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

The Cleveland Guardians‘ Josh Naylor caught a lot of flack after his rock-the-baby homerun trot against the New York Yankees in game 4 of the ALDS Sunday night. Naylor hit the homerun off of Gerrit Cole and during his trot, he called Cole his “son” as he rounded the bases.

Yankee fans nor players weren’t pleased with Naylor and let him have it in game 5 chanting “who’s your daddy” as the Yankees took the series 5-1, to move on to the American League Championship Series.

But Naylor took what Yankee fans had to say about him in stride, in fact, he didn’t take it personally at all.

He seemed to enjoy it, he told reporters afterward that it was “like a dream come true” and “sick” to have that chant circulating through Yankee Stadium.

New York fans are known to let opposing players have it, especially when they feel that a player is a villain. Back in the 2021 NBA playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks faced the favored New York Knicks.

The Hawks Trae Young had a terrific series against the Knicks and was heckled by Knick fans, which Young enjoyed. He ate up all the attention that he received from Knick fans and to this day, is still hated by them. So Naylor has joined an elite group of athletes that the city of New York despises.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.