Comments for: Former baseball star, Red Sox analyst Matt Stairs leaving Bangor

Posted July 09, 2012, at 7:47 p.m.

Former major leaguer Matt Stairs is going home. The longtime Bangor resident said he, wife Lisa and daughters Nicole, Alicia and Chandler are returning to their native Fredericton, New Brunswick, in the near future. He said they have discussed the move for years and a recent house burglary expedited the …

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  • Smart move!!!

  • Guest

    This is why we can’t have nice things. Hide yo wife, hide yo kids, hide yo championship rings…

    • Anonymous

      But keep your 1911 in reach

      • Anonymous

        Amen to that, brother.

    • Anonymous

       battlestar galactica

  • Anonymous

    It sux that druggie bleep oles are infesting Bangor now.  Sorry Matt.  You and your family deserved better.  I liked you as a player and your doing a great job with NESN.  Best of luck.

  • Guest

    Good luck to you Matt…had many a fun nights playing hockey with ya bud….still have the gloves you gave me….you be safe, and enjoy…signed “th detective”??  yep…..good times my friend…

  • Anonymous

    Matt, you will surely be missed in Bangor’s hockey circle and as a member of the community. I wish you and your family the best. Could you leave a couple of bats behind just in-case someone finds out who broke into your house :)

  • Giselle Davisson

    F’ton’s gain is Bangor’s loss.  Thanks, robbers and thieves, for messing up our communities again! 

  • Conley Raye

    Bangor should relish that we actually have a celebrity who lives and wanted to reside in Bangor, Maine. Bangor should try to do something positive for him and  his family to think about remaining here. Matt and his family are a credit to our community. What we were as a city were proud of, the lack of crime has increased so much that it has driven him and his family out. People are leaving and some folks still don’t get it. Bring on more meth clinic’s , homeless shelters on Main Street, do nothing with First and Ohio Street and allow good, responsible families to leave in droves. May be time to wake up, folks. 

    • Matthew Desmond

      He truly is a great guy.  Very humble and easy to talk to.  Views himself as a regular Joe!  You’ll be missed!

      • Anonymous

        i agree. this guy is a class act and has not let the big time go to his head. when his hockey team came to the county, he would take time to talk to people and give autographs. very genuine. to bad to see him leave bangor, on the other hand matt, presque isle has some houses for sale .  we would love to see you come up to the county and the transcanada highway is only minutes away. you can visit home in an hour :)

    • Anonymous

      There may be no solution. America is a collapsing civilization thanks to the liberals and multiculturalism. 

      Stairs is lucky he can return to New Brunswick.

      • Anonymous

        Seriously?? No solution?? Fear fear fear…. Go back to your Fox news for your latest dose of fear. Oh and take the hood off so you can see.

        • Anonymous

          The work ethic is rapidly fading in the US, but the libs don’t care, just keep squeezing those of us who do work to pay for all of those who will NOT (and again, even if we had more jobs…not that Obama knows how to do anything about that, there are still way too many people in our country who do not care to or will not work.  The US has made sitting on the couch way too easy.

          • Anonymous

            maine has made sitting on the couch way to easy. people on welfare pay low rent, get food stamps and mainecare among other forms of assistance .  they know as soon as they go get that $8.00 an hour job the state will take everything out from under them instead of taking just a little. thats why people stay on welfare there better off . they know that $8.00 an hour isn’t going to pay the high rent prices in this state , along with all the other overpriced bills. so are these people lazy ? or smart?  this is what you get in a state where its expensive to live in it, but the jobs are low paying. i bet if all of you reading this no matter what your occupation is, if you searched in other states for your job you would find you would make more money. im not saying every state but they are out there. good paying jobs keep people off welfare. 

          • Anonymous

            With an education, maybe they could hope for a little more than $8/hour.  There are plenty of people out there who have ZERO intention of working, regardless of what any prospective job might pay.  If people don’t believe that, they are fooling themselves.  Why is it so easy for a young woman to have child after child as an occupation? (pays way more than $8/hour considering all of the benefits they receive.

            The work ethic is rapidly fading.  I am not convinced that the countless people I see walking around the Hammond st end of Ohio St are simply exhausted from filling out job applications or EMCC applications so they can further their education.  

            I am sure there are states that pay better than Maine, of course. However, there are states where “low” property taxes are 7K/year too or rents are worse than here. If the jobs here are worse, why again are people moving in from out of state all the time (we know the answer and it starts with what the libs have done to this state….maine care, general assistance, you name it, just keep ’em coming.”….many of them are NOT here to look for jobs.

          • Anonymous

            im not saying everyone on welfare is legit but i know people who went to collage that weren’t working at the time and needed welfare and  there rent was very cheap. then when they did find a job in there field the state jacked the rent up so high there job wasnt enough to pay all the bills  my point is people , the legit people are afraid to find a job because there job wont cover what they need . and there afraid  of losing there health care for themselves and there children.  therefore they stay on welfare. and the person i speak of was in the medical field and made more than $8.00 an hour not much more which is pretty sad for having a degree in the medical field. only in maine.

        • Anonymous

           As opposed to your rose colored glasses???  The fact that alot of people around have no morality and the decline of society as a whole should wake you up. 

      • Anonymous

        …where they have universal healthcare…

        • Anonymous

          and as long as he and his family don’t need any serious health care, they will be fine.  Other wise, he will either have additional insurance or bring his family back to the US.

