TANNER HOUCK AND NELLIE CRUZ

At first blush, it would appear that Tanner Houck and Nelson Cruz have precious little in common.

They are both male.

They each play major league baseball.

But that’s about it.

They are 16 years apart; Houck is 25 and Cruz is 41.

And their respective teams — Boston and Tampa Bay — at this writing, are heading in opposite directions.

Fast.

So what’s the deal?