There was no agonizing over names when Xavier Nady’s wife, Meredith, gave birth to the couple’s baby boy in 2008.
When your name is Xavier Clifford Nady VI, there’s little doubt as to what your first-born son’s name will be.
“We used to joke with my dad when my wife was pregnant, ‘Hey, we’re going to name him this (other name),’ “ Nady said laughing. “And he’d say, ‘Yeah, over my dead body.’
“(The name has) been around a long time, and I’m fortunate to have a boy of my own. Obviously, it means name choosing pretty easy. You don’t have to stress on the first one.”
Sure enough, Xavier Nady VII is continuing the lineage that goes back to the middle of the 19th century. Nady said that’s when his family made the move from France to Iowa.
Nady, who is in the Royals’ camp this spring, said his aunt studied the family lineage and found that there may have been Xavier Nadys in France before the first moved to Iowa.
“There was even more traced back there, but I guess there was no proof, so here it kind of started,” Nady said. “That was the first. Whether or not there was more before, I don’t know.”
This much Nady does know: His grandfather (Xavier Nady Nady IV) was a high school football coach in Iowa.
“When I was younger, I had a lot of people come up and say your grandfather coached me,” Nady said. “I’d get some fan mail here or there, people trying to reconnect either with my dad or someone else, so I always forwarded it on to them.”
Nady signed a minor-league contract with the Royals in December. But his bid to make the 25-man roster this spring has been stalled as he has torn plantar fascia on the bottom of his right foot.
It’s been a rough few years for Nady, who in 2008 hit 25 home runs with 97 RBIs while splitting time with the Pirates and Yankees. Injuries have taken their toll the last few years.
Nady, 34, had a whirlwind 2012. He was waived by the Nationals in July after batting .157 with three homers and six RBIs in 40 games. Nady had a wrist injury early in the year, but still made 24 starts for the Nationals, with 15 in left field and nine in right.
On Aug. 5, Nady signed a minor-league contract with the Giants and was sent to Class AAA Fresno. His contract was purchased from Fresno on Sept. 1, and he made 15 starts in left field, batting .240 with one homer and seven RBIs in 19 total games.
Nady, who struggled with a hamstring injury with San Francisco, was on the Giants’ postseason roster for their first-round series against the Reds. He went hitless in five at-bats and walked once. He didn’t play in the NLCS or the World Series, but he was with the team as it won the title.
“Last year from an individual numbers standpoint, yeah I stunk it up, but I got to experience something,” Nady said. “Being with the Giants winning the World Series was the best moment of my baseball career.”