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January 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Your browser does not support iframes. Let's take one minute to withhold jokes about the Cubs and actually appreciate the history of Wrigley Field.  In a video produced by Major League Baseball, 100 years of Wrigley History is set to "Happy Birthday" to commemorate the start of the second century of baseball to be played in Wrigleyville this season.  The video has:  Harry Caray Ernie Banks' 500th home run Ron Santo ...
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January 23, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Stop me if this sounds familiar. A rather hot commodity in baseball is out there to be had. He's exploring his options, looking for a big payday. It comes down to a couple of teams. One is the Cubs. One is the Yankees. It looks like it's going to be close but in the end the Yankees come in and offer too much. And by too much I mean money, history, talent, winning. This should sound familiar because I wrote it when Joe Girardi chose the Yankees over the Cubs. Remember? That was like three months ago. And it wasn't close.
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January 16, 2014 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Contrary to popular belief, the Cubs' official mascot in 2014 won't be a drunk 21-year-old bleacher bro from Schaumburg as it has been unofficially seemingly forever. Late Thursday afternoon, the team put word out that it's looking for someone to fill Clark the Cub's cartoonishly large head for the upcoming season. As anyone who has ever been a professional mascot will tell you, the wearer of the costume will have a tall order ahead of him or her: Entertain the fans without getting in their way.  In fact, Clark of the future, my first two jobs after finishing a master'a degree were as a professional mascot, including a two-plus season stint as a Brewers racing sausage.
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January 16, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Only the Cubs. Only the Chicago Cubs would roll out a mascot that makes everyone angry. Clark is his name, I'm sure you've seen him. I believe he replaces Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers, though I imagine Ronnie is still getting his drinks for free. FYI: Ronnie has a Wikipedia entry. I guess we all should. Anyway, to Clark. First, put some pants on. Second, seriously dude, the hat. Cheap plastic, snap fitted, worn backward. The whole thing screams "frat boy punk. " Idea: Let's get him some plaid shorts and complete the outfit.
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January 15, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Those watching Comcast SportsNet in Washington last night may have seen a lot more of the Cubs' new mascot than they were expecting.  In a segment about the Cubs introducting Clark the Cub, the first team mascot in modern history, Comcast SportsNet's Washington network aired a photo of Clark with a drawn-on penis and testicles.  "I think that is a gag photo, let's move on," Comcast commentator Nicole Darin said, as the photo flashed on...
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January 14, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Cubs officials are less than thrilled by the way the Internet has treated their new mascot.  After the team revealed its first mascot of the modern era -- Clark the Cub -- Monday, it didn't take long for things to get inappropriate. Deadspin was quick to rally its readers, asking them Monday to "Do something horrible to the Cubs' new, perverted mascot. " The sports blog chipped in a photo of its own, giving Clark a completely NSFW treatment. (Be wary of the link, there's plenty of photoshopped inappropriateness ahead.)
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January 13, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Move over, Ronnie Woo Woo. The Cubs have an official mascot. His name is Clark, and he'll make his debut Monday during  a visit to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center's Pediatric Developmental Center. "The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team's official mascot," Alison Miller, senior director of marketing, said in a news release. "Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can't wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He'll be a welcoming presence for families at   Wrigley Field   and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community.
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January 8, 2014 | RedEye
It's the sports equivalent of that hot girl/guy finally calling you. As of Wednesday, Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux are done waiting for that moment: The Chicago legends were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The inductions are July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Maddux, who began his 23-year career with the Cubs, finished with 97.2 percent of the vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.  We asked Cubs fanatic Julie DiCaro to tell us why voters still came up short on this one. THE VOTING'S FLAWED, BUT GREG MADDUX ISN'T By Julie DiCaro The voting process for baseball's Hall of Fame is broken.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It's far from high-definition, but it appears to be the first time you can watch a historic Cubs game from 1965 in color. Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue pointed out the WGN broadcast Friday. It includes "Mad Men"-era commercials for Hamm's Beer and Allstate Insurance. The video was uploaded to YouTube this week.  It's a bittersweet glimpse into the past for Cubs fans. On one hand, legendary announcer Jack Brickhouse can be heard calling the final innings of the game. Unfortunately, it's also footage of a no-hitter thrown by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney against the boys in blue.  Bleed Cubbie Blue notes it's extremely rare to see colorized tape of baseball from that era, or any television for that matter.  Want more?
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October 30, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
Dale Sveum is out the door, Joe Girardi chose to stay in New York, and the Cubs are practically back to square one in their search for a new manager. The ultimate goal, one would think, is to pair a manager who develop and relate to players with the swarm of Cubs prospects who will be here in the near future. Currently the list of candidates for Cubs managers is at six. That list includes former Cub Dave Martinez, former Indians manager Manny Acta and San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch.
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