You’ve seen him on YouTube. Now learn more about him at the NYT:
[Gar] Ryness has a singular talent: an ability to perform comically dead-on impressions of major league baseball hitters upon request. Little Leaguers have been known to try to imitate their favorite ballplayers. Ryness, 35, a married father of two, can do the starting lineups of all 30 teams.
Views of his YouTube videos number more than a million, and he appeared last year on several teams’ pregame shows. Sony also hired him to perform his impressions while wearing movement-tracking electrodes, helping programmers make the company’s MLB 2009: The Show video game look more realistic. Most recently, Ryness has made appearances on MLB Network’s team preview shows, displaying his encyclopedic knowledge of batters past and present. He has archived his body of work on a Web site, battingstanceguy.com.
In addition to enjoying his work, I’m happy he’s around for one other reason: he makes one more 35 year-old married father of two spending way too much of his free time on baseball stuff. His wife and my wife could probably have quite a conversation about how truly disappointed they are in each of us.