Daniel Nava etched his name in Red Sox lore during an emotional day at Fenway Park. In his team's first home game since the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox outfielder hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.
"Boston, this is for you," NESN announcer Don Orsillo said as the ball made its way over the right-field fence.
With Kansas City leading, 2-1, Nava came to the plate. Baserunners were at first and third when Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera left an 88-mph changeup hanging over the plate. In front of 35,152 Red Sox fans, along with Boston police, first responders, marathon runners and volunteers, Nava crushed the ball to deep right right.
Andrew Bailey gave up a homer in the ninth but closed out the game, sealing a 4-3 win for the Red Sox.
In a game that started with an emotional pre-game ceremony and a strong (and profane) statement from David Ortiz, Nava provided yet another inspirational moment not just in baseball but in all of sports.