Given that he is the consummate leadoff hitter, it's only fitting that Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon leads off the 28th season of "This Week in Baseball" by hosting the 2005 premiere.
This is the second time Damon has hosted TWIB.
"It was fun," Damon said of the shooting with the MLB Productions crew. "It was mostly interviews, and that kind of stuff, with myself and my wife. They traveled with me in my car to the field. They're kicking off their new season and it's a good way to start it, I guess"
Damon has been one of the American League's elite leadoff hitters for years, and, last October, helped lead the Red Sox to their first World Series championship in 86 years.
As a young boy in Florida, Damon always looked forward to catching up on the latest news around baseball by watching TWIB, which was then hosted by the late, great Mel Allen.
"Yeah, it was something we always looked for," Damon said. "Every Saturday."
After winning the World Series, Damon had one of the most eventful offseasons imaginable. He got married, wrote a book, went to the White House to visit the President and served as an honorary Grand Marshall at the Daytona 500, among numerous other things.
Damon discusses all of that and more in this week's show, and even gives viewers exclusive video from his wedding.
Other highlights include:
Beyond the Fence: Red Sox diehard Ben Afflect, and TWIB goes behind the scenes of a Pepsi Go Pro commercial shoot with superstars Alex Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero.
From the Vaults: There's a feature about the Cubs and White Sox waiting for an all-Chicago World Series.
And, per usual, the top moments of the week in "How 'Bout That."moreless