Batting Stance Guy

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Ryness demonstrating Michael Morse's batting stance in 2011.

Gar Ryness, better known as the Batting Stance Guy, is an American sports entertainer and YouTube phenomenon. He is known for his ability to perform spot-on impressions of the batting stances of Major League Baseball players. He can mimic the batting stances of the starting line-ups of all 30 MLB teams with alarming accuracy.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ryness grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and graduated from Monte Vista High School in Danville in 1991.[2] As of 2009, he was 35 years old and married with two children. Before landing a deal with Fox Sports Net, he worked for a nonprofit Christian organization as a spiritual advisor to professionals in the entertainment industry. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Ryness stated that he first realized his talent at age 7 when he was playing wiffle ball in his backyard. He said he never stopped imitating the pros and simply loves baseball.[3] Ryness claims that he only has to watch a hitter a few times before he can perfectly imitate their stance: He picks up the tiniest details and exaggerates them so that people notice them more. He said he loves traveling around the country and bringing nostalgia to the fans and players.[4]

TV/Radio Appearances by date[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greg Hanlon, "Meet Gar Ryness: Batting Stance Guy" in the New York Times, 15 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Carl Steward 'In Our Backyard': Batting Stance Guy becomes baseball sensation". San Jose Mercury. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Cameron Smith, "Moment of Levity: Batting Stance Guy" in the Washington Post, 21 October 2008.
  4. ^ Rise of the BSG "The Rise of the Batting Stance Guy" from the Associated Press, 19 May 2009.