TWIB: About the Show
This Week In Baseball, in its 33rd season on air, is the longest-running sports anthology show in the history of television. In its early years, TWIB was the only place fans got to see highlights of games other than those of their own team. For more than 20 years, TWIB was hosted by legendary broadcaster, Mel Allen - then, for two years, by Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith. In 2000, TWIB took a bold step forward, selecting a different player to host the show each week, which allowed fans to connect with the players on a much more personal level. Over the past few years TWIB showcased the best in the game as superstars such as Derek Jeter, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, and Pedro Martinez hosted the show. In 2008, TWIB continues to take fans inside the game like no other show can - giving them unprecedented access as TWIB imbeds itself with a different team each week. Fans will get a look into the clubhouse and hear what players talk about as they are wired during batting practice and actual games. TWIB is currently hosted by Buzz Brainard.
Original TWIB host Mel Allen at the broadcast booth in 1955. He hosted TWIB from 1977 to 1996.
Although TWIB today is very much in tune with 21st-Century Baseball, it still maintains some subtle links to the past: with "TWIBia," where current stars are quizzed on past baseball milestones and trivia. TWIB also strengthens its ties to the past with a weekly "great plays" segment called "How 'bout That", featuring the most outstanding weekly plays from around the league mixed in with wireless sound from the best players and set to a contemporary musical hit by the industry's biggest recording artists, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Robert Randolph Band. The segment name is a tribute to original host Mel Allen, who made the phrase "How 'bout That" legendary.
In its 33rd season, TWIB has teamed up with Pepsi to call attention to the Pepsi Refresh Project
, where teams competed for a refreshing idea to help bring positive changes to their community. TWIB also highlights the monthly candidates and winners of the Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Month Award, created to champion the most clutch players of the month and year as voted by the fans. TWIB also explores how far baseball reaches into our culture and society with "Baseball Is...", a segment devoted to celebrating the impact baseball has made on celebrities, fans, and players.
This Week In Baseball airs Saturdays on FOX and Sundays on MLB Network
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