Found March 10, 2013 on Tireball.com:
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The days of the Chicago Cubs being lovable losers are gone and now the team is looking for ways to bring fans back to the ballpark. Being one of the few teams that do not employ a mascot their is talk that the Cubs could add one as part of a renovation of their 99 year old ballpark. Of course not everyone is happy about that. Pitcher Jeff Samardzija told the Chicago Tribune that a mascot brought him back to the days of Class-A Daytona. “That didn’t go over too well,” Samardzija said. He also doubts that a mascot would help the Cubs bring fans to the ballpark. “Probably not,” he replied. “People aren’t going to go to Wrigley Field and want to see a mascot. There are other things people want to see.” Like watching a team that is destined to have their fourth straight losing season? “The tradition is in coming to the game at Wrigley Field with your family, your friends,” he said. “Traditions are great, but it’s being somewhere you really love. They have modernized Notre Dame Stadium, but
2 Comments:
  • There are so many things to watch when going to Wrigley. I really hate for the Cubs to stoop to cheap entertainment. That is almost as bad as flashing signs that say "Cheer" or "Louder". It tells me that fans have to be prompted to cheer or appreciate good playing. Please, no mascot.
  • The Cubs, despite their record of futility, draw way more fans than their performance on the field deserves. Adding a distraction, like a mascot, is not going to deceive the fans into believing that they are not getting a substandard product on the field. Pour all your assets into obtaining productive ball players and player scouting and development and save on the non productive expenditures like mascots.
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