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Monday, January 13, 2014

Cubs introduce new mascot

The Twitter is not promising, but let’s be fair: it’s still an improvement.

The Cubs will introduce the team’s first official mascot in modern history as young “Clark” makes his debut Monday night during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s pediatric developmental center…

The new mascot was created as a response to survey feedback and fan interviews, the team said in a statement. People wanted more Cubs-related family-friendly entertainment at Wrigley Field, and Clark will interact in the community, engage with young fans, and be respectful of the game. Clark is named after Clark and Addison, the intersection where Wrigley Field is located…

The Cubs say the mascot will not be on top of the dugout between innings, tossing T-shirts or hot dogs into the stands, and it won’t disrupt the game. Instead, Clark will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field, and also stop by the ballpark’s “First Timers Booth” to welcome new guests. On family Sundays, the mascot will help kids run the bases after the game.

Most of the time, Clark will welcome fans to his own clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where families can visit. Fans also will be able to interact with Clark on Twitter and Facebook...

According to the Cubs, Clark’s great-grandbear, Joa, was the team’s original live bear mascot back in 1916. When Joa retired to the Lincoln Park Zoo, he delighted the young bears with amazing stories.

With the arrival of Clark, there are now three Major League teams that do not have a mascot—the Angels, Dodgers, and Yankees. The Angels do have the Rally Monkey.

The District Attorney Posted: January 13, 2014 at 04:33 PM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: January 13, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4638076)
The new mascot was created as a response to survey feedback and fan interviews, the team said in a statement. People wanted more Cubs-related family-friendly entertainment at Wrigley Field, and Clark will interact in the community, engage with young fans, and be respectful of the game. Clark is named after Clark and Addison, the intersection where Wrigley Field is located…


Or -- was it because people gave them grief over the cease and desist they delivered to Billy Cub... and now they want to be able to say, SEE!?!? SEE?!?!?! We had plans for our own mascot all along.

Still, the mascot might well be an upgrade at at least one, possibly two OF spots...
   2. McCoy Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4638081)
I thought the link was going to be a picture of Ronnie Woo-Woo.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4638082)
i like mascots

this one seems...................forced
   4. McCoy Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4638084)
The new mascot was created as a response to survey feedback and fan interviews, the team said in a statement.


So that's the one thing they listened to? How about putting a winning team on the field? 2016?
   5. asinwreck Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4638091)
Gah...Ricketts family, what are you thinking?
   6. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:24 PM (#4638095)
This bad boy will always be the best goofy cartoon bear mascot in baseball. He's ridiculous and tacky, which is the whole point of the exercise.
   7. BDC Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:33 PM (#4638103)
I figured they were going to change the team name to the Rogue Man-Eating Kodiaks.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:34 PM (#4638104)
Hey, introducing a mascot worked for the Red Sox! Now the Cubs have the easy part left: find the next David Ortiz.
   9. Jeltzandini Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4638106)
Poochie.
   10. salvomania Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4638130)
I like the adjustable plastic strap on the cap... classy touch.
   11. morineko Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4638131)
This mascot looks like the kid the Iowa Cubs mascot doesn't really want to acknowledge.
   12. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 13, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4638165)
According to the Cubs, Clark's great-grandbear, Joa, was the team's original live bear mascot back in 1916. When Joa retired to the Lincoln Park Zoo, he delighted the young bears with amazing stories.
Followed by generations of shame.
   13. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: January 13, 2014 at 06:38 PM (#4638169)
The mascot is wearing a snapback, just to get the attention of some of those PBR swilling hipsters in the bleachers as well.
   14. The District Attorney Posted: January 13, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4638257)
Wow, Joa is actually a real thing.

(I like the "Get it?" in the headline. Snappier than the "See what they did there?" we would use today.)
   15. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: January 13, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4638263)
The 1989 NLCS is apparently far enough in the recesses of history now. So they could have named him 'Garvey' as well.
   16. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 13, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4638264)
If the Cubs want a bear mascot, why not pick the one who best represents 100 seasons in the toilet?
   17. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 13, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4638266)
The 1989 NLCS is apparently far enough in the recesses of history now. So they could have named him 'Garvey' as well.
The next version will be Steve Bartbear. He'll get in the way at just the right time to blame him for everything.
   18. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 13, 2014 at 08:44 PM (#4638268)
The new mascot was created as a response to survey feedback and fan interviews, the team said in a statement. People wanted more Cubs-related family-friendly entertainment at Wrigley Field, and Clark will interact in the community, engage with young fans, and be respectful of the game.

If they wanted family-friendly, there's no way they could ever top Mr. & Mrs. Cub.
   19. Monty Posted: January 13, 2014 at 08:47 PM (#4638270)
The Angels do have the Rally Monkey.


Still?!
   20. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 13, 2014 at 08:56 PM (#4638274)
Doesn't come close to this...
   21. Cooper Nielson Posted: January 13, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4638286)
Poochie.

He's totally in my face!
   22. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 13, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4638289)
Doesn't come close to this...


What the #### is that???

Seriously though, whatever it is is awesome in every possible way.
   23. winnipegwhip Posted: January 13, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4638292)
The most appropriate creature to represent the franchise could be fan friendly. How on earth do you make a Centipede cute and marketable?
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 13, 2014 at 09:57 PM (#4638299)
Instead, Clark will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field, and also stop by the ballpark’s “First Timers Booth” to welcome new guests. On family Sundays, the mascot will help kids run the bases after the game.


