Top of the morning, Jan. 15, 2014

Top of the morning, Jan. 15, 2014

We turned to four "experts" — three Illini baseball players and the UI's Creative Director — for their take on the Cubs' first mascot, Clark, which was unveiled Monday.


Luke Joyce, a pitcher from Glenview: "Growing up a longtime Cubs fan (in a house filled with Sox fans) I never thought about them having a mascot. I think that Clark is a great idea for the Cubs organization and will be great for Cubs Charities. Clark won't be a distraction during games which will keep the tradition of the Cubs intact."

Will Krug, an outfielder from Park Ridge: "I think Clark is a great addition that fans both young and old can take to and call their own. Hopefully, his addition to the Cubs roster will spark an energy and enthusiasm among the fans and team that will translate into good baseball on the diamond. He seems like a nice guy and I hope to meet him in the near future."

Chase Hainline, an outfielder from Stanford: "I am a big fan of Clark. It would give the little kids at the field something to relate to."


Doug Burgett, 33-year-old lifelong Cubs fans with a degree in graphic design: "The execution is good. The hat on backward, wearing a Cubs jersey ... visually it is a symbol that kids will like. (The Cubs) aren't afraid to put something out there that isn't necessarily 'tough.' I like that."

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cjwinla wrote on January 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm


Today is the birth date of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And you are writing about a mascot! In fact since you started this column not one single item reflecting a diversity of culture. Btw, 12 years a Slave won the Golden Globe  even if you couldn't write about it when you picked your movies to see. Stay in the dark ages though, thats why your readership is shrinking every single day.  

787 wrote on January 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Maybe that will happen on Monday... when everyone else remembers the life of Dr. King...