New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley hopes he can get back on track after hitting his first home run (and extra-base hit) of the season in New York's 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
"It's a good feeling," Headley told the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand about his first home run in 170 at-bats. "It felt like it's been a really long time. To get the first one out of the way was good. Still got a long ways to go, but I feel like my swings the last few days have really turned a corner, so hopefully I can continue down that path."
Before New York's seven-game homestand, Headley had a batting line of .151/.250/.151 with just two RBIs. But over the past six games, he is 7 for 20 with four RBIs, including a two-run home run off Ian Kennedy last night.
Headley, 32, has raised his batting average by 43 points, on-base percentage by 33 points and slugging percentage by 75 points since last Saturday. He is 5 for his last 12.
"There was never a question in my mind that I was going to come out of it -- and that I will come out of it," Headley said. "I'm very confident in who I am as a player. But you have to produce. When you're playing here and the team's not playing well, you know you have to get it going. The confidence in the short-term wasn't as high as it usually is."