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New mascot Clark the Cub receives mixed reviews

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago Cubs introduced Clark the Cub on Monday, the team's new official mascot. So far, the reviews are mixed. This family-friendly cub will have to prove himself to the diehards during his rookie season.

The Cubs had their lowest attendance numbers in 15 years last season. So the Ricketts family asked fans what they want, through survey feedback and fan interviews. They suggested a more family-friendly experience. That's how Clark the Cub was born.

The young, friendly cub made his debut in a baseball cap and Cubs jersey on Monday, visiting kids at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center's Pediatric Developmental Center.

"The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team's official mascot," Cubs Senior Director of Marketing Alison Miller said. "Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can't wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He'll be a welcoming presence for families at Wrigley Field and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community."

Fans and non-fans reacted strongly when the team release Clark's photo on Monday. Some ridiculed the cub on social media. But outside Wrigley Field, fans are more open-minded.

"I think every team should have a mascot," one fan told FOX 32 News. "It's cool that we're having one."

"I don't think a mascot will change much," one White Sox fan said outside Wrigley Field. "I just got good rent in the neighborhood."

Clark will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field and stop by the Wrigley Field First Timers Booth to welcome new guests, Cubs officials said. He will also help kids run the bases on Family Sundays.

The Cubs will also introduce Clark's Clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where families can visit Clark as they please.

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