Matthew Thomas Holliday (born January 15, 1980) is an American professional baseball left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Colorado Rockies selected him in the seventh round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft out of Stillwater High School in Oklahoma . Holliday made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2004, where he played until being traded to the Oakland Athletics after the 2008 season. He played part of the 2009 season for Oakland and was traded to the Cardinals that year. He re-signed with the Cardinals after becoming a free agent and is under contract through 2017.