I have to admit that, when Alex Rodriguez was up with the bases loaded in the 8th inning last night, I expected him to strike out, or otherwise do nothing to get the run(s) in. You can't blame me for this. Everyone knows how badly the Yankees perform with the bases loaded.
While I watched his at-bat, the stat popped up on the screen for what seemed like the 100th time: "Alex Rodriguez is 1 behind Lou Gehrig for the most grand slams in MLB history." I was tired of seeing it, but I expected to keep seeing it for at least the next at-bat A-Rod had with the bases loaded. I was wrong, of course. Alex deposited Jonny Venters 3-2 pitch into the left field stands, and the Yankees tied the game at 4, before going on to win it 6-4 on Nick Swisher's 2-run homer. They are now in sole possession of first place, thanks to the Mets beat down of the Rays.
Now a new stat will crowd the screen: "Alex Rodriguez is tied with Lou Gehrig for the most grand slams in MLB history." How long before he moves ahead of Gehrig? Judging from the way the Yankees have begun to swing the bats, it won't be long at all.
Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez and the first place New York Yankees.