Continuing on from The Going Bananas link to Clue 1, there is more to the banana link than what meets the eye. A cleverly designed hint should have several links to the poem clues that flows from one to the other. mr. Fenn's quote, “The train doesn’t go by the banana tree but one time, so I want to reach out and try and grab every banana I can,” links bananas to the train and I have previously pointed out that taking a train is linked to the poem's words, "take it in the canyon down." The meaning of take flows from one clue to the other, and in this case, take a train is linked to baseball through "take" a pitch. Taking a pitch leads to a "walk" and not too far to walk is 90 feet (the distance from home plate to first base). The words "home of Brown" are also linked to baseball via the word "home" and Brown who was the assumed name of Shoeless Joe Jackson. His home is called "Sweet spot."
So what does this have to do with bananas? Forrest used the word tree, which is linked to the poem's words "brave and in the wood." Braves are Atlanta's professional baseball team. Shoeless Joe's home of Sweet Spot is by definition "in" the wood of the baseball bat.
Now let's put banana into the equation. In 1890, Emile Kinst patented the banana (baseball) bat. The bat is shaped with a curve, hence the name banana bat. Mr. Fenn's use of the word "grab" every banana is easily associated with "grab the bat." There are other hints in Mr. Fenn's memoir, such as the much debated axeman in a field of stumps staring at the moon. Another patented baseball bat is the axe bat, that uses an axe handle rather than a regular baseball handle. It was invented in 2007, just two years prior to Forrest creating the treasure hunt.
One last connection to the axeman gaze at the moon; a "moon shot" is linked to baseball because it is a very high long distance home run named after Wally Moon who is a left-handed batter that changed his swing to deliver home runs over a close by very high 42 foot right field wall. The number 42 is the answer to the universe but it is also linked to the moon shot and the time in the poem 2:42 "(too far to" - listen good) numerous references to solving the Fenn poem.
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