Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer
Matt Holliday, activated before the game to get just such a greeting, was met with a long standing ovation when he pinch hit for Carlos Martinez in the seventh inning Friday with the Cardinals leading 5-0 over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Holliday hit a home run to right field off Zach Phillips, his 20th of the season. That, of course, led to an even louder ovation. Holliday took a curtain call. Before the game, the Cardinals announced they will not be picking up Holliday's 2017 option, likely making him a free agent.