You had every reason to dismiss Alex Rodriguez's postgame chest-thumping session on Tuesday night, where, after another brutally unproductive game, he promised he was ready to "go off" and start hitting home runs again.
First reaction? Who was kidding whom? A-Rod hadn't gone deep in 52 at-bats, and with only five home runs on the season, the slugger was turning into the most expensive singles hitter in Yankee history. But wouldn't you know, Rodriguez made good on that promise only 24 hours later, hitting home runs in his first two at-bats against the Royals.
OK, so the damage was done against Will Smith, a 22-year-old rookie making his first-ever start in the big leagues. The lefthander brought with him an unremarkable 91 mph fastball and a case of nerves, making him the perfect target for the overdue Rodriguez.
Still, those two blasts -- the first to left field, the second to dead-center, over 400 feet away -- were powerful reminders of the threat Rodriguez used to represent. Wi...