America loves baseball; this fact has been proven over and over for decades while ticket prices soar and bumper stickers for your favorite team—obviously the Dodgers—is slapped onto your junker car. But as much as we all love this sport, it can become repetitive and boring beyond belief. So here are a few games to keep you sane while you watch your favorite team destroy (or be destroyed—after all the Dodgers did lose to the Phillies Wednesday.)
1. Out (of Money): We all might be poor, but we all at least usually have a couple bucks on us here and there. Everyone puts a dollar into the hat and chooses an inning to play in. The hat is passed around during that inning and the person holding the hat when the last out happens, wins the pot and the rest are out of money.
2. Perfect Pitch: Before the pitcher throws the ball, everyone puts in a guess to what pitch he will use (curveball, fastball, slider, etc.), whoever guesses right, wins. You can even make this a betting game if you want to lose all your money (or try to win it back from the last game).
3. Pitching Pace: Yes, another pitching guessing game, but this one takes a little more precision. Each person guesses beforehand how fast the pitch will be, whoever is closest without going over, wins. (Can also be made into another betting game if you really want to be poor).
4. Mini Fantasy Baseball: Either participants are assigned a random number—whether that is through choosing lots or through rock-paper-scissors (face it, we’re all adults here and know rock-paper-scissors solves a lot of problems). After everyone is assigned a pecking order, everyone chooses a player from each to be on their “team.” Points are based on how well their players do; a single earning one point, a double earning two points, and so on and so forth from there. But a strikeout will deduct one point. Everyone can agree on rules beforehand and always change them as they go, but everyone must agree on scoring.
5. I Spy Hide n Seek: This is a mix of two classics plus some technology. Everyone gets a handheld two-way radio and spreads out while one person is chosen to be “it.” The players hide and wait to hear from the person who is “it” on the walkie talkie saying they are coming. The “it” person can ask each person to “spy” something in front of them one time to give them a hint as to where they may be, sharing this information with them over the walkie talkie. Last to be found wins, and if the person who is “it” gives up, everyone wins (except them, of course).
Those are all the games for now, so go out and play a few while you watch your favorite pastime—even if it is a little boring, you can always make it more fun.