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Batting Stance Guy: A Love Letter to Baseball Paperback – May 11, 2010
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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Gar Ryness is one hot batting stance guy, so it's only fitting he would put together a book of his all-time favorite batting stances during his lifetime; and here it is. In collaboration with his buddy, Caleb Dewart, Gar takes us first through the top 20 wackiest batting stances - his personal favorites - while blending in a little background information about the player with the unique stance. He even puts in his whimsical perspective on the various ballparks (and fans) throughout major league baseball. It's great stuff, and will have you laughing out loud, throughout. That's pretty much guaranteed.
The only drawback with the book - it's a book; not You-Tube. Although it's well illustrated throughout, nothing beats the (video) camera. Still, any fan of the game needs to have this litte slice of hilarity; highly recommended!
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!
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.