"I think I closed my eyes and the ball hit my bat -- and that's all I remember of it," quipped Nava. "Those first couple of swings weren't too good, so I was trying to shorten things up. Fortunately, he threw a good pitch -- and fortunately the ball went over the fence."
It was noteworthy that the home run came hitting right-handed for the switch-hitting Nava.
To this point in his career, Nava has been a much better hitter from the left side. Last season, he hit .322 with 10 homers, a .411 on-base percentage and .484 slugging percentage against righties. Against lefties, he hit .252 with two homers and a .311 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage.
"I'll take any of them -- left-handed, right-handed -- it doesn't matter," Nava said. "But, obviously, I know I have work to do from the right side. Any time I can put together a good at-bat, whether the result is a home run or not, that for me is what I'm trying to allow one of the things of Spring Training to be about."
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