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Why does the Cubs' new mascot look like he's sorry? Mascots are supposed to look like a bizarro conception of hip and sassy -- one eyebrow raised, a smirk, maybe a pair of sunglasses. This guy, the first mascot in Cubs history, just looks vaguely apologetic, like he's holding up a baseball and saying "I have no idea what to do with this." Much like the real-life Cubs team, only more on the nose.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
Should the Cubs have fired Sveum?
Dale Sveum is out as Cubs manager after a 127-197 record over the past two seasons. Sveum wasn't given much to work with in the first place, but the team's re-building process never really got started during his tenure, and prospects like Starlin Castro seemed to have their development stall. Joe Girardi's name has been tossed around as a potential replacement, but will he leave the Yankees for Chicago?
Take me out to the brawl game?
Some of baseball's old-school traditions are fun. Some leave us scratching our heads. But Dusty Baker really raised eyebrows Monday with his suggestion that Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto and Cubs hurler Matt Garza settle their differences with their fists after Garza took issue with Cueto throwing a pitch over David DeJesus' head. While most baseball bench-clearing incidents don't end in fights, they can lead to injuries, as the Dodgers learned when Zack Grienke broke his collarbone earlier this season. Do you approve of fighting in baseball? Vote below!
As fans of the comedy series "Portlandia'' know, the secret to merchandising is to slap a bird on it. And apparently, the same holds true for baseball uniforms.
After four rounds of voting, tigers, fish, elephants, snakes, astronauts, seafarers, gun-toting officers of the law, buccaneers, heavenly bodies, Native Americans, pinstriped Northeners and even two pairs of colored socks are all gone. Our Battle of the Uniforms will finish with the Battle of the Birds.
The No. 1-seeded Cardinals, who have as iconic a St. Louis design as the Gateway Arch or a bottle of Bud, beat their longtime rival, the Chicago Cubs, in the final round of the National League voting, 54 percent to 46 percent.
Meanwhile, the Cinderella team of the American League bracket upset yet another higher-seeded team in the AL championship. By a margin of 3,103 votes, fans declared they prefer the orange and black Baltimore Orioles over the traditional uniform worn by everyone from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter. Or perhaps fans just hate the Yankees' pinstripes.
Whatever the reason, it's the Cardinals versus the Orioles for the title of baseball's best uniform. Bird watchers should get their binoculars out for this ornithological fight, though Toronto fans are probably wondering why their colorful Jay was found wanting.
This is serious business, so to make sure that everyone gets a chance to take a long, careful look at these two uniforms and judge the colors, logos, caps and overall style of both home and road uniforms, our polls will be open throughout the weekend. You can cast your vote up until noon ET Monday, when we will declare the winner.
So good luck Cardinals and Orioles. May the better uniform win. And remember voters, this isn't about who actually wears the uniforms but the uniforms themselves.
Note: Championship-round poll closes at noon ET Monday.
Mobile users: To vote, click here.
Battle of the Uniforms: Championship
(1) Cardinals vs. (13) Orioles
Audubon would have loved this championship.
Battle of the Uniforms seedings