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wazza9: I have received information that the Baseball field has been removed and will not be replaced. I will look at creating this cache at a different location in the future.
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The Home Run

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Hidden : 1/8/2016
2.5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The Home Run.

This is a cache with a twist, just as a Batter does when he takes a swig to hit a ball. You are sitting on the bench by the bay deep in thought and absorbing all the activity on the waterway in front of you .

There is a lot of  noise over your left shoulder and you are encouraged you to think back to a Radio comedy routine that was made famous by Abbott and Costello when it first aired in March 1938.

You start to talk it through in your mind:

Abbott: You throw the ball to first base.
Costello: Then who gets it?
Abbott: Naturally.
Costello: Naturally.
Abbott: Now you've got it.

You hear the Umpire in the background shout Strike 2.

Again back to your minds conversation.
Costello: I throw the ball to Naturally.
Abbott: You don't! You throw it to Who!
Costello: Naturally.

You hear in the background the cling of the aluminum bat sending the ball into the distance and the call of Safe. There is a runner on First.

A new batter is over the Plate and the Pitcher takes to the mound and pitches his throw with a resulting cling. The runner from First is on his way to second; the left field fielder catches the ball on the second bounce and returns it to First base. There is a call of out on First and safe on Second. The ball is collected by centre field and returned to the Catcher.

A new batter is over the Plate and the Pitcher takes to the mound and pitches. Then comes the sound of Strike 1. The Pitcher takes to the mound and pitches, cling and the ball is stopped by the short stop who prevents the runner on second moving with a great throw to Third base.

A new batter is over the Plate and the Pitcher takes to the mound and pitches his throw with a resulting cling. The runner from First is on his way to second, and second to third. The Center field fielder recovers the ball and returns it to First. There is a call of safe on First, Second and third.

Again back to your minds conversation.
Abbott: Well, that's it—say it that way.
Costello: That's what I said.

You break your train of thought and reminisce about the greatest Batters and Pitchers in the history of Baseball and wonder who you would give your vote to for a Keyed Caesar in the sport of Baseball.

As a batter, would it be Ted Williams or Ty Cobb.

For the pitcher would you select Nolan Ryan or Sandy Koufax.

And again back to your minds conversation.
Abbott: You did not.
Costello: I said I throw the ball to Naturally.
Abbott: You don't! You throw it to Who!
Costello: Naturally.

Abbott's explanations leave Costello hopelessly confused and infuriated, until the end of the routine when Costello finally appears to catch on.

You have become interested in the game behind you, the bases are loaded and the score is 8 to 5 in the final innings and you think to yourself that a home run here will see the behind team win. You stand up and move over to the fence to watch how the game plays out.

The new batter is over the Plate and the Pitcher takes to the mound and pitches his throw and the call is a Strike.  The bases are loaded and the runners can’t move. They are all fidgeting, the Pitcher takes the mound again the result is the sound of the Umpire stating Strike 2. It all come down to one play, the Pitcher takes to the mound and the resulting call is a Ball. Has the Pitcher lost his composure and confidence?

You have time to think again about the Skit.

Costello: Now I throw the ball to first base, whoever it is drops the ball, so the guy runs to second. Who picks up the ball and throws it to What. What throws it to I Don't Know. I Don't Know throws it back to Tomorrow—a triple play.
Abbott: Yeah, it could be.
Costello: Another guy gets up and it's a long fly ball to Because. Why? I don't know. He's on third, and I don't give a darn!
Abbott: What was that?
Costello: I said, I DON'T GIVE A DARN!
Abbott: Oh, that's our shortstop!

What a great ending and now to see if the game in front of you can end as well.

The Pitcher sets himself and delivers the perfect throw. Not to be outdone, the Batter hits the perfect ball and it sails through the air to the right of one of the outfielder positions. The runner from 3rd is home and the runner from second is almost there, the runner from 1st has slipped on the second base and has slowed down as he crosses the 3rd base. An outfielder is in chase of the ball. The hitter is on his heals of the other runner, shouting at him to go faster. Can they get the Home Run they need. You turn to your left to watch the ball sail over the fence and land 166 Yards from the Plate. Both the remaining batters make it to the Home plate and a win will be celebrated.

Now you have to work out which fielder failed to stop the ball.

Once you achieve this, you will work out an angle that the ball took from the Batter to the Foul Ball line and be able to find a container that will provide you with a coded message including the coordinates to take you to GZ for The Home Run.

Congratulations for a FTF to:   Muppet95.

A lot of discussion has been created about this cache.

OK, you may find WP1 without understanding why until you read the cache description and in Hindsight, you understand you see the information needed was there, staring you in the face.

I ask that so that everyone has the same chance to experience the find, please do not tell others the result. It lowers the D/T experience for others. I have added one attribute and increased the T Rating due to a finders experience at GZ.

The use of spoilers:

The introduction of Social media to showcase caching activities is now starting to expand and I can see that over a period of time, more people will get involved and showcase their activities through this medium.

I believe that it takes away the experience that Geocaching offers, that for every person undertaking a cache hunt, it should be like they are the first to discover it. It is as much about the journey of finding the cache (working out the puzzle, thinking about where a cache might be hidden etc) as it is about finding the cache and racking up the numbers. Geocaching can take you to some beautiful and completely unexpected places. If someone has seen it on a Social media site, then the experience will no longer be a new experience.

It has been the reason why many people who have hidden caches check their logs regularly and remove spoiler images or logs. Geocaching is a controlled environment where the ownership and presentation is in the hands of the cache owner. The use of social media takes the ownership away from the cache owner and places it in the control of those working to discover the cache and present a story on an external medium. Once it has been presented on Social media, there is nothing a cache owner can do to remove it.

Geocaching is a game that everyone plays in their own way. The way Geocaching is set up means that every time a person finds a cache it is a new experience for them because they find it themselves and comment on their experience as a new finder, hopefully without a spoiler. After viewing a few spoiler reports on Social media and having to take action to remove spoiler activity presented in logs through Geocaching lately, I am requesting that this cache is not used for a Social media presentation. Please respect my request.

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