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Matt Stairs channels ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin during Wing Bowl in Philadelphia

Former major league outfielder and pinch-hitting specialist Matt Stairs reached folk hero status during his short time with the Philadelphia Phillies. In both seasons (2008 and 2009), the Phillies reached the World Series, and Stairs' clutch hitting playing a very important role in their success. In fact, it was Stairs' eighth inning go ahead home run off Jonathan Broxton in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS that sparked their series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies went on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in 5 games to win their first World Series championship since 1980.

Basically, with that one swing of the bat, Stairs guaranteed he'll always be welcomed in the 'City of Brotherly Love' without having to pay for another meal or drink, and he took full advantage of that designation on Friday while attending the Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center.

With 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's theme song blaring in the background, Stairs, a long time wrestling fan who's never been afraid to admit as much, grabbed a pair of free beers and went full Stone Cold mode as the crowd roared in approval.

It wasn't quite this wild, but it was close.

You know, this could make for a pretty decent audition tape.

If you haven't heard, Stairs has thrown his name in the ring to become the Phillies new color commentator on CSN Philadelphia after the network declined to bring back longtime broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews. If this act can't get Stairs the gig, I don't know what will.

BLS H/N: Deadspin

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