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Minor League Team's Pickle Mascot Causes A Stir With Seemingly Racy Picture—And Twitter Is Not Okay

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A Twitter takeover from Dillon, the mascot of Oregon's Portland Pickles, resulted in the minor league baseball team getting themselves into quite the pickle indeed.

Things began innocently enough, when the team Tweeted their mascot Dillon would be taking over their Twitter account for the day, posting a wholesome picture of the jolly pickle man.

But it was a subsequent Tweet which sent the internet into a tizzy, where Dillon's face was missing, but his furry green thumb stood out like, well...

...a sore thumb?

Unfortunately, his thumb didn't exactly look like a thumb in the picture and it's placement right between his legs only made the situation all the more awkward.

As was to be expected, Twitter users were fairly quick to react to the eye-catching picture, resulting in an even mix of amusement and discomfort as well as an expected usage of pickle innuendo.



At least one Twitter user believed the highly suggestive photo was no accident.

After seeing all the attention their provocative post aroused, Dillon and the Portland Pickles quickly rushed to damage control on Twitter.

They made it clear it was indeed Dillon's thumb in the closely cropped picture and he was giving his fans a thumbs up.

The team also emphasized they hoped this might be a learning experience for everyone, sharing an Uproxx article on the incident and acknowledging they will always double check their posts from now on.

However, the Oregon minor league team wasn't so mortified as to not have a little fun at their own expense.

Beginning with a self-deprecating tweet hinting an affiliated Portland team might have been responsible for the scandalous tweet.

Dillon himself also released a statement on the "scanDILL"—as they called it—and its aftermath.

The 49-second video scrolled through screenshots of all the cheeky responses of the now infamous photo, accompanied by a cleverly edited selection of audio clips and a dramatic underscoring.

Then, at the video's conclusion, with DIllon's head superimposed onto a politician, the jolly green mascot offered an explanation in an overlay:

"I was framed."

As Dillon's face was noticeably missing in the original picture, this could be true.