# Solution to Baseball

Answers in this round:

AUTUMN ORCHID CILANTRO ECTOPLASMIC FIRST VOLUMES KESHORN WALCOTT QUIZMASTER UGLY SIMPLE WATER IMPACT ZONE PLATE

We are presented with a video containing 18 clips from different baseball games. It is tempting to gather data about the teams; however, several of the clips are old, and one of them is an All-Star Game, so this route doesn't seem productive. Thus, we turn to the plays that are shown.

In each clip, the ball is pitched and then hit (or, in the clips where the catcher is the relevant fielder, not hit) to a fielder. The fielder then fields the ball and throws it to a base, where an out happens. We note that each position fields the ball in exactly two clips, and that in scoring baseball games, each fielding position has a canonical number from 1 to 9.

We can make a table of the above information, but we won’t make more progress until we figure out what to do with the answers.

This round has some funky answers that have little semantically in common. Thus, we theorize that the letters contained in each answer are relevant. Noting the “hard time on the diamond” flavor, we might think about rocks on the Mohs hardness scale. And, in fact, each of these answers is an anagram of a rock on the Mohs scale (encompassing all the rocks on the scale except diamond) with 4 extra letters. Matching each rock’s hardness (which also runs from 1–9) with the corresponding baseball position, we get:

# | Position | Rock | Answer | Leftovers |
---|---|---|---|---|

1 | Pitcher | Talc | cIlaNtRO | INRO |

2 | Catcher | Gypsum | ugLy sImpLE | LILE |

3 | First Base | Calcite | ectOPlaSMic | OPSM |

4 | Second Base | Fluorite | firSt VoluMeS | SVMS |

5 | Third Base | Apatite | WateR iMpaCt | WRMC |

6 | Shortstop | Orthoclase (feldspar) | KeshorN WalcotT | KNWT |

7 | Left Field | Quartz | quIzMaStEr | IMSE |

8 | Center Field | Topaz | zoNE pLatE | NELE |

9 | Right Field | Corundum | AuTumn orcHId | ATHI |

Each answer contains four extra letters, which begs the question: what’s so special about the number four? The answer, of course, is that there are 4 bases in baseball! Thus, we can correspond each extra letter to a base.

Now we return to the video. For each clip, we take the letter corresponding to the base where the out occurs:

Fielder | Fielder Number | Corresponding 4 Letters | Base | Extracted Letter |
---|---|---|---|---|

1B | 3 | OPSM | 2 | P |

3B | 5 | WRMC | 2 | R |

LF | 7 | IMSE | 1 | I |

2B | 4 | SVMS | 3 | M |

CF | 8 | NELE | 4 | E |

SS | 6 | KNWT | 4 | T |

C | 2 | LILE | 2 | I |

1B | 3 | OPSM | 4 | M |

LF | 7 | IMSE | 4 | E |

P | 1 | INRO | 1 | I |

SS | 6 | KNWT | 2 | N |

RF | 9 | ATHI | 2 | T |

C | 2 | LILE | 4 | E |

P | 1 | INRO | 3 | R |

2B | 4 | SVMS | 2 | V |

RF | 9 | ATHI | 4 | I |

CF | 8 | NELE | 2 | E |

3B | 5 | WRMC | 1 | W |

Extracting one letter from each clip and reading in video order, we find what the baseball players need to help them end their losing streak: a PRIME TIME INTERVIEW.