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."