Bald Eagle Lands on Mariners Pitcher James Paxton Before Game

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A bald eagle flew onto the field and landed on Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton during the national anthem Thursday.

Eventually, the Eagle's handler came and took care of the situation, per the Seattle Times Report, and at least so far, the left-handed Paxton has taken care of the Twins lineup.

And Paxton wound up as the landing spot, sticking its talons into his back. "It was coming right for me and I was like, 'All right, the guy is over there". 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.

"I just have to be not standing alone in the field", Paxton said.

The eagle then made a second, more successful attempt, as Paxton ducked his head but remained surprisingly calm.

"I was just standing there, trying not to panic", he said. "And then I thought, 'OK, if I can stand up slowly, maybe it'll just rest on my shoulder".

Nicknamed Big Maple, Paxton has coincidentally starred in a commercial where he removes his ball cap to reveal a bird's nest containing eggs.

In the end, the eagle landing did not give Paxton any luck.

Paxton had a rocky first start of the season, allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings to the Indians, but perhaps this is a sign of a few goose-egg outings to come.

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