12/06/2006 11:36 AM ET
Holliday: Building a winner
All-Star outfielder Matt Holliday believes the Rockies have the makings of a winning team in 2007. (David Zalubowski/AP)
People have been telling me that I had a breakout season this year, but I don't know what "breakout season" really means. So call it what you want. Personally, I feel like I had a pretty good season.
I just come in with the same attitude every day: Try to play the game right and get better every game. I'll let other people do the judging.
I had a good second half in 2005. Then I began my spring with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic. I had a lot of fun with that. I got a chance to be around some really great players. It was a good experience for me, and I made some new friends. I didn't know many of the guys going in, but now when I go to other cities and see them, I have some friends.
We got off to a good start this year. We had some momentum going, played really well in the first half and were right where we wanted to be. Then we hit that losing streak in July, the Dodgers got really hot and we just didn't recover. Hopefully, we'll have learned some things going into next year.
At least we played some meaningful games in August, which was an improvement on the last couple years. If we take another big step forward next year, we'll be right where we would like to be.
I wasn't surprised that Garrett Atkins had an incredible season. His play all year was pretty awesome. Our starting pitchers, I think, made every one of their starts, which is a surprise in this day and age, when it's tough to be healthy all year long.
While I think we're finally on our way to being a respectable team every year, people are getting tired of hearing that "we're on our way." Next season is going to be a big year for us. Hopefully, we can put away all the "gonna be goods" and just be good.
Our pitchers have pitched really well. Our starting pitching was at the top of the National League all year and did pretty well at home. Maybe their improved performance at home will help get rid of Coors Field's stigma as a bad park for pitchers. Not being a pitcher, it's hard for me to say. But hopefully this year will dispel some of the nightmares pitchers have about Coors Field.
I moved to Denver full time this offseason. Previously, I'd gone back to Texas, but we like Denver and wanted to eliminate the chaos of moving. Now I can work out at Coors Field with our strength coach all year long.
Actually, we have a bunch of guys in Denver this offseason. We can push one another and have some fun. I'm not sure it will translate into more wins, but we'll have fun with it.
All-Star Matt Holliday hit .326 with 34 homers and 114 RBIs for the Rockies in 2006. The 26-year-old outfielder, who also played for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic, was a steady performer, piling up 57 RBIs before and after the All-Star break. Holliday especially flourished at Coors Field, where he batted .373 with 22 homers and 78 RBIs.