It was a familiar scene as for the third consecutive summer, Matt Holliday shook hands, signed autographs, posed for pictures, and thanked everybody for coming out to the Pujols Family Foundation Golf Tournament. But he did not swing a golf club.
“Really for me, I’m the pretty face,” joked Holliday as he cited all of the volunteers and workers with the Foundation that make the event possible.
“The amazing things that they’re doing, it’s easy for me to be part of it and come out here..It’s for kids and all of their Mission that they have, makes it easy.”
Holliday has tried golf, but is waiting until after he retires before taking up the game. However, he would be open to swinging a different stick for a longest drive contest.
“I wouldn’t mind doing that,” expressed Holliday. “I don’t know if they have that set-up, but I would take a few rips with a baseball bat. A golf club, I think would be embarrassing.”
Besides the Pujols Family Foundation, Holliday and his wife Leslee are also involved with several other charitable efforts including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Cardinal Glennon.
One of his co-chairs for the Homers for Health campaign with Cardinal Glennon was Allen Craig, who was traded last week to the Boston Red Sox.
“I’m sure they’re kind of trying to pick up the pieces and figure out living situations and things like that,” said Holliday. “It’s hard. Getting traded is hard–especially when it’s the first time. Just trying to figure out where to go next and try to make friends and get comfortable so you can go out and perform. He’ll be fine. He’s a great guy. He has a great family and I’m sure they’ll be doing great things in the Boston community.”
Noting it’s always weird facing former teammates, Holliday and the Cardinals will see Craig and Joe Kelly tomorrow as the Boston Red Sox open a three game series at Busch Stadium. As for how the changes in the clubhouse have affected the team,
“It’s only been a couple of days, but you’re talking about three accomplished players,” said Holliday. “You’re kind of feeling your way out, but so far they seem like great guys. They fit in really well, we’ve played pretty well. That’s one of those deals, once you have a month under your belt you can kind of describe what it’s like and what they bring to the table. So far, it’s been pretty good fits.”
Holliday, who stands 6’4, did offer another observation about new teammates John Lackey (6’6) , Justin Masterson (6’6), and A.J. Pierzynski (6’3).
“Our starting rotation is a D-1 college basketball height-wise,” laughed Holliday. “Shelby’s a runt. We’re sending some big-old, tall righties out there.” Shelby Miller is 6’3.
PUJOLS FAMILY FOUNDATION CONTINUES
–When Albert Pujols signed to play with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after 2011, he and his wife Deidre stated their home and community efforts would continue in St. Louis. That pledge has not only continued in the metro area, but their Foundation has grown to include Los Angeles and Nashville besides their work in the Dominican Republic.
“Albert was the guy who helped get it started obviously, but now it’s so much more than that,” explained Deidre Pujols. “It’s not about the baseball players–they come out to support what has been our heart the whole time, supporting the people who have Downs Syndrome and celebrating who they are.”
“To see people come out and still be a part of it even though we’re not playing here, just still to know that to support the cause and know who and what it’s all about–it’s special.”
Coming up next for the Foundation is a New Mother’s Lunch and a Father-Son Bowling event. More information is available at PujolsFamilyFoundation.org.