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Alex Rodriguez hits record-tying 23rd grand slam

Jun 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam in the Yankees’ comeback win over the Braves on Tuesday, tying Lou Gehrig for the most in history.

A-Rod’s homer off Jonny Venters in the eighth gave the Bombers their first four runs, tying the game. The Yankees went on to win 6-4.

The grand slam crown once figured to belong to Manny Ramirez, but he was unable to maintain his early career pace and currently stands at 21, pending his comeback with the A’s. He sits alone in third place on the slams list, with Eddie Murray fourth at 19 and Willie McCovey and Robin Ventura one behind at 18.

A-Rod now has 639 career homers, placing him fifth on the all-time list. Willie Mays is fourth at 660.

  1. badintent - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    As a Yankee fan , I’m almost embarrassed to have A-ass tie the great Lou Gehrig. With 10 homers this season that works out to $3 million a homer. Makes Albert’s new contract look like a sweet deal. If Alex can stay out of LA card games and not get shot, he’ll be 10 homers short of Mays for next year.Any one knows who’s shagging his ex ? I got more respect for her than him.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:37 AM

      As a Yankee fan myself I’d much rather pay A-Rod his $3MM per homer as you put it then Beckett his $4MM+per win. or Lackey’s $16MM+ for no wins or Dice K’s who knows what for nothing. Everything’s relative my friend. BTW, you might want to figure out what Albert Pujols’s 9 HR’s come to per each based on a $250MM/10 year deal.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:29 AM

      LEAVE AROD ALONE!!!!!!!!

    • paperlions - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      Yep, because…you know, the season is completely over and ARod won’t hit any more HRs, and….you know, he doesn’t do anything else that helps the team win, at all, never gets on base, no non-HR hits, doesn’t play the field….or anything.

    • lardin - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      What does everyone have against Arod? By all accounts hes a great teammate and a great mentor to young players. Did you forget that it was Arod who moved off SS to accommodate the defensively inferior Jeter when he was traded? Have you not read all the stories of how Robinson Cano credits him with teaching him the dedication to hard work it takes to be a perennial MVP? Have you not read the stories about all the clothes he’s purchased for young players like Melky Cabrera, just called up to the show?

      Yes Arod has done some dumb things in career like the minotaur painting and steroids. And Yes he is overpaid, But the fact remains his teammates love him, and he loves them back and helps them to do nothing but get better.

      This leads to me to only one conclusion. People are jealous haters.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        Media narrative sheeple, media narrative

      • ajcardsfan - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM

        Despite what you think of the man, this is still one hell of an achievement.

  2. derekczajkowski - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    cheater

  3. candyandavan - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Yeah, but how many of them came in game seven of the World Series, bottom of the 9th, two outs, his team down by three?

    Thought so…

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM

      A-Rod has the same number of grand slams that Lou Gehrig did in game seven of the World Series, bottom of the 9th, two outs, his team down by three. Zero.

    • dorbs345 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      And how many more does Gehrig have that were not from being juiced? 22.

      • lardin - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        How many did Gehrig have off African American or Latin Pitchers?

      • natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        He might have had a few off African-American pitchers in off-season exhibitions. He might have had a couple off Latino pitchers, since some were allowed to play in the Majors as long as their skins were white enough.

        In any event, anything that reminds us of the greatness of Lou Gehrig is welcome.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    The Yankees lulled the braves into a false sense of security. The Yankees are harmless. Sure load the bases, we have the lowest average with the bases loaded in the entire AL. So, they load em for us and Arod steps in. On the 7th pitch, a rod hit a frozen rope that barely cleared the left field wall. 2 batters latter, swisher owned the braves pitcher who didn’t manage to keep st Nich in the yard.!! These explosions came quickly and were decisive in the final victory.

    Braves should have played better in the early frames, building an unsurmountable lead

    • 18thstreet - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:59 AM

      Yes, if the Braves had played better, that would have helped them win. Thanks.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        “If they wanted to win, they should’ve scored more runs”

        Now THAT’S the kind of insightful analysis that I come to here to read on a daily basis.

  5. acdc363 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Atta boy A-rod!

