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.