Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 9/21/13
Lost in all of the controversy surrounding New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez these days is the fact that the maligned slugger has hit a lot of home runs —tainted or not. A-Rod's legacy in pinstripes might get even more complicated after he crushed a grand slam Friday night passing Yankees icon Lou Gehrig to become the all-time MLB grand slam leader with 24. Rodriguez's seventh-inning blast, an opposite-field shot to rightfield, broke a career grand-slam tie with Gehrig and led the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Giants. "It's hard to think about things like that right now," Rodriguez said about passing the Iron Horse. "We're really in a sprint to the end here and every win is huge for us." A-Rod came to the plate mired in a 1-for-25 slump and the Yankees entered the night with five losses in their last six games. The Yankees, who have eight games left, are three games behind the Indians for the second wild-card spot. Your browser does not support iframes. "I saw where I was 1-for-24, 1-for-25, whatever it was, but I thought for the most part I was swinging the bat decently well, but that's baseball," said A-Rod, whose 654th homer moved him within six of fourth-place Willie Mays on the all-time list. "One swing can turn a lot of things around." At least for one night.
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