Comes word from Yankees P.R. man Jason Zillo that Alex Rodriguez called his home run in the dugout. During batting practice, A-Rod told Zillo that he'd hit one during his second at-bat -- and then he did.
The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 6-1, and a few minutes ago Reggie Jackson related a story from his dinner with A-Rod last night. On Tuesday afternoon, a stern Hank Steinbrenner told Mr. October to relay a message to Mr. Rodriguez: "You tell him to hit the damn ball, and hit it when it matters.''
Jackson said he was "disappointed'' when he first learned of A-Rod's steroids past with Texas, and admitted to a feeling of anger at times. Reggie is 10 homers ahead of A-Rod's 553 on the all-time list. But he hasn't told A-Rod about his disappointment yet. He's too busy trying to pick up his friend.
And Jackson related this personal message to Rodriguez: "My dad said you can control the story as long as you have a chance to hit. Edit your own story with the bat. As long as he does that, he has a chance to change things around him.''