A-Rod may have a new lucky charm.
The New York Yankees slugger, who sparks even more celebrity gossip rumors than he does MLB rumors, recently went public with movie star Kate Hudson, and he's been on top of his game ever since, raising his average to .259!
His average since their first public smooch on July 25 is up almost 25 points. And not only is he hitting home runs off the field (if you know what we mean!) he swatted two balls out of the yard in a weekend sweep of the Boston Red Sox as well.
Yankee fans are pleased with the impact his relationship is having.
"It's gotta help him out a little," said baseball fan Mike Grassi, 20, from Long Island. "I would definitely play a lot better if I had her as my girlfriend."
"He's got a hot girl on his side," agreed Erik Vesper, 22, a Yankees backer from South Plainfield, N.J. "It's making up for all of her terrible movies."
K-ROD: Kate Hudson and Alex Rodriguez have gone public.
The bubbly blond Kate Hudson, 30, has been rooting for Alex Rodriguez, 34, all summer, laughing and waving from a front row seat at Yankee Stadium.
The New York Daily News caught up with the actress last night at Los Dados restaurant in Manhattan's Meatpacking District and she declined comment - but smiled - when asked if her presence has been helping A-Rod's game.
The MLB's active home run leader made his relationship with her official at the team's family picnic day, cuddling and smooching for the cameras. Since that day A-Rod is batting .283 and striking out a lot less ... in more ways than one!
On Saturday, Hudson even brought parents Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell to the game. The family went wild as the Yankees beat the Sox, 5-0.
We think they're onto something here ...
LUCKY CHARM: A-Rod waits for his next at-bat as K-Hud looks on.