Mariners fans greet Paxton to eagle-themed celebrations


In the most memorable moment of the Minnesota Twins' home opener, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton was accosted by a bald eagle attempting to land on the right-hander's shoulder during the anthem.

During Paxton's start at Safeco Field on Monday, Mariners fans welcomed their ace by wearing eagle masks and cut-outs of the bird taped to sticks while sitting in "The Maple Grove" - a cheering section that derives its name from the Canadian's "Big Maple" moniker.

It gets better too, as Seattle's PA announcer added a new sound to the repertoire: A screeching eagle noise now plays after every Paxton strikeout.

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