Think you've got what it takes to play for the Pickles? Are you such a loyal fan that even your pets don Pickles gear? Are you down to fly to Mexico and represent Portland’s beloved baseball team? This is your lucky week, because this Sunday, August 29, from 3 pm-5:45 pm at Lents Park's Walker Stadium, the Portland Pickles are hosting open tryouts to put together a motley crew of professional and amateur baseball players for a friendship game in Mazatlán, Mexico.
Their opponents? The Venados, founded in 1945 and based in the city of Mazatlán on Mexico's west coast, who are nine-time champions of the Mexican Pacific League. The much younger Portland Pickles were founded in 2015 and have become a staple of Portland baseball beloved by many, with their teams participating in the West Coast and Wild West Leagues. In 2019, the two baseball teams formed a bi-country partnership program to foster community between baseball teams in bordering countries. The Pickles and Venados had their first matchup in 2019—the September 30 game will be the second competition between the two teams.
Whoever wins the tryouts will have the opportunity to travel with the Pickles to Mexico to play against the Mazatlán Venados on September 30. Not only will the lucky winners get to play alongside professional baseball players in a 16,000-seat stadium, but flights to and from PDX, plus the hotel stay in Mazatlán, will also be picked up by the Pickles.
The Pickles and Venados plan to donate proceeds from the game to three Mazatlán based children's charities. Interested players can register here for $5. If you want to attend tryouts as a fan, you can register here for a $10 ticket, which also gets you a seat at the Wild Wild West League Championship game later that day.