Digging deeper, I found this nice article about Matt Stairs by the National Post in Canada. Stairs, a Canadian, was happy for his teammates winning the NLDS yesterday, but in more of a back seat mode:
“I’m and older guy, I don’t go crazy. I like to enjoy watching the guys have fun.”
Stairs was acquired before the waiver deadline in a trade with Toronto. The Phils gave the Blue Jays left-hander Fabio Castro. Stairs provides the Phils a third lefty bench bat, but someone who can crank up a home run at will. Jimmy Rollins appreciated the move:
“I got to see a lot of Matt Stairs in an Oakland uniform, just being from the Bay Area and I’ve always known him as a professional hitter. He’s a strong guy, he takes that big swing, the first one is always for the fans. Then he settles in and takes the rest for the team.”
Rollins added Stairs offers pointers to many of the Phils hitters.
Good to see Stairs get some admiration. He has been a nice little piece to this 25-man roster. Go back a year and think about who the Phils were carrying on the bench — Wes Helms, Abraham Nunez, Rod Barajas. Now look at Stairs. Nice to have that veteran presence who can definitely get it done.