In a society in which athletes are required to behave impeccably and always do the right thing, it’s always good to be a bit bold.
As long as people’s actions don’t affect others, it’s always good to be a bit reckless and have some fun.
Cleveland Guardians outfielder Josh Naylor certainly enters this category: when he hits a home run or makes a nice play, he will celebrate like there is no tomorrow, and that’s good for baseball.
The sport needs some flair, some emotion: players don’t need to be plunked or punished for celebrating a huge hit, for flipping their bats, or for getting a key strikeout.
Baseball is supposed to be fun.
On Wednesday, the Guardians were down in the score against the Detroit Tigers, but fought back to earn a huge comeback victory to maintain the top spot in the AL Central division.
Naylor And The Guardians Are Playing Hard And Having Fun
Naylor, who is famous for playing with passion and a huge drive, was running towards third base in the late innings.
Upon reaching that base safely, he started celebrating with his dugout.
If that can't see us, at least they can feel us.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/CBecI0hKzA
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) August 18, 2022
The Guardians may not be full of sluggers and power hitters, but they play hard and are really competitive.
They run the bases well, they play good defense, and have excellent pitching.
With their brand of baseball, they are competing to make the playoffs in the crowded American League.
Before Thursday’s action, the Guards are 63-55, one game ahead of the Minnesota Twins in the standings and two ahead of the Chicago White Sox.
Naylor and the Guardians will be hard to beat in the stretch run.
They play the game the right way: having fun and enjoying every moment.
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