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The Five Spot: 5 great things about Tacoma, Seattle baseball

Bald Eagle comes in for landing on Mariners pitcher's shoulders during national anthem

While the national anthem was being played before the Seattle Mariners' opener against the Minnesota Twins, a bald eagle landed on pitcher James Paxton's shoulders.
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While the national anthem was being played before the Seattle Mariners' opener against the Minnesota Twins, a bald eagle landed on pitcher James Paxton's shoulders.

Five reasons to love the arrival of baseball season in the Northwest, even if you don’t love baseball.



1 The sight of wet grass, taste of wet hot dogs and smell of wet reindeer mascot fur at Cheney Stadium, where the roof is always wide open.

2 Random encounters and selfie opportunities with Tacoma’s most famous celebrity, Sonics Guy.

3 Minor-league baseball in Tacoma is cheap, accessible and the perfect metaphor for all our local young talent getting sucked north to Seattle.

4 The dewy-eyed innocence of children going to their first big-league game and kneeling for their first big-league national anthem.

5 One’s heart swells with patriotism watching Mariners pitcher James Paxton get dive-bombed by a bald eagle.

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