Watch: Letterman Throws Leno a ‘Top Ten’ Curveball

by | June 19, 2012 at 9:36 AM | TV News

Matt Cain pitches a strike against Jay Leno on David Letterman's "Late Show" (Photo: CBS)

David Letterman got some help from perfect-game pitcher Matt Cain to brush back Jay Leno with a little chin music.

Cain is the San Francisco Giants pitcher who threw a rare perfect game last week in a home game against the Houston Astros — only the 22nd time in Major League Baseball history that the feat has been achieved.

So Letterman invited him on his CBS “Late Show” Monday to present the night’s “Top Ten” list (via satellite from Anaheim, Calif., where the Giants were set to face the L.A. Angels).

The topic: “The Top Ten Things that I [Matt Cain] Want to Achieve Now That I’ve Thrown a Perfect Game.”

Among the items on the list: “No. 8 — Discover a cure for groin pulls!”; and “No. 4 — Pitch an inning without my pants!”

Leno’s name came up in item No. 3: “Appear on Jay Leno’s ‘Ten at Ten’!”

The item was an unusual shot at Letterman’s NBC rival because it referred not to “The Tonight Show,” but to Leno’s short-lived prime-time variety show, “The Jay Leno Show,” that aired nightly at 10/9c on NBC for roughly half of the 2009-10 season. When the show failed, Leno was restored as “Tonight Show” host, replacing Conan O’Brien.

Watch Letterman’s “Top Ten,” delivered by Matt Cain, here:

Few people other than Letterman and his writers would remember that Leno had a feature on that show that he called “Ten at Ten,” which was a segment in which Jay would ask some newsmaker or celebrity 10 questions. Though it was not a comedic “Top Ten” list in the manner of the Letterman segment, observers at the time felt the segment’s title was indeed copied from the Letterman bit.

And apparently, the people over at Letterman’s “Late Show” still feel that way.

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