GOODYEAR, Ariz. – It may have only been an intrasquad scrimmage, but the Naylor brothers couldn’t wait to send a picture of the lineup card that listed both Josh’s and Bo’s names to their mom.
“It was surreal,” Josh Naylor said. “You don’t think like that, being in the same lineup as your brother. And when it does happen, it’s a blessing.”
“Seeing it first-hand, it was like, ‘Wow, this is really happening?’” Bo Naylor said. “You kind of take a step back and just appreciate what both of our lives have come to, you know?”
It’s something they’ve only experienced one time in their lives. When Josh was 15 and Bo was 12, the two played in the same youth baseball game together when the older age group needed an extra player to fill in.
“[Bo] came in and hit a pinch-hit double,” Josh said. “I remember it vividly. He had one at-bat. Maybe two at-bats, but one double, for sure.”
Maybe he remembered it so vividly because Josh never knew if that moment – having his brother on his team – would ever happen again. It’s the same feeling that he had just after the two reported to Goodyear, Ariz., together for Spring Training and he just sat back and watched Bo take batting practice.
“It was so surreal,” Josh said. “Watching off in the background, seeing him develop from when we were kids and watching his game…