Video shows bald eagle landing on Mariners pitcher during national anthem

Posted at 8:39 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 08:39:41-04

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The eagle has landed – on Seattle Mariners  pitcher James Paxton.

The iconic bird of prey first buzzed Paxton, who hails from Canada, during the national anthem before the team’s Thursday game against the Twins in Minneapolis.

Paxton is seen standing in the field with his hand over his heart when a bald eagle lands nearby — and eventually lands on his arm.

The eagle apparently mistook Paxton for its handler. The real handler came and retrieved the bird.

Interestingly, Paxton – The Big Maple – was featured in a Mariners commercial this season. During the spot Paxton takes off his hat, and reveals three bird eggs in a nest.