The Cubs have been toying around with the idea of an official mascot for a long time now, being that they were one of the last few MLB teams without one. And now he’s here: Clark.

clark the cub

No, he’s not intimidating (nor is he the magnificent DJ Kitty), and, yes, the backwards hat is a bit much. But, all in all, I’ve gotta confess … I don’t hate it. I’m sure it’s a new-ish father in me, but this was an avenue the Cubs had to take, and you knew it was coming with the renovation and all, didn’t you?

Related confession, for those who don’t know, my son’s name is also Clark. When he’s old enough to understand, he’ll probably be tickled pink to know that the Cubs’ mascot shares his name.

You can read more about Clark here, and you can follow him on Twitter here. The jokes will necessarily come over the next few days, and I look forward to cataloging them. And remember, you cynical types: Clark isn’t for you. He’s for the kids. He’s not going to be doing the on-the-dugout shenanigans, and will probably have a relatively low profile, unless you seek him out with your kiddos. The Cubs are pretty sensitive to not disrupting the “feel” of games at Wrigley (at least not more than they have to) – they simply recognize that there’s not a whole lot going on there for families with very young children.

Apparently, Clark’s emergence leaves only the Yankees, Dodgers and Angels as teams without a formal, on-field type mascot. I guess Masahiro Tanaka hates mascots.

So … thoughts? Reactions?



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