LOS ANGELES - Sometimes, Ruben Amaro Jr. was saying, it is the little deals that make all the difference. Take Matt Stairs.
At the end of August, the Phillies traded a player-to-be-named - who turned out to be pitcher Fabio Castro - to the Toronto Blue Jays for Stairs. It was seen as a nothing deal, a complete yawner.
And now . . .
"We talk about it all the time - these kinds of moves matter,'' said Amaro, the Phillies' assistant general manager. He was on the Phillies' team bus, headed back to the hotel, headed back after Stairs hit the two-run homer that beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-5, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.