Josh Naylor Guardians versus Yankees Game 4 ALDS Oct 16, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians designated hitter Josh Naylor (22) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees in the fourth inning during game four of the ALDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

While the New York Yankees fended off elimination in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Cleveland Guardians, one of Cleveland’s highlights got the attention of the MLB world — for all the wrong reasons.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Josh Naylor hit a solo home run off of Yankees starter Gerrit Cole. and proceeded to break out an extremely disrespectful celebration while trotting around the bases.

He began to “rock the baby” aggressively while rounding first base, and even appeared to mouth some profanity about Cole to his teammates while rounding third base, calling Cole his “little f***ing son”

We have certainly seen celebrations in baseball become more prominent, but many believe that Naylor took this one way too far.

It’s certainly a bold move the break out this kind of celebration while trailing in the game, but this is apparently something that Naylor has done before.

With the Yankees facing elimination and holding a narrow lead, no retaliation was ever likely to come in Game 4.

That being said, brawls have started in playoff games for far less in the past and it was certainly a very controversial move from Naylor. And if Game 5 gets out of hand (particulaly if Cleveland is winning), a response wouldn’t be shocking.

Naylor has been a thorn in the Yankees’ side in the ALDS, driving in runs in each of the games in this series that the Guardians have won.

This celebration certainly won’t earn him any fans in New York, but Cleveland fans will certainly appreciate the passion and production that Naylor has shown off in this series.

[MLB on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.