St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday showed some respect to San Francisco Giants infielder Marco Scutaro before Game 3 of the NLCS.

A hard slide by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday in Game 2 of the NLCS forced San Francisco Giants infielder Marco Scutaro to leave the game early.  Holliday slid hard into second base to break up a double play.  Holliday slid past the base and into Scutaro.  Some people viewed the slid as a dirty play by Holliday.  The Giants won Game 2 over the Cardinals 7-1.

Matt Holliday acknowledged Scutaro before a 3-1 win by the Cardinals over the Giants in Game 3 on Wednesday.  It was the appropriate gesture to make.  He didn’t grovel.  He didn’t go above and beyond.  It was a subtle way to basically say, “Hey, man.  No hard feelings.  I wasn’t trying to injure you.  I was just trying to break up a double play.”

St. Louis now has a 2-1 lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS.  Listen to coverage of Game 4 of the NLCS this evening on 104.5 The Team.  First pitch will be at 8:07pm ET.  Our coverage of the NLCS will follow our broadcast of the Yankees @ Tigers Game 4 ALCS matchup.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” weekdays from 1-3 pm ET on WTMM.