Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I Told You I Was Bored

One of my favorite random, goofy things on the internet is Batting Stance Guy. BSG is, as you might have surmised from the name, a guy who's really good at mimicking baseball players' batting stances and swings. Some of them are a little over exaggerated but they're crazy accurate. Well, glory days are here again, and BSG has finally gotten around to the Pirates. Probably three people will actually watch this but I'm posting it anyway. You'd probably miss it if you're not looking for it but at the beginning of his Andy Van Slyke he shrugs his shoulders and gives the sleeve of his front shoulder a little tug. I do that to this day when I step in to hit, even if it's just gym class. I'm sure it started out as a direct copy of Andy but it eventually worked its way into my routine and now I don't even think about it. (If the video screws up your screen please let me know. I got a couple of complaints the last time I embedded a YouTube video. Which yeah, isn't stopping me from attempting it again. I'm such a good blogger.)

12 comments:

Lee Andrew said...

That's great. I especially like Willie Stargell and Adam LaRoche, they're perfect.

For the Mets after he's done the guy with the camera tells him to imitate the most important play of Mookie Wilson's career. He then imitates Mookie getting knocked down by the wild pitch that scores the tying run in Game 6 of the '86 World Series.

Heather B. said...

I haven't watched all of them but they almost always end with some funny little note. Obviously, the Pirates ends with Randall Simon taking a bat to the camera man and the Astros one ends with Lance Berkman very exaggeratedly laying his bat on home plate - which he does kind of do - and then waddling off. They're pretty darn good.

I could watch his Jose Reyes all day. It totally cracks me up. His Bagwell is pretty delightful too.

porky said...

This guy is unbelievable. I thought his Kendall was great.

Check out the stars of the 1980s...
http:/www.battingstanceguy.com/1980s

Heather B. said...

Annnnd that's 2 of the 3 I expected to actually watch the video. Do I know my readers or what?

Porky, a couple of those guys in the 80's set gave me flashbacks. It's safe to say I haven't thought of Mickey Tettleton or Otis Nixon in years but as soon as he started to bust them out it was like I was just watching them yesterday.

LeeAndrew said...

Sammy Sosa? He was about as big a star in the 80's as I was.

Heather B. said...

Lee, Sosa was definitely a weird selection for the 80's group but hey, whatever.

The other swing that brought me back to childhood was Andre Dawson. I guess all those games on WGN made an impression.

GregK said...

I can't wait to see his Yaz!

Heather: Is that the proper use of an exclamation point?

Now Playing: "Borderline" by Burnshee Thornside (featuring Lilling) on The Art of Not Blending In

Heather B. said...

Greg, you can find Yaz in this Red Sox group. I'm not familiar enough with Yaz to say if it's accurate or not but I am very fond of his Varitek.

(And yes, that's a completely acceptable use of the exclamation point. Thanks for asking :P)

LeeAndrew said...

Oh yeah, Reyes might be funny but it's the worst imitation out of everyone I've seen, not even close. It's so off I'm not sure why they even recorded it.

Heather B. said...

Oh yeah, Reyes might be funny but it's the worst imitation out of everyone I've seen, not even close.

Yeah, but it's funny!

porky said...

Heather,
I've watched the Pirates vid 3 times already, does that count?

There's gotta be a way to do something like this for hockey, right? Ryan Miller has plenty of mannerisms that can be mimicked. Next time you're at a game watch the ritual he goes through to get a drink of water.

Patty (in Dallas) said...

That guy's hilarious. Now I have to watch them all!