Cubs respond to 'mascot' fan-punching incident in Wrigleyville

Cubs respond to 'mascot' fan-punching incident in Wrigleyville
April 9, 2014, 8:45 pm
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The Cubs mascots (official and unofficial) have been the hottest storylines surrounding the team in 2014.

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After the organization announced Clark the Cub, the team's first official mascot, over the winter, Billy Cub — a character unaffiliated with the Cubs as a franchise — made headlines during the first series at Wrigley over the weekend.

Video surfaced on Deadspin last Saturday of Billy Cub hitting a bar patron in the face at John Barleycorn after the fan removed his head in one of those "only in Wrigleyville" moments.

Three days later, the Billy Cub incident was still in the news, forcing the Cubs to respond in a statement.

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"He's not and has never been affiliated with the Cubs," team spokesman Julian Green said Tuesday night, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Cubs have tried for years to get rid of Billy Cub, but the Weier brothers — John Paul Weier created the "mascot" and brother Patrick was the fan-puncher (though he claims he was provoked) — have found a way to stick around.