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Ever had that feeling that something was missing in your life?

That inexplicable emptiness that creeps in and just...just...makes you feel lost.

I've had that feeling since mid-October.

I couldn't really figure out what it was.  The holidays were just around the corner.  Football season was in full swing.  Hockey was just starting up.  I should be pumped...right?  Yet, the emptiness still lurked.

Of course, the Rams did little to fill the void on their way to a 1-15 season and next year's #1 pick.  The Blues inability to win a game in front of the home fan's certainly didn't ease the emptiness either.  And while I can't complain about the holidays, amidst all the turkey, pie, and presents....there was still something missing.

It wasn't until recently that I figured out exactly what had tore this hole inside my soul.

Baseball.

But more importantly, Cardinal baseball.

Sure, the World Series lasted almost until Christmas (haha), but it wasn't the Birds.  It wasn't the same.  The Cardinals premature exit from last year's playoffs left me like Jerry McGuire without Renee Zellweger and that cute little four-eyed boy with the goofy hair...incomplete.

But then, last week, news broke that the Cardinals had finally agreed to terms with Matt Holliday.  Finally, the missing piece of my soul was found.

As Cardinal fans, there's nothing that we enjoy more than sitting down to watch the boys play ball.  Whether its March or October, the Cubs or the Pirates, at home or behind homeplate...we love watching Cardinal baseball.  And when the season finally comes to an end, we're left wanting.

We look for reasons to talk baseball.  Whether it's a free agent signing, a potential trade, or a possible Pujols extension...anything to make us feel like Spring Training is just around the corner.

Off seasons in St. Louis can be excrutiating.  This year was no exception.  For the most part we were left crossing our fingers and biting our nails.

Was Holliday going to let Boras get in the way of his return?

Were the Cardinals going to refuse to shell out the money necessary to keep a player not named Albert??

What exactly is Plan B if DeRosa is no longer available???

But last week all of our questions were answered in one headline: "Holliday agrees to 7 year $120 million deal with Cardinals"

Of course, there are other concerns.

Who plays 3B?

Who fills out the rotation?

Who becomes TLR's next Aaron Miles or Joe Thurston?

When the flip is Pujols going to agree to be buried in the Birds on Bat?!

But for now...

For now I'm just happy that I've found my missing piece.  Happy that baseball is back in my life.  And that Spring Training is...just around the corner.

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