If first impressions are really important as everyone says they are, Chase Headley is going to get along just fine in New York.
The veteran third baseman was traded to the Bronx Bombers on Tuesday, as New York bolstered its lineup by taking a shot on Headley. So far, so good, as Headley made an immediate impact with his new club.
Headley didn’t appear in the Yankees’ dugout until after New York’s Tuesday night game against the Texas Rangers had started. He quickly introduced himself to his new teammates in what had to be a somewhat awkward situation.
Any sort of awkward feelings were quickly pushed out of the way, though. Headley pinch-hit for Zelous Wheeler in the eighth inning and struck out swinging, but that was only the beginning of his night with the Yankees. The game went to extra innings, and Headley eventually came to the plate with a chance to win the game in the 14th inning. He came through with the biggest hit of his Yankees career.
“Unbelievable,” Headley told reporters after the game and the ensuing celebration. “I’m excited to be here. I can’t wait to help, and just to be a part of this great franchise.”