Domingo German Says Aaron Boone's Tirade Inspired Him to Game 1 Victory

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18: Domingo German #55 of the New York Yankees pitches during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game One | Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The New York Yankees have had a plethora of surprising storylines thus far in 2019 that we are still having trouble wrapping our heads around. DJ LeMahieu's ascension from accomplished hitter to genuine AL MVP candidate is the first to come to mind.

However, most Pinstripe fanatics will agree with the idea that no surprise has been more pleasing to witness than Domingo German's sheer dominance on the mound.

The 26-year-old hurler impressed again on Thursday despite not having his best stuff, and picked up a BIG win against the second-place Rays. And after the contest wrapped up, he credited his imposing showing to Aaron Boone's legendary second-inning tirade and ejection.

You just love to see it. If this doesn't confirm the widely-popular but also controversial notion that the Bronx Bombers ADORE playing for the second-year manager, we don't know what does.

And how did German respond? By allowing just four hits, two runs, and striking out five batters over six innings of work. He improved to 12-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.38. Oh yeah, and those 12 dubs are now tied with the Rangers' Lance Lynn for the AL lead.

Now Boone knows exactly what to do when his ace is struggling on the hump: deliver a profane rant of epic proportions and be given the old heave-ho. Who knew?