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.
Let's check out the latter.
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.