GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) This spring it looked like the baseball career of Matt Holliday was coming to an end, but things would change for the 38-year-old.
Colorado Rockies fans will remember Matt Holliday for his head first slide, in the 13th inning of game 163 against the San Diego Padres in 2008. Now, the seven-time All-Star is back in purple and silver hoping for one more run at a little “Rocktober” magic.
“It is a bit surreal. To be back wearing Rockies gear and it makes me think back to 20 years ago when I was in their shoes,“ said Holliday.
Holliday spent his 2017 season as a member of the New York Yankees, but in this off-season free agency market he was not offered a contract. That all changed when the Rockies came calling in July. Matt has not been playing in games all spring, but came to Grand Junction for what some are calling a “mini spring training.”
“I’m just trying to see how fast I can feel like I’m ready to take at bats and compete at a high level while making an impact,“ said Holliday.
Holliday’s time in Grand Junction was a short one, but the advice he gave to the players on the current Grand Junction Rockies roster is something they will always remember.
“One thing about him, even with all of his success, he is a really good guy. I think that is something you can take as you go along in your career,” said Rockies infielder Coco Montes.
Over Holliday’s career in professional baseball he has earned millions of dollars. So, for his final years in the game, he will not take it for granted.
“For me this is 20 years of getting a chance to be a professional baseball player. It is something that I don’t take lightly and something I truly appreciate. To get a chance to play a kids game for a living is something I have dreamed of since I was a kid,“ said Holliday.
Matt is now with the Rockies affiliate in Triple-A Albuquerque and will look to provide Rockies fan with a few more special memories.