Behind The Scenes

ESPN baseball analyst Ross will be on “point” for “Dancing with the Stars” debut

EDITOR’S NOTE: The new season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres tonight on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

ESPN baseball analyst David Ross is trading in his cleats for a pair of dancing shoes.

The Chicago Cubs curse-breaking catcher may have retired from baseball, but that hasn’t stopped him from competing.

Tonight, Ross will make his debut on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” alongside partner and dancing pro Lindsay Arnold.

Ross spoke to Front Row about how his “Dancing with the Stars” spot came together; plus “Dancing” veterans and Disney colleagues Ginger Zee (Good Morning America) and Kenny Mayne offer Ross some advice.

How did this opportunity come together?
“Dancing with the Stars” called us and proposed this opportunity. I was hesitant at first but finally decided to do it for many different reasons. I watched the show a little bit when it first came out but have not followed it in years.

Why do you feel so many athletes have appeared on “Dancing with the Stars?”
I think most athletes appear on the show to challenge themselves at something they may not be good at. Especially retired athletes who need other outlets and challenges. They usually do well for that reason.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received about appearing on the show?
The best piece of advice I have received is, be yourself, have fun and point your toes!

Ginger Zee

Kenny Mayne

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