McGehee arrives in Bronx, starts at first vs. O's

McGehee arrives in Bronx, starts at first vs. O's

McGehee arrives in Bronx, starts at first vs. O's
New York -- Even though his arrival in the Yankees' clubhouse on Wednesday morning came just hours after a last-minute Deadline deal sent him from Pittsburgh to New York, Casey McGehee was following protocol.

The beard he'd worn for two-plus years had already been doused in shaving cream and shaved clean.

"It's just facial hair. It's not like I'm winning any beauty contests with or without it," McGehee said. "When I was leaving, I think [my Pirates teammates] started to chant. They all wanted to watch me shave it in the clubhouse, but I wasn't giving them that satisfaction."

McGehee, now joining his fourth team in his five-year career after he was swapped for Chad Qualls minutes before the 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline on Tuesday, acknowledged that it is a fairly well-known fact that you don't show up expecting to play in pinstripes with facial hair. So in the commotion of the unexpected trade, fielding calls about the deal, booking flights to New York and moving his family from Pittsburgh, the clippers came out.

"All joking aside, I'm just excited to be here," McGehee said. "I'll do whatever it takes. Shaving my beard is the least of my concerns."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said McGehee will likely see time at third base, with Alex Rodriguez still nursing a fractured left hand, which suits the 29-year-old former Pirate fine, as that's the position he's played the majority of his professional career. But in Wednesday's starting lineup McGehee found his name penciled in the seven-hole and playing first base, a position he'd played little before this year but adjusted to over the first half of the season.

"If you had asked me in Spring Training, I would have told you that I didn't feel comfortable at first base," McGehee said. "I've done it enough now where I feel comfortable doing it, but third base is something I've played since I was in college. The few times I was over there this season, it was kind of nice to go back and feel 100 percent comfortable."

After the trade on Tuesday, McGehee left Wrigley Field -- also the site of his first career game -- and flew from Chicago to New York, arriving around 1 a.m. ET Wednesday. He had already gotten the chance to talk briefly with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman over the phone, but no details of his role were discussed in depth.

Despite the late night, McGehee was one of the first ones in the clubhouse on Wednesday. He arrived at the stadium bright and early, stopping in Girardi's office to introduce himself.

"It's kind of the first-day-of-school wake up," McGehee said. "I woke up. My wife didn't even have to call me and wake me up out of bed. I was actually up ready to go."

McGehee's wife and kids are driving from Pittsburgh to New York on Wednesday, where they'll meet the newly shaven Yankees infielder. In the whirlwind of the last 24 hours, McGehee wasn't even sure what his wife had done with the family's stuff.

"I don't know, hopefully she didn't burn it all," McGehee said. "She hasn't seen my face in like four years, when she sees it, she might burn it all."