St Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday finally had a defining postseason moment that helped keep his team alive in the playoffs. His two-run shot was all the Cardinals needed to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and send the series back to Busch Stadium.
Cardinals fans are sharply divided about Holliday’s value in relation to his high salary. He puts up consistently great numbers during the regular season, but he never seems to be that clutch guy you need to come through in the postseason.
Holliday’s previous most memorable playoff moment for Redbird fans was the missed fly ball during the 2009 NLDS at the Los Angeles Dodgers, which the Cardinals lost in three games. The Cardinals had acquired Holliday via trade that season, and many were shocked that they signed him as a free agent for huge money after that momentum-killing flub, especially when few other teams seemed interested.
Perhaps Holliday has carried a chip on his shoulder, or a monkey on his back, from that moment. Every time a fly ball went to left field during the 2011 playoffs, Cardinals fans cringed and hoped. In his 31 postseason games with the Cardinals before this year, he has only three home runs. He was battling injury in 2011 and in 2012 had his mother’s health on his mind. Whatever the reason, he just never had that great shining moment.
Now his season-saving shot can join the feats of his teammates in the memories of Cardinal fans. He’s the hero instead of the goat. It won’t matter how much farther his team goes in this postseason. Holliday picked a good time to have his moment.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.