For a role player like Daniel Nava, confidence is key. Although initially shocked when he was told that he would start in Monday's home opener instead of rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., Nava said he had plenty of time to get his thoughts straight and focus on the goal:
“Of course it gave me confidence,” Nava said. “John and Torey have done a great job of communicating with us about whether we’re playing the following day. The opportunity to mentally prepare is huge.”
Nava then went on to tell of how confidence in himself and from his manager, John Farrell, helped him propel into being the game's hero:
“I had a lot of confidence knowing my manager had my back,” he said. “You saw what happened in the game.”
As fate would have it, Farrell's decision to play Nava payed off, as the slugger belted a three-run homerun in the seventh inning that would eventually prove to be the game winning play. Farrell said that the decision was made because he felt Nava (a switch-hitter) would be more ...