Bald eagle attacks Canadian baseball player during American national anthem

LOOK: A bald eagle mauls James Paxton in the outfield during the national anthem

During the opening ceremonies of a game against Minnesota Twins, a bald eagle was released and should have flown back to its handler. "It was coming right for me and I was like, 'All right, the guy is over there". "I'm sure he's frustrated because he's trying to get the runner over from second with nobody out, but his frustration got the better of his judgment". The eagle, representative of the nation and its beloved pastime, likely knew that Paxton is Canadian.

"That's not the first time I've seen a bald eagle, but it was the first time I've had one try to land on me", Paxton said.

"I think it's a sign of how strong the wind was tonight, or that maybe I need to get in the weight room more", Dozier joked. "But then as I stood straight up, it fell back onto the ground". Instead, it picked out another target at Target Field.

Eagles by nature will seek the highest point as a landing spot.

Paxton's nickname is "Big Maple" and he features in a television commercial where he takes care of a nest full of eggs he finds in his hat. Seattle is also 5-2 in Paxton's last seven road starts and 1-5 in his last six starts.

With the eagle taking up residence on his shoulder, Paxton remained as calm as can possibly be expected from someone who is being accosted by a random eagle.

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