Matt Stairs, New Brunswick’s biggest baseball star, is ready to retire after almost two decades playing in Major League Baseball.
Stairs, 43, hasn’t made the official announcement yet but he told CBC News in an interview on Wednesday that his playing days are now done.
“I’m not sad. I had a great career, a long career,” Stairs said.
“And it’s one of those things where I can walk away today and not be sad about it.”
Stairs played for 13 different teams, a Major League record. He made a name for himself in the late 1990’s with the Oakland A’s and reached the post-season on four different occasions with three teams. The highlight of his career is, undoubtedly, the two-run home run he hit off of Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS. The homer broke a 5-5 tie and helped propel the Phillies to the World Series, which they eventually won.
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Stairs was a mercenary throughout the past decade, but all it took was one swing to make himself an important figure in Phillies history. Perhaps most impressively, he made Joe Buck sound vaguely human if for one brief moment.
He may not have been in Philly for long, but he is deserving of a toast as he hangs up his spikes. Here’s to you, Matt Stairs.