So ... I went to the World Series before the Washington Nationals were crowned champions. Specifically, I was at Game 2 at Minute Maid Park and was joined by some really cool baseball media people including Batting Stance Guy.
Never heard of him? That's OK -- let me give you rundown.
His name pretty much says it all. He can mimic any batting stance of a player you throw out there, so I made sure to take advantage of that with some current and former A's players.
You're welcome in advance.
I immediately wanted Batting Stance Guy to do an Oly impression for a number of reasons.
For example, the A's first baseman approaches the plate with such confidence and everything managed to work for him this season. I noticed he has a specific way he holds the bat and is never short on a pine tar supply as well.
And yes, he earned a souvenir beer cup and used it as a bat because we couldn't get our hands on any lumber at the moment.
What do you think?
The two-time consecutive Gold Glove Award winner finished his 2019 campaign slashing .267/.351/.545 with 36 home runs in 127 games.
This was pretty accurate with just the visual expressions Khrush makes. I'm also a bit unsure how he's able to see, but that's another article.
Still, that shimmy and the hand placement is perfectly on point.
And that swing ...
If only he had his socks up this would have been the most accurate depiction of the A's designated hitter.
I know, probably too soon, but I needed to head down memory lane and get a Cespedes swing.
It started out beautifully and not only because he made sure the eyebrows were a prominent part of the entire impression.
If you notice the details, he doesn't let go of the bat, a characteristic Cespedes possessed because back when he was with the A's, he had plenty of time to watch the balls fly over the fence.
Across three seasons with the A's, the two-time All-Star tallied 66 home runs and 229 RBI.
Ahh ... memories.