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Matt Holliday calls in sick for first day of camp

Feb 23, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

I’m sure everyone can relate to what Matt Holliday went through this morning. After all, who among us hasn’t called in sick for the very first day of a new job that pays $17 million per year.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes:

Matt Holliday will not join the club in its first day of spring training because he is sick, manager Tony La Russa said. The manager wasn’t sure if it was allergies or the flu. Others have said it’s most likely allergies. Holliday called the Cardinals trainers on Monday night to tell them he was ill. He is not expected at the ballpark today. La Russa did not seemed concerned that it would be an extended absence.

Back in college I remember classes where if you didn’t show up for the first day they dropped your name from the enrollment list and called in the next person on the waiting list. Presumably the Cardinals’ roster doesn’t abide by the same rules, or else they’d be looking at Allen Craig, starting left fielder. Here’s hoping Holliday makes it to class in time for the midterm.

  1. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    $17 million per year and he doesn’t get a few sick days, what is this world coming to.

  2. Jonny5 - Feb 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    What a puss. Or the winter break just wasn’t long enough…….

  3. Alex Rodriguez - Feb 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    heh, I quit on a $25M contract, called the boss a few months later, and got an even better deal.
    Your move Holliday!

  4. Grant - Feb 23, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Counterpoint: Air quality in Florida is terrible.

  5. Stone - Feb 23, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    He was probably too hungover to make it into work.

  6. Stone - Feb 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Wait, I was thinking of Josh Hamilton.

  7. Shely - Feb 23, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Well, like it or not, I think they have a great player. However, I do believe the team is overrated, as the pitching is very suspect, no matter what the experts say. Case one: They have NO LIGIT closer. Franklin as a closer is a joke. We gave him up in Cinti a long time ago. And, if Carpenter does not have another great year, they are toast.

  8. Kyle - Feb 23, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Pretty sure they aren’t toast. There is no one else in the division that looks even remotely competitive.

  9. Shely - Feb 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Believe it or not, I think the Cubs are going to be much better. As much as I hate to say it, they are vastly improved, just by getting rid of Milton. It looks as if Lee and Rameriz are set to have big years. Pitching should be improved also. We will see.

  10. medicare insurance - Feb 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    You are a very smart person! :)

  11. Gamble25Deborah - Jun 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    The home loans are important for guys, which are willing to start their organization. In fact, that’s not very hard to get a financial loan.

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