He's Baaack!

He's Baaack!
Daniel Nava playing against Texas, July 15, 2010. Photo by Dan Leahy
by Jeff Gire |
After a stint with the PawSox, former Bronco Daniel Nava is back in the Majors with the Boston Red Sox.

It’s hard to imagine a better first impression than the one Daniel Nava made on June 12, 2010. Upon seeing the very first pitch of his Major League career, Nava blasted a grand slam in front of the Red Sox faithful in Boston.

It’s equally difficult to think up a better story than the former Bronco who led the WCC in batting (.395) and on-base percentage (.494) after working his way up from SCU equipment manager to WCC star to Major Leaguer.

Speed up the tape, and here we are in 2012 and Nava is once again giving fans in Boston a reason to cheer. Since being called up from the Pawtucket Red Sox (where he was hitting .316 with three homers), Nava has hit safely in every game he’s played and helped the Red Sox win four out of five.

This hot streak has included Nava’s first home run—clobbered over the wall on May 14, in a 6-1 over the Mariners—since his storybook grand slam. To get up to speed on one of baseball’s best stories, check out this Bronco profile about Nava from the Fall 2010 Santa Clara Magazine.

Winter 2014

Table of contents

Features

Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

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With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

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Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters

Goooaal!

Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.