- Just 4'8" and 70 lbs. in his freshman year of high school and grew to just 5'5" and 150 lbs. by his senior year of high school.
- A walk-on for his college baseball team but did not make the team and became the team's equipment manager.
- Signed with an independent team after going undrafted from college.
- His contract was purchased by a Major League team for $1.00.
- Hit the very first Major League pitch he saw for a grand slam home run.
- A major contributor for a World Championship team.
Seriously, this sounds like the kind of stuff you would see in a feel-good movie about a young man overcoming a bunch of obstacles to become a Major League baseball player. A true underdog story. But yet, all of these things actually happened to Daniel Nava, one of the more interesting baseball stories in a very long time.
In 2013, he broke through, playing in 134 games and hitting .303/.385/.445 with 12 home runs, including a dramatic game-winning home run in the team's first home game after the Boston Marathon bombing. He also performed surprisingly well defensively.