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Mascot misstep trips up Cubs

Cartoonish 'Clark the Cub' an easy target for disgruntled Cubs fans in internet age

Updated: January 15, 2014, 3:51 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- It was the first week of March in his first spring training back in 2007 when Lou Piniella realized what he was in for as the new manager of the Chicago Cubs.

"This is not some push-button operation," he said then, with a laugh. "I'm starting to figure that out."

By the end of his turn as Cubs manager, Piniella was dazed and grizzled, a three-day's growth of prisoner beard attached to a guy who needed out.

He's not alone.

Everyone, from field managers to ...

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