The recently embattled third baseman teed off on the first pitch for a three-run shot into the left-field seats.
A-Rod owes a tremendous debt to Manny Ramirez, who has stolen enough negative media attention away from Rodriguez that many forgot it was even happening.
And by many, I mean me. I forgot.
It's just that it's been Manny this, Manny that for a day and a half.
The only people who would get behind this guy are Yankees fans, and in the major leagues the bottom line is production. He's always going to get the worst of the opposing crowds, but A-Rod's biggest battle -- besides himself -- is ingratiating himself to the Yank faithful.
And he got off to a hell of a start tonight. If it will last is another matter altogether.
Rodriguez Hits the Ground Swinging (New York Times)