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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Matt Stairs to be inducted into (New Brunswick) HOF

Matthew Stairs, of Fredericton, had an illustrious career in major league baseball that included winning the 2009 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies. His baseball career has earned him two major league records including: most pinch-hit home runs, at 23; and most teams played for in a career (12). Throughout his 19-year major league career, the longest ever by a New Brunswicker, he was known as a dedicated, hard-working player and a team leader. Stairs has recently accepted a sportscast commentator position with the Boston Red Sox.

Not sure where the “Matthew” is coming from. I hope the former MLB record last longer than the latter will.  I went to high school with Sarah Forbes, one of his co-inductees.

Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 14, 2012 at 08:08 AM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: March 14, 2012 at 09:27 AM (#4080444)
Someone will have to tell me why is he considered having played for 12 teams when he actually played for 13. Montreal and Washington can't be considered the same team, right? They did not even play in the same city, for crying out loud! Did anybody consider he was comming full circle when he signed with the Nats? I'm sure not. Oh, wait. I guess I was wrong.
   2. jmurph Posted: March 14, 2012 at 09:56 AM (#4080459)
My grandmother is from New Brunswick- Deer Island, to be exact, with a little Saint John thrown in. She moved to Maine early in her life, but I still have family around there.

Yes I realize this story is not interesting for actual Canadians, but as a non-Canadian, I see New Brunswick and get excited.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM (#4080471)
My great-great-grandfather was sent to New Brunswick as a British army recruit, and stayed there after Canadian independence, working in, I believe, the horse stable at the governor's mansion. Then his son moved to Maine, and fathered my grandfather in his late 40s.

Yes I realize this story is not interesting for actual Canadians, but as a non-Canadian, I see New Brunswick and get excited.

Also, the link doesn't work. How do I find out if the NBHOF has already inducted fellow Phillies great Rhéal Cormier?
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM (#4080475)
Ah, it's the New Brunswick SPORTS Hall of Fame.

Here we go. There's a Rhéal Cormier in there, but it's the wrong one!

They may not even be related, based on what <a href="http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120214&c>the baseball Cormier says</a> about his family history.
   5. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM (#4080478)
The link worked when I posted the article, but now its gone. This one from CBC is basically the same story: Matt Stairs
   6. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: March 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4080483)
How do I find out if the NBHOF has already inducted fellow Phillies great Rheal Cormier?

Well, I thought he was, but it turns out it's not him.

[Edit: Coke to Crispix]

Yes I realize this story is not interesting for actual Canadians, but as a non-Canadian, I see New Brunswick and get excited.

There's nothing exiting about N-B. Except warm water beaches and chiac, maybe, which is a mix of Acadien French and Canadian English spoken around Moncton. I don't consider myself a perfect bilingual, but I'm fluent in English, and French is my mother tongue. The thing is, I can't understand chiac at all, except a few words here and there. It's as if my brain couldn't switch back and forth between both languages.

   7. PreservedFish Posted: March 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4080488)
I love the parentheses in the headline.
   8. Blastin Posted: March 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4080490)
The 2009 WS? News to Rivera and co.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: March 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM (#4080554)
Has anyone visited it? Maybe I'll stop in this summer.
   10. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM (#4080572)
Should get credit for Chunichi.
   11. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM (#4080640)
   12. gay guy in cut-offs smoking the objective pipe Posted: March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM (#4080643)
There's nothing exiting about N-B.

Having dated a girl from NB once, I must respectfully disagree ... but I probably wouldn't, if I hadn't.

I'm not sure if it was chiac per se, but listening to her family talk among themselves was one of the weirdest experiences I've ever had. It was like flipping between language tracks on a DVD -- in the middle of a sentence they'd suddenly stop speaking English and be speaking French, and then they'd switch back just as suddenly.
   13. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: March 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM (#4080649)
I wonder if New Brunswick Sports Hall of Famer Phillip Doiron is Julie Doiron's father, or maybe uncle? He'd be the right age, and how many Doirons are there running around Moncton anyway?


   14. Shazbot Posted: March 14, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4080667)
New Brunswick is really, really beautiful. It's one of the best places for a summer driving holiday.
   15. Bob Evans Posted: March 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4080677)
Sure, he's in the New Brunswick HOF...but is he *inner circle*?
   16. 'Spos Posted: March 14, 2012 at 01:24 PM (#4080679)
how many Doirons are there running around Moncton anyway?


A lot. Almost as many Doirons as Leblancs.

Spent a fair amount of time in Sackville in the 70s.
   17. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: March 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM (#4080723)
how many Doirons are there running around Moncton anyway?

A lot. Almost as many Doirons as Leblancs.


Ah, I see a white pages pulls up (the suspiciously round number of) 100 Doirons in Moncton, so, no.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: March 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM (#4080763)
Montreal and Washington can't be considered the same team, right?

Well, not wanting to throw fuel on the Quebcois separatist fire but, alas, yes, they're the same team. In the same sense that the first Senators and the Twins are the same team and the second Senators and the Rangers are the same time and even that the Brooklyn and LA Dodgers are the same team. I know it seems odd that one night Brian Schneider went to sleep an Expo and woke up a National but that's baseball.
   19. A Real Acadian Hero Posted: March 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4080806)
A lot. Almost as many Doirons as Leblancs.

Spent a fair amount of time in Sackville in the 70s.

As Fern said, nope. LeBlancs are a whole other level.

Pis you don't like le chiac? Ben next time viens me voir, on prendra mon car pis on ira à la beach pis au pub ça sera le fun!

http://www.acadieman.com/

   20. A Real Acadian Hero Posted: March 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4080810)
I wonder if New Brunswick Sports Hall of Famer Phillip Doiron is Julie Doiron's father, or maybe uncle? He'd be the right age, and how many Doirons are there running around Moncton anyway?

