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The signing of Matt Holliday means one of the most successful eras in Cardinal baseball history can continue into this new decade, and perhaps with more anticipation for the upcoming year than any of the previous ten seasons...which is really saying something. And, that's because this phenomenal run has featured the Cardinals within three games of first place in September in every year since 2000...and in the postseason seven of those 10 seasons. In other words, this century has seen nothing but competitive baseball, and while there have already been five NLCS appearances and two World Series to go along with the one World Championship, there's even more optimism for what's to come.

Now, the Cardinals go into 2010 with one of the best---if not the best---1-2 punches in a starting rotation with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright...and one of the best---if not the best---1-2 punches in a batting order with Albert Pujols and Holliday.

For regular readers and/or listeners, you know that I could find something to bitch about even if I was sitting on St. Bart's drinking boat drinks and watching a lesbian orgy featuring the Victoria's Secret models. However, in this particular case with the Cardinals and Matt Holliday, I'm ecstatic. 100% ecstatic.

And, quite frankly, I'm really surprised by the either casual response online...or how some fans have immediately gone into bitching mode about one of the official message board/blog poster comments talking points:

- greedy athletes

- too much money

- too many years

- how will the Cardinals pay Pujols?

- he shouldn't have dropped that ball against the Dodgers

Here's a little example covering many of the above taken from STLToday.com:

"While I think he's an impressive player, I am not at all impressed with his greedy attitude. His, "It felt like a good fit for my family", well heck, that amount of money ANYWHERE would be a good fit for my family. I love baseball, but I hate players like this. I'm sure he'll do great, as long as he stops having long slumps in the most needed times, and stops dropping those routine fly balls, because what... the lights were in his eyes. Matt, I'm sorry, but I know you are not worth no 119 Million... Good luck in '10... just prove your worth it!"

Perfect.


I can't imagine what the reaction would have been had Holliday left. There'd be many more posts bitching about the trade back in July and/or condemning Bill De Witt and John Mozeliak for, once again, not bucking up and spending "the fans' money" to sign a premier free agent.

For me, the Holliday signing officially ends my questions regarding the commitment of the organization to reinvesting in the club. I don't give a damn how long the deal is. I don't give a damn how much money it cost. They did what they had to do to give one of the greatest players in the history of the game protection for the remainder of his career...and yes,
I do believe Albert Pujols is going to be a Cardinal for as long as he plays. I believed that before Holliday signed...and I believe it even moreso now. The Cardinals don't make this deal with Holliday without being certain that they have the funds to keep Stan The Man Junior around for as long as he'd like to play.

When Bill De Witt was on our show in late July following the trade, he said it thrilled him to think that he could be the owner of the Cardinals when both Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols played for the Cardinals. And, when I told Holliday about that quote a few weeks later when he was on The ITD Morning After, he paused and said, "Wow, I hadn't really thought about that."

It's now a reality.


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TRB
# TRB
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 8:53 AM
I couldn't agree more. Everyone is worried now that we won't have the $ for Pujols, but like you said, the Cards would not have made this deal if they didn't have 100% confidence in their ability to make sure Pujols ends his career here.

And...nobody can call Holliday greedy b/c if we didn't pay him what Boras wanted then another club would have stepped in and grabbed him, it's business.
L D
# L D
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:27 AM
I cannot stand idiotic posters on message boards that talk out of their ass without having any real knowledge or facts. These people should be held in a public setting and called out on for their ignorant statements. I bet the outlandish posts would not occur so often if these wimps who are tough behind their PC's were held accountable for their idiotic comments!

How is he greedy? This was his chance to get paid and he took advantage of it, you would do the same at your 45k job, get over the fact that athletes make alot of money, so do owners. Hell, compared to Beltran, Carolos Lee, Soriano and others...we got a steal for the money and quality of players. I mean those deals were done a few years ago and Hollidays is in 2010. Think before you post!

Good day,
mrkid
# mrkid
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:04 AM
A certain % of people were going to bitch no matter what. Screw them.

The Cardinals needed a left fielder. Holliday liked playing for the Cardinals. As long as the Cardinals keep Pujols, the money is fine. Mozeliak is trying to win, and to do that, you need to be better than the Cubs and Brewers in the division, and then the playoffs are a crapshoot, with good pitching being the key. Good job Cardinals.
Turf Toad
# Turf Toad
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:13 AM
Tim,

You called it.

No need to boost your ego any further, but when everyone was skeptical to downright pessimistic regarding a deal getting done, you maintained confident that Holliday would resign with the Birds.

This is a great deal for the Cards and their fans that think rationally.

For those fans that are concerned that 40-50 percent of the payroll will be consumed by Holliday and Pujols, given that Albert resigns,there is no way that the Cardinals would make this deal without planning to increase the current payroll ceiling that has hovered around 100 mill for several years.

Relax and enjoy the moment, if that is possible.
infantryman0311
# infantryman0311
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:29 AM
I like the deal and expect Pujols to get the same. For everyone whining about ball players being paid too much ask yourself the same question I asked myself. If my boss offered me $120,000,000 over seven years to drive a fork lift and do some logistics like I do I would take in a heartbeat. That's a lot of zeros to play a game. If the population wants to stop paying so much for tickets, beer, and ball park food, quit going to the games. Of course that will only cause your team to spend less, big name players to leave, and possibly put your team into the cellar if they don't move making them the new Pittsburgh Pirates and or old Tampa Bay Rays.
mweeds01
# mweeds01
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:30 AM
You just got me HYPE. Cards are for real and so is the management. I am getting a Holliday jersey ASAFP. Still number 15? I would his wife too
BigAlCardsFan
# BigAlCardsFan
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:59 AM
I expect Pujols to get more than Holliday, infantryman... A LOT more.. And the Cardinals will pay him. I hope 8 years/$200mill will do the trick. $42mill a year for Pujols and Holliday..
Judge Smails
# Judge Smails
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 12:34 PM
mweeds01: Buy that jersey please! That's what DeWitt is banking on.
wayne_gayle
# wayne_gayle
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:57 PM
Damn Straight! You play for the NOW in Professional Sports, not what's going to happen 2 years from now. Would anyone bitch if the Lambs went out and signed Adrian Peterson + Peyton Manning for 1yr and a billion $...hell no, so quit your bitching now!
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