CHICAGO -- Going from the Pirates to the Yankees didn't use to be this hard. Casey McGehee was a conflicted corner infielder as he departed on Tuesday to join the team with the American League's best record. That had a lot to do with the Pirates being only a couple games behind the Bombers' pace, and also in contention. Winning 58 games in Pittsburgh just had to be more fun.
"Even though I wasn't here long," said McGehee, "I loved every minute of it. It was fun being a part of seeing the city get behind the team and come back to the ballpark. I had a blast while I was here. I wish everyone nothing but the best." McGehee was acquired in an offseason deal from the Milwaukee Brewers. He now moves on in a trade which brings right-handed reliever Chad Qualls to Pittsburgh. With both third baseman Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira out with injuries, McGehee could temporarily be a prime-time player for the Yankees. "I get a chance to go play for arguably the greatest franchise in the history of sports, so there's something to be said for that," McGehee said. "But it's weird; since Spring Training, it's been Pirates and Zoltan -- then one phone call and you've got to change your mindset to bleeding pinstripes."