Daniel Nava's delayed gratification

In his first Fenway opener, 30-year-old outfielder hits it big with the winning blast

Updated: April 8, 2013, 10:24 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- If you haven't played in a big league home opener before the age of 30, chances are you might never get the chance.

But Daniel Nava has always been on his own schedule. Unrecruited out of high school. A college career that began as a student manager. Undrafted by the pros but signed out of an independent league, he arrived in the big leagues three years ago with a grand slam on the first pitch he saw, then had it all taken away just months later.

He worked his way back last ...

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