I don’t have a new Pounds Off Profile this Wednesday, because I just have to share an update from a previous story. Professional Hitter and Weight Loss Pitchman Matt Stairs HOMERED right in front of my family Saturday night.
This cell phone photo captures Stairs rounding the bases after his majestic blast to break a scoreless tie. The shot, a no doubter to right field, was reminiscent of his clutch pinch hit homer to put the Phils ahead against Los Angeles in the 2008 NLCS. Stairs later advanced a runner from second to third with a grounder to the right side, and the runner ultimately scored to give the Padres their 2-1 victory over the punchless Mariners.
A good high school writer would point out the symbolism of Stairs’ game Saturday, beginning with beefy power hitting and ending with small ball, and how it mirrored his weight loss transformation. But I would never do that.