2010 Topps Turkey Red #TR-36 Matt Holliday
Matthew Thomas Holliday was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma on January 15, 1980. After graduating from Stillwater High School in 1998, Matt was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the free-agent draft. He made his rookie debut for the Rockies on April 16, 2004 at the age of 24.
The Cardinals acquired Matt from the Oakland A's on July 24, 2009 in exchange for three Minor League players. Matt garnered the distaste of fans by making a few crucial errors in left field during the 2009 postseason. The Cardinals still re-signed him at the end of 2009 for a sum that seemed excessive.We have to admit that we were part of the crowd calling for Holliday's departure from St. Louis. Since that time, Matt has made amends on numerous occasions.
For three seasons, Holliday reaped the benefits of Albert Pujols batting behind him. Since Albert's departure, Matt has become the premier hitter in the Cardinals lineup. Holliday, a hit-before-power guy, is a line drive hitter who consistently posts decent power numbers while nurturing his career .307 batting average. He may never reach 500 HR or 3000 H (due to his penchant for walks), but he will forever be remembered as one of the Cardinals best hitters.