Blog: October 2013

October 8, 2013. I know, I haven't been here in a while. One reader has threatened a lawsuit (kiddingly) while another says he's looking for me on milk cartons. Sometimes, real life gets in the way of extracurricular activities, and that's been the case with me. I've been buried with work and also had to deal with some family wellness issues, so unfortunately, the blog has been placed on the far, far back burner. Here's the kicker -- my current client is the Cardinals. I'm working daily at Busch Stadium, surrounded by team history and memorabilia, and I've watched less baseball the past month than I have since starting this blog in 2005. How's that for irony? I'm loving my assignment, which is writing copy for the new, soon-to-open team Hall of Fame Museum. I couldn't ask for a better way to spend my days. There simply has been no time at night to watch games and post blog entries. So, if you're aware of a player using a bat that I don't have on the bat use list, please let me know. Supplying photo/video proof would help. The blog will return eventually, trust me. In the mean time, Go Cards!

October 18, 2013. Congratulations to the Redbirds, National League champs for 2013. My dad would have loved this. Unfortunately, he passed away just minutes after the Cards lost game 4 on Wednesday. I'd like to think he had something to do with the beatdown the Cards put on the Dodgers, but I know better. If he had any influence, the Birds would have won by much more. Rest in peace, dad. It won't be the same watching the World Series without you.

October 23, 2013. No real surprises in Game 1 of the World Series with most players using their typical bats. Marucci was the bat of choice for Matt Carpenter (Gwynn finish), Beltran (natural), Molina (Nnwyg), Adams (Nnwyg), Robinson (natural), Jay (natural) and Freese (natural). Freese also swung a natural Louisville Slugger. Holliday choose Old Hickory, which I categorize as "black," but it's really more of a charcoal gray with a black diamond logo. Craig swung his typical Gwynn-finished Rawlings bat. And Kozma wielded a black Sam Bat... The jerseys being worn by both teams are new sets. That means the jerseys the Cardinals wore in the postseason (which also were worn during the regular season) likely will not have the postseason patches removed. The new World Series jerseys do not have players' names embroidered in the tails as most regular/postseason jerseys did.

October 24, 2013. Jay used a natural LS, while Descalso swung a black Marucci.

October 26, 2013. The home jerseys also are new. The one exception, I understand, is Molina, who had his postseason patch removed and a World Series patch applied to a jersey he must really like... Kelly used a natural LS... Kozma switched to a natural Sam Bat... Wong swung a Chandler bat with a natural barrel and cherry handle.

October 27, 2013. You can always tell when some guys are struggling at the plate; they tend to try every bat in the rack. Tonight, David Freese started with a black Rawlings (a bat with which he had a little success in the 2011 World Series). Second time up, natural Marucci. Third time up, natural LS... Lynn used a black LS.

October 28, 2013. Freese changed again, opting for a black Tucci Lumber bat. That makes four different brands he's dragged to the plate this series. The Tucci must have been the tonic; he had two of the team's four hits tonight.

October 30, 2013. Congratulations to the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. See you in the spring!


NOTE: I was unable to record bat usage and uniform variations during the NLDS and NLCS.