Only 23 other pitchers have been able to achieve whatNew York Yankeesright-hander Domingo German did on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics: throw a perfect game.
It s one of the hardest things to do in professional sports: it requires a good plan, perfect execution and command, and nerves of steel.
For a night, at least, German had the whole package and completely manhandled a lowly A s lineup from start to finish.
In the process, he made history for his home country.
Domingo German is the first Dominican to throw a perfect game in MLB history pic.twitter.com/GeP4s1fKze
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As Talkin Baseball notes, German became the first Dominican to throw a perfect game.
It s an impressive achievement.
The Dominican Republic is a land that has produced many top pitching talents: from Juan Marichal to Pedro Martinez, lots of excellent hurlers came close to perfection at some point of their careers.
Only German could seal the deal, though.
He is not the first Latin-American pitcher to go 27 up, 27 down, though: that honor belongs to Dennis Martinez, El Presidente , who did it with the Montreal Expos in 1991.
German wasn t having a smooth season before Wednesday s outing, and even after it, his ERA is a rather mediocre 4.54.
For one game, however, the baseball gods smiled to him and said this is your night .
He was extremely happy after the game, hugging everybody and taking pictures left and right.
He dedicated his achievement to his late uncle, who passed a couple of days ago.
He said he would be proud of him.