In case you missed it yesterday, Julie gave a reasoned explanation as to why fans might have been the slightest bit annoyed at the unveiling of the newest member of the Chicago Cubs, Clark. The Cubs also responded to the reaction surrounding Clark’s debut. I don’t think they liked the Deadspin version with genitals.
“I’m disappointed at some of the unfortunate images that went from negative to despicable,” Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs, said Tuesday. “There are some folks that had strong reactions to the mascot, but at the same time, there are folks that see what we’re trying to do. It’s strictly for kids and family entertainment.”
What Mr. Green doesn’t explain is why the Cubs chose to debut on Twitter before the trotting Clark out in a more reasonable fashion.
Green acknowledged that Clark’s target audience isn’t exactly the age group that would be on Twitter or Facebook.
“Some of the strong reactions were predictable,” he said. “We’ve been around for 100 years, and we plan on being around another 100 years. As we look to develop the next generation of fans, the mascot will help that. Plus, there were a lot of fans today excited to share the experience with Clark the mascot.”
I think it’s great that he goes and visits kids in the hospital. Why couldn’t that have been our first look at Clark? It might have been more palatable to see him on the 6 o’clock news hugging sick children, and Deadspin might not have slapped genitals on a cartoon bear.
It’s arbitration time, and eight eligible Cubs have filed. Those players will exchange numbers with the team on Friday. Carrie Muskat compiled a list of 2013 salaries for these players and their salaries for 2014, as projected by MLBTradeRumors.com.
Jeff Samardzija: $2.64 million in 2013; projected $4.9 million in 2014
Travis Wood: $527,500 in 2013; projected $3.6 million in 2014
Nate Schierholtz: $2.25 million in 2013; projected $4.4 million in 2014
James Russell: $1.075 million in 2013; projected $1.7 million in 2014
Pedro Strop: $502,500 in 2013; projected $1 million in 2014
Luis Valbuena: $930,000 in 2013; projected $1.5 million in 2014
Darwin Barney: $562,000 in 2013; projected $2.1 million in 2014
Justin Ruggiano: $494,500 in 2013; projected $1.8 million in 2014
And it’s always nice to get a dig in at Ryan Theriot:
The last time the Cubs went to arbitration was in 2010 when an arbitrator ruled in favor of the team’s $2.6 million offer over the $3.4 million bid submitted by Ryan Theriot.
Remember when Ryan Theriot lost his arbitration case? That was fun.