GLENDALE -- Coyotes captain Shane Doan served as a pre-game and post-game analyst for FOX Sports Arizona on Saturday night as part of the network’s coverage of the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants game at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.
|Shane Doan and Todd Walsh
prepare for the pre-game broadcast.
Doan, a self-proclaimed “fantasy baseball geek,” sat alongside and chatted with FOX Sports Arizona host Todd Walsh before and after Arizona’s 10-5 loss. He also conversed with Diamondbacks announcers Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly on the air during the seventh inning and interviewed Diamondbacks pitcher/friend Ian Kennedy in the dugout before the game.
“I’m not sure how I did, but I had a great time doing it,” Doan said with a smile. “It’s pretty easy doing it with ‘Walshy.’ He sets everything up and you just kind of follow his lead. I enjoyed it and it was fun. I love following baseball so it was pretty easy.”
In addition to interviewing Kennedy, Doan also mingled with other Diamondbacks players around the batting cage before the game, including hot-hitting first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who thanked Doan for career advice he gave him a year ago during another visit to the ballpark.
But Doan’s interview with Kennedy in the Arizona dugout was the highlight of Doan’s pre-game appearance on the field.
“I wasn’t nervous other than having to interview Ian Kennedy,” Doan said afterward. “That was the hardest part, hands down. I have such a new appreciation for what (reporters) do because to start an interview is hard. I can’t believe how hard that was for me. He did a great job of making me feel comfortable and laughing with me and smiling, and that made it a lot easier. But, I still was sweating like I couldn’t believe, which was funny.”
|Shane Doan interviews Ian Kennedy |
Doan played baseball as a child and enjoys tracking player stats as an adult. That’s why he participates in fantasy baseball against, among others, Coyotes staff members and former teammates Adrian Aucoin, Steven Reinprecht and Daniel Winnik.
“It’s a great way to stay in touch, and at the same time it’s a competition and we all love competition,” Doan said.
Walsh was impressed by Doan’s debut outing as a baseball analyst.
“He did really well,” Walsh said. “It’s not easy to do this. It’s one thing to sit and answer questions about yourself, which he does with me all the time, but this is a half-hour conversation about a sport that he’s a fan of. But he’s so good at it and so passionate about it, and he’s invested in it and he thought about it. He didn’t just show up. He never does. He was quintessential Shane. We’ve been trying to get him to do this for years and the stars were aligned. I’ll never forget it.”
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to watch Shane Doan interview Ian Kennedy.