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Canadian pitcher fends off bald eagle, American curlers can’t hurl in odd MLB home opener – National

It was once slightly the odd get started because the Minnesota Twins hosted the Seattle Mariners in their home opener on Wednesday.

Members of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Curling Team Shuster that stunned everybody and gained gold on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, had been invited to throw out the primary pitches.

As participants of the Duluth Curling Club, for them, it was once a dream to have a possibility to throw out the primary pitch at a Twins sport.

But the ones desires didn’t cross as easily as they more than likely needed. Adorned in white jackets with their gold medals proudly striking round their necks, the 5 curlers covered up in a row to pitch on the identical time.

And because it frequently happens when a non-baseball participant steps as much as throw the primary pitch ahead of hundreds of fanatics, it went awry.

While one was once not off course, 3 of the opposite throws would more than likely be scored a wild pitch in baseball. Though one of the vital participants caught to his sport, rolling the ball just like a curling rock in opposition to home plate.

But the oddity of those opening day ceremonies at Target Field didn’t finish there.

Ladner, B.C. local and Seattle Mariners beginning pitcher that day, James Paxton remained strangely nonetheless as a bald eagle, that was once intended to fly throughout a big American flag discovered a touchdown spot on his shoulder.

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Canadian pitcher fends off bald eagle, American curlers can’t hurl in odd MLB home opener - National

Paxton after the sport advised journalists how he was once ready to stay so nonetheless as the massive chicken flew in opposition to him.

“I’m not going to outrun an eagle,” Paxton recounted to USA Today.

“It was coming right for me, and I was like, ‘All right, the (bird trainer) is over there. And I’m not the eagle guy.’ But I guess this eagle was just confused, apparently the first time ever. I was just standing there trying not to panic.”

While unhealthy ceremonial pitches and out of keep watch over flora and fauna aren’t essentially new to baseball, having one occur after every other possibly a primary.

Longtime Toronto Blue Jays fans may remember an incident at Exhibition Stadium in 1983 where then New York Yankee Dave Winfield killed a seagull with a baseball. While Winfield maintained that it was once an coincidence, Toronto Police charged him with cruelty to animals. The fees had been in the end dropped.

Back in 2014, rapper 50 Cent made headlines after his horrible attempt at throwing the first pitch at at New York Mets game.

And in the end of that pre-sport commotion, the Twins ended up beating the Mariners four-2.

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