Yankees Domingo German caught cheating vs. Blue Jays hours after Judge accused of cheating
By Nigel Clarke
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German was ejected from Tuesday night’s game with the Toronto Blue Jays after being caught using an illegal foreign substance on the mound.
The timing could not have been much worse for those in pinstripes. Only one night earlier, the Yankees found themselves embroiled in a cheating scandal of another kind after star slugger Aaron Judge appeared to be looking into his dugout moments before hitting a home run, leading many to speculate that he had been receiving stolen signs.
Despite his initial dismissiveness when he was presented with the accusations, a night under the microscope left Judge cantankerous and feigning victimhood before Tuesday’s game, breathlessly insisting to reporters that he had some “choice words” for those who would dare suggest that he or his Yankees teammates might cheat.
Mere hours later, his teammate was caught cheating.
Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Yankees starter Domingo German was stopped by umpires on his way to the mound for a check of his hands and glove. Moments later, he was unceremoniously tossed from the game for what crew chief James Hoye called “the stickiest hand I’ve ever felt,” and now faces a ten-game suspension.
What makes the story even more incredible is that German, who aside from being a now-proven cheater is also a noted domestic abuser, was caught with a sticky substance on his hand barely a month ago, by the very same umpiring crew.
On that occasion, he was asked by umpires to wash his hands between innings, but when he returned to the mound with his hand still sticky, he was somehow allowed to stay in the game, much to the chagrin of the Minnesota Twins, whom the Yankees were playing that day.
One might ask, how flagrant of a cheater do you have to be to cheat not only hours after your team has been accused of cheating, but after you had already been caught for the very same thing by the very same umpires?
I don’t know. Ask the Yankees; it seems to be their area of expertise.