CLEVELAND, Ohio —It’s been nearly a decade since the Naylor brothers, Josh and Noah (Bo) have seen their names printed on the same lineup card for a game. The last time it happened, Josh was 15 and Bo was 12.
So when the Canadian-born siblings saw the lineups for Saturday’s Cleveland Indians intrasquad game in Goodyear, Ariz. they immediately texted their mother, Jenice, a picture.
“We were only like three people apart, it was surreal,” Josh said. “You don’t think like that, being in the same lineup as your brother. And when it does happen, it’s a blessing.”
Mom was filled with joy at seeing two of her three sons (youngest Myles is 15) finding success, even if it’s during a simulated game.
“She’s happy that we’re on the field and if it’s together, it’s together and if it’s not, then it’s not,” Josh said. “As long as we’re out there, she’s happy for every opportunity that we get.”
Growing up, Bo says he always looked up to Josh as a role model, and seeing what he’s gone through in his professional career on and off the field has made the elder Naylor somebody little brother is proud to idolize.
“Day in and day out, I’m proud to be the one to call him my brother,” Bo said.
When Bo, the Indians first-round draft pick in 2018, learned the club had acquired his brother in a trade for Mike Clevinger…