To say Matt Holliday had a dream season in 2007 is an understatement.

The fourth-year pro for Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies may have put himself on the national map — for those who don’t pay attention — with his performance in the All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby.

With brother Josh on the mound, the Rockies’ left fielder pounded his way into the semifinals before running out of steam.

That was only the beginning.

Holliday had a monster September, hitting 11 home runs in 12 games during one stretch as the Rockies made a push for the National League pennant.

If the Home Run Derby moment wasn’t enough, Holliday’s head-first slide in the 13th inning of a one-game playoff with San Diego to determine the NL’s Wild-Card winner certainly added to his magical season.

Holliday was called safe on the play and the Rockies moved into the NL playoffs where they would sweep Philadelphia and Arizona before suffering the same fate against Boston in the World Series.

Before running into the mighty Red Sox, Colorado had won 21-of-22 games, a streak that just doesn’t happen often in MLB.

Jimmy Rollins was named the NL MVP, although Holliday led the NL in batting (.340), RBIs (137), total bases (386), extra-base hits (92) and doubles (50). His 36 home runs ranked fourth and he was third in slugging percentage (.607) and runs (120).

Said Holliday after the season, “Just every day, go out there, play the game hard. Do the best you can and keep it simple. If you start thinking about too many things, you get your mind on too many things and you’re not able to perform.”

MLB coaches and managers did honor Holliday with his second straight NL Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger’s Award, given to the top offensive producer at each position.

On Friday, Stillwater High will honor the 1998 graduate.

In between the Lady Pioneer and Pioneer basketball games with Guthrie at SHS Fieldhouse, Holliday will have his jersey No. 24 retired. Brother Josh, a two-sport star at SHS, and parents Tom and Kathy Holliday are also expected to be in attendance.

As a senior in 1998, Holliday hit a team-leading .433 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs. He also walked 40 times during the Pioneers’ 33-12 campaign — Gary Gardner’s first year as head coach — as SHS won a Regional title and went 0-2 in the Class 5A State Tournament.

Holliday hit .438 as a junior with six homers and 27 RBIs. On the mound, the right-hander did not allow a run in 162⁄3 innings, striking out 15.

As a sophomore, he hit .330 with 15 RBIs and had a 4.32 ERA in 352⁄3 innings.

The 2007 MLB All-Star certainly wasn’t the first time Josh pitched to Matt.

In 1995, the two were teammates for Bret Hamby. Josh, who would go on to attend Oklahoma State and play for his father for four seasons, hit a team-leading .436 with Matt finishing with a .333 average.

MLB All-Star. The World Series. Having your jersey retired by your high school all in the same year.

Sounds like a good VISA commercial.



Tickets for Friday’s festivities are $5 and may be purchased in the main office of the high school beginning on Wednesday. The ticket office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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