New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez made a bit of history on Tuesday night. He clubbed a key grand slam in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves, bringing his career total to 23 grand slams.
That ties him with Lou Gehrig for the most career grand slams in baseball history.
A-Rod said this after the game, via The New York Times:
It means a lot. It’s very special. This game is very, very difficult and if you’re not going to enjoy these great moments, then it’s not any fun. Lou Gehrig was not only one of the all-time greats, but he was one of ours, a Yankee.
So A-Rod and Gehrig have two things in common: pinstripes and the career grand slam record (at least until A-Rod hits another).
Great. Wonderful. We now have a couple good reasons to put A-Rod and Gehrig in the same sentence.
That's fine, but nobody should be too quick to think that A-Rod and Gehrig are equals. They're not. Gehrig was both a better ballplayer and a better person than A-Rod is, and this will always be the case.
Sounds like a typical A-Rod/Yankee-hater opinion, huh? Of course it does, but that doesn't mean it's not true.
What follows is my line of reasoning.