Auston Matthews briefly caught the attention of Aaron Judge when he threw the first pitch before Tuesday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs forward, who scored 60 goals, made a decent shot – a little higher and outside – to Jays pitcher Alec Manoa. Matthews himself has a background in baseball – his father Brian was a pitcher at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and Matthews tried his hand at catcher before hockey took over.

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Matthews said after Toronto’s practice earlier that day that his goal would be not to “shame” himself.

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“I’d like to think that when I was growing up and playing, I had a decent shot,” he said. “I should be able to get it there. I played baseball one year while traveling, but I didn’t play much because hockey got in the way.

“I wasn’t a good pitcher, I had a wild hand. I usually caught. I served a little, but not very well.”

Matthews’ teammates Mitch Marner and Michael Bunting also attended the game.

“The boys tell me to bring some heat,” Matthews said. “We need to see where I am with my throwing arm. It was a long time ago”.

Matthews’ attempt went better than when his former USA National Team Development Program teammate and good friend Matthew Tkachuk hit the ceremonial first pitch in a Miami Marlins game earlier this month that bounced off the plate.