Errant eagle perches on Mariners pitcher Paxton

In one of the more memorable moments of pitcher James Paxton's career as a Seattle Mariner, an eagle briefly perched on his shoulder as players stood for the national anthem prior to a game versus the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis on April 5, 2018.
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In one of the more memorable moments of pitcher James Paxton's career as a Seattle Mariner, an eagle briefly perched on his shoulder as players stood for the national anthem prior to a game versus the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis on April 5, 2018.

TJ Cotterill is the Seattle Mariners and MLB writer for The News Tribune. He started covering MLB full-time in 2018, but before that covered Ken Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and spent seven years writing about high schools, including four as TNT’s prep sports coordinator. Born and raised in Washington.