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If Poochie the Bear never sets foot on the playing field and never interacts with anyone over the age of 9, it should work.
But in the big leagues, when you're paying several dozen dollars a ticket, is some idiot in a freak suit really going to add to your enjoyment?
better suited to the Moline Rockhounds or Joliet Awesomedawgz or something.
And I live in a town that has a Northern League team.
Well, whatever that league is called. The American Association, or XXXtreme League, or Doritos Locos League or whatever its called.
So, if you knew that the fans would hate your new mascot, why not come up with a better mascot? You know, one they wouldn't hate.
The question is, does anyone LIKE the new mascot?
He is around just enough to be funny but not enough to be annoying. He is the perfect mascot.
Is every single Frontier League team located in the suburbs of an MLB market now?
why do they always have their stupid mouths gaping? ( except mr met and the phanatic)
the American Association, where my Gary SouthShore RailCats are the defending champs.
Once again the South Park guys have the right idea
Gary plays in the U.S. Steel Yard, which might be the best corporate tie-in name for a ballpark.
I thought Moline and Joliet were the Chicago-area teams in the Frontier League, but I confused Moline with Rockford. Or Schaumburg. Or "Crestwood, Illinois", home of the "Windy City Thunderbolts", if such a thing can really exist. Is every single Frontier League team located in the suburbs of an MLB market now?
"They hate me," he said. "I haven't even been the mascot one day and they all already hate me."
He'd grown up, like most kids in his neighborhood, with dreams of manning third base for the Cubs. The cover of the diary he kept as a nine-year-old was now almost completely worn off, and some of the pages threatened to fall out of the spiral rings. But, in this moment, he found himself turning the pages. He'd dared not open it for years, afraid of losing some of the priceless mementos of his past.
In it, he found he'd charted his career path as a Cubs minor league.
"'Triple A by 20,' what a joke," he said, aware that when he was 20, he had actually been a D-student with a steadily growing ponch above his belt. The Freshman 15 had gotten him at least twice, appropriate, considering he'd repeated many of the classes he'd taken those first two semesters.
But the thought struck him that, at just 25, he was still tasked with going to Wrigley Field every day. Sure it wasn't on the hot corner, but he was still in the park. And yeah, the adults would hate him, throw beer on him, hell, probably piss on him. But the kids would love him. And wasn't that the point? Who dreams of being a pro athlete as a child with the goal being the adoration of adults? He'd always envisioned himself taking pictures with little kids, signing autographs, tussling their hair and calling them "champ" or "sport."
Suddenly he discovered he was no longer dreading the job, he was actually looking forward to it.
Running his fingers across his chinstrap beard, he looked one last time into the Tupac poster above his bed, "Hail Mary" playing on his iPod.
"Now, do you want to ride or die?" he asked.
I sometimes peruse North Side Baseball whenever there is major Cubs news (and in this offseason this certainly qualifies), traffic is way down on their boards compared to a few years ago, but I find the level of discourse higher than Bleed Cubbie Blue.
Does anyone complaining about the mascot have an idea to make the experience of going to a Cubs game more family friendly?
Does anyone complaining about the mascot have an idea to make the experience of going to a Cubs game more family friendly? That's what they are going after, isn't it?
If not a mascot, what alternative do you suggest to listen to the segment of the fans that would like to see Wrigley Field more hospitable to younger fans?
But apparently there is a significant amount of Cubs fans that wanted the game experience to be more family friendly. This ESPN article suggests that the Cubs did a survey, where a segment of the population wanted the park to be more family friendly. If not a mascot, what alternative do you suggest to listen to the segment of the fans that would like to see Wrigley Field more hospitable to younger fans?
 is made that much better when you realize it was about a previous poster.
Not sure if anyone has seen this yet. If the new mascot wasn't creepy before, he is now.
But apparently there is a significant amount of Cubs fans that wanted the game experience to be more family friendly.
On the other hand don't be surprised if the old people aren't thrilled with getting up and down ever other batter to let you and the kids out.
They should be used to it from the legions of clowns excusing themselves to piss like racehorses for the second half of the game.
Regarding Clark the Cub's schlong making the rounds on Comcast, just be thankful they don't have a similar photo of Chris Matthews lying around.
And don't forget Sauget, Illinois, home of the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League...and 249 people.
Other news outlets, in trying to euphemistcally refer to the incident, describe the image as an "anatomically correct" rendition of Clark the Cub. Really? Do other bears that you see have human dicks?
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