As far as I know, no. I grew up with Julie and her older brother. Phil was a legend, and I don't recall the two ever mixing in conversations.
   21. Matthew E Posted: March 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM (#4080884)
I lived in New Brunswick for four years. It wasn't a pleasant experience.
   22. Bob Evans Posted: March 14, 2012 at 06:20 PM (#4080930)
I lived in New Brunswick for four years. It wasn't a pleasant experience.

All those bowling balls! A man can't even mow his lawn.
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: March 14, 2012 at 07:24 PM (#4080977)
The 2009 WS? News to Rivera and co.


They are Canadians, they aren't used to a sport having the championship in the same season as the regular season. (of course same could be said about real football and the Super Bowl)
   24. Nasty Nate Posted: March 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4081012)
His teammate Eric Young should be inducted too
   25. jingoist Posted: March 14, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4081074)
The summer of 1988 the wife and I Vanagon-campered our way south from PEI through NB.
We had taken the BlueNose ferry from Bar Harbour Maine to Nova Scotia, then drove north to PEI.

Saw some of the most wonderful beaches - they had 50' tall islands of sandstone with trees on top scattered along the beachfront. Awesome!

Plus, we stopped at a restaurant in St John, I believe, and watched the river flow to the ocean, stop then flow backward as the tide came in. Quite impressive and unique.

I absolutely recommed a similar trip to anyone who has yet to see Canada's Maritime Provinces.
Labrador and NewFoundland are on my "must take" trip list after I retire this fall.

If I go, I might make it a point to stop in and visit the bust/plaque of Matt Stairs at the NB museum!
   26. Snowboy Posted: March 15, 2012 at 03:57 AM (#4081200)
It may not be a bust or plaque? It may be a twenty foot statue of Stairs on the lawn (holding not a sword but instead a bat over his head. whilst riding a charger. with one hoof raised. facing south.) Either that, or Stairs as Michelangelo's David, they haven't decided.

And stop talking about NB's beauty. Or then more people will go there, and then they'll also tell their friends about it, and that lovely restaurant where you honeymooned will be replaced by a McDonalds.

Also, I assume, hope, and pray that Stairs' retirement, Hall of Fame induction, and Red Sox broadcaster employment will not impede his appearance as a pinch-hitter for Canada when baseball returns in the 2020 Olympics.
   27. jmurph Posted: March 15, 2012 at 08:34 AM (#4081233)
And stop talking about NB's beauty. Or then more people will go there, and then they'll also tell their friends about it, and that lovely restaurant where you honeymooned will be replaced by a McDonalds.


Nah, the corresponding parts of Maine are just as beautiful, but people still only go as far as Bar Harbor, as that's pretty damn far from the nearest major airport. I mean sure, there are some McDonalds there, but that's the case everywhere.
   28. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 15, 2012 at 09:25 AM (#4081254)
nearest major airport.


That's the major "problem" with getting to NB. The Stanfield Airport in Halifax, NS, is a decent size, but even it is almost two-hour drive from the NB border. Being from NB I am biased, but it is a really good place to live as long as you can handle being a 7-hour drive from the nearest MLB park. Cost of living is relatively low, traffic is a non-issue. I work in Fredericton, which has won the title of "Cleanest City in Canada" many times over the years. We have a world class art gallery if you're into that, with many significant works by Dali, Kreighoff, J. M. W. Turner and Lucian Freud in the permanent collection. You can buy a 6,500 sq. ft. Victorian Mansion on the riverfront for about $650k, and a typical new house of 2500 sq. ft. goes for under $300k. We haven't had any real estate crash in Canada (yet), although most thinking people expect one in Vancouver for sure, and possibly Toronto. Not in the Maritimes though.

We have one of the best salmon rivers in the world in the Miramichi, which Ted Williams and Babe Ruth used to fish regularly. The Northumberland Strait between PEI and the east coast of NB is mostly sand beaches and is the warmest salt water north of Virginia.

In addition to the Reversing Falls (as they are known), mentioned in #25, several rivers at the head of the Bay of Fundy feature a tidal bore as the tide comes in, on which you can literally surf upstream. The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world. The record is 53' at the very head of the bay in New Minas, NS, but 45' is a daily occurence. Its cool to see fishing boats tied up to wharves just sitting on the mud, with the waterline 100' (laterally) down the beach.

Of course like everywhere else in North America, the truly rural areas are dying out at a scary pace, but on the plus side wilderness land and old abandoned farmsteads (with excellent soil) can be had for a song.
   29. Nasty Nate Posted: March 15, 2012 at 09:39 AM (#4081256)
And stop talking about NB's beauty. Or then more people will go there, and then they'll also tell their friends about it, and that lovely restaurant where you honeymooned will be replaced by a McDonalds.


No, NB is great, just stop there. Don't go across the bridge, its terrible over there, better just avoid it.
   30. PS is probably angering Americans again Posted: March 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4081290)
Did not think there were fellow NBers here. It is easy to forget how beautiful the place is, when making a four hour car trip through forest-laden two-lane highway, while a visitor is stunned by the otherwise mundane trip.
   31. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4082246)
Rants, how many Turner's are you talking about. Turner is awesome, and woefully underrepresented here in NYC. Even if NB were otherwise a hell-hole, a couple of decent Turner's would make it worth a trip in my estimation (but then I would consider it worth making a x-country trip to Chicago just to see Seurat's L'apres midi du Dimanche. YMMV.

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