My brother and I first learned of this cup match at a Yankees-Indians match in 1996. The Yankees, they of wealthy roster and ultimate World Series title, started Brian Boehringer that day and got slaughtered. Beyond just being at Yankee Stadium for the first time and Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez homering, the drunks in front of us were the primary source of amusement. That’s mostly because over the course of the three-hour cup game, they were responsible for a section’s value of swear words, which in ages 11 and 9 we believed was the funniest thing we had ever seen.
The cup game (swearing actually optional) is your easiest option for how to bet on baseball and also keeps you moving through any blowout. It’s a perfect option for people attending a game with a great deal of extraneous dollar invoices and no forethought.
The fundamentals: 3-6ish gamers, 1 cup, ideally rinsed. Lots of $1 bills. Strangers on your row welcome if you keep an eye on their sneaky hands when they are in possession of this cup. Put in cash and collect money from the cup dependent on the game’s events.
The principles: These can vary, but they need to be written down in pen before the game starts. The cup begins with the first person in the row and can be passed one batter at a time, changing hands when a fresh batter enters the box. Players have to collect or pay based on what happens when they are holding the cup. For novices at this, try a $1 ante, cover $2 to get an out, $3 to get a strikeout, $5 to get a double play, $20 for a triple play. Don’t make a lot of collections, since you want to maintain the pot big. Maybe collect $1 for each base on a hit and $3 for every run. What you’re playing for is that the whole pot goes to the holder on a home run (using a re-ante) and when the game finishes.
Variants: Oh, lots of things. Throw in $20 if a person gets ejected as you are holding the cup. Perhaps decide on some trigger event ahead of the match such as a 1-2-3 double play which pays just like a home run. From the time you’re veterans at this, the balance sheet of plus-plays and minus-plays should be more than a page .
Just a little math: Regardless of how many players are playing, try to take a seat in the next seat from the start of the game. (Your battle over the third chair in the row must appear something like this.) Eighty-five of the home runs at the top of their very first last year came from the No. 3 hitter in comparison to 59 in the leadoff man and 38 from the No. 2 hitter.