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Yankees pitcher Domingo German scripted history on Wednesday after pitching a perfect game against the Oakland Athletics. After losing out the series opener, the New York Yankees had to win the second game to stay alive in the series. Out of all people, German orchestrated the win single-handedly.

Domingo German had just endured a personal loss ahead of the series. Yet he chose to continue with his scheduled start, completely unaware of the glory it was going to bring him. The pitcher had a sensation day on the mound as he recorded 27 straight outs without allowing a base. Not only did he attain a much-needed win for the team, but he also reignited the dead world series dream.


Yankees Could Still Win World Series This Year, Courtesy: Domingo German

Jun 28, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (0) celebrates with teammates after pitching a perfect game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It was the first perfect game in MLB since 2012 and the fourth perfect game in franchise history. / Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

With a record of 45-36, the New York Yankees sit third on the competitive AL-East table. Despite being over .500, the Rays and Orioles are posing a serious threat to the Bombers’ world series dream. Also, to qualify for the postseason from this stage, the team will have to win each and every game henceforth. Naturally, it is a highly impossible task. However, Domingo German’s recent historic outing has given fans a ray of hope. With the latest perfect game, German became only the fourth Yankee pitcher to do so in the storied history of the franchise.

As per statistics, the Yankees have never lost a world series title when one of their pitchers has thrown a perfect game. Hence, if you go by the trend, the Bombers must win the championship this year as well. However, the historic streak is likely to break this year as the odds of the Yankees winning their 28th world series title this season are almost negligible. And without the presence of Aaron Judge, the dream looks already dead. Hence, German’s heroics are likely to get wasted this year. But at least he would have his personal achievement to celebrate.

Matt Blake Refuses To Follow Superstitions Amid German’s Historic Outing

Matt Blake
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Baseball-related jinxes are very popular among MLB. Several players follow some or other kind of superstitions to tackle those jinxes. Hence, when Domingo German was on the brink of recording his first-ever perfect game, the Yankee officials back in the dugout were following all kinds of superstitious activities. Gerrit Cole and an analyst sat at a particular spot for five innings. Whereas manager Aaron Boone avoided eye contact with everybody in his surroundings.

However, Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake refused to follow this unwritten rule. He kept talking to Domingo German throughout his outing. He said that the pitcher demanded information in between his innings to stay active in the game. Those constant conversations helped him maintain his rhythm throughout the game. Hence, for Blake, he was just doing his job by helping the pitcher with whatever assistance he needed. Well, whatever unfolded in the Yankee dugout during those tense moments worked perfectly for them. German ended up scripting history and also earned the Yankees a much-deserving win.