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The St. Louis Cardinals originally drafted Nady in the 4th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft (134th overall) after he was named Northern California Player of the Year in his senior year of high school, but he did not sign professionally at that time. After attending UC Berkeley, where he set the all-time Pac-10 Conference record for career slugging percentage (.729), Nady was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres (49th overall). Nady signed a major league contract and became the 18th player to go directly to the major leagues without making his professional debut in the minor leagues since 1965. Nady only appeared in one game and spent extensive time in the minor leagues following his debut. He was named Padres Minor League Player of the Year in 2001, also collecting the California League's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards that season. Nady underwent Tommy John surgery and had limited playing time in 2002. In 2003, he again returned to the major league level for part of the season, but spent most of his time in the minor leagues.
San Diego PadresEdit
New York MetsEdit
On Mother's Day, May 14, 2006, Nady was one of more than 50 hitters who brandished a pink bat to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation. Nady underwent an emergency appendectomy early in the morning on May 30, 2006; he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and returned to the lineup on June 18.
On July 31, 2006, a trade was initiated by the New York Mets in regard to reliever Duaner Sanchez being injured the night before in a traffic accident. This trade meant Nady would go to the Pirates in exchange for pitchers Óliver Pérez and Roberto Hernandez. While he was a Met for a considerably short time, Nady was one of the fan favorites at Shea Stadium. The trade shocked several fans who thought Nady had been a valuable part of the team, slugging 14 HR (7 of them tying the game or giving the Mets the lead) and driving in 40 runs in only 75 games. The deal came as such a surprise to certain fans that a band known only as "Kuff and the Buttheads" penned a song "The Ballad of X," a chronicle of his time with the Mets, which garnered mild publicity in baseball blogs, and Internet forums.
He can be seen hitting a home run as a Met on TV in the background of the movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Coincidental, it was against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the same year he was traded to them. During his major league career with both the Padres and Mets, Nady wore uniform number 22, with the Pirates his uniform number was changed to 25 for a brief stint before his number was again changed, this time back to his original number 22.
New York YankeesEdit
After an intestinal illness prior to spring training in 2007, Nady was tested for Crohn's disease due to family history of the disease. The tests turned out negative and Nady was instead diagnosed with a minor infection of the small intestines.
- ↑ Ben Shpigel. "Xavier Is a Household Name. At Least It Is in the Nady Household.", New York Times, 2006-03-21.
- ↑ Spector, Jesse (September 17-2006-09-17). It's a Tangled Web: Searching for Baseball's Online Oddities. The New York Daily News. Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
- ↑ "Yanks acquire Nady, Marte from Bucs for 4 minor league prospects", SI.com, 2008-07-26. Retrieved on 2008-07-26.
- ↑ http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080719&content_id=3156600&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit
- ↑ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2007/news/story?id=2777979
- ↑ http://www.rotowire.com/roto_to_gnews.htm?ID=209224&sport=mlb