On Saturday, the free-agent rightfielder, who played for the Phillies the past two seasons, had a street named after him in his hometown of Fredericton in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. And not just any street. The road that runs alongside Royal Field Park - the place Stairs first played professionally - has been renamed Matt Stairs Way.
“Royals Field . . . that’s one of the most special ones I’ve ever been in,” Stairs told the Canadian Broadcasting Centre News. “One, it’s in my hometown. Two, it’s where I was scouted, where I was signed. It’s a home inside of a home city. And now, just to have a street named around it is a great honor.”
Sadly, it doesn’t look like the Phillies are interested in bringing him back for 2010. Not sure if anyone else will either (we’ll probably have to wait until the last possible minute before spring training to find out). But even if he never plays another inning, we’ll always have our memories of the guy, and Stairs will always have his street.