The most common refrain from people who think they don’t like baseball is that the game is boring. Well, that’s a boring complaint. I will go so far as to grant the haters that the game of baseball is slow, but slow is different from boring. “Slow” gives fans a chance to chirp players and players the opportunity to sass chirpy fans. “Slow” results in mind-blowingly long throws and mind-altering gifs. “Slow” means that, as a spectator, you are able to carry on a conversation, drink copious amounts of beer and gamble with your friends, all without missing a beat in the action.
That’s right, turn a night out at the diamond into a delightful summer drinking game. Baseball is full of idiosyncrasies that are just waiting to be turned into calls of “DRINK!” Here’s a simple drinking game to play out at the Nat:
A wise accountant once said that gambling is the finest thing a person can do, if he’s good at it. The highs of gambling are extravagant, the lows not worth contemplating if you don’t like contemplating what Joe Pesci would do to you if you owed him a debt. But there are few things more satisfying than being able to rub your friends’ faces in the fact that you just won twenty bucks off of them. Here are a couple of (mostly) simple gambling games to play throughout a Canadians home game.
The Cup Game (not that kind of cup, perverts):
Supplies: 1 empty Granville Island beer cup, Monopoly Money.
Recommended number of players: 4–10,
How it works: Monopoly money is divvied out and value is assigned to it (probably $0.50 or a $1, the pot can build quickly). Each bettor puts a bill into the cup and the cup begins in the hands of whoever wins the backstage coin toss (that is, figure out who starts). The bettor with the cup is tied directly to the batter at the plate. The cup moves one to the left after every batter.
During the top of each inning (visiting team hitting), if the batter:
During the bottom of each inning (Canadians hitting), if the batter:
Each time the cup is emptied, all bettors must ante up to continue playing.
The rules of Moundball are simple:
There is a Wikipedia page for Moundball because it’s 2013 and we’re not savages, so take a look at that for a full breakdown of the rules.
Written by Todd Fanter, contributor to Vancity Buzz. Connect with Todd on Twitter at @toddfanter.
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