Despite his recent PEDs controversy, New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez has made history by breaking legend Lou Gehrig’s grand slam record.
The 38-year-old notched the record-breaking grand slam on Friday night (September 20) in the Yankees 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Yankees Stadium. It was the seventh of the season, the 654th of his career, and his 24th career grand slam — which broke Gehrig’s record, set over 75 years ago.
“You know, that means I’m getting old,” A-Rod said after the game. “It’s hard to think about things like that right now. We’re really on a sprint to the end here, and every win is huge for us.”
He tied Gehrig with 23 career grand slams in June 2012, in Atlanta. The former Yankees star died in 1941 at age 37 of ALS, later known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“I’m a huge fan of Lou Gehrig, everything he’s done, going back to his college days in New York,” Rodriguez said. “He’s kind of the gold standard for a Yankee. It’s a special moment. I’ll think about it someday.”
The Yankees’ victory puts the club three games back, behind the Cleveland Indians, for the second AL wild-card spot and 3½ games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.