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Pirate Parrot-turned-Clark the Cub adds another level of intrigue to wild-card game

The Pirates lost the face of their franchise last year, and hardly anyone noticed.tmpplchld It was early in spring training when Alex Collins, who portrayed the Pirate Parrot for seven seasons, turned in his feathers to become Clark, the brand new mascot of the Chicago Cubs.tmpplchld Now, it would be easy to label Collins a traitor or a turncoat. The Pirates, the club with whom his allegiances formerly lay, host the charging Cubs Wednesday in the do-or-die National League wild-card game. Collins will be in Chicago and a bear costume.tmpplchld This can all be explained by a deep dive into the world of major league mascots, a society shrouded in secrecy, strange specifics and so, so little...