Taylor Swift helps motivate Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo: ‘It really is his summer’

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Anthony Rizzo’s plate troubles ended Sunday when he homered to help raise the New York Yankees8-5, over the Kansas City Royals, and it looks like Taylor Swift may have played a part in that.

Rizzo hadn’t hit a home run since May 20, but the first baseman’s uncharacteristic drought came to an end in the third inning when he hit a homer Royals starter Jordan Lyles.

Anthony Rizzo of the New York Yankees hits a home run in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 23, 2023 in New York City. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

«It’s just sticking to a routine and adjusting, making little adjustments here and there,» Rizzo said after the game.

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«This game is so [about] feel. You could take a thousand swings, and you could go the other way, and you can take three swings and feel like miles and miles of success. So it’s all part of that.»

So what was one of the «adjustments» that made it all happen?

TO Taylor Swift walk song.

Taylor Swift in Massachusetts

Taylor Swift performs during The Eras Tour at Gillette Stadium on May 20 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (TAS Rights Management / Getty Images)

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«Taylor Swift, it really is her summer,» Rizzo said when asked by reporters about changing her song to «…Ready For It?» of Swift.

«She’s helping the economy in every city she goes to. So, yeah, that was good.»

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Anthony Rizzo hits a home run

Anthony Rizzo of the New York Yankees gestures toward the dugout after a home run during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 23, 2023, in New York City. (New York Yankees/Getty Images)

Rizzo also hit an RBI double in the first and a single in the fifth before capping a 10-pitch at-bat with a single in the eighth against Scott Barlow. It was the 15th four-hit game of Rizzo’s career and the first since Aug. 4, 2019.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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