Chase Headley Meets Yankees Teammates in Dugout, Hits Walk-Off Single

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23:  Chase Headley #12 of the New York Yankees gets a gatorade bath by teammate Brett Gardner #11 after the game against the Texas Rangers on July 23, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.The New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 2-1 in 14 innings.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2014

Chase Headley arrived fashionably late to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, but he was still able to make a good impression with his new team.

The New York Yankees acquired Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday afternoon. The trade meant that the third baseman's schedule was a bit crazy. He had to get from Chicago, which is where the Padres were playing, to New York.

Headley didn't make an appearance in the Yankees dugout until after the team's game against the Texas Rangers had already started.

He made his team debut as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of the game, and while he struck out in his first at-bat in pinstripes, he would make an impact later on.

The game was scoreless through nine innings and went to extras. Both teams scored a run in the 13th inning, which sent the game to the 14th. That's when the newest Yankee was able to come through in the clutch.

With runners on the corners and only one out, Headley sent the New York crowd home happy.

The switch-hitter went 1-for-4 in the game, and it was his walk-off single that gave the Yankees a 2-1 victory. Headley may not have been too familiar with his new teammates before the hit, but that didn't stop anyone from mobbing him.

He talked about his wild day after coming up with the game-winning hit:

Headley woke up on Tuesday as a member of the Padres, but he finished the day winning a game for the Yankees. Not a bad day.


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