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Alex Rodriguez Hits Record-Tying Grand Slam. In Related News, Alex Rodriguez Finally Freakin’ Does Something With The Bases Loaded!

The season is a little more than two months old, certainly enough time to make blanket statements and buy into some team trends. As a Yankees fan, there’s one thing about this team that I believe: This group is impotent when the bases are loaded.

No team had more at-bats with the bases loaded than the Yankees’ 67 entering Tuesday’s action. They held a league-low .149 batting average in those situations. Personally, seven players came into the day with at least 10 such at-bats this season. Three of those players are Yankees, and their collective average was near Blutarskian levels: .062 (2-for-32).

Alex Rodriguez has shown that he is a true Yankee this season by coming together with his teammates to struggle mightily with the bases loaded. He was 1-for-10 with one RBI. “Was” is the key word in that sentence.

With the Yanks trailing in the eighth, 4-0, Rodriguez rocketed a 3-2 pitch from Jonny Venters just over the left-field wall for his 23rd career grand slam, tying him with Lou Gehrig atop the all-time list.

1. Good for him.

2. I don’t really care. It’s not as if that record has America on the edge of its seat. I was completely unaware of it until I heard about it while watching the highlights on MLB Network tonight. The hook of an all-time record will receive the chatter , but I think wondering if this hit will change A-Rod’s fortunes with the bases loaded — he’s a career .345 hitter with the sacks packed — is more interesting. I mean, when’s the last time you saw him that jacked up after hitting a non-game-winning homer during the middle of the regular season? Maybe this could be the start of something good. Maybe I am totally blinded by the uniform and biased.

Yeah, it’s probably that.

At least the Yankees are making their rare bases-loaded hits count. Five of their 11 hits with the bases loaded have left the yard, and five grand slams is the most by any team.

A few other random things: Looking at the list of grand slam leaders, I remember how Ken Griffey Jr. was supposed to have this record by now. He had 14 grand slams heading into his age-31 season. He hit one more over the next decade. Damn that injury bug! Manny Ramirez has 21 grand slams, but he’s added just one to his total since the beginning of the 2006 season. Damn those pesky drug suspensions.

And how many of you were aware that Carlos Lee has more slams than Griffey and as many as Ruth with 16? Other than his agent, I think the number of people is zero.

Lastly, what the heck is up with Johnny Venters? He has now allowed more home runs this season — four — than in his first two seasons combined — three. After allowing 18 earned runs in 80+ innings in each of those two seasons, he’s given up 12 runs in 24 innings this year. On the bright side, his K rate is at an all-time high, and his walk rate is stable. According to FanGraphs, his average velocity haven’t moved much as well. However, he has an outrageous .439 BABIP, and location must be a real problem. Venters is getting hit around as evidenced by his line-drive rate, which has nearly doubled from last year (13.7 percent to 26.5 percent).

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