Probably every sports fan at one point or another has sat around with friends and quizzed each other on the 1998 Cubs starting lineup or the last Sox player to win the batting title.
Now Comcast SportsNet has a show that does just that, putting die-hard fans against each other to determine the most knowledgable Chicago baseball fan.
The show, "The Batter's Box," is hosted by CSN anchor Luke Stuckmeyer, 40, and premieres at 5 p.m. Sunday.
He chatted about what it's like to be a game show host for a show every Chicago baseball fan would love to be on.
It seems like this show is natural for Chicago baseball fans, how did you think the contestants stacked up?
It puts to the test who really nows what they're talking about. Guys like to brag about who knows their sports trivia, especially which side of town knows more. So this shows who really knows their stuff. I can say from going through the entire season this group of people knew their stuff. There wasn't one person who wasn't really, really good.
What is your favorite part of the show?
I enjoy the personality of the people. It was fun for me to watch the different people react in different ways. You had really, really confident contestants and then others who weren't sure how good they were. We had a group a characters on the show for sure. It was fun to watch the overconfident guy get knocked down a peg. And sometimes you felt bad for people who really knew their stuff but couldn't get to the answers quickly.
How do you think you would have done as a contestant?
Some of these people did a lot better than I would have done. Thankfully there's the Internet and media guides.
What percentage of the questions do you think you knew the answer to before you asked them?
On the show, the questions are divided into homers, triples, doubles, singles depending on how tough they wanted them to be. I would say I knew all the singles and most of the doubles, but the triples and homers were really hard. You were either guessing or you were really that much of a freak. Some people got the homers.
What is your favorite game show?
I used to love the cliffhanger guy on "The Price is Right." The yodeler was my favorite. I always liked "Wheel of Fortune." I never liked"Jeopardy!"
Would you say you modeled your hosting after any other game show hosts?
I was winging it. I've watched enough game shows, but to say I was Pat Sajak would be a bit of an exaggeration.
What did you find most difficult about being a game show host?
It's not like broadcasting. You are kind of leading people through the game. I had never played the game or seen the game before we started taping, so there was a sort of feeling out. There's no teleprompter, there's no pregame rehearsal, there's no prep work you can do for it. The only real prep work I had was playing the "Family Feud" board game as a kid.
Did you ever think about being a game show host?
I never once thought about it in my life but I had a great time doing it.
Did you ever know the answer to a questions and have to keep yelling out the right answer to a contestant?
It was hard not to be the guy on his couch. As you hear someone thinking though the question and talking themselves out of the right answer you wanted to yell at them. It happened almost every episode.
'BATTER'S BOX' BREAKDOWN
Contestants: Eight "Cubs experts" and eight "Sox experts," ranging in age from early 20s to mid-40s.
Schedule: Airs Sundays beginning July 1, culminating in the championship round (Cubs finalist vs. Sox finalist) on Oct. 7.
Format: Contestants answer multiple-choice questions while applying baseball logic to move "runners" around the bases and score runs. The level of difficulty of the questions ranges from a "single" (easier questions) to "home run" (most challenging questions). The player with the most runs at the end of three innings wins, and that player advances to the next round.
At stake: The grand prize includes a luxury suite for the winner and guests at U.S. Cellular Fieldor Wrigley Field for a game in 2013, along with the opportunity to throw out the first pitch and more.