It was a normal start of a national anthem on Thursday as the crowd stood Safeco Field before the Seattle Mariners took on the Minnesota Twins.
That’s before the bald eagle majestically flew inside the stadium and grabbed the fans’ eyes ... and a player’s shoulder.
Mariners pitcher James Paxton stopped warming up in left field and stood with his cap off. Then the Canadian citizen had the most American thing happen to him.
Right before the anthem ended, the eagle landed on Paxton’s shoulder, hung out there for a few seconds and then jumped off to stand right next to him.
Talk of the game obviously revolved more on the eagle’s arrival than the Twins’ 4-2 win.
James Paxton is American now. Sorry, Canada, that's the rules. You can have him back if a moose sits on him. https://t.co/O74kicVkhp— (16) Jesse Specolorado (@jessespector) April 5, 2018
Well. Now we know. pic.twitter.com/jqBq9yxQtN— Mariners (@Mariners) April 5, 2018
Paxton: I have been attackedOfficer: which way did he go?Paxton: pic.twitter.com/ebRexoYgzY— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 5, 2018
"The Mariners regret to inform our fans that James Paxton no longer has any shoulder ligaments after an eagle tried to fly away with him" https://t.co/avvT3BPuQ3— Whitney McIntosh (@WhitneyM02) April 5, 2018
James Paxton is truly... unflappable https://t.co/HVGaNOCYkg— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 6, 2018
Challenger the Bald Eagle just attacked #Mariners LHP James Paxton after the national anthem. Well-trained, that bird.— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) April 5, 2018