Sports

Yankee Matt Holliday Speaks About Baseball, Faith at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence

4c78c336b2bf29feec74_IMG_2784.JPG
Matt Holliday of the Yankees hands out an autographed baseball at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence on Saturday morning Credits: TAP Chatham
36d1fabd24fab42a8a58_IMG_2783.JPG
Pastor Chris Voorhees, left, and Matt Holliday of the Yankees at the Presbyterian Church at New Providence Credits: TAP Chatham
4c78c336b2bf29feec74_IMG_2784.JPG

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday came to New Providence on Saturday morning and spoke to a gathering at the Presbyterian Church.

Holliday sat in front of a packed sanctuary in the church, which included seating in the balcony, and talked about his career, his family life and his religious faith. 

He also answered questions from the audience, and then handed out five signed baseballs to lottery winners before leaving to prepare for the Yankees 4 p.m. game against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Sign Up for E-News

Master of ceremonies, Chris Voorhees, pastor at New Community Church in Garwood, pointed out that Holliday had 28 steals in one season. The 37-year-old Holliday joked that the steal statistic was true, but that he also hit more than 300 home runs and had some other notable accomplishments, such as 2000-plus career hits.

During his 13-year Major League career with the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A's and New York Yankees, Holliday has played in three World Series, winning the championship with the 2011 Cardinals. He also was the National League batting champion for the Rockies with a .340 average and was named the National League Championship Series MVP, both in 2007.

A three-sport star in high school, he admitted that he was "disappointed" when he was only drafted in the 7th round by the Rockies in the 1998 amateur draft. He related that he had been touted as a first-round pick, but the fact that he was being recruited to play football may have scared some teams off. The native of Stillwater, Oklahoma had thrown for 6,211 yards and 68 touchdowns at Stillwater High.

But Holliday grew up on the baseball field and chose that over football. His father, Tom, was the head baseball coach at Oklahoma State. His brother, Josh Holliday, is now the head baseball coach at Oklahoma State.

Holliday has been credited with helping Yankees slugger Aaron Judge adjust to the Major Leagues. Holliday said he got to know his new Yankees teammates in spring training and was lockered right next to Judge.

"I didn't just go up to him and start giving him advice," Holliday said. "I got to know him first. The one thing I did advise him on was the All-Star game, where he was being pulled in every direction. I told him to make sure he got some rest."

In speaking about the minor leagues, Holliday recounted his time on a rehab assignment this season with a team in Tampa. He asked a teammate where the water was and was surprised to learn they all fill up bottles from the water fountain. 

Asked about the temptations players can face with so much traveling, Holliday said he spent a lot of time while he was on the Cardinals with pitcher Adam Wainwright. Holliday said that loneliness can lead to bad decisions. He became more interested in the Bible as his career developed and he spent a lot of time reading and learning from it, inviting other players to join him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel Presents Special Women’s program

May 20, 2018

 

Mountain Ridge Bible Chapel, 763 Mountain Avenue, Berkeley Heights, is very pleased to host a unique free seminar for women on Saturday June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

The speaker will be Doctor Ruth Schwertfeger of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Ruth was born in Northern Ireland, is a retired Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She speaks several languages, and ...

ECLC Celebrates Special Education Week

ECLC of New Jersey’s school in Chatham is celebrating Special Education Week by highlighting how links with the community support our students with special needs.

The second week in May has been designated by Governor Phil Murphy as “Special Education Week” in the Garden State.  This year’s theme, “Working Together to Build a Special Future for All” ...

Racing to the Finish and Supporting Cancer Survivors

VIEW PHOTO ALBUM

MAY 13, 2018 SUNDAY | BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—On May 13, the Summit Area YMCA welcomed over 1,000 participants to the 17th Annual Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk at Memorial Field, in Berkeley Heights. This family-friendly event also hosted a fun magic show, invigorating Zumba dancing, a tot trot, face painting and music.

Matthew Byrne of Berkeley Heights won first place ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Coach Bottone Tribute

May 19, 2018

2017 Pioneer football players took on a tall task of filling a lot of open spots with not many returning players. We had 30 kids on our football team who all wanted to be there. With a new head coach who just came on board in late April, we had a lot of things to do without much time. Most people would say being on a 1-9 football team would be no fun and, at times, it wasn’t, but it was the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0906ca383804ad4ba17c_tai-chi

Sun, May 20, 9:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Tai Chi Chuan

Health & Wellness

Sun, May 20, 11:00 AM

New Providence Community Pool parking lot, New Providence

CSA Community Yard Sale

Giving Back

Carousel_image_fc9553e9258ab1b1cc8b_paolo_zumba_teacher

Sun, May 20, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Zumba meets Bolly DazZ

Health & Wellness

Sun, May 20, 12:00 PM

Trailside Nature & Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, Mountainside

29th Annual Spring Garden Fair & Plant ...

Green Home & Garden

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Summit High School, Summit

Summit Symphony Orchestra Concert

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, May 20, 3:00 PM

Ridge High School, Basking Ridge

NJ Youth Chorus Spring Concert

Arts & Entertainment