Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, in his Sunday March 10, 2013 column, discusses that the Ricketts Family is considering a mascot for the Chicago Cubs. I for one personally find that to be a big mistake and having a mascot would detract from the experience of being at Wrigley Field as well as the game itself. There is no room in Wrigley Field to have a mascot to entertain the fans and considering how the mascots for other Chicago Professional Sports, it is a bad idea.
So let’s look at the other teams in Chicago that are the highest level of their sport. The White Sux have Southpaw, a furry type of creature that has no true animal type identity or anything that would resemble its connection to the Sux. The Chicago Bears had Rocky The Bear, I believe who was an angry bear in appearance which reflected the toughness of the Chicago Bears. Now they have Staley Bear who looks in my opinion, goofy as can be and most definitely takes away from the action on the field. The Chicago Bulls have Bennie The Bull as their mascot who looks somewhat goofy as well. The Chicago Blackhawks have Tommie Hawk who looks the part of being a hard nosed Chicagoan yet, Tommie Hawk as well takes away from the hockey game too.
So why would the Ricketts even consider messing with the tradition of Wrigley Field as the way that they fell in love with it? I understand that the Ricketts want to modernize the experience of attending a game at Wrigley however, do not sacrifice what we all grew up with that has been the tradition of being at the Friendly Confines. The tradition in the way that it is at Wrigley Field is all about the game on the field, the fans in the seats; especially the Bleacher Bums, the ivy covered outfield walls and being a true neighbor ballpark that hosts a professional team. The other great thing about Wrigley, although this is being moved away from more and more, is the day games that has always been a part of baseball since its inception. I maybe old fashioned in my ways and thinking yet, I feel I am also a traditionalist and like things they way they are at Wrigley Field. It is why I enjoy going there and it is how I want my seven year old twins to learn about Chicago Cubs baseball.
I do not want my kids to remember a silly mascot. I want them to love the game of baseball especially when it comes to the Chicago Cubs. The only way some sort of mascot would work is if they got someone in the mold of Max “The Clown Prince of Baseball” Patkin. Patkin at least was a professional baseball player and knew not to take away from the game itself. Unfortunately Patkin is no longer with us so that the Cubs would have someone to consult in finding a mascot in his mold. Ultimately, having nothing is better than having something stupid. Besides, we already have Ronnie Woo-Woo.