Cubs Unveil First Mascot in Team's Modern History

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

via @ClarktheCub

The Chicago Cubs have been around for more than a century, but the 2014 season will be the first time in modern history that the franchise will have a mascot.

As MLB.com's Carrie Muskat wrote, "Clark" will be introduced this week:

 

Here's new #Cubs mascot, Clark pic.twitter.com/VYZhLAxzNB

— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) January 13, 2014

Some teams come up with random mascots, but the Cubs are sticking with what makes sense—a cub.

For those wondering, the mascot got its name from Clark and Addison, which is the intersection where Wrigley Field is located.

Update: Wednesday, January 15, 2:15 p.m. ET

The Chicago Sun-Times is not a fan of the mascot. 

Wow, the Chicago Sun-Times does not like the new Cubs mascot: pic.twitter.com/aVn6B5b5Ro, via @jeffreya22

— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) January 15, 2014

---End of Update---

Clark is a kid-friendly mascot who wears a backwards hat. Many mascots jump on top of dugouts and get fans fired up. Don't expect that from Clark. He will be used mainly as a greeter, according to Muskat.

The mascot has not wasted any time joining social media. Follow him on Twitter at @ClarktheCub. After being unveiled, he immediately sent out a tweet:

 

Still figryuing out how 2 tyype with these big pawz. Will gett lessons from @Cubs. Come back soon!!

— Clark the Cub (@ClarktheCub) January 13, 2014

The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels—although the Angels do have the Rally Monkey—are now the only teams in MLB without a mascot.