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The Presidio has plenty of wide-open spaces in which to swing for those real and imaginary fences. What's harder to find is someone willing to throw bucket-loads of balls your way when you want to practice your swing. Since 2014, Batter's Box SF began filling that need when it opened its batting cages in a historic warehouse at the Presidio's Crissy Fi​eld.

When you step up to the plate at Batter's Box SF, you get to tell the digital 'pitcher' exactly how fast to throw. This is one of the benefits of facing a machine instead of a human, but here the pitching feels like the real deal. Their high-definition simulated pitching machines – the same ones used by the pros for training – feature video pitchers whose wind up and throw are timed with the machine-pitched ball.

Sluggers age seven and up can choose between baseball and softball cages with fast- and slow-pitch settings (40 mph to 90 mph), and whiffle balls are available for ages three and up. Book your time online or in person in 15-minute increments, then take your hacks to get ready for fall ball, spring leagues, or simply to let off steam after work. All skill levels are welcome, without fear of ridicule.

Batter's Box SF also offers monthly camps and private lessons, and the facility is available for parties. Check their Facebook page for updates and announcements.

Batter's Box SF is located next to La Petite Baleen​ swim school at the west end of Crissy Field. Look for the doormat that's shaped like home plate.

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