8/6/2014 9:28 A.M. ET
Beat the Streak in a Day and win $5.6 million
By Zachary Finkelstein / MLB.com
Who wants to be a millionaire? Better question: Who doesn't?
Those MLB season tickets you've always wanted? They'd be yours for years to come. Want to hit up every Major League ballpark? You'd be traveling first class.
And if you think all that's unobtainable without a ton of toiling, think again. Because thanks to Beat the Streak in a Day -- one of MLB.com's fantasy games -- $5.6 million could become a part of your reality in just a several-hour span on Friday.
In MLB.com's traditional Beat the Streak game, participants try to establish a virtual "hitting streak" by picking one or two big leaguers per day, with their streaks continuing as long as their selections collect at least one hit in their contests. Stretch a streak to 57, and you win the ultimate cash prize.
Beat the Streak in a Day works the same way, except for one not-so-small difference: Fans can make all 57 picks at once. Get them all right, and you can call yourself a millionaire.
Those who want to play can do so two ways:
1. Eligible fans looking to flaunt their baseball acumen can show their stuff by picking the "Select Your Own" option, which allows for all 57 picks to be made by the participant.
2. Entry can come with just an easy button push, too, as "Quick Pick" will choose 57 out of the top big leaguers based on several different criteria: Top 2014 batting average, most hits in '14 and highest hits-to-games-played rate in '14. The final decision rests with you, however; if you don't like some of your selections, you can change any or all of them as you'd like.
Fans who wish to join the quick-hitting fun can do so until 4 p.m. ET on Friday. Just visit MLB.com/btscontest to sign up.
Regardless of the game's outcome, someone will leave a winner. If no one bats 1.000 (57-for-57), $1,000 will be awarded to the fan who comes closest.
A cool grand was granted each time BTS in a Day ran in 2013; last time it was played, in September, the leader took home the solid sum following an impressive 45-for-57 (78.9%) performance. And don't think that was an outlier of some sort, as a handful of others also finished within striking distance. Baseball's truly a game of inches, and with a few bloops here and a seeing-eye bleeder there, you could become a BTS legend with just one push of a button. Not a bad deal, if you ask us.
In 13-plus seasons of BTS play, no one has matched Joe DiMaggio's record hitting streak of 56, set in 1941. To win the game's $5.6 million grand prize, one must top Joe D.'s run by one. Whether someone can do so on Friday remains to be seen.
Zachary Finkelstein is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.