On a roll

It’s a lot of fun to come to the park when things are going like this. As the season gets long, near the end, it makes the last month go by a lot faster when you’re playing for something and the team is playing well. I’ve been on teams where you’re just kind of playing it out, and that’s not a whole lot of fun. It seems to take forever.

So it’s nice to come to the park in the middle of September knowing that you’re playing for something bigger. We’ve just got to keep playing the way we’ve been playing, and hopefully end up where we want to end up.

I was on a team in 2007 that had a great run, when the Rockies came on strong at the end of the year. I think the parallel between that team and this one is that we’re finding ways to win. It’s not always the same way. It’s not always the same guys. It’s a team effort. Good starting pitching, timely hitting and good defense. That’s the recipe for putting together nice months, nice weeks of winning games. It’s different, but those are similar traits that the two teams have.

Speaking of the Rockies, I do still follow the them and how they’re doing. I enjoy seeing them succeed. I have some really good friends there, and it’s fun to watch them do well.

We’ve got three good teams coming to town on this homestand, and that’s probably a good thing. I think you can’t underestimate any team, because even when you play teams that aren’t doing so well in the standings, you’re going to run into good pitching. You’re going to run into good hitters. Every team in the Major Leagues has good players. But Atlanta, their pitching is probably as good as it gets in the National League, so it will be a challenge for us. And then Florida is also playing well, and obviously the Cubs are capable. So it will be a good test for us.

The magic number is getting smaller, but I think until you get to where you’re one or two games away, it’s hard to do the math of how things have to shake out and when and where it will happen. So until it happens, until you get a chance to actually be a day or two away from it, I don’t think many guys are really thinking about when or where we’re going to clinch.

15 Comments

Matt you have taken the Cardinals to the next level with your outstanding play. Great job! Is there something you concentrate on to explain your success vs. RH pitching?

hey matt, looks like more people comment on my facebook status updates than your blogs. but anyway keep up the good work, i hope you have a great series against the cubbies and rockies. finish strong
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Hey Matt good luck to you and the cardinals if and when they play the Phillies……..-a mets fan….
check out my blog if youd like…

The Birds on the Bat fit you. Hope you are wearing them for a number of years.

Matt, my family and I want to welcome you to our fine city.
You have been a breath of fresh air since you got here, and have added so much to the team. I can’t wait until you guys clinch the division! Go get those Cubbies tonight!!! Make that magic number get smaller!

What’s up Matt. First off all I think it’s awesome and very respectable that you take the time to keep this blog going. 2nd, for what it’s worth from a life long cardinals fan, I think I speak for thousands if not millions of red bird fans when I say that we are completely thrilled to have you as a member of our team and I truly hope in the off season you, your agent and the team can work something out to keep you playing in stl for many many years. In the mean time, keep doing what you’re doing and let’s put flag a 2009 flag up over that scoreboard!

Hi Matt
Can’t wait to see you play Sunday at Coors Field! Hope you’ll have time before the game to sign autographs. It will be strange to see you there not wearing a Rockies uni but it will be fun to see you play. Glad things are going so well for you with the Cards, you deserve that.
See you Sunday!

Matt, good luck to you and the rest of the players in Colorado this weekend. Let’s get this Divison clinched!

Matt, good luck to you and the rest of the players in Colorado this weekend. Let’s get this Divison clinched!

Matt Holliday needs to stay in the NL. If Boras moves him to the AL he’ll regret it.

Also, I wanted to say , great job in St. Louis. Keep up the good work.

Matt, a big CONGRATS to you and the entire team on a job VERY well done in clinching the central divison! We are so exicted here!!

GO CARDINALSSSSSSSSSSSS!!

I just found your blog for the first time and wanted to say welcome to St. Louis (a bit late) and congratulations on winning the division.
You’ve been an amazing addition to the club, and Cardinals nation around the world (I’m posting this from Malaysia) are totally excited you’re such a great fit. Here’s hoping you retire (years in the future) as a Cardinal.
Good luck in the playoffs!
GO CARDS

Matt: I am a senior redbird fan and have been for all too many years. I recently moved from ST. Louis to Memphis, and yes I go to the Memphis Redbirds games. I am so glad you are in St. Louis, what magic has happened with all the changes in July ( I think July) – There is a magic with this team, can’t understand the Milwaukee fiasco – but I still have the faith. I love the Cardinals and a big big fan of you and Albert and Yadia -well just about everyone really. Good luck in the playoffs, and hope and pray you will be where you want to be next year – hopefully St. Louis. GO CARDS. PS Tell you wife we appreciate all her hard work in getting your family to ST. Louis

Matt,
Thanks for your contribution this year. I would Have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about trading away future talent to acquire something that may or may not be here next year. You by far exceeded expectations and more. I really hope you are here next year. I have been a fan since I was little (1984 was my first game) I have seen some great teams over the years and bad too. I believe you were the last piece of a special puzzle. This may be the best one yet with Albert, Carp, Yadi, ludwick and Wainwright. It looks like you guys have that IT factor and hopefully that translates into postseason wins. Good Luck in the Playoffs and hopefully we see you next year too!

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