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Alex Rodriguez passes Lou Gehrig as all-time grand slam leader

Sep 20, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez put his team up 5-1 with a seventh-inning grand slam against Giants reliever George Kontos. The slam was Rodriguez’s 24th of his career, overtaking Yankees great Lou Gehrig’s Major League record. David Robertson and Mariano Rivera teamed up to keep the Giants off the board in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Watch the record-setting slam:

The slam was also Rodriguez’s 654th career home run, leaving him six shy of Willie Mays in fourth place on the all-time leaderboard. Rodriguez’s previous grand slam, which tied Gehrig’s mark, came on June 12 last year against Braves reliever Jonny Venters.

Including tonight’s action, Rodriguez now has a .261/.364/.458 line, certainly much better than many expected given his age, health, and off-the-field drama.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM


    • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      the real question is can you HEAR THAT?? Go stick your head in the mud loser!!

      • theskinsman - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:36 AM

        Harry! You finally stopped sobbing long enough after your ‘having a real shot’ yanks were destroyed by the Red Sox and then actually lost to a AAA Toronto line up to come troll at Gator. How special you are.
        When you rode the short bus to school, didn’t they try to teach you name calling wasn’t nice?

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        Didn’t I tell you yesterday that our resident Artificial Stupidity would be back on Saturday when he had no ninth grade classes? Well, there you have it. Sorry, poor dim One Note Harry – your urban trailer trash troll act draws nothing but pity and contempt, though I would wager quite a bit more of the latter. Better luck next season during the Borg five year Steinbrenner spawn discount rebuilding program.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      Let the hand-wringing commence!!!! “Oh, the purity, the SOOOOOOOOUL of my beloved baseball!!! My beloved baseball that didn’t think that black people were good enough to play against Lou Gerhig back then…but NO, it was BETTER then, it ALL was, ice cream cost a straw penny & children were respectful & negroes & dames knew their place…I mean, NO, it was better, it was all PURE!!! Driven SNOW, people, all ruined by CHEATS who CHEAT!”

      • sparky1002 - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        Nice sarcasm. The best kind really…the kind that even the most jaded believer can see well enough. Leaves them having to lie to themselves and others as a means of defense against it.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM





    • weaselpuppy - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      beat me to it.

  3. joestemme - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I’m sure the Gehrig family is real proud tonight……

    to still have the legit record (as does Hank Aaron and his kin).

    • Old Gator - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      You think Bud will slap an asterisk on it? Think about that – then have a look at Vonnegut’s introduction to Breakfast of Champions. Maybe a grawlix would be better this time.

      • Glenn - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Gator – a buddy going through a tough time just got his first tattoo – a Vonnegut “asterisk” – which should be renamed an “A-Rod”.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        You think someone will finally slap gator in a nursing home?? For the love of GOD I hope so!! Biggest IDIOT on this board! Get this man in a HOME NOW!!!

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Our resident Artificial Stupidity, of course, has no idea what we’re talking about, doesn’t know who Vonnegut is, and probably spraypaints an asterisk on the bricks every time he takes a leak the alley behind his junior high school so everyone will know he was there and the dogs won’t mark his spot too.

        Ah well. And he’s in a particularly prickly mood this morning, too. Whatsamatter, poor dim One Note Harry? Got another F in spelling and punctuation on yesterday’s pop quiz?

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Glenn – your buddy has heart and a functional sense of humor. He’ll doubtless get through whatever ails his karma OK.

  4. heyitsdave - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    This makes me sick

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      It’s only a game.

    • cohnjusack - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:44 AM


  5. Glenn - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    We will not rest until A-Rod passes Gehrig in diseases named after him.

    • Old Gator - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      You actually think we need a new clinical term for egomania?

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Lou Gehrig died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease…how the hell do you not see that comin’?

      • Glenn - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        That’s what I was getting at – in the words of Jeff Ross, “Too soon?”

      • southofheaven81 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      Wishing diseases on someone is pretty low.

      • Glenn - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:56 AM

        This is a comment section on a baseball blog – but thanks for the manners correction, Aunt Bee. I hope that you realize that I wouldn’t wish death on a fruit fly, much less a human for real – even A-Rod.

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        Aunt Bea. You get manners and spelling corrections here. No charge.

      • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        @Gator, surprisingly, “Bee” is correct. Is it lame that I looked it up? Maybe, but aw shucks, that is what down-home, honest-to-goodness folk like me with good manners do. Some may find our small town ways peculiar, but things like saying “sir” and “ma’am” and not wishing death on people are cherished customs in these parts.

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Yep, you’re right. How about that. Nothing “lame” about looking something up – but since her actual name was Beatrice Taylor, I figgered…well, who am I to cavil? It’s a local idiom – and so am I. My biggest regret, though, is that I never tasted her fried chicken. I bet it was killer.

  6. braddavery - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I wonder if even though he KNOWS he’s a cheating scum and is hated by most, he’s still proud of the records and accomplishments. Yeah… I’m sure he is.

  7. ch0psuey - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM


  8. sabatimus - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Who cares. The Yanks are all but porked out of a playoff spot.

  9. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I think Gehrig still leads by plenty in a category perhaps less easily measured: esteem of fans.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      Since Gehrig = 100% loved by fans
      Arod nearly 100% despised by fans
      I think
      It can be measured pretty easily with common sense and

      Arod will be joining Bin Laden in ‘paradise’ here:

      • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

        A-Rod = Bin Laden? Glad to see we are keeping some perspective here.

  10. babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Old Ga-turd is the all-time douche leader. Go cook some plantains and share the recipe with us all, douche.

