I was born and raised in New Brunswick. But before you ask where let me answer that question - Eastern Canada. Interestingly enough, one of the people who would know that answer is my favorite player, Matt Stairs, who was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Stairs is the ultimate pinch hitter (and still owns the record in pinch-hit home runs) and was an incredible Major League player, playing not only for both Canadian teams, the Expos and the Blue Jays, but 13 teams in total. While he retired from Major League Baseball two years ago, he has recently made his return to the great game as a member of the Fredericton Royals in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League. He is doing so, not getting paid, but hoping that his attendance will draw some fans to the great sport.
If anyone were to ask whether Stairs still has the ability to hit, Royals Vice President of Baseball Operations Kristian Dewar will say, "He still has it. He still has a great swing […] He still has passion for the game, you can tell." Stairs is using the time teaching those on his team, like those that had done the same to him when he played on the team 30 years ago, hoping for someone to see him. Fortunately they did.
I can't wait to return home to see my hero play.
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