You’d think that after what Minnesota sports fans learned about anything having to do with Eagles last January, they’d have steered clear of the species and their human offspring at the opening day of Target Field.
All the usual pomp was in evidence when the eagle lived up to the reputation.
Lookout, James Paxton!
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“It was coming right for me and I was like, ‘Alright, the guy is over there. And I’m not the eagle guy,'” pitcher James Paxton, who has redefined ‘chill,’ said after the game. “But I guess this eagle was just confused — apparently the first time ever. I was just standing there trying not to panic.
“I wasn’t going to run,” Paxton added. “I figured I’m not going to outrun an eagle, so we might as well just see what happens.”
For the record, the eagle is not a Minnesotan. Clearly.
Challenger the eagle has landed at MSP – literally. He’s in town for today’s @twin’s home opener. The @934thAirliftWing was on hand to welcome the @thomsonreuters sponsored bird for the big event. Challenger is cared for by @AEFeagles. pic.twitter.com/P86CYiHbT3
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A reminder: The Eagles are playing a concert at Target Field this summer. You’ve been warned.