"I just can't believe it," said his mom Thursday. "My little curly-haired boy, starting to play baseball ... it's hard to take in. I'm so happy and so proud of him" . . . "I always knew that Matt had a fair amount of talent, but you're not sure something like this is ever going to happen," said Wendell Stairs. "To finally get this far, it's hard to describe how you feel."Perhaps I'm reading too much into this, but it strikes me that, unlike so many other talented athletes, Stairs had folks that pretty much just let him go play and still maybe struggle a bit to fully understand everything that he does on a day-to-day basis. At least I hope that's true, because it's nice to imagine that someone can become an elite ballplayer even without insane little league parents and a life filled with travelling leagues and all of that jazz.
Friday, October 31, 2008
"My Little Curly-Haired Boy"
Matt Stairs has always seemed like a nice, down-to-Earth guy. That's probably because he has a nice, down-to-Earth family: