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"When you come to a new team, you want to do something big to fit in real nice. You want to contribute as much as possible. And I think last night was a good way to jump into the fire. That home run really helped us, so you feel like part of the team. But by no means did I feel like an outsider here before that."
Asked why he's ended up with so many teams after others cut him loose, he just shrugged and pointed out that the other 10 teams didn't want him anymore.
"I think I bring a positive attitude," he said. "Nothing negative comes out of my mouth. I enjoy the game. I enjoy being here early and talking to guys about hitting and give them my point of view. This is the way I approach the game and play the game -- to always have a smile on my face and not let things bother me."
This is Stairs' third trip to the postseason and his first to the LCS. He was with the Boston Red Sox in 1995 when they lost to Cleveland, and played for Athletics in 2000 when they were eliminated by the Yankees.
Once he's done playing, Stairs wants to stay in the game as a manager or hitting coach. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel thinks it'll be an easy transition.
"I think he's definitely got the qualifications and the resume," Manuel said. "He's been in the game a long time, he's got a lot of experience and he's been a lot of places, so I'm sure he's got a lot of stories to tell."
"He's got a baseball eye, and if you talk to him, you can tell how much he loves the game," he said.
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