Daniel Nava knows a thing or two about preparation.
The 32-year-old Red Sox outfielder finally made his major league debut at the age of 28 when he hit the first pitch he saw into the bleachers for a grand slam. The switch-hitter has been one of the team’s go-to substitutes for the better part of five seasons. His job, at times, is harder than most; despite not playing every day, Nava is expected to be as fresh and conditioned as his starting teammates.
NESN’s new feature, “Red Sox All-Access,” captures Nava helping some of his younger Red Sox teammates prepare for the mental and physical rigors of a 162-game season. From pushing a bit harder in basic infield drills to joking about opening a sushi restaurant, Nava continually set the tone at spring training in Fort Myers.
Check out the full video above, and be sure to tune in to Red Sox pregame coverage in the coming days to catch more of “Red Sox All-Access” for continued inside looks at this year’s ball club.
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