I know you Cubs fans out there have been anxiously itching for a mascot for over a century, but the wait is finally over. On Monday the Cubs organization introduced ‘Clark the Cub’ a brand spanking new mascot for the loveable losers in town.
He made his first public appearance during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Pediatric Developmental Center. Those of you who are reading this may not be thrilled about the new mascot in town, but he’s not meant to entertain us. Rather, Clark was introduced after surveys showed parents of the younger Chicago Cubs fans were looking for more family-friendly entertainment at Wrigley Field (it’s more like a historic death trap with all those bathroom lines and treacherous inclines).
According to Clark’s family tree, provided by the Cubs, his great-grandbear Joa was a live bear mascot for the team back in 1915 (before his days residing at the Lincoln Park Zoo). Joa passed down his love of the Cubs to Clark, who always wanted to play for the team.
You can catch Clark greeting fans as they enter Wrigley Field this upcoming season. If you’re experiencing Wrigley for the very first time, you may find him at the First Timers Booth. He’ll be running the bases on Family Sundays and also always welcoming fans to Clark’s Clubhouse at the field. The organization made a point to note that Clark will not be participating in the usual mascot shenanigans; T-shirt gun shooting, ATV riding, flying down from the stadium rafters or disrupting your view from the game. He’s a very well behaved MLB mascot.
You can follow Clark on Twitter at @Clarkthecub