The moment Domingo Herman (31, New York Yankees) remembered his uncle who passed away not too long ago when he achieved his 24th perfect game in the major leagues in 11 years.
Hermann started in the 2023 Major League away game against the Oakland Athletics held at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA on the 29th (hereinafter Korean time) and achieved the record of the 24th perfect game in major league history with 9 strikeouts and no runs in 9 innings.
It was literally perfect pitching against only 27 batters from the 1st to the 9th inning. The number of pitches was only 99, of which 72 (27) were strikes. Hermann, who took the mound in the ninth inning with a huge lead of 11-0, caught lead Aladimis Diaz with a grounder from shortstop, Shay Langellias with a fly ball from center fielder, and finally Esteuri Ruiz with a grounder from third baseman, and embraced his teammates. I enjoyed the joy of a perfect game.
Hermann completed a major league perfect game 11 years after Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners in August 2012. Starting with Lee Richmond, the first perfect man in June 1880, he stood tall as the 24th perfect pitcher in major league history. In the New York Yankees, Don Larson in 1956, David Wells in 1998, and David Cohn in 1999 have achieved perfect games. Hermann pitched a perfect game for the Yankees for the first time in 14 years.
“Unfortunately, my uncle passed away two days ago,” Hermann said after the game. I shed a lot of tears in the clubhouse. I dedicate today’s game to my uncle.” He has always been a joy to our family. Perhaps you are watching the perfect game from heaven today,” he mourned his uncle who passed away.
The Dominican Republic-born Hermann made his major league debut in a Yankees uniform in 2017 and re-emerged as an 18-win pitcher in 2019. But the glory was only then. He was sentenced to an 81-game suspension in 2020 for assaulting his girlfriend, and a 10-game suspension for using a foreign object against the Toronto Blue Jays last month. His performance was also in a situation where he did not stand out much with 4 wins and 5 losses and an average ERA of 5.10 this year following 4 wins in 2021 and 2 wins in 2022.
The command tower gave a special meaning to the perfect pitch because he knew Hermann’s circumstances. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, “Domingo had a rough week with the loss of his uncle. I was so proud of him today knowing what he’s been through in the past few days. Domingo completed a masterpiece on the ground,” he praised.메이저놀이터
Hermann said, “The last inning of the day was special. It was a pressure I had never felt before. I kept visualizing what I wanted to achieve, and at the same time I didn’t want to miss the record. After feeling the pressure, it was rewarding,” he said. “It is a very exciting day. It is a moment in my career that will be remembered forever. I became a part of history,” he said with a happy smile.