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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: batting stance guy, kevin youkilis, nippon professional baseball

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   1. Shock Posted: December 28, 2013 at 05:50 PM (#4625278)
It's a living, I guess.
   2. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 28, 2013 at 05:57 PM (#4625279)
“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.

Well, that's pretty easy to understand. He's the only player that all four generations saw play in the majors when they were 9-years-old.
   3. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: December 28, 2013 at 06:04 PM (#4625283)
Another great bit. Ryness called the Youkilis-to-NPB thing early on:

"Whenever the MLB magic runs out in Kevin Youkilis’ career, all he’ll need to do is send a tape of his at-bats to the Seibu Lions, and he’s in. It’ll be like the band in ‘This is Spinal Tap.’ Once the luster fades here in the States, Youk will continue to be huge in Japan.’"

I wrote that years ago, because I wrote a book of the 50 greatest stances in my lifetime, and what I noticed is, a bunch of the players in it, Tony Batista, Bobby Tolan, Felix Millan, played over there. So it’s as if Japan is like a finely-tuned art critic that can sense when someone has an awesome stance.
   4. madvillain Posted: December 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM (#4625457)
What people are snarking on this guy? Come on man, this guy is a legend imo, even if only on the Internet. I remember in 2008 when my co-worker showed me his videos, it was an awesome next 10 minutes.
   5. MikeTorrez Posted: December 29, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4625866)
Yeah his videos are actually pretty funny. And the players all get a kick out of him. No need to try to put him down.

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