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"The Batting Stance Guy" to visit Coors Field

Benjamin Hochman
The Denver Post
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The 36-year-old goofball, holding a kid’s Wiffle ball bat, sat in the green room at “Late Night With David Letterman” recently and wondering how in the name of Goose Gossage he got there. A year ago, the baseball-crazy Gar Ryness was having a friend videotape his big-league batting stances in his backyard. A couple of million YouTube hits later, Letterman wanted him to perform in the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

“On the plane ride home, I was thinking, ‘If this plane crashes, what a bucket list thing to do right before,’ ” Ryness said. “The whole thing is just so ridiculous. I’m still not believing the hype . . . I have the least-marketable skill in America.”

Ryness is an Internet phenomenon because of his preposterous prowess to perfectly perform batting stances. Seriously. Nicknamed “The Batting Stance Guy,” he’s a cult hero in the Rockies’ locker room, and he’ll be there today, taking swing requests from the players, and later appearing on the FSN pregame show and performing to Coors Field fans between innings.



“It’s impressive for him to be able to do what he does,” Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. “Sometimes players will try to imitate stances, and it’s not as easy as it may seem.”

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_12903540


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