and refills the cup.
-Player 3 rushes to steal again. He is too slow, and team 1 chugs and flips their cup before he can. Team 2 now has 2 outs and no men on base.
-Player 4 bounces the ball off of a cup and it hits the table before the opposing team can catch it. Team 2 has 1 strike
-Player 3 bounces the ball off of a cup and it hits the table before the opposing team can catch it. Team 2 has 2 strikes
-Player 4 bounces the ball off of a cup and it hits the table before the opposing team can catch it. Team 2 has 3 strikes: this means they get their third out. The inning ends. The second inning will begin with Team 1 throwing.
In this scenario, the inning ended with the following score: Team 1: 1 Team 2: 0
The players would continue through all nine innings. The same rules would apply, and the team with the most runs at the end would win. Pretty simple!
Try this one out! If you are familiar with actual baseball rules, the Baseball Drinking Game is pretty simple. If you are not, we promise it is worth learning for this game!
Have any questions? Play it differently? Let us know by commenting below!
As always, please drink responsibly and have a great time!