The game of Pass the Cup is played with three or more participants at a baseball game. The cup is passed from player to player at the conclusion of each at bat down on the field. It does not matter which team is hitting - the game is predicated on what each batter does.
Money is placed into the cup or taken out of the cup depending on the outcome of the at bat. The player holding the cup when a home run is hit wins the entire pot. If there is still money in the pot when the last out is recorded, the cupholder takes the remaining proceeds of the pot.
Money is paid into the pot according to the following schedule:
Fly out (fair territory): 25 cents
Fly out (foul territory): $1
Ground out: 25 cents
Reach base on error 25 cents
Balk $1 (and keep the cup)
Baserunner caught stealing 75 cents (and keep the cup)
Strike out swinging: $1
Strikeout looking: $2
Strikeout bunting $1
Strikeout on 3 pitches - add $1 to any above scenario
Fielders choice: 25 cents
Double play: $1
Unassisted double play $2
Strike 'em out/throw 'em out double play $2
Double play to end inning - add $1 to any above scenario
Triple play: $5
Money is taken out of the cup according to the following schedule:
Player or manager gets ejected: collect $2 (and keep cup)
Home run: collect the entire pot
Last out of the game: collect the entire pot
The cup is passed without payment according to the following schedule:
Base on balls
DOUBLE JEOPARDY RULE --- "MOUNDERS"
Here is an addition to the game which kicks in when the final out of each inning is recorded. Watch the player on the field who has the ball in his possession when the inning ends. He will usually toss it towards the mound, so the opposing pitcher can pick it up to begin his warm up tosses. If the ball lands cleanly on the pitcher's mound (i.e. does not touch the grass at all) that is a Mounder, and the cupholder has to pay double the above fee into the pot
For example... a strikeout looking costs $2. The catcher than tosses the ball towards the mound. If it lands on the mound and thus becomes a Mounder, the fee doubles to $4. If if rolls off the mound, only $2 is due.
Any scenario not covered here is subject to a final ruling by "The Commish". Make sure you designate a lead person to mediate any arguments or disputes.
PASS THE CUP
Here are the official rules for "Pass the Cup", a great game to play at a baseball game with your friends.
We've tried to outline every scenario possible and have added some amendments over the years as well.
Thanks to Kevin Dale, the road trip "Commish" for his assistance!