22 Years Since The Perfect Game

Twenty-two years ago today, Yankees pitcher David Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins.

The 1998 Yankees were a special team. They destroyed opponents. Yankees were outscoring opponents that year by 309 runs. Yankees also won a major-league record 125 total games (114 in the regular season), en route to their 24th World Series title in franchise history.

The 1998 Yankees had many memorable moments like Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez debut and Shane Spencer’s September magic by hitting three grand slams. However, in my opinion, Wells’ perfect game is the most memorable moment of that season.

At that point, Don Larsen was the only Yankees pitcher ever to throw a perfect game, but that would soon change.

We’ve all heard the stories of what Wells was doing the night before his perfect game, but he took the mound unfazed.

Wells retired all 27 batters he faced. He struck out 11 batters. I can’t forget to mention that he got some help offensively and defensively. Bernie Williams hit the only homer in the game. Darryl Strawberry and Chad Curtis also had RBIs in the game. Defensively, the name that comes to my mind is Chuck Knoblauch.

At the top of the 8th inning, Knoblauch knocked down Twins’ Ron Coomer’s hard grounder and threw to first for the out to keep the perfect game alive.

Paul O’Neill caught the final out of the game. The perfect game is now a reality. Yankees won 4-0. Wells improved to 5-1. 1998 became his best season. He finished the season with a 18-4 record, named 1998 ALCS MVP, and earned his second championship.

 

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