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Sorry I've been absent for a while. Travel and work made it difficult to catch up. But, thanks to the All-Star break, the DVR is finally empty. Entries from June 15 to July 15 were added on July 17.

July 20, 2014. This may be my favorite equipment-related GIF of the season. Check out the paint chips flying from Tony Cruz's catcher's mask after being hit by a foul tip... What's wrong with this picture? This Albert Pujols X-Bat -- complete with the flag decal -- sold for $1,331, while this 2007 Pujols Marucci bat barely topped $900. Longtime readers of this blog know I wouldn't touch an early X-Bat, especially one with the flag on the handle. So, why did it beat out the Marucci in Goldin's recent auction? Maybe it's because the LOA says it was "used by Pujols" while the Marucci's letter says, "Use by Pujols cannot be confirmed." If you ask me, that 2007 Marucci is an almost perfect specimen; I wouldn't give you a dime for the X-Bat. Other contributing factors could be the auction listing, in which the Marucci was mis-labeled as a 2010 S326 model bat (it's a 2007 CB15B model); and the LOA, which calls it a 2010 Louisville Slugger S326 (but has a photo of a Marucci bat). Sloppy work by PSA/DNA and Goldin may have cost this bat's consigner good money.

July 18, 2014. John Jay opened the second half using a black Marucci. Jay has remained loyal to Marucci this season, but now has used five different finishes (natural, black, Walker, Gwynn and Nnywg). So, he's officially the opposite of Matt Adams, who has used just one finish, but swung six different companies' bats (Marucci, Rawlings, Axis, Chandler, Max Bat and BWP).

July 15, 2014. No Cardinals batted in the All-Star Game. Wainwright and Neshek both pitched. For the first time ever, MLB made the players wear special caps for the game instead of their normal team lids. Big mistake, unless you a fan of trucker's caps. Woof.

July 13, 2014. George Kottaras made his Cardinals debut wearing #59. He swung a black Louisville Slugger.

July 11, 2014. Jay was swinging a Walker-finished Marucci, while Joe Kelly used a Walker-finished Chandler bat... Greenwood wielded a black Tucci model, his fourth kind of bat during his short career.

July 10, 2014. Audry Perez made his 2014 debut wearing the same #63 as last season. He swung a black Louisville Slugger... Cruz used a black Marucci.

July 8, 2014. Taveras switched bats again, using a natural Dinger bat tonight. To my knowledge, he's the first Redbird to ever use a Dinger, which is made in Southern Illinois (Ridgeway)... Martinez came to the plate with a natural Chandler bat. Pretty certain it was one of Taveras' bats.

July 6, 2014. Noticed Taveras using a natural Marucci bat briefly today. I'm pretty sure it was a Jon Jay model.

July 5, 2014. Make it six different kinds of Nnwyg-finished bats for Matt Adams this season. Today, he broke out a BWP bat. He may not be loyal to any one brand, but he sure likes that black handle, natural barrel look.

July 4, 2014. Independence Day usually means ugly caps, and today was no exception. Just when you thought these "stars and strips" lids couldn't get any worse, New Era puts the logo inside a flag-filled star. Ugh... The Cardinals and other MLB teams today wore a special patch honoring the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech. The Cards wore it on the front of their jerseys on the right side. I understand it was attached with adhesive and removed after the game, so don't expect to see those jerseys auctioned for charity.

July 2, 2014. Taveras used his third finish, this time swinging a Gwynn Chandler bat.

June 29, 2014. After two callups where he didn't pitch, the third time was a charm for Jorge Rondon. He finally made his MLB debut wearing #68. He's the third Redbird to make his big league debut in June.

June 28, 2014. Matt Adams introduced his fifth Nnwyg-finished brand into the rotation -- a Max Bat... Greenwood has switched to a black Louisville Slugger, his third type of bat in less than two weeks.

June 25, 2014. Marco Gonzalez made his MLB debut wearing #56. He swung a Gwynn-finished Chandler bat.

June 24, 2014. Greenwood switched to a natural Marucci bat.

June 21, 2014. Holliday used a black Louisville Slugger.

June 16, 2014. Nick Greenwood made his MLB debut wearing #62. He swung an ash Louisville Slugger with a flame finish... Martinez used a black Tucci bat, possibly one of Shelby Miller's models... Maness made his first plate appearance swinging a natural Marucci and wearing Michael Wacha's batting helmet.

June 15, 2014. Father's Day again brought out the powder blue wristbands and temporary ribbons on the jerseys, but blue bats still are not allowed... Garcia was swinging a Nnwyg-finished Louisville Slugger.


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