When we last left our hero Matt Stairs, he was mired in a slump that was almost two months long. Stairs hadn't had a hit since the Walkoff Walk heist; clearly, this was the work of someone from this very site.
Well, take your Virgin Mary statues out of your windows: Matt Stairs broke his 0-for-30 slump with a grand slam Thursday night against the Nationals, then added a double against the Mets yesterday. He's on a veritable hot streak! Grab room on the Matt Stairs bandwagon before it's too late.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com:
"It means I won't get shut out the rest of the year," Stairs joked before Friday's game against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. "I still had confidence. I knew I could still hit. But it definitely takes the monkey off the back a bit."
Stairs tried not to put pressure on himself during the slump, but he couldn't help but think about it.
"You try to say, 'This is the day,'" Stairs said. "But when it's not, you start thinking, 'Maybe I can get hit by a pitch.' A lot of things go through your mind. You start hoping that they start hanging pitches. The only thing is that you start losing your aggressiveness a little bit. You don't want to make an easy out or a bad out, because you've done that so many times in a row.
Well, now Stairs is 2 for his last 4 and is well on the way to winning the MVP. It makes sense Stairs was able to break his streak against the Nationals; they are, after all, Canadian defectors. And did he broke his streak on 9/10. All the pieces fit!1
Anyway, good job to whoever broke the curse.2 I owe you a cookie.
1 I mean, I guess the one minor hole in this theory is Stairs hotbed Fredericton, Canada isn't Montreal. Whatever. If the Phoenix Coyotes move to Hamilton (Ontario, not New Jersey), I will be so pissed in the name of the United States of America, and I'm not even quite sure what sport the Coyotes play.