Remember the old game show, “The Love Connection?” Host Chuck Woolery would determine if a couple made the love connection after hearing both sides of a story after a date. I feel a little like old Chuck and I’ll tell you why. The last couple of days in Charlotte, I’ve left tickets for friends. The procedure is to go down to the clubhouse and sign the sheet. You include the name of your guest, the number of tickets needed and your name. Being the investigative journalist that I am, I noticed that one of our players had left a ticket for a young woman, a famous young woman both days here in the Carolinas. The player- Daniel Nava. The woman- Erin Andrews of ESPN and the TV show “Dancing With the Stars.” I admit, my curiosity got the better of me. Does Nava know the good-looking blonde reporter, who got more attention than she wanted when she was videotaped through a peephole in her hotel room? Inquiring minds want to know. Nava laughed when he was asked if he knew her. “I wish I did.” He explained that it is a long standing tradition of his, dating back a couple of seasons. He got the idea from a certain Dallas Cowboys quarterback. “Tony Romo used to put Jessica Simpsons’ name down, even though he didn’t know her at the time. Word got out and for a while, Romo and Simpson were an item.” Is Nava hoping for lightning to strike twice. “I’m not counting on it, but it’d be great.” I asked what it would mean to him if Hyder and Hoard were able to spread the word and make something happen. “I’d owe you guys, big time, I guess.” While he’s not holding his breath that anything will happen, you just never know. If anyone reading this knows Erin, tell her Nava’s a great guy and she can reach him through my email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was also able to unravel a mystery that has had me vexed for many years. As a boy growing up in Newport, RI, I had heard a rumor that Charlotte Knights manager Chris Chambliss had attended my high school, Rogers, in Newport. I had also heard he’d been cut from the baseball team by the late, legendary coach, Louis “Duke” Abbruzzi. I had the opportunity to speak to the former Yankees hero and set the record straight. “No, no, I never actually lived in Newport, my parents did, for a year around 1970.” His dad, Capt. Carroll Chambliss (USN, ret.) was a Navy Chaplain for 30 years. They were stationed in the “City by the Sea”. “I did visit for Christmas that year. I spent three days in Newport. Don’t remember much about the city.” Chambliss himself, was in the Navy Reserves for 6 years, following in his dad’s footsteps. “No.” he added. “I graduated from Oceanside High School, in California, 3000 miles away. Other side of the country!”
Manager Torey Lovullo won’t be with the team on Saturday or Sunday. The skipper is in California, for the confirmation of his son. In his absence, roving infield instructor, Bruce Crabbe will manage the PawSox. “I managed a bit in Spring Training, and last season filled in for Arnie (Beyeler) in Portland for three days. Before that,” Crabbe added, “It’d been a while”. Lovullo is expected to rejoin the PawSox on Monday at McCoy. Red Sox field coordinator, David Howard is also in the Pawtucket dugout.