GLENDALE – Dylan Strome
is a baseball fan so when the Arizona Diamondbacks invited him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday’s game at Chase Field he accepted without a second thought.
|Dylan Strome. Photo by Dave Vest |
With fellow prospects Max Domi, Anthony Duclair, Henrik Samuelsson, Nick Merkley and Kyle Capobianco standing nearby for support, Strome fired a fastball, albeit a little high, into the glove of Diamondbacks catcher Oscar Hernandez.
“It was pretty cool,” Strome said after leaving the diamond at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. “It’s not something you get to do everyday so I was happy do it. I don’t see me doing this again anytime soon so I just enjoyed the moment. It was fun.”
Strome, whom the Coyotes picked third overall at this year’s NHL Draft, is from Mississauga, Ontario. He said he loves to play and watch baseball and that he’s a Toronto Blue Jays fan.
“I’m a guy that watches the standings and I love stats,” Strome said. “I know the Jays are three games up on the Yanks so hopefully they can keep it up.”
The Blue Jays haven’t been to the MLB playoffs since 1993. Strome was born in 1997.
Strome was instructed to toss his pitch from in front of the pitcher’s mound instead of from on top of the rubber. It didn’t throw him for a loop. Neither did pitching in front of pro baseball players and fans.
“I wasn’t really nervous,” Strome said. “It was just throwing a baseball. I had to block everyone out but it wasn’t too bad. I tried to throw it with a little bit of heat on it. I think it was a little high, but at least the catcher caught it.”
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