  6. norvturnersneck - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Another one while not on HGH or Roids. Congrats A-Rod! Over under at 33 hrs this year. Or about 750k for each.

    Enjoy Yanks fans. He only has another decade left on that contract.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:11 AM

      Actually after this year it’s only a half a decade 5 years.

  7. uyf1950 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    Congratulations A-Rod and the Yankees. Nice GS and a nice victory for the Yankees.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:31 AM

      You are correct, sir.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:01 AM

      What kind of analysis is THIS? You didn’t mention (a) mirrors, (b) Cameron Diaz, or (c) steroids.

      It’s as if you want to focus on his accomplishments as a baseball player.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        What about the centaur painting??

  8. stex52 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    A-Rod has disappeared so much from the national narrative lately that I had to go look up his stats. It’s easy to criticize the highest paid player around. But I have to say that an OPS+ of 115 while being on track for 30 home runs is not too shabby, especially for a 36 year old. I wish my third baseman hit that well. And it’s not A-Rod’s fault the Yankees paid him too much for too long. The man is a sure HOF’er.

  9. tomtravis76 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    If he did it in Seattle, it would be huge news, but since he did it for the All Star team, its no a big deal.

  10. thekcubrats - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    So the Yanks may get to Mendoza with the juiced sacks after all. Yay-Rod, except… it takes some horrific managing to put him in that spot, gifted a lefty who can’t put his best stuff over the plate, who’s already piled the runners on because the same manager who burned Venters out last year from overuse won’t yank him soon enough… must be hard to be a Braves fan, because it sure is hard as a fan of the game to see such routine idiocy on display

    • lardin - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      So its Arod’s fault, the Braves Manager is a idiot?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      because the same manager who burned Venters out last year from overuse won’t yank him soon enough

      Can someone explain this overuse to me, as if I’m a 5 year old?

      Venters:
      ’10 – 83 IP – 350 Batters Faced
      ’11 – 88 IP – 357 Batters Faced

      Kimbrel:
      ’10 – 76.1IP – 318 Batters Faced (most spent in minors)
      ’11 – 77 IP – 248 Batters Faced

      Was the extra 7 batters and 5 additional innings too much for Venters? Was the reduction in batters faced and .2 more IP too much for Kimbrel?

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Sorry, I’m not that intellectually challenged.

  11. seeinred87 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I don’t get why everyone hates A-Rod. I’m far from a Yankees fan, but he’s one of my favorite players. The dude was and is really, really good at baseball.

    • rooney24 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      I don’t like ARod because:
      – He used PEDs
      – He plays for the Yankees
      – He comes across as very smug and self-absorbed to me
      – He does dumb stuff like knock the ball out of the 1st baseman’s glove

      But, I can still respect the fact that he is an incredibly good baseball player. The PEDs may have inflated the numbers slightly, but he still would have put up incredible numbers during his career regardless.

  12. buffalomafia - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Who wants to bet A-Rod doesn’t pass Barry Bonds in HR’s?

  13. dorbs345 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    ******* ROIDS******** Not a legit tying record ******* ROIDS ******* Nothing A-Fraud does is legit! *****

  14. foreverchipper10 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Great googley moogley.

  15. rcali - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam*

  16. savocabol1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    How many of those grandslams were from him juicing?

    No respect for this clown.

    • savocabol1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      I love all these ARod lovers. Do you guys also hate Barry Bonds? Because that my friend, is what we like to call hypocrites.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        Actually, while Bonds was a colossal dickwad (puts A-Rod to shame in that category), I had a tremendous amount of respect for what he did as a baseball player. Top ten hitter of all time, easily. Like, before even GoS accused him of taking anything more than a protein shake.

  17. georgebrett - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Steroids and MUCH SMALLER ballparks. Plus, I couldn’t even imagine going to the plate wearing nothing more than a wool ballcap like Lou Gehrig did every time he hit. No elbow armor, nothing.

  18. aronmantoo - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    How many did Lou hit while he was cheating the game by doing steroids, hgh, And who knows what else

  19. t205cobb - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Steroid user. His stats don’t mean anything now!

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