It was the winter of 2014. The Cubs were going to make a major announcement. Fans were hopeful the Cubs would be announcing the signing of a free agent. Instead the Cubs introduced their new mascot, Clark the Cub.
I had resigned myself to the fact that it was going to be at least one more long year. Being the parent of two young kids, I actually liked the idea of a mascot. Then I logged into Twitter.
Cubs fans were irate. Typical comments were: “We don’t need a mascot.” “He has his hat on backwards.” “Why does he have a Twitter account?” “He isn’t wearing pants!” “The Cubs spent money on this and not a player?”
Then the pictures starting rolling with a penis drawn in. Poor Clark was a hated cub. This is not unprecedented, by the way. I do remember Tommy Hawk being booed the first year the Blackhawks had him at games.
The reaction was quite different for my five year old son. He loved him immediately. I signed him up for Clark’s Crew for $25.
As a member of the club a child gets:
- A free jersey;
- A free backpack;
- One free admission for a Wrigley Field Tour;
- Two free tickets to the Under Armour All-American game;
- Free apples and bananas from Jewel-Osco;
- They get to go to the front of the line when kids run the bases on Sundays; and
- Free admission to a question and answer session with Cubs players.
This past Sunday I went with my son to the question and answer session. Former Cub Ryan Dempster stopped by to say hello to the kids. Clark was first up and the kids had some fun with him. Next up were Cubs players Justin Grimm (@GrimmReaper51) and Jason Motte (@JMotte30).
There were about 40 kids in attendance. Every child got to ask both players a question.
Most were questions like “What is your favorite food?”
One kid asked Motte how long he had grown his beard. He said 7 years, but it had been trimmed some. Both said they became pitchers because they couldn’t hit.
Both players seemed to have a great time and were great with the kids. Each child got a Clark hat signed by Jason Motte.
Clark may still get joked about some by adult fans, but Clark’s Crew is a great value and fun for kids. He definitely has fans in our house.
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