SPRINGFIELD, Mo. When the text message arrived to his phone last December, Cardinals second base prospect Kolten Wong wasnt sure what to think.
When I first got the text message, I kind of thought it was a prank, Wong said.
The message said it was Matt Holliday and he wanted to invite him to St. Louis for a few days to work out, hit and get a chance to see the city.
You dont ever hear something like that, Wong said. I showed my dad and he was drawn back also because we hadnt heard of anybody doing that. I texted Matt back right away and said absolutely, Id love to come there and work out.
So Wong, the Cardinals first round draft pick out of the University of Hawaii barely five months earlier, took the three-flight, day-long journey across the ocean to St. Louis for an experience hell never forget.
And one that helped jumpstart his prominence in the Cardinals organization.
He basically took us around and showed us St. Louis and how he works out, Wong said. He took me to my fir...