A’s fans were really excited when Billy Beane traded for Matt Holliday in the offseason. He was supposed to carry this horrid offense to the top of American League. But now, he’s not worth his weight in white cleats to the A’s fans.
1. He’s not putting up big numbers. When they A’s traded for this guy, A’s fans expected a .315, 30-HR, 100-RBI guy. He may still be that guy, but so far he’s on pace to only be a .240, 12-HR, 90-RBI guy. Decent on the RBI, but otherwise he’s Mark Ellis in left field.
Add that to the fact that he’s a free agent next year, and you have the next reason A’s fans hate Matt Holliday.
2. He’s going to be lousy trade bait in July. The fallback option on this Matt Holliday rental has always been, “Oh well, if the A’s aren’t contending in July, at least we can trade Holliday.” Ideally, this would be fore a big haul from some team who thinks they have a shot at the World Series.
But who is going to give up a big haul for Mark Ellis in left field? And even if they do consider his Colorado track record (Coors Field effect, anyone?), he’s still the soon-to-be free agent with Scott Boras as an agent. Unless it’s New York or Boston, nobody is doing a trade and sign with this guy.
And maybe the third reason A’s fans hate Matt Holliday comes into play because he’s too busy mentally counting his 2010 money while patrolling left field.
3. He doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve. Fans always want players who look like they care as much as we do. We hollar, scream, and flail about, and we want the players on the field to do the same so we can feel like they bleed green and gold as much as we do. Matt Holliday doesn’t do this, and A’s fans rag on his I-don’t-care body language, must like they’ve done over the years with Eric Chavez.
Would a Derek Jeter fist-pump or a Miguel Tejada “&*#@$!” scream from Holliday make A’s fans feel better? Maybe. Probably. But the fact of the matter is, as long as he’s playing like crap, the A’s are playing like crap, and he continues to wear the same look on his face like he’s in the dentist office waiting room, A’s fans will continue to hate Matt Holliday.