For Batchelor, this stunt was a long time coming. "This stunt was something I've wanted to do since 1977. I'm very thankful to the Sand Gnats and this whole organization," he said afterwards. "It was a magical thing to come out of the dugout and grab a bat and go to home plate. It was very strange to see both clubs out there watching. It was cool to watch these minor leaguers watching me. As a baseball fan, I'm in awe of their talent." The experienced stuntman was pleased with the stunt itself as well, saying "It felt great."
Gnats team President John Katz was jubilant, "That might just have been the coolest thing I've ever seen at a baseball field, bar none."
Fans aged 18 and older signed up to be randomly selected to light Batchelor on fire. Corey had no idea a baseball game on a Saturday night with friends would turn into something else. The experience, he said after lighting Batchelor was "completely overwhelming, and certainly not expected, it happened so fast." It was, he said, "very, very cool to be associated with something like that."
Batchelor, 51, owns the Guinness World Record for the "Longest full-body burn without supplied oxygen" at 2 minutes, 57 seconds, set in Rome, Italy on February 25th, 2010. He and his crew also set the World Record for the "most people on fire simultaneously" at 17, on Pizak Farm in South Russell, OH, on September 20, 2009.