Alex Rodriguez made history Tuesday night, matching Lou Gehrig's all-time record with his 23rd career grand slam.
More important, the home run came at a crucial time, erasing a four-run Atlanta Braves lead in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees earned a dramatic 6-4 win for their fifth consecutive victory.
"It means a lot; it's really special," Rodriguez said. "You know, this game is very, very difficult. If you're not going to enjoy these great moments, then it's not any fun. Lou Gehrig is not only one of the all-time greats, but he's one of ours; he's a Yankee."
Rodriguez's slam came off left-hander Jonny Venters, who had given up a hit and a walk after taking over for Mike Minor with a man on first and one out. Rodriguez took three balls to start the at-bat, then took a strike and fouled off two pitches, leaving the count full.
He smoked a 93 mph fastball to left field, the line drive clearing the wall and tying the game. It was Rodriguez's second hit in 11 at-bats with the bases loaded this season. For his career, Rodriguez is a .345 hitter with the bases loaded (80-for-232).
"There's really nowhere to put you, and all the pressure's on the pitcher," Rodriguez said. "If you make him throw a strike and put your 'A' swing, you know. I've liked it over my career."