According to Pete Caldera of The Record, Alex Rodriguez told the Yankees PR director he would hit a home run in his second at bat.
[W]ord 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.
Within the same post comes word that Mr. Invisible Hank Steinbrenner told Reggie Jackson to relay a message to the embattled Yankees third baseman. The message? “Hit the damn ball.”
What a master of motivation:
[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.”
Reggie’s advice was a bit more practical:
“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.”