It’s been an eventful season for James Paxton.
First, the Seattle Mariners starting pitcher had a bald eagle land on his shoulder during the Opening Day ceremony against the Minnesota Twins. Next, he struck out 16 batters in a May 2 loss to the Oakland Athletics and just a week later, threw the third no-hitter of the 2018 season Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
After the no-no, many took to Twitter to tweet out their congratulations to Paxton while making sure the eagle received some credit as well.
James Paxton, Canada native and bald eagle survivor, no-hits the blue jays. (even hit 100 mph on penultimate pitch — amazing!)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 9, 2018
If a butterfly landing on you is good luck then an eagle landing on your shoulder most likely will lead to pitching a no hitter…Congrats James Paxton on an incredible moment!
— RyanDempster (@Dempster46) May 9, 2018
Attacked by a bald eagle, 16 strikeouts in a loss and now a no-hitter? Been an awfully eventful start to the season for James Paxton. #Mariners
— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) May 9, 2018
— Seattle-Wayne (@seattle_wayne) May 9, 2018
We always knew James Paxton was tough….
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 9, 2018
Congratulations to James Paxton on becoming the first pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter and get attacked by a bald eagle in the same season.
— WebStar’s Dicktionary (@TylerAlonso) May 9, 2018
James Paxton survived an Eagle attack to pitch a no hitter. Amazing.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) May 9, 2018