The backlash towards new Chicago Cubs mascot Clark the Cub has been swift, and it has been ugly. Cubs fans are incensed, and rival fans are taking pleasure in mocking Chicago's latest misstep. But Clark the Cub isn't the first mascot that has gotten an intense amount of hate - in fact, he's the latest in a long line of mascots that has earned the ire of their respective fanbases.
Braves Bleacher Creature
The Braves Bleacher Creature didn't stick around for a long time - just for a few years in the late-1970s. But really, what the hell was this thing? It's a giant green...sponge looking thing. At least the Phillies Phanatic has a back story and defining features other than pink eyes.
The first Giants mascot wasn't well-received at all. The Crazy Crab lasted for just the 1984 season with the Giants and was despised, Fans mercilessly booed the mascot (at the encouragement of the team!) and even threw bottles and other pieces of trash at it. The Crazy Crab has made numerous appearances at AT&T Park in recent years, and the Giants even gave away a Crazy Crab bobblehead - which I am proud to own, by the way.
Remember when the Yankees had a mascot? Of course you don't - unless you're at least in your late-30s. Dandy lasted as Yankees mascot from 1979 to 1981, and was a complete disaster. George Steinbrenner essentially buried the mascot before it even debuted, and it was banished to the upper deck of Yankee Stadium Essentially, Dandy was doomed to fail - and I don't think that's a bad thing once you look at it.
Ribbie and Roobarb
Ribbie and Roobarb were White Sox mascots in the 1980s. They replaced the team's unofficial mascot, Andy the Clown, and were showered with massive amounts of hatred as a result. What the hell are those things supposed to be, anyway? In 1990, Bruce Bursma of the Chicago Tribune described the duo thusly: "one looked like the dim-witted son of Oscar the Grouch, the other like a chartreuse anteater with a genetic flaw." Well, that just abut sums it up.
Rootin' Tootin' Ranger
You know, it's hot in Texas. Like, really hot. And unlike the Astros, who have played inside at the Astrodome and Minute Maid Park during nearly their entire tenure in Houston, the Rangers have played outside in the brutal Texas summer heat. So who in their right mind with the Rangers thought that a mascot in a furry suit would be a great idea? The Rootin' Tootin' Ranger fainted in his first game with the club, and that was that for mascots with the Rangers for over 20 years.
Teams haven't really had many whiffs with mascots as of late - hell, even Wally the Green Monster has taken off in Boston after a rough start. But Clark the Cub might break that trend and bring back memories of some of these guys, just because of how much vitriol is being lobbed at him already.
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This is what happens when you can't offend anyone. You create crap because there is nothing left. Like that Olympic mascot that no one knew what it was, the whatzit I think. Do away with mascots and that will solve the problem and while you are at it get rid of the useless cheerleaders in pro sports too. Women keep complaining about being sex objects etc yet continue to pose for mags and be cheerleaders etc.
I never knew of any of these mascots. I am not sure if it's hard to create a good mascot or if there was just bad planning in the mascots above. Do you know the Cubs had another mascot of a Polar Bear? It was terribly scary looking. As a lifelong Phillies fan, I will stick with the Phillie Phanatic. We still have one of the best things going on the mascot front.
andy the clown in the late 1970,s was a complete joke a bozo want-a-b and as the drank beers in old comisky park we abused this more excuse of a mascot
Suddenly, Clark the Cub doesn't look so bad. He's actually a lot more likable than the stuff above. Particularly the Crab, that deformed anteater thing (assuming that one's Rhubarb), and the Bleacher Creature.
@Tobiathan They were completely "funct" up!