Mariners' James Paxton, eagle landing perch, was just 'trying not to panic'

Tyler Owen
April 7, 2018

The mercury was at 35 degrees (1.7 Celsius) for the 2013 home opener at Target Field and was close to beating the record of 34 (1.1 Celsius) degrees set back in 1962 at Met Stadium. The Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game this winter, of course, before the Eagles came to Minneapolis two weeks later to win their first Super Bowl.

Rather than running around, Paxton just stood there until the eagle left and made a decision to set on the ground again. "But then as I stood straight up, it fell back onto the ground". The eagle, representative of the nation and its beloved pastime, likely knew that Paxton is Canadian. "But I guess this eagle was just confused - apparently the first time ever".

Paxton's nickname is "Big Maple" and he features in a television commercial where he takes care of a nest full of eggs he finds in his hat.

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Paxton seemed okay afterwards and luckily wasn't hurt at all, although "one of our pitchers has a shoulder injury because of a. freak eagle landing?" is one of the most Mariners-esque things that could happen at this point.

"I don't know if it's a different Brian Dozier", Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I was just standing there trying not to panic".

Seattle's bats should get to Gibson more, while Paxton looks like the toughest pitcher Minnesota has faced all season.

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