Matt Holliday, Cardinals Head Into Spring Training

Nick AndreanoContributor IJanuary 25, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Matt Holliday #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on during batting practice before taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Two of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Dodger Stadium on October 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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I know I'm a bit early, but I can't wait for Spring Training.

This might be mostly because of the newly resigned Matt Holliday for my St. Louis Cardinals.

Whether it's CC and the Bombers coming back after a wonderful season last year or the Mariners loading up on talent without anybody noticing. I can't wait for Spring Training.

I also love the atmosphere of Spring Training. Being a Floridian myself, I love the laid back style and the WEATHER especially. I love the rookies wearing the exorbitantly high numbers including Chris Duncan wearing No. 62 a couple of years ago. 

I love Alex Rodriguez getting booed and getting a standing ovation at the same time and I love Manny Ramirez hitting bombs on the beach.

There is something about Spring Training that gets me every year.

This year, it will be David Freese. The NEW golden boy (yes, irony) in the Cardinals Farm System after last year's shelling of Brett Wallace in a package deal for Matt Holliday (which I am finally okay with, $120 million later).

I hope he can be the hitter that he has cracked up to be, and maybe Albert can give him some defensive and "life" tips.

I also hope Matt Holliday can bat .280, hit 30 Home Runs, and drive in 100 RBI. He is going to be the most important Cardinal this year. He needs to provide protection for Albert the entire year.

Consistency is the key.

Last year, the Cardinals had arguably one of the worst cleanup spots in baseball until they got Holliday. Khalil Greene batted fourth opening day, and we all know how that went. After that was a slurry of position players including: Chris Duncan, Ryan Ludwick (who, in his defense was really never 100%), and even Yadier Molina!

At the end of the day, Matt Holliday is the deciding factor of the St. Louis Cardinals' season.