A lot is made of the grand slam. It’s one of the more exciting plays in an otherwise mostly staid game. It’s the most runs you can score with one swing of the bat. And now Alex Rodriguez has more of them than almost anyone ever with the exception of Lou Gehrig, whom ARod tied with his 23rd grand salami last night.
But when you boil it down to its core what does the grand slam really mean? It means that the players ahead of the grand slam managed to get on base. The player who hits the grand slam is merely the beneficiary of good hitting (or poor fielding) ahead of him in the batting order.
I don’t mean to take anything away from ARod. I believe in giving credit where it’s due. I give ARod credit for 639 home runs in his career (so far). But I don’t focus on the 23 he was fortunate to hit one with the bases loaded.