Baseball is a game full of surprises, but you would expect that after hanging around the game for long enough, you’ll eventually see everything. That’s not necessarily the case, and the story of Daniel Nava‘s path to the major leagues is proof of that. Picked off the proverbial scrap heap of the independent leagues in 2007, Nava rose through the Red Sox system before bursting onto the scene in memorable fashion during the 2010 season. The switch-hitting outfielder hit the first pitch of his major league career for a grand slam — just the second player to ever accomplish that feat — and quickly endeared himself to Red Sox fans in the process. However, Nava’s story didn’t end there, and it didn’t continue in storybook fashion from that point on. He couldn’t stick in the big leagues, and the outfielder was shuttled back and forth to the minors for much of the next two seasons… until now. This year, Nava has had a breakout campaign, and it’s one that could see him end up at Citi Field for the All-Star Game in a few short weeks. He’s been an integral piece of the Red Sox puzzle so far, and there’s nothing to suggest that he’s about to slow down.