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Nava and Andrews, sittin' in a tree … ?

Jun 13, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

daniel nava running.jpgLast night D.J. Short introduced us to sudden Red Sox cult hero Daniel Nava, who launched a grand slam Saturday afternoon on the first pitch of his first ever major league at-bat.  The story gets better.  Well, sorta.

Nava has had a crush on ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews for years, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, and has comically been leaving a ticket for her at will call for the last three seasons down in Triple-A Pawtucket.  It seems she knows at least a little about the guy, because she tweeted this to Boston-based on Saturday  night, just a few hours after he hit the homer:

Pass along my best to Daniel!! Congrats on a big day that will go down in Sox history! Hope to meet him soon!”

I suppose this plot was a little predictable.  After all, the superhero always gets the girl.  Nava was called up before Saturday’s game to provide depth in a Boston outfield that has been riddled with injuries.  He’s now 2-for-4 with four RBI as a major leaguer with a 1.500 career slugging percentage and an OPS of 2000.

  1. kerpal - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Don’t get too high on this guy just yet .I remember Shelly Duncan’s first few games , he was knocking the cover off the ball . Once the pitchers got a line on his weaknesses it was all over for him . Lets wait and see what he does with off speed and breaking pitches . The jury will be out for a few more at bats . Good luck to Nava .

  2. Mr. Sister - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Who knows, maybe Nava will get lucky and by this time next year he’ll be giving Andrews a grand slam in the keister!

  3. Malcohm - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Maybe, just maybe, Nava will be just what the doctor ordered. With the outfield desimated by injuries the Red Sox just might get the much needed defensive relief they sorely need and get a bat to go along with it. Ellsbury on the DL and Cameron not being quite ready to play everyday, Nava will be the perfect fit in the outfield. McDonald can fill the roll as a very good utility outfielder. Let’s hope this long suffering young man can be the phenom we hope for. Keep it going Daniel.

  4. Ron - Jun 13, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    What are you, Silva, seven years old?

  5. Steve - Jun 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Just what the red sox need to redeem their season!

  6. Joe - Jun 14, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Nava’s been in AAA for three months, not three years.
    Lots of parallels between Nava and Kevin Millar. Independent League guys who did nothing but hit at every level when given the chance. Nava’s not going to be a superstar, but I think the bat is legit.

  7. Taylor - Jun 14, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    No way she loves Maksim Chmerkovskiy they’re a couple.

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