Nava and Andrews, sittin' in a tree … ?

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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 WEEI.com 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.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.