Count Jim Thome among the millions of kids who grew up obessed with sports, especially baseball.
That meant spending a half-hour every Saturday during the summer watching "TWIB."
"I always remember watching it with my dad," said Thome. "It was one of the highlights of the week, especially when the Cubs and Cardinals were on. And Mel Allen had that voice that you never forget."
The Phillies cleanup hitter gets to be Allen when he host this week's episode. Recognized for his long home runs, Thome has an outgoing personality to match, and is often singled out as one of the nicest guys in the game.
The TWIB crew caught up with him recently to hang with him and joined him for his daily ritual on game day. This is Thome's second time hosting the show, but first with the Phillies.
"Anytime you get the opportunity to be associated with that is great," Thome said. "I have a lot of fun being a part of it."
TWIB traveled with Thome to Citizens Bank Park where he was miked during batting practice. The burly slugger relaxed in front of the cameras, as he chatted it up with teammates.
"It was a lot of fun," Thome said
Other highlights include:
Beyond the Fence: finds Twins outfielder Torii Hunter saluting the Armed Forces, and Jennie Finch fine-tunes the games of Boys & Girls Club kids during Spring Training.
From the Vaults presented by Chevrolet: remembers the 1980 World Series champion Phillies.
How 'Bout That presented by Gatorade: the top moments of the week are set to the sounds of the single, "Walking Shade," from Billy Corgan.moreless