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A flyover of four Air Force jets comes over Target Field after the national anthem as the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins line up prior to the Twins home-opener baseball game Thursday

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

The Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game this winter, of course, before the Eagles came to Minneapolis two weeks later to win their first Super Bowl.

Dozens of Minnesota Twins employees have been shoveling snow for days to get Target Field ready for the home opener. I like the Mariners' offense better right now, but with Gibson on the mound nothing will be easy for Seattle.

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Paxton did anything but panic, not flinching as the eagle made a first pass at him. With the anthem still underway, the eagle decided it wanted to land but did not go back to its handler who knows how to handle huge birds. But it was just trying to stand on my shoulder. Knebel threw a 95 miles per hour fastball for ball two, then stumbled to the ground and left with the assistance of trainers. The team has planned a day-long celebration to celebrate Opening Day at Target Field.

And Paxton wound up as the landing spot, sticking its talons into his back. At first, Paxton moved his body to get out of the way of the big bird and it landed on the grass. Seattle is also 5-2 in Paxton's last seven road starts and 1-5 in his last six starts.

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Paxton was standing at attention with his hand over his heart after warming up in left field.

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