Chrislip Mascot Arrested for Being the Wrong Animal
Yesterday’s high school baseball game between the Chrislip Lions and the Alderville Bears was interrupted by the arrest of Chrislip’s mascot, the Chrislip Lion.
Lars Belden, who wears the mascot costume because he isn’t good enough to play baseball, was nabbed by an Alderville policeman while prancing atop the dugout in the fifth inning.
Belden was dolled up in a yellow chicken outfit when he was arrested. Unknown to most fans, there’s a law that prohibits school mascots from dressing up as animals other than those that their team name represents. The law went into effect several years ago when the mascot for the Barrington Angels scared the opposing team by showing up dressed as a great big lizard.
Lars Belden took full responsibility for the mixup. “I have a lion costume,” he explained, “but I sent the head out to have my eyeholes enlarged. I could have worn the chicken head with the lion’s body, but when you’re representing your school, the last thing you want to do is look silly. So I dressed up as a chicken.”
The game will go down in the record books as a 1-0 victory for Alderville. It was a moral victory for the Chrislip Lions, who were down 16-0 when the game was forfeited.