St. John, New Brunswick, Canada native Matt Stairs slugged out 265 home runs in 19 MLB seasons with the Expos and Nationals, Red Sox, Athletics, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies, and Padres, but hes traded the baseball bat for a hockey stick and a whistle.
Stairs had the potential to be a pro and NHL hockey player, but chose the MLB path instead.
Matt Stairs: "I wish I could of taken half of my 19 years in the big leagues and played (some) years in the NHL."
He announced his retirement August 3rd, 2011 and is now coaching high school hockey while the lockout drags on for Fredericton High School.
Stairs is best remembered for his home run in Game Four of the 2008 NLCS against the Dodgers. He broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning by taking a Jonathan Broxton heater deep into the right field seats giving the Phillies a 7-5 win. The Phillies won Game Five, the series, and went on to take the World Series in five games against the Rays.
Stairs sometimes flashes his World Series ring to his team.