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2010: Not So Far Away

By LS Murphy

It’s official. Matt Holliday will be the goat of the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals season. The left fielder’s gaffe in game 2 of the National League Division Series is the quintessential moment of this past season. It doesn’t matter that his bat helped propel the team to a win in the National League Central. It doesn’t matter that he hit ridiculous at Busch Stadium and those numbers only improved when he wore the birds on the bat. Nope, he is the man who lost game 2.

Unless he comes back.

Now that the season is over for the Cardinals, 2010 looms bright. Free agency will change the look of this team. Some for the better, some not. We can bid a fond adieu to Kahlil Greene, Troy Glaus, and even Rick Ankiel. Joel Pinero is probably going to feel the door hit him on the way out. Mark DeRosa and Matt Holliday are the major questions.

DeRosa’s feelings have been made clear in several interviews. He’d like to stay. And he’s more than welcome. His injury prevented the fans from seeing him play at his best. With Kahlil Greene’s salary off the books, the Cardinals should have a good shot at signing him.

Holliday, however, is mum on his intentions. Earlier this summer, he indicated that he liked it in St. Louis. But since then, he has been cryptic. That may be per his super agent’s direction. Scott Boras is good at his job. He will get Holliday the best deal. It may be here. It may not. Only time will tell.
If the fans have any say in the matter, Matt Holliday will be back in uniform in spring training. He showed us what he could do behind Albert Pujols. He proved that he is the type of player this city loves. And he still has more to prove. He has to atone for his gaffe in game 2. The only way to do that is to return to this team. The only way to do that is to help the Cardinals win #11 in 2010.

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