Cubs fans are a long-suffering lot. They've never had a mascot.
The Cubs unveiled their new mascot, Clark the Cub, on Monday.
Clark made his first public appearance at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Pediatric Developmental Center Monday alongside some of the Cubs' top prospects, including Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler:
(Photos courtesy of the Chicago Cubs)
The Cubs introduced Clark, according to the release, because fans were clamoring for more family-friendly entertainment at Wrigley Field.
Here's a description from the release of what Clark will be up to at Wrigley this coming season:
"Before and during games, Clark will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field and stop by the Wrigley Field First Timers Booth to welcome new guests. On Family Sundays, he will help kids run the bases following the game. Most of the time, Clark will welcome fans to Clark’s Clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where families can make a special visit as they please."
The Cubs also made a point of saying that the family-friendly bear won't be participating in any of the typical mascot shenanigans (hint, hint Benny the Bull):
"You won’t find this bear shooting T-shirt guns, riding an ATV around the warning track or disrupting fans’ views of the field during the game."
Oh, and by the way, Clark is already tweeting.
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
According to Clark's backstory — 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. It is unknown whether or not that will actually happen — considering how many players the Cubs used last season — or where Clark ranks on the list of top Cubs prospects.