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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Japan Times: The Batting Stance Guy waxes poetic on Youkilis, NPB

Youkilis recently agreed to join the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, so NPB fans will get to see him up close and personal in 2014.

Which makes now as good a time as any for Japanese baseball fans to become acquainted with Gar Ryness aka The Batting Stance Guy. [...] He’s got imitating MLB stars down to a science, but has also taken on the challenge of Japanese players (in both MLB and NPB), and says there are a few things that stand out.

“For one, the bat twirl,” he says, referring to Japanese hitters’ penchant for flipping their bats. [...]

Often when Ryness gets recognized, fans will ask him to imitate a stance, usually someone from their favorite team or a player currently in the news.

“The only player who goes to all generations is Julio Franco,” he said. “There’ll be a 9-year-old kid, a 20-year-old, a 40-year-old, an 80-year-old, Julio Franco is the only guy that everyone asks. 

bobm Posted: December 28, 2013 at 05:37 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: batting stance guy, kevin youkilis, nippon professional baseball

 

 

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