"I was an honest person," Stairs said. "If someone didn't play the game right, you called them out in the locker room. I'm not going to embarrass a guy on the air; but that's what Philly wants to hear, they want to hear the truth. They want to hear what's going on and our opinion of the game."
Moyer and Stairs will team with Tom McCarthy in their debut Wednesday when the Phillies open their Grapefruit League schedule against Toronto. Moyer will work 109 games, including spring training, and Stairs 108.
They will form a three-man booth for 30 games and rotate for the remainder of the schedule. "I go to Cincinnati because of Broxton," said Stairs, referencing the relief pitcher who allowed his indelible pinch-hit home run in Game 4 of the 2008 National League championship series.
"Am I going to pick up on everything? Of course I'm not," Moyer said. "But I'm there to watch the game, to enjoy the game, to try to expand on what happened. . . . It's really an opinion, that's all. An opinion."
Moyer said he signed a two-year contract with Comcast, but cannot yet envision a long career in broadcasting.
"There's going to be places where I'm going to stumble, but that's the fun of it," Moyer said. "Showing the human side, I think is the important thing here in just being ourselves."
"I agree," Stairs said. "Tom leads you into a great conversation. It's easy to feed off him. This is our spring training as well. We've never done what we're going to be doing."
The Phillies intended for Miguel Gonzalez to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday, but manager Ryne Sandberg said Gonzalez will be delayed until Saturday because he fell ill. He did not participate in the team's workout Monday. . . . Roberto Hernandez will start the first Grapefruit League game Wednesday vs. Toronto. Cliff Lee will pitch Thursday. A.J. Burnett's debut will come Sunday against Pittsburgh, his old team. That, pitching coach Bob McClure said, was purely coincidental. . . . The Phillies will play an intrasquad game Tuesday. Every regular will play.