The Chicago Cubs introduced its first mascot in modern history on Monday. Perhaps the franchise is hoping the new mascot will bring the organization some luck in the way of a World Series ring.
Meet “Clark,” the bear-cub that now leaves the The Angels, Dodgers, and Yankees as the only three teams that do not have an official mascot in Major League Baseball. The Angels have an unofficial “Rally Monkey” mascot.
According to the Cubs, 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.”
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.”