Oh, Pax­ton

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend -

A no-hit­ter in base­ball is a rare thing. So rare it had never been done in Canada — un­til this week. And James Pax­ton, a Cana­dian who hurls for the Seat­tle Mariners in Ma­jor League Base­ball is only the sec­ond Cana­dian to achieve the feat. Nat­u­rally they were well pleased in Pax­ton’s home town of Lad­ner, Bri­tish Columbia. The coastal com­mu­nity, south of Van­cou­ver, has a wel­come sign on the main street that fea­tures a heron. Lo­cals oc­ca­sion­ally dress up the bird for big events, such as Canada Day or a Van­cou­ver Canucks play­off game. This week the heron was clad in a Seat­tle Mariners jer­sey with Pax­ton’s name and num­ber 65 on the back, hon­our­ing the lefty’s no-hit­ter against the Toronto Blue Jays. A Cana­dian flag was stuck in the bird’s mouth, and hand-let­tered signs were taped up read­ing “Con­grats James” and “Big Maple with a no-hit­ter,” a ref­er­ence to Pax­ton’s nick­name, and the large maple leaf tat­too on his right fore­arm.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.