ST. LOUIS Matt Holliday had a pretty simple childhood.
"We were either playing baseball or at the field with my dad," Holliday recalls.
The Cardinals outfielder grew up around the game he now calls a profession thanks to his father Tom, a longtime college coach who served as the pitching coach and then head coach at Oklahoma State while Matt was a kid.
There wasn't a whole lot to do in Stillwater, Okla., so Holliday and his brother Josh did what any other sons of a college coach would do. They tagged along.
"My brother and I spent a lot of time at the baseball field," Holliday said. "We have a lot of great memories around the park."
Holliday attributes much of his success today to the early years he spent around the Oklahoma State baseball program with his father. It was then that he developed a love for the sport, one that eventually led him to choose baseball over football.
Tom didn't push baseball on Matt growing up. He didn't have to. Despite being a talented football and...