The Chicago Cubs have received a fair amount of criticism over the last several years about modernizing historic Wrigley Field with the addition of advertisements throughout the ballpark. The controversy is about to grow even more, this time over the possibility of having a mascot.
Given Wrigley’s persistent efforts to keep with the traditional baseball atmosphere, with the focus on the game and less on entertainment, the idea of adding a mascot to the team has fans raising their eyebrows.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are looking for a way to bring more kid-friendly interactions to Wrigley Field, helping “to grow the next generation of fans.” But would the addition of a mascot to the Friendly Confines really change the ways of Cubs baseball all that much? Probably not.
Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney is open to the idea, telling the Tribune “There’s something fun about having that at the ballpark during the game. Especially with just organ music, there’s not much to keep fans into the games at time.”
Barney has a legitimate point. For those who are at a Cubs game for the experience of visiting Wrigley Field, rather than watching a baseball game, a mascot could bring a lot more enjoyment for those who aren’t die-hard baseball fans. It’s just a little something to make the game more entertaining for everyone. It’s nothing but some harmless fun.
While the Cubs are widely known for their ability to create a traditional baseball atmosphere in a 99-year-old ballpark, keep in mind that the equally historic Boston Red Sox have their own mascot, Wally the Green Monster. Bringing a mascot into 100-year-old Fenway Park hasn’t damaged the Red Sox’s image of being a classic baseball team. Some could argue that Wally has made the games more fun and enjoyable for the fans.
In a society that has shifted the focus of sports from the game to money and entertainment, the Cubs have no need to worry about destroying their reputation of an old baseball club by adding a mascot to the team for a bit of fun.
Besides, a little fun never hurt anyone.
Stephanie Lynn is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @CubsFanSRL510, or add her to your network on Google.