It’s Chase Headley Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown
#96 Colorado Classic
Colorado connections: Born and raised in Fountain, and graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School.
Accomplishments: Chase Headley hit a home run in his first at-bat at Coors Field ... five years before his major-league debut. How's that? Well, Headley, a three-time All-Colorado player by the Denver Post from Fountain-Fort Carson High School, was one of the star attractions in the 2002 all-state baseball game, played at Coors. But Headley did not get drafted out of high school, where he was the class valedictorian, and he took a circuitous route to get back to 20th and Blake in one of the biggest games ever played there. First he went to the University of the Pacific, and then he transferred to Tennessee, where he became the team MVP and was selected in the second round (No. 66 overall) by the San Diego Padres. Headley got a major-league cup of coffee in 2007 -- eight games, including the famous Game 163 at Coors. He had a pinch-hit single in his only at-bat, in the top of the 13th inning right after the Padres took an 8-6 lead on Scott Hairston's two-run homer, but the Rockies rallied in the bottom of the inning to win 9-8 during their Rocktober season. Headley went on to play 12 seasons in the majors with the Padres and Yankees, playing all infield positions besides shortstop, plus outfield and drawing designated hitter duty. He won a Silver Slugger for third basemen in 2012, his best season, in which he hit .286 with 31 home runs and 115 RBIs. Headley also won the National League Gold Glove that 2012 season at third base. Some guy named Nolan Arenado has won all of them since.