CHICAGO — Walking into the Guardians clubhouse on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field was like watching kids who just broke free from their parents on the playground.
Some guys were huddled around one phone, watching highlights of the performance Josh Naylor just put on. Others were screaming in celebration from completing an improbable comeback. And Franmil Reyes was there to make sure everyone was comprehending what just happened.
“You know we’re never going to see that again, right?” Reyes was saying to teammates near his locker.
It was a performance that no one in baseball had ever seen before. An RBI-double in the eighth paired with a game-tying grand slam in the ninth and a deciding three-run blast in the 11th by Naylor not only secured the Guardians a 12-9 victory over the White Sox, but it made Naylor the only player since RBIs became official in 1920 to knock in at least eight runs from the eighth inning on in a single game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“That was very impressive,” Reyes said. “Nothing surprises me with what he can do with a bat. That was a legendary moment.”
It would’ve been enough to call Naylor’s night “legendary” after the ninth inning. It was the scene every young baseball fan sets in their backyard: Two outs, ninth inning, bases loaded, your team is trailing and needs you to be the hero. One of the best closers…