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Strength of character: Holliday lifts more than just his numbers in recent weeks

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(Baseball StL) -- An up and down season for Matt Holliday became more painful on Thursday night in Chicago.

After running to first base on a ground ball in the fourth inning against the Cubs, Holliday was pulled from the Cards 3-0 loss after grabbing his right hamstring. The Cards left fielder confirmed to reporters after the game that he’d spent time soaking his leg in an ice bath. The question for the Cardinals becomes: How much will they miss Holliday’s production, if he has to miss several more games?

After coming out of a recent slump, Holliday’s batting average reached .269, with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs as he entered action on Thursday against the Cubs.

Holliday had hits in three straight games before getting hurt, which included homers in two of them. Holliday climbed to third in the National League in runs scored (64), while reaching base in 42 of 47 games.

While his numbers continue to trend upward, Holliday has spent time away from the diamond lifting the spirits of cancer patients at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. 

Even though he’s experienced some struggles at the plate this season, Holliday recently made life happy for patients on the fourth floor at Cardinal Glennon. 

Holliday and his wife Leslee went to the room of Alex Wangerin and surprised him for his 10th birthday. Matt and Leslee spent time talking with Alex, while also signing a baseball and taking some photos.

After hitting a home run later that night, Holliday drove back to Alex’s room at Cardinal Glennon with that home run ball for his birthday. Holliday also autographed that ball for Alex.

In an organization that values character on and off the field, players like Holliday are worth more than just their numbers. While baseball is a game of production, reputations are made with words and actions, not just wood and leather.

So while the Cardinals battle on without their big-swinging left fielder, it’s nice to know he still makes an impact.


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