Please, please tell me this is going to be an actual bear and not just a guy in a bear suit.

Sigh. The Cubs disappoint me yet again.
   25. bobm Posted: January 13, 2014 at 10:06 PM (#4638304)
Dr. Seuss predicted that night baseball at Wrigley and sabermetrics would lead to this.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish [...]

Look what we found
in the park
in the dark.
We will take him home,
we will call him Clark.

He will live at our house,
he will grow and grow.
Will our mother like this?
We don't know.
   26. asinwreck Posted: January 13, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4638306)
How on earth do you make a Centipede cute and marketable?

Make it a human Centipede?
   27. God Posted: January 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4638310)
This bad boy will always be the best goofy cartoon bear mascot in baseball. He's ridiculous and tacky, which is the whole point of the exercise.


Meh, he's no match for Rally Bear. Even Dustin Hoffman loves Rally Bear. Too bad the cops don't.
   28. DL from MN Posted: January 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM (#4638331)
TC Bear is way, way better. For one, he was the Hamm's Bear until the beer disappeared.
   29. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM (#4638345)
The link is now producing an error message. Typical Cubs.
   30. ursus arctos Posted: January 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM (#4638347)
Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be evidence of a rethink, as "Clark" has been tweeting photos all evening.

If anything, the bear suit version looks worse than the cartoon version.

And here I thought we had suffered enough.
   31. Meatwad Posted: January 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4638365)
its really peda bear in disguise
   32. puck Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:45 AM (#4638375)
its really peda bear in disguise


He was at the MLS Cup.
   33. esseff Posted: January 14, 2014 at 01:54 AM (#4638376)
According to the Cubs, Clark's great-grandbear, Joa, was the team's original live bear mascot back in 1916. When Joa retired to the Lincoln Park Zoo, he delighted the young bears with amazing stories.


So, Joa was one of Clark's forebears?
   34. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 14, 2014 at 04:57 AM (#4638385)
You know there's going to be a female bear called Addison.
   35. Hack Wilson Posted: January 14, 2014 at 07:36 AM (#4638394)
The Cubs don't need any more CUTE, they need tough. What about John Dillinger with a machine gun. Or more baseball themed--Al Capone with his trademark baseball bat.
I would even prefer Rod Blagojevich with bags stuffed with cash.
   36. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 14, 2014 at 07:46 AM (#4638396)
   37. Bunny Vincennes Posted: January 14, 2014 at 08:44 AM (#4638418)
I'm tired of this already. I want a live bear damn it. The Cubs should rename one of their minor league ballparks "The Predator Research Facility."
   38. Stormy JE Posted: January 14, 2014 at 09:01 AM (#4638425)
On another thread, it is implied that Xander Bogaerts is the new Cubs mascot.
   39. ThisElevatorIsDrivingMeUpTheWall Posted: January 14, 2014 at 09:21 AM (#4638439)
Could be worse, at least it isn't cross-eyed and named Gladly.
   40. Howie Menckel Posted: January 14, 2014 at 09:53 AM (#4638470)
I guess the name "Slugger," after the nearby bar, would have set the Cubs up for ridicule on days when Luis Valbuena is batting cleanup.
   41. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: January 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4638485)
I'm tired of this already. I want a live bear damn it. The Cubs should rename one of their minor league ballparks "The Predator Research Facility."


I am down with this.

Let its claws grow bloody and its belly fat with Cardinals!
   42. Bunny Vincennes Posted: January 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4638576)
This is totally unrelated other than small bears are featured prominantly but how as a died in the wool scorekeeper have not know about Cubs scorecards through the years? All of them.
   43. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: January 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM (#4638603)
This is totally unrelated other than small bears are featured prominantly but how as a died in the wool scorekeeper have not know about Cubs scorecards through the years? All of them.


That's awesome --

Gonna share that with a former colleague - I went to the last game of the season with him and his dad last year, and his dad has an absolutely amazing catalog of scorecards. He's got nearly a thousand scorecards -- all used and filled out, of course -- going back to the 60s. The guy's an accountant -- as you might imagine -- and he showed me spreadsheets of statistics for every player he's ever seen/scored. He was actually just one game under .500 career going into the game (which the cubs lost) - so getting to .500 will have to wait until next year.
   44. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4638668)
Somewhere in their lair under the parking lot where old Comiskey once stood, Ribbie and Roobarb and watching this development closely.
   45. TJ Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:15 PM (#4638810)

So, Joa was one of Clark's forebears?


Nicely done, sir...
   46. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:59 PM (#4638852)
Nothing beats Crazy Crab.
   47. Spahn Insane Posted: January 14, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4638895)
The next version will be Steve Bartbear. He'll get in the way at just the right time to blame him for everything.

Speaking of which, my wife, who knows next to nothing about baseball, wondered why they didn't pick a billygoat.
   48. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: January 14, 2014 at 07:14 PM (#4639091)
Oh man....

This is mean.

The article I linked to is SFW -- but in TFA, they have a link (which is noted as NSFW) that most definitely IS NSFW.

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