Behind the scenes with Nava, Dewey

June, 29, 2010
6/29/10
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BOSTON -- A nice moment unfolded in the Red Sox clubhouse before tonight's game against the Rays at Fenway Park.

Outfielder Daniel Nava was speaking with a reporter when Red Sox great Dwight Evans approached to shake Nava's hand. Nava popped up out of his chair to share an embrace with Evans.

Evans told Nava he didn't want to interrupt the interview, but he wanted to congratulate him on his stunning debut with the Red Sox. Later, Nava explained why Evans' gesture was meaningful to him.

When Nava had first joined the Red Sox, and was hoping to impress in spring training to land a spot anywhere in the team's farm system, he was struggling. So he approached Evans, who is now in his seventh year as a player development consultant, to help him with his hitting mechanics.

"He said he was happy to work with me, and he took me into the cage," Nava recalled. "He treated me like a [highly-touted] prospect. When you're not a prospect, that's all you really want."

Tonight marked the first time their paths had crossed since Nava joined the Red Sox. Nava, who is batting second and playing left field tonight, enters the game hitting .294 with one home run and 10 runs batted in.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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