This round of our Greatest Cardinals moments shows world-series heroics and a bitter-sweet home run matched up.
(10) MATT HOLLIDAY’S LAST AT-BAT AS A CARDINAL:
Moments like this show that baseball is truly more than just a game. Matt Holliday wasn’t retiring from baseball but all signs pointed to his time with the Cardinals coming to an end.
The month previous to this moment, Holliday was placed on the DL after breaking his thumb and subsequently having surgery. While rehabbing, the initial idea was to get Holliday healthy for playoffs. But that seemed to change as the season progressed. The Cardinals just wanted to give him a proper goodbye as their playoff hopes dwindled.
Holliday was activated early from the DL and after nearly a month of not hitting live in a game, was placed back on the team roster. It wasn’t likely that he would play or even get an at bat- the situation would need to be stress free.
In baseball, there are emotional moments that always seem to find a way of transforming into something special. In the 7th inning on September 30th, with the Cardinals up 5-0, Matt Holliday stepped up to the plate to pinch hit for Carlos Martinez.
After getting down 0-2, he gave St. Louis a reason to remember his last at bat. Matt crushed the next pitch- his last pitch ever seen in a Cardinal uniform- over the right field wall. As Holliday crossed home, he started tearing up showing just how much wearing the Cardinals uniform meant to him.
After 7 and a half years that saw 4 All-Star nods, a Silver Slugger award, 6 Play-Off seasons, 2 Pennants and a World Series ring, Holliday hit his 156th home run in a Cardinal uniform in his 4121 and final at bat for the team.
(2) Slaughters Mad Dash To Win the 1946 World Series
In the 8th Inning of Game 7 in the 1946 World Series, the Cardinals were tied 3-3 with the Boston Red Sox. The series was a back and forth battle with the teams trading off wins. Enos Slaughter took off from first with the pitch when Harry Walker lined a double in the left centerfield gap.
With the relay throw coming in, third base coach Mike González gave Slaughter the stop sign. Without hesitation, Slaughter kept going towards home. Johnny Pesky’s throw from short was released right as Slaughter stepped on third, yet Slaughter still beat the throw home. Slaughter’s run proved to be the decisive run, in a decisive game 7 to give the Cardinals their sixth World Series title.
Which Is Better?
Which moment will move on? You decide!