Daniel Nava | The Big Question
“I was looking to get the job done early in the count. I didn’t want to get two strikes on me with the bases loaded, because we were down 2-1, and I knew this was a great opportunity to get us back in the game.
“Even though it was a day game, the lights were on. I stepped into the box. I don’t remember hearing the crowd. You know, he threw a pitch I could hit. Off the bat I didn’t think it was gone. It wasn’t a towering hit; it was more a line drive than a fly ball.
“Then I saw [Jayson] Werth [the Phillies' right-fielder] slow down, and stop, and I realized that the ball had gone out of the park.
“I remember thinking, Make sure to touch all the bases. Let’s not trip on the way around. And do not smile. As soon as I got to second, I thought, No way that’s just happened! But I tried to keep my face professional, and didn’t smile. Then I got home, and all the guys were smiling at the plate when they greeted me, and Darnell slapped me on the helmet, and I thought, Okay, let’s have some fun with it. I practically sprinted back to the dugout with probably the biggest smile I’ve ever had in my life.
“I didn’t find out until after the game that my parents were there to see it.”