Anthony Rizzo’s home plate troubles came to an end Sunday when he hit a home run to help lift the New York Yankees, 8-5, over the Kansas City Royals, and it seems that Taylor Swift may have played a role in that.
Rizzo had not hit a home run since May 20, but the first baseman’s unusual drought came to an end in the third inning when he hit a bomb off of Royals starter Jordan Lyles.
“It’s just sticking to a routine and tweaking, making little tweaks here and there,” Rizzo said after the game.
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“This game is such [about] feel. You could take a thousand swings, and it could go the opposite way, and you can take three swings and feel like miles and miles of success. So, it’s just all part of it.”
So, what was one of the “tweaks” that made it all happen?
A Taylor Swift walk-up song.
“Taylor Swift, it’s her summer really,” Rizzo said when asked by reporters about changing his song to Swift’s “…Ready For It?”
“She’s helping the economy in every city she goes. So, yeah, that was good.”
Rizzo also hit an RBI double in the first and singled in the fifth before capping a 10-pitch at-bat with a single in the eighth against Scott Barlow. It was Rizzo’s 15th career four-hit game and first since Aug. 4, 2019.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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