Bald eagles and baseball are two of the most all-American things in existence. That’s why the Minnesota Twins decided to have a bald eagle fly into the stadium as the national anthem played during their opening game against the Seattle Mariners.
However, things didn’t quite go according to plan…
Instead of behaving and flying back to his handler, the eagle found Mariners’ pitcher James Paxton and flew right for him! The eagle, whose name is Challenger, tried to land on Paxton’s shoulder, but when he found his footing to be uneven, the eagle ended up on the ground. Clearly infuriated, the eagle glared at Paxton before a handler finally came to get him!
Paxton remained far more calm during the incident than I would have!
“Challenger simply thought the pitcher was one of his handlers standing near the large U.S. flag in the outfield ready to catch him and give him a piece of salmon,” an American Eagle Foundation spokesperson told Forbes.
At 28 years of age, Challenger has participated in 350 free flight demonstrations at collegiate sporting events and major sports stadiums. This makes it all the more surprising that he behaved this way during this game.
Baseball and bald eagles are two of the most American things ever. Former University of Kentucky pitcher and Seattle Mariner James Paxton is a Canadian, though. https://t.co/U7CWjee9aa
— WKYT (@WKYT) April 6, 2018
This is one nifty eagle!
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