Matt Holliday has been a St. Louis Cardinal since two years before Kolten Wong was drafted. By the end of the season he'll have played more games as a Cardinal than Mike Shannon or Vince Coleman; he's already played nearly 200 more than Scott Rolen. He made the transition from Flaky DeWallet Guy to dependable veteran so smoothly that there are talk radio callers out there who still don't realize they love him.
Two alternate universes over Matt Holliday was AU1) traded to the Padres who AU2) swapped retro ballparks with the city of St. Louis after a Fun Mayoral Bet gone wrong. AU1-AU2 Matt Holliday is the pride of Petco Park (the naming rights didn't transfer). They don't mind the bemused-linebacker way he charges around left field.
That Matt Holliday is third all-time in career batting average for the Padres. He's about to pass Trevor Hoffman and Nate Colbert and, OK, Chase Headley for sixth on their all-time games played list.
By the end of the contract he'll be second, behind Tony Gwynn, in nearly every offensive category: Hits (Garry Templeton is second with 1135), Doubles (he's already there), RBI (Dave Winfield, 626), WAR (Winfield, 31.9).
He could pass Gwynn for first in walks, and Colbert for first in home runs (he's 28 away). The Padres have been around for going on 50 years.
Matt Holliday could tie the Cardinals record for times on base to begin a season Tuesday. Or he couldn't. It's the kind of record, so far afield and narrowly defined that physicists can only hypothesize its existence based on the wobbly orbits of nearby records, that you don't have to care about if you're a Padre.
But he's a Cardinal. He's 45th all-time in games played, 39th in hits, 26th in doubles, 14th in home runs, 27th in RBI. His genius is fighting off age and league effects at the margins of the All-Star team.
Times on base to begin a season is a ridiculous leaderboard, but it's been six good years; we should be grateful somebody finally dug up a record we could give to Matt Holliday.