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Batting Stance Guy: A Love Letter to Baseball Paperback – May 11, 2010
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here's how it went: i saw this book at the bookstore, i walked over and read him the introduction... didn't even get past the 2nd paragraph with Gar name dropping his childhood pete rose and gary carter halloween costumes, and my husband is giggling incredulously, saying "Come'on, you're kiddin' me, NO ONE dressed up like gary carter" and i said "no. look, there's even pictures", so i show him. and i read on to the third paragraph, (where Gar talks about his baseball card drafts and line-up games as a kid,) and he is now laughing uncontrollably. in the bookstore. doubled over, with tears. because he knows all those names. NO ONE he knows knows all those names. by the time we get to the last paragraph, with ALL the names of the guys who didn't make the book, he's beside himself. needless to say, of course we bought the book. we've only gotten through the first few chapters, and they have not disappointed! but what i wanted to say was:
THANK YOU, Batting Stance Guy, for the laughter! and i look forward to more of it! :)
rachel, the nodding and smiling wife of one serious baseball fan.
(p.s. to the non-knowledgeable baseball folk--
i've actually begun reading this book myself, and in-between all the name references that i don't get, is a ton of funny writing and childhood stories that also makes me laugh. and my 12 year old son. really. this is one fun book!!)
This is one of those books that you will pick up over and over again, and each time you do you will find a new humorous tidbit you missed before.
I want to go to a game with him! I was surprised how emotionally wistful I got reading this book. Why did I actually play with that Willie Mays 1000th hit ball I got at Candlestick and lose it? The Batting Stance Guy reminded me ... it is still a game and it's wonderful and fun. The untold story is even in the pictures. You don't get that many pictures of you and your Dad all over the map unless you shared the same love. You don't have to be a baseball fan to fully enjoy this wonderful look at growing up in the last 30 years. If he hasn't thrown you over his shoulder and carried you into fandom after just reading the forward, then your heart is made of stone. Or you're a Wockenfuss ... my new go to adjective. Get this book and remember when you loved something and how it made you a kid!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's so much right with this book, I don't know where to start. It's funny, it's insightful, it's perceptive, it's reverential to baseball and it's bound by a wonderful soul. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by pianow
I picked this up at a discount and expected some amusing fluff, but got much more. Ryland manages to blend his infamous stance impressions (illustrated to hilarious effect), a tour... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by amyhewitt
If you you like passionate and funny writing, this is the book for you! Oh, you should probably like baseball too, cause the Batting Stance Guy loves it and it shows through on... Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by Todd R Boyle
This book was so pleasurable, I read the whole thing in the span of two days, beginning on Christmas Day. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by FatherNurgle
Like many of us, I've seen most of the YouTube clips of BSG doing his classic stances. I quickly learned not to watch those clips at work, because inevitably, and despite my best... Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by Tobias Griffin
Gar Ryness, aka The Batting Stance Guy, became famous on YouTube for his dead on impersonations of Major League Baseball stars' batting stances. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Kevin Meeker
Gar Ryness is an engaging guy with a great sense of humor, and the unique ability to comically mimic virtually any major league ballplayer's batting stance; if he's seen it, he can... Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by Larry Underwood
Just finished the book and loved it! Very fun, engaging, well-designed and well-written. I agree with the conclusion that baseball is supposed to be fun -- a fundamental idea that... Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Clary family