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Yankees vs. Twins, 2017 Wild Card Game: The unofficial drinking game

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Grab a drink and try to enjoy the game.

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Later tonight, the Yankees will take on the Twins in the American League Wild Card Game. It’s a one-game playoff. The winner advances to the ALDS; the loser goes home. There’s no do-over, no “we’ll get them next time.” This matchup will either open the path to the World Series for the Yankees, or it will send them packing. That drama alone could drive a person to drink.

So we might as well have a little fun with it, right? The Wild Card Game comes equipped with a number of narratives that prove fun to point out. What better way to do that than with an old-fashioned drinking game? Whether you’re enjoying the social aspects of the showdown or fixing a beverage to settle the nerves, we have you covered. Below you will find the rules to the Pinstripe Alley Unofficial Wild Card Drinking Game.

A disclaimer: Please play this game responsibly. In other words, don’t actually try this. No pulling a John Ryan Murphy here. We want you in good shape should the Yankees make the next round of the playoffs.

Take one sip if...

Aaron Judge hits a home run

Luis Severino goes five innings

Brett Gardner strikes out looking

Gary Sanchez throws a runner out

Joe Girardi makes a pitching change

Didi Gregorius, Starlin Castro, and Greg Bird turn a 6-4-3 double play

Castro swings at a pitch down and away

Take two sips if...

ESPN shows the Todd Frazier - Derek Jeter Little League World Series picture

The booth mentions Sanchez’s struggles with passed balls

The Yankees leave runners in scoring position

Aaron Hicks robs a home run

Dellin Betances walks a batter

Aroldis Chapman allows a baserunner

Jacoby Ellsbury rides the bench

Finish your drink if...

Judge receives a comparison to Jeter

Ronald Torreyes hits a home run

David Robertson escapes a jam

The Yankees have a pinch-hit home run

The bullpen blows a lead

Byron Buxton robs a home run

The Yankees win the game

Should the Yankees lose, or if the game goes to extra innings, we recommend finishing your drink. Then pour another. Lining up shots after that probably wouldn’t be a terrible idea, either. Let’s just hope that level of consumption won’t be necessary.


The graphics department here at Pinstripe Alley put together this chart to help you follow the game.

A big thank you goes out to my fellow editors who helped craft the rules. This insane idea wouldn’t have seen the light of day without them.

Now that you know our game plan, let’s hear from you. Did we miss anything? Do you want to add a stipulation? Let us know in the comment section below. Plus, remember, enjoy tonight’s game responsibly.