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The first 30,000 fans to enter Target Field on opening day will get a Twins hoodie.

"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.

And Paxton wound up as the landing spot, sticking its talons into his back.

Rather than running around, Paxton just stood there until the eagle left and chose to set on the ground again. Knebel threw a 95 miles per hour fastball for ball two, then stumbled to the ground and left with the assistance of trainers.

"I guess the eagle knew I was 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".

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The eagle then made a second, more successful attempt, as Paxton ducked his head but remained surprisingly calm.

At first, the eagle just flew near him and Paxton had the correct reaction of "whoa what the hell why is this eagle near my face" but the eagle landed in front of him and all seemed okay.

Nicknamed Big Maple, Paxton has coincidentally starred in a commercial where he removes his ball cap to reveal a bird's nest containing eggs.

"The eagle knew I was Canadian, I don't know", he said. Technically, Thursday is the start of a 12-game homestand. "It came for me".