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      Mmmm…plantains! If Gator does have a recipe, I hope he shares it.

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        You asked for it! This one is a killer. It transforms the simple tostone into a thing of wonder and it’s so simple that even some of the irremediable decerebrates on this forum – all of whom might be Artificial Stupidities like the Voodoo gods in Count Zero, but wussy, for all we know – could make, though there’s no guarantee they wouldn’t splash hot oil all over themselves.


        Okay. Peel three nice fat green plantains and slice into roughly 1-1/2″ rings. Soak the rings in salted water for about an hour and a half. Drain, let dry. Meanwhile, put half a cup of olive oil and about five or six garlic cloves, well diced or mashed, in a small saucepan and heat until garlic just barely begins to sizzle. Remove from heat and let garlic macerate in the oil until needed. Leave the garlic oil in the frying pan and save it for the next step.

        When the plantain slices have dried, place them in a large frying pan with the garlic-infused oil and fry them until well browned on both sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Let them cool a bit, then squash each one flat (I use the bottom of a small ramekin, lightly rubbed with olive oil so the plantains don’t stick to it. If they stick, don’t try to peel them off – just use a knife to pry them off in one piece.

        Now the good part. Add a tablespoon of bacon fat, or duck fat, or chicken fat to the oil (I prefer the bacon but if you’re serving the tostones as a side with chicken or duck, well….). Bring the oil to sizzling at high heat and put the squished plantain slices back in to fry until slightly browned on both sides if you like the center soft; well browned if you like them crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

        Vwah-lah, best tostones you ever had. These things can b e eaten straight like popcorn only better. Or they can be broken up into soup (dumplings with machismo.

        So there you have it. I find it hilarious that these recipes drive a couple of our local cretins to apoplexy, but really, what is their impotent outrage compared to a stimulated palate?

      • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        That is awesome, thanks! I definitely plan on making it.

        I don’t know why anyone would not want to learn how to make tostones, but in case comment like this are not for everyone, I will share a little tip I discovered recently. There is a thing called a “scroll bar”. It is usually over near the right side of the screen. Whenever you come to some text on your screen that you do not want to read, go and click on the tiny little arrow at the bottom of the scroll bar. This allows you to move past the undesired text. Disaster averted! Now you can avoid that darned recipe and happily go on to read how terrible the Blue Jays are and, if you are lucky, learn how many wins Josh Johnson has. Everyone is happy, whether they like plantains or not.

        But wait, you say: what if you later want to go back and read something near the top of the page? Or even–heaven forbid–you get hungry and change your mind about the tostones. Don’t worry, my friend, this is the genius of the scroll bar. There is another arrow near the top that allows you to go up! When you combine the down feature with the up feature, it effectively allows you to go to any part of the page you want!

        I guarantee this will change your web browsing experience. Never again will you be forced to read inane comments, or in this case, good comments that you happen to dislike for some reason. You have been set free. You’re welcome.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      HA! Ga-turd. Cuz he’s GAY, amIritebro!!! Your jokes are so funny they make my penis hard!!!

  11. footballchic777 - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    IMO, there are no records being broken that are trustworthy, when players have been found to be doping…….Sosa, McGuire, Bonds, Braun, A-rod, and on and on and on. Any records any of these guys hold are tainted and should be nullified.

    • southofheaven81 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:39 AM

      I love that this comment is made by someone with the word ‘football’ in their name.

  12. theskinsman - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    No needles were harmed in the hitting of this grand slam. I think.

  13. j0esixpack - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Alex Rodriguez must feel like the luckiest man on the face of the earth – now that Lou Gehrig is dead

  14. babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Southofheaven, are you implying that Old Ga-turd himself is also making fun of gays because the “ga” in “gator” is pronounced “gay”? Otherwise, your weak attempt at trying to pin me into a corner as a bigot fails. I may be a troll, but I am no bigot. Don’t try to cross the bridge or I will eat you. Vote for Old Ga-turd for mayor of the HBT boards.

    • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Puerileface, don’t forget to try my superb tostones, the recipe for which appears above. They won’t make you any better looking and they definitely won’t make you any smarter – that’s well beyond my poor capabilities – but they really are tasty.

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, and people whose usernames only require one letter change to suggest flatulence shouldn’t be making up infantile nicknames.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Wait, how did you know I live in a glass house? I must say it does really help with my heating costs in the winter though. Craig Calcaterra should really consider a glass house, the extra light might make it easier for him to find his popcorn.

  15. anxovies - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    If only he had done it in one of the Boston games to shut up the Red Socks hypocrites who cheer for David Ortiz, who also got caught in the 2003 PED testing.

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Ortiz tested positive for an unknown drug, on a test that included a couple of things that weren’t even banned in baseball at the time, during a time when everyone was looking the other way about steroids. In addition, it is unlikely that this anonymous survey testing used the same standards as a test that is designed to prove steroid use.

      On the other hand, A-Rod admitted to using over a several year period, and was allegedly still using (or using again) recently, after the game has taken a much stronger stand against PEDs.

      I’m not trying to apologize for Ortiz here; the most likely explanation is that he used PEDs. But there is a major difference in what we know, and how much certainty we have, between the two players. It is perfectly legitimate for people’s opinions

      • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        …of the two players to differ.

  16. gergie1957 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Nice going MLB, Nobody enters the Hall this year, and now all your records will fall to Roidheads.

    • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Last I heard they took their shots in the ass, not in the head. This ain’t Dark City.

  17. kdiddyiam - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Reblogged this on kdiddyiam.

  18. nananatman - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Gehrig had a disease, A Rod is a disease that I refuse to recognize.

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