However, for a Linton woman, the sport also meant a pie -- actually, several -- in the face.
That messy melee might have been the end of it, too, except for social media.
Part of the deal meant her failure on Facebook to keep pictures posted of her profile plastered in a plethora of pies, resulting in a second sticky situation.
Once again, betting on the batters left her splattered, this time covered in whipped cream and Jell-O.
Now, the videos have gone viral on YouTube, drawing nearly 8,000 views of the gooey gambler's double header of dessert and defeat.
It started simply.
Chicago Cubs fan Teresa Monier, 30, came out on the losing end of a bet with her foster uncle and Chicago White Sox fan Mike McDaniel, 36, over which team would win the cross-city contention in June.
"I'm a die-hard Cubs fan, and he's a die-hard White Sox fan," Monier explained. "The deal with him was, he wins, I get it -- and if he loses, he gets it."
It was just good-natured family fun, both agree.
"Teresa is my foster niece. When she was a baby and her mom (who for her own privacy I won't name) was like 15 or 16, they lived with my family for a while," McDaniel explained. "I was 6. We lost touch for many years and reconnected in 2007. We are very close and always look out for each other. To me, she is my niece and to her and her kids, I am their uncle."
That hasn't stopped the pair from some good-natured ribbing.
"I even picked on her a little when she was a baby," McDaniel laughed.
They distinctly diverge -- She's a Cubs fan and he's a Sox man -- but even that's a family tradition.
"She's a die-hard just like my Dad," McDaniel admits. "He's 81 years old and he's still a Cubs fan."
McDaniel even attended Cubs games with his best friend and fellow 1995 Bloomfield grad Robert Coleman while the latter lived in Chicago.
"I love the Sox, but I had no desire to go on the South Side of Chicago," McDaniel explained. "The Cubs are my National League team."
Monier, for her part, feels like she's among the minority in Southern Indiana.
"There's not that many of us Cubs fans around here. More up near Chicago."
Ultimately, the Sox prevailed over the Cubs, winning the Red Line Series 4-2 and continuing their dominance of the fan-favorite crosstown contest 49-41 overall.
That meant a messy finish to the baseball season for Monier, whose wager with McDaniel called for the loser to get duct-taped to a chair, sprayed with whipped cream and splattered in the face with a steady succession of pies.
Monier honored the bet, ending up a gooey mess and being pied in the face repeatedly by a group of friends and family -- including one ex-boyfriend and one ex-husband -- just after midnight on McDaniel's birthday.
Including some exes in the pie-smashing party might give some pause, but Monier was undaunted.
"I've been friends with my ex-boyfriend since junior high, and my ex-husband and I ended on good terms," she said, adding settling the bets even occurred at both exes' homes.
Still, looking back gives her some slight pause.
"You should've seen their reaction when we asked if they wanted to be involved," she remembers, laughing. "They were like 'Oh, definitely!' So I'm sure they probably had something they wanted to get even with me for."
The Cubs and the Sox had both been eliminated from contention by the time Monier and McDaniel settled up.
"It took us a while to get together, because I live in Bloomington now," said McDaniel.
Monier, a 2000 Linton-Stockton High School grad, promised to keep her messy mugshot as her public profile on Facebook for a month.
Instead, she deactivated her account.
"If Facebook didn't have so much drama, it'd be great," Monier explained. "But I had to take it off. I don't think it was up even a week."
McDaniel understood -- and even felt a bit sorry for his niece.
That didn't, however, stop him from administering another round of duct tape and desserts -- with the welshed wager winding up with the woman whitened with whipped cream."A bet's a bet," he explained. "And she didn't keep her end of the deal."
Like every die-hard Cubs fan, Monier's promising "Wait until next year" and plotting her revenge. Maybe her uncle will get doused in pudding or oatmeal, she suggests.
"I'll always bet on the Cubs," she promises.
McDaniel, referencing the "Back to the Future" movies where the Cubs -- finally -- win the World Series, can't resist talking some trash back.
"If we learned anything from Marty McFly, I won't have anything to worry about until at least 2015," he laughed. "And what's the lesson you've learned? Never lose a bet to Uncle Mike."