Chase Headley was traded by the San Diego Padres to the New York Yankees Tuesday. He flew to New York immediately and was in the lineup by Tuesday night. Then he walked-off, literally.
Headley was the hero for the Yankees in his very first game. As the clock struck midnight, just four and a half hours after donning his new Yankee pinstripes for the first time Headley, with one stroke of the bat, hit a game-winning walk-off single in the 14th inning to help the Yankees defeat the Texas Rangers by a score of 2-1.
“A little chaotic. Awesome, though,” said Headley, “Mixed emotions, but I couldn’t be happier.”
Coming from a team and a city from which he had many fond memories and attachments to putting on the legendary pinstripes for the first time Headley was bound to have some mixed emotions. One thing cannot be denied, it was quite the way to make a first impression.
Also to be noted in this game a living Yankee legend, shortstop Derek Jeter, surpassed a fallen legend’s franchise record. With a double in the bottom of the ninth Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s all-time Yankees’ franchise record for doubles.