Noot! St. Louis Cardinals rookie files trademarks

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Lars Nootbaar reacts after hitting an RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Joe Puetz)

ST. LOUIS- An emerging St. Louis Cardinals rookie fan-favorite appears to be looking at protecting his interests off the field.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office lists five applications, filed last week, using NOOT or NOOOOOOT, as vehicles for selling clothing, energy bars, candy bars, or cereal.

Nootbaar’s father, Charles, confirmed that the family is behind the application. He said products are an “end goal” and “down the road”, but that the trademark applications now are more of a protective measure to make sure someone else doesn’t grab them first.

In 86 games, Nootbaar is hitting just .209 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI. But since his arrival earlier this summer, he’s been a big source of energy on defense. The timing on the applications could not be better, with a home-run saving catch Wednesday night against the Mets.

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