1/13 Cubs introduce “Clark”
The Cubs will introduce the team’s first official mascot in modern history as young “Clark” makes his debut Monday night during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s pediatric developmental center. The mascot will appear with more than a dozen Cubs prospects enrolled in the team’s rookie development program, underway this week in Chicago. The goal of Monday’s appearance is for the players and Clark to help reinforce positive activities being taught to children with autism and other developmental challenges.
The new mascot was created as a response to survey feedback and fan interviews, the team said in a statement. People wanted more Cubs-related family-friendly entertainment at Wrigley Field, and Clark will interact in the community, engage with young fans, and be respectful of the game.
The Cubs say Clark will be a champion for Cubs Charities’ mission of targeting improvements in health and wellness, fitness and education for children, and families at risk. Young fans will see the mascot at schools during Cubs Caravan or “Cubs on the Move” fitness program visits; hospital appearances; and other family-focused events, such as the upcoming Cubs Convention. The Cubs say 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.
Most of the time, Clark will welcome fans to his own clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where families can visit. Fans also will be able to interact with Clark on Twitter and Facebook. During the Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, which begins Friday, Clark will be at a temporary Clubhouse and available to meet young fans and host kids-related activities. What fans won’t see is Clark riding an ATV around the warning track or interfering with fans’ views of the field during the game, the team says.