A bald eagle was brought out to fly around the field during the National Anthem at Minneapolis' Target Field as the Twins took on the Seattle Mariners at home. "I don't know. But it came for me", the left-hander said on Thursday evening after the Twins rallied past the Mariners 4-2. He had no idea it would come well before the game. It settled on the ground in front of him, and then tried again to land on Paxton's shoulder.
In the commercial, he looks at the eggs much more fondly than he did the eagle that mistook him for an actual maple tree. "And then I thought, 'OK, if I can stand up slowly, maybe it'll just rest on my shoulder".
The entire experience was witnessed by Paxton's teammates, who were lined up on the third base line for opening day introductions watching everything unfold.
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Late on Thursday he took to Twitter , thanking everyone for their concern and asserting he's optimistic about his chances. He was scheduled to have an MRI exam Thursday morning, and if that went well, he wanted to keep his 12:42 p.m. tee time.
During the National Anthem, Paxton was standing alone in left field at Target Field between warm-up throws. After all, Paxton is nicknamed the "Big Maple."
Paxton called the experience interesting and said tongue-in-cheek that he wasn't too surprised that the errant eagle sought out the Canadian on the the field.
In the end, the eagle landing did not give Paxton any luck.