DENVER – On Nov. 11, 2008, news broke that the Colorado Rockies had completed a trade with the Oakland Athletics that, as time has now told, sent out one pillar of the franchise and replaced it with another.

The best player on the most successful team in organization history, Matt Holliday, was sent out for a man who has now played in the second-most games of anyone to wear the Rockies uniform – done so with all-star ability and endless swagger, Carlos Gonzalez.

Holliday, robbed of an MVP in 2007, couldn’t have been more instrumental in the rise of those Rockies and their run to the World Series – still the only October Classic to come to Colorado.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of BSN Rockies and a member of the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Follow Drew on Twitter - @DrewCreasman