An eagle makes his grand entrance on top of a Canadian pitcher for Mariners

The handler for an American eagle that was to fly to the pitcher's mound during the national anthem comforts Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, a Canadian, after the eagle chose to land on his shoulder instead at Target Field in Minneapolis on Thursday, April 5, 2018. [Jeff Wheeler | Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS]
The handler for an American eagle that was to fly to the pitcher's mound during the national anthem comforts Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, a Canadian, after the eagle chose to land on his shoulder instead at Target Field in Minneapolis on Thursday, April 5, 2018. [Jeff Wheeler | Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS]
Published April 6

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.

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