He said to me when he was getting ready to get in the hole, on deck there, he said, "Where do you think my folks are sitting?" I said, "I don't care, go up and get a hit."Nava:
I wanted to treat it like I normally do. I just said [to umpire Bill Hohn and catcher Brian Schneider] "How are you guys doing?" They didn't say anything.Nava admitted that as he trotted around second base, he "started to scream".
It's pretty ridiculous. ... I think when I get back to the hotel room, and I have a chance to maybe sit down and relax and maybe let everything sink in, I think that's when it will really hit me.P.S.: The Red Sox bought Nava's rights for $1.00!
Players Who have Hit A Grand Slam In Their 1st MLB AB
Player Opponent DateIt doesn't happen for more than 107 years, then it happens three times in five seasons!
Bill Duggleby, Phillies Giants April 21, 1898
Jeremy Hermida, Marlins Cardinals August 31, 2005
Kevin Kouzmanoff, Cleveland Rangers September 2, 2006
Daniel Nava, Red Sox Phillies June 12, 2010
Players With Grand Slam In 1st PA With Red Sox
Rip Repulski vs White Sox May 10, 1960Repulski was a pinch-hitter.
Daniel Nava vs Phillies June 12, 2010
Players With HR in 1st PA With Red Sox
Player Date Opponent* It was LeFebre's first MLB at-bat and the only home run of his career. He was a pitcher, allowing eight hits and six runs in the last four innings of Boston's 15-2 loss.
Bill LeFebre June 10, 1938 White Sox*
Eddie Pellagrini April 22, 1946 Senators
Rip Repulski May 10, 1960 White Sox
Ken Harrelson August 29, 1967 Yankees**
John Kennedy July 5, 1970 Indians***
Rob Deer August 22, 1993 Indians
Curtis Pride September 19, 1997 White Sox****
Orlando Cabrera August 1, 2004 Twins
Darnell McDonald April 20, 2010 Rangers
Daniel Nava June 12, 2010 Phillies
** Harrelson had already played for the Washington Senators and Kansas City Athletics in 1967 before signing with the Red Sox. The Yankees won this game 4-3 in 20 innings -- the longest game ever played between the two teams. Bob Tillman (see below) was the Yankees' catcher.
*** Kennedy was also a pinch-hitter (like Repulski) and his home run was an inside-the-park dong.
**** Linescore alert!
In trying to find the first eight Sox on that list, I clicked on an Answers Yahoo page -- and the source was me!!! (From a August 1, 2005.)
But the Yahoo list included someone I did not have in my post: Bob Tillman, who hit a home run for the Red Sox in his first MLB at-bat, on May 19, 1962.
But Tillman made his actual debut on April 15, as a pinch-hitter. He walked, then did not see any big league action until he caught the top of the ninth inning on May 16. Three days later, he started and batted 4th. He walked in his first trip to the plate that day, then led off the fourth with a dong. So, while it was his first at-bat, it was his third plate appearance -- and it came more than a month after his debut.
Anyway, back to Nava, who may have a visitor at Fenway tomorrow: