Daniel Nava: From Chico Outlaws To Red Sox
Daniel Nava became only the third player since 1898 to hit a grand slam in their first major league at bat. It is so rare that nobody hit a grand slam in their first major league at bat during the 20the century.
His second inning grand slam was part of a five run second inning by the Red Sox. They eventually won the game 10-2 over the Phillies after having defeated them 12-2 the night before.
Nava was never drafted by a major league team but the Red Sox signed him for $1 when he led the independent Golden Baseball League in hitting with a .371 batting average. He has a .342 average in his minor league career.
His page at milb.com tells more about his career and his minor league stats:
His parents Don and Becky Nova were at the game and his dad had this to say about seeing his son play in a major league game for the first time:
“My eyes need Band-Aids I’ve been crying so much,” Don Nava said. “He wasn’t a prospect. He’s never been a prospect. He washed uniforms for two years at Santa Clara. He’s called me between the washer and the dryer. I say, ‘What are you doing?’ He says, ‘I’ve got a pocket full of quarters.’ ”
His parents almost missed the game after missing their flight but told the airline officials that they were going to see their son play his first major league game and they were put on a flight and got to Fenway Park shortly before the game started.
Nava not only hit the grand slam but also doubled in the contest and played left field in front of the legendary Green Monster.
His story is the reason why so many players play in independent leagues hoping for that one break to get into a major league organization. Nava’s dream came true yesterday so independent league players everywhere keep playing hoping to play in the majors someday.