Meet Bernie Brewer’s new best friend: Clark
The Chicago Cubs unveiled their unBEARably cute new mascot this week and his name is Clark and He Is Adorable. No, seriously, I was going to write this thing making fun of them for having this kid friendly new mascot, but then I saw this picture:
And I fell in love. Seriously, he’s like a grown up Teddy Ruxpin. I just want to put tapes into his back and have him read me bedtime stories forever. When it’s really cold out I want to curl up next to him and have him take me with him into hibernation land where our dreams will come alive and we will ride unicorns into rainbows. He’s the sweetest, most cuddliest mascot I have ever seen. He’s like Bango if Bango worked for a professional sports team. The Cubs really nailed it on this one and I were the Brewers I’d really be worried about losing fans who only liked the team because of Bernie Brewer because Clark makes Bernie look like… well, the Brewers.
Homestander: It’s Almost Over
Each Thursday preceding Brewers weekend home stands, Tyler Maas will help prepare fans for all elements of the upcoming series with the Home stander. Tyler prints Wisconsin-themed shirts at Forward Fabrics and contributes to such fine publications as Milwaukee Magazine, Shepherd Express and The A.V. Club Milwaukee. All views, naughty words and weirdo sentiments are his own. Follow him at @TylerJamesMaas.
Sorry I haven’t done the past two Homestanders. For one, I’ve been very busy with totally important journalism stuff. But mostly I’ve just really struggled to care about the Milwaukee Brewers right now. That’s a tough thing to admit, since baseball and, specifically, the Brewers are among the dozen or so things I actually care about in this largely disappointing letdown people call life. Still, I don’t care. I haven’t watched a full game since August. Since I failed to make my fantasy league’s playoffs a few weeks back, I stopped looking at Jean Segura’s stats. I couldn’t tell you if Carlos Gomez is on the DL or exactly where Milwaukee sits in the NL Central standings.
As a Brewers fan, I should be accustomed to this time of year being devoid of meaning. The team has only made the playoffs twice in my lifetime. However, this is the most disappointing Brewers season I can ever remember. I realistically figured Milwaukee would finish, at best, third in the central… but likely fourth. I knew the young and largely inexperienced roster would have its ebbs and flows. But add in the Ryan Braun suspension, Aramis Ramirez being a hobbled husk of his former self, Rickie Weeks being shitty-then-injured, trading my favorite Brewer (John Axford) for peanuts, fielding Sean Halton and vying for LAST place with the rebuilding Cubs… this year is battling with 2004 for the worst Brewers season ever.
Still, I’ll look back at the 2013 season fondly with memories like Segura “stealing” first base, being in attendance when Blake Lalli won a game, meeting Mark Attanasio and awkwardly asking him for a picture on the field in San Diego, Vince and I eating a bunch of dollar hot dogs in gross ways and Vine-ing it, the Pants Party, Gomez robbing that Joey Votto homer, Sophia Minnaert almost dying when a foul ball knocked the mic out of her hand, Bob Uecker saying a bunch of funny stuff on air, becoming acquainted with Logan Schafer’s patented “you got a purdy mouth” look during at-bats and sitting in the worst seat at Miller Park. My heart may not be in it right now, but I’ll be back again.