What went right
After undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery to prematurely end his 2012 season, Hairston worked hard during the offseason to be ready for the start of spring training, well ahead of projections.
"It was a really big deal for me to play in the first game of spring training. I'm not a young man anymore, even though I act like it sometimes. It's a privilege to play at this level, and I really appreciate it every year, to be one of 750 major leaguers om the world. To be on top of your game and to try and play at this level even sometimes when you're hurt or banged up, it's special people who play this game," Hairston said in February. "I'm glad to be back."
Hairston got off to a slow start in April but - and admittedly this is cherry-picking - hit .321/.386/.436 in a 37-game stretch from April 29 through July 11.
One of his two home runs came against the Blue Jays on July 23 in Toronto.
What went wrong
Hairston missed 18 games on the disabled list in May with a left groin strain.
In addition to the slow start in April (6-for-36 through the season's first 24 games), Hairston ended the campaign on a sour note. From July 12 through the end of the season he was 12-for-90, hitting .133/.186/.167 over his last 45 games.
Hairston ended the season in slumps of 0-for-19 and 3-for-45, and was left off the playoff roster.
Hairston, who turns 38 in May, is a free agent.