After getting lost on his way back from a baseball series in the Dominican Republic, the mascot for the Portland Pickles has been taken by a porch pirate.
That is, at least, what the team says.
Dillon the Pickle has a reputation for high jinx. But the large bag in which he travels was misplaced by baggage handlers last week. The team says Delta Air Lines found Dillon on Tuesday and took the bag to the Pickles’ global headquarters – a house in Southeast Portland.
The costume was left outside on a step.
Assistant general manager Parker Huffman said Delta did not notify him about the delivery, and Dillon was taken by a porch pirate at about 5 a.m. on Wednesday. On Twitter, the team posted a video from a doorbell camera showing a man in a ski mask and headphones taking a bag from a front porch.
“We’re definitely known for being funny and joking around a lot of social media. So we understand the kind of ‘boy who cried wolf’ scenario,” Huffman said. “But this is definitely not a joke.”
Huffman said he’s filed a police report, and the Portland Police Bureau confirmed that a report was filed on Wednesday.
Huffman said Dillon has undergone some improvements over the years, so there are pieces of him at the team’s offices that could come in useful if the costume isn’t recovered.
Huffman also described Dillon as priceless, while he estimates it would cost $1,000 or more to replace the mascot costume.
A very disappointing twist. Dillon was found by @Delta and delivered to our office after hours, with no notification. At 4:58AM, this person stole him off the front porch. This is turned from a mistake by @Delta to a crime. https://t.co/6QtEikCcfP pic.twitter.com/D3mBhSdUxS— Portland Pickles (@picklesbaseball) February 9, 2022