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Daniel Nava on The Bradfo Show: ‘I like to think that I would’ve gotten things going in the right direction’

06.05.14 at 4:41 pm ET
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Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava joined Rob Bradford on The Bradfo Show podcast to discuss what has been a trying 2014 season so far for both himself and the club. To listen to the interview, go to The Bradfo Show audio on demand page.

Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

Nava has struggled to re-create the success he had last year, when the now 31-year-old posted a .303/.385/.445 line and helped the Red Sox clinch their eighth World Series title. In 23 games this season, Nava is hitting a paltry .136 with three RBIs.

Nava got off to a slow start in spring training, hitting .205 with just four extra-base hits in 17 games. Nava’€™s slump extended into the season with a .149/.240/.269 line over the first three weeks. On April 23, Nava was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket.

While Nava acknowledged that he got off to a slow start, he also believes that he would have been able to adjust before being sent down to the minor leagues.

“€œI’ve learned enough through the road I’ve taken to get here what works for me and what doesn’t and the type of swing and the type of approach that I was going to stick with,” Nava said. “I wasn’t going to change from that because I know what works for me and I would be foolish to try and change that.

“I wasn’t as comfortable as I wanted to be [in spring training], but sometimes you just aren’t. It was just unfortunate then that that’€™s how things started in the season. I like to think that I would’ve got things going in the right direction on a personal note, but … I don’€™t think the team expected things to start the way that they did.”

Nava continued: “Last year, during the first month, everything was clicking, and so a lot of comparisons were made about last year to this year already. It was understandable; it’€™s always going to be like that. But at the same time, I think there should be some grace and understanding that no two years are the same.”

While Nava was disappointed at the demotion, he understood that highs and lows are just part of the unpredictable nature of the game.

“I was in a position where I had some room to work through stuff, but being the nature of how we were playing and stuff, I’€™m understanding now that things were different than what I thought,”€ Nava said. “But at the end I started to simplify things a little more and sometimes as athletes, as baseball players, you can look at the results more than you can and how you’€™re going about the process.

“I know I lost sight of that, being that I wanted just to get off to a really good start again, and maybe I was pressing more than I wanted to. … It was just frustrating that things weren’t clicking as quickly as I wanted to, but baseball’€™s a sport in which sometimes you can have extended periods of frustration and things not going your way.”

Nava added: “I’€™d like to think that I would still been able to fix it with the team, that the team would be able to win their last 20 in a row, but that’€™s just not what has taken place.”

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