Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Batting Stance Impersonator Doesn’t Get Much Play

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One man hits it out of the park with his imitations, but his mimicking is still a pretty useless skill.

Gar Ryness, otherwise known as the “Batting Stance Guy,” has made a name for himself due to his grand slam impressions of Major League Baseball players’ batting stances from the 1980s to the present.

Though he calls his ability “the least marketable skill in America,” it’s given Ryness the chance to hang out with major ball players.

He says, “Being recognized by players is still weird. I didn’t think players would ever see it, find it funny, or know who I was. Players come up to me and ask me to imitate them or other players.”

However, not all the athletes enjoy Ryness’ mockery.

He explains, “I can tell from some of the players’ reactions that they don’t always like it. They like to see me do their friends, but with themselves they won’t laugh. They usually don’t realize the things they do when they bat or they’ll say, ‘I don’t do that,’ even though they do.”

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