    • Anonymous

      Hope they catch the fools who made off with his stuff. Imagine when your home is violated, eventually you’ll want to move.  I agree the town’s got issues, ll those stupid meth clinics, only makes it easier for addicts to breed. But one has nothing to do with the other.  Surprised this is even a front page article.   Matt Stairs moving back home to his native Fredericton, New Brunswick, hey, good for him, seems he’d planned the move for some time.  But big deal, soo he’s a sports celebrity, really means nothing aside for interesting media bite.  Wish the best for him and his family, and his athletic/coaching skills.  I’m sure Fredericton’s got their issues too.  Who knows, he might be targeted by criminals there.  Sports celebrities are often regional targets all over the world.  Baseball player’s families in some Central American regions are routinely targets for kidnapping.

    • Anonymous

      From an earlier article, the Stairs family was planning on moving back to Fredericton in a couple of years.  It is sad if the break-in moved up the timeline.  It is sad to see the family go, but I do have to wonder……does Fredericton have no crime?

      Bangor has gotten worse, no doubt.  Some of it is the economy, but I believe that is much less of the issue than it is what the libs have tried to do to the state…..more meth clinics, nobody has to work for a living, just keep handing out services and sit back and wonder why Ohio St, etc look like they do.  There are many out there on the public dime who do NOT want to work/will NOT work, and they are plenty healthy to do so.  I am sick of hearing about the disenfranchised 23 year olds who seem to have money for countless tattoos and cigarettes but need us to pay for their housing, healthcare, etc.  Couple that with the fact that breeding has become an occupation (pays pretty well overall, too, for many).  Have a kid, get an apartment, food, phone, healthcare….yep, let’s sit back and wonder why Bangor looks like it does.

      • Anonymous

        it’s a good thing you don’t work in an emergency room. you would have had a stroke by now. i agree with you 100%.

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck Matt.  I dont blame you for going back to Fredericton.  Beautiful city with very little crime from what ive seen. Unlike this dump of a town crawling with unemployed druggies.  My girlfriend lives there so im there about 3 weekends a month.  Maybe Ill bump into you and your family some Saturday morning at Market.

  • Anonymous

    I was hoping this was some family member or inside job I guess after reading the first report. I know Matt’s house, nice place, modest for his means but substantial for Bangor. It is also really out in the open which I would think would not be the first choice of Joe Blow Smash and Grab that doesn’t know it belongs to a famous athlete. It doesn’t surprise me that a thief will break into anything but to target his house, know where he keeps his valuables, know nobody was home, know the alarm was off, know nobody would report the extra activity in the home? It all sounded like an inside job here. Either way, sorry for your loss of your valuables. I guess the only encouragement that we can offer is to say sorry but we are glad there was nobody around that was victim to bodily injury or harm. 

    It is good to know that you were happy in Bangor and choose to make an investment in the community. Bangor is a great City but it has had some poor planning and leadership, none that can’t be fixed, just need the right people with the right attitude and right ideas to make it happen.

    God Bless.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the fact that the thieves have not been caught has anything to do with Matt wanting to leave.  Its so sad that good guys like this get so disgusted with what happens in the area that he believe the best move is to leave but honestly who can blame him expecially with children.  Good Luck Matt, and thanks for making Bangor a better place and JohnBapst Hockey a better program while you were here.

  • Class act … Can’t blame a guy for wanting to return to his home town.

  • Joe

     I’m getting so sick of this crap! How many more good, tax paying citizens does this city need to lose to see that there is a problem here?  We as an entire city need to fight back!  We need to put pressure on this City Council to get these people out of here and do their job to protect the good people of Bangor.  Bangor deserves better!!

    • Anonymous

      With the influx of newcomers from Georgia, it will only get much, much worse.

      Look for rapes, murders, and drug-related killings as the Dog Days of Summer approach.

  • Anonymous

    Crime is up, good people are moving out:  Just like feeding birds. Keep giving them free food and they will eventually take over your yard and s–t on you.

    • Anonymous

      very well said. and true.

  • Anonymous

    The next trend will be white flight out of Bangor, then urban decay.

    The situation on Ohio Street is already intolerable, with the newcomers dealing drugs openly on the street, also across from the Thomas Hill Museum.

    • Anonymous

      Where are the cops? 

  • Anonymous

    As a visitor from NYC once said,

    “People in Maine don’t realize that when they see graffiti, it means they have already lost the neighborhood.”

  • Anonymous

    Glad no one in Matts family was home when they were robbed.  Lucky for him he has the resources to leave and protect his family too.  I have heard he is a real nice guy too. 

  • Anonymous

    Right, because Canada is so much more conservative than the US.  You are sounding like Rush Limbaugh with his comment that he was going to move to Costa Rica if “Obamacare” remains in place – Costa Rica has socialized universal health care.  

  • Anonymous

    Very sad that his sense of security for his family was ruined by whoever broke into his house and robbed his family of their property and safety. It makes me very sad that Bangor has become a hub for violence and we are loosing a valuable member of our community. I am so sorry, Matt and family.

  • Anonymous

    I have a friend who left Bangor a long time ago never to return.. He claimed it was to spend more time with his family and other personel reasons.. I’m not sure if he was telling the truth or not.. does anybody know???

  • Anonymous

    This is what is going to happen to Bangor, because of high taxes and outside people telling the council where and how to spend money… Lead paint laws will only help in the older bangor homes to rot into decay…
    Want to be a social service city then this is what will happen. http://youtu.be/SWEdjiEJg0U

  • Sectar114

    Latah…

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