The Minnesota Twins' home opener Thursday ended with a win for the home team, but the only thing anyone can talk about is the unbelievable poise Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton put on display when a bald eagle landed on his shoulder.
A eagle landed on Mariners pitcher James Paxton during the national anthem at a Seattle Mariners game in Minnesota.
Paxton did anything but panic, not flinching as the eagle made a first pass at him.
"It was kind of coming right for me", Paxton said. This is the guy, after all, who after playing his second big league game in front of over 41,000 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis looked up at the multiple decks and said he had no idea there were people up there.
Paxton ducked but appeared unfazed, and another handler ran over to regain control of the eagle.
Ironically, the team introduced a new commercial this season centered on Paxton and his nickname, with Paxton harboring bird eggs in a nest inside his hat. "And then I thought, 'OK, if I can stand up slowly, maybe it'll just rest on my shoulder".
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Paxton was standing alone in left field at Target Field just minding his own business, when a bald eagle came flying in and landed on his shoulder. "But then as I stood straight up, it fell back onto the ground".
Eagles by nature will seek the highest point as a landing spot.
Paxton started the game for Seattle.
"When I saw him like perk up on Paxton's arm, I'm gone", Buxton said.
"I guess the eagle knew I was Canadian".