Baseball delayed by bees Lowell Hutchison, left, a retired bee keeper from St. Joseph, Mo., helps bag a swarm of bees that settled on a bag alongside the Kansas City Royals dugout during a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. Royals manager Ned Yost watches at right. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP/Charlie Riedel)
Baseball delayed by bees
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A swarm of bees briefly delayed the Kansas City Royals' 3-2 baseball spring training victory. The Royals were playing the Colorado Rockies.
 
Edinson Volquez threw three hitless innings for the Royals. But it was the insects that caused the biggest buzz. They sent Kansas City manager Ned Yost, members of his coaching staff and fans scurrying early in the March 8 exhibition matchup. The game was played in Surprise, Arizona. Yost and his coaches like to sit on folding chairs outside the dugout. The bees caused them to duck for cover.
 
Yost said nobody got stung.
 
"They're not going to mess with you, just don't mess with them," Yost said. "Kind of like the Royals, don't mess with us and we won't mess with you."
 
The bees were removed in a plastic trash bag after the top of the third inning. Lowell Hutchinson is a retired beekeeper. He is from St. Joseph, Missouri. He came out of the stands to assist with gathering the bees. With the scarcity of honey bees, Yost asked that the bees be saved, not exterminated.
 
"I said, 'We ain't killing those bees. We better figure something out,'" Yost said. "Luckily we had a beekeeper from St. Joe here. They had already devised that plan, just put them in a plastic bag, take them out and let them go. We ain't killing them. There aren't enough bees in the world, boys. We can't be exterminating them."
 
"They're so important to our environment. They pollenate everything. It doesn't make any sense to panic and kill bees when you don't have to. I am proud the way we handled it," he said.
 
Volquez saw Yost rush for the dugout while he was on the mound.
 
"I'm just glad to be alive," Volquez said and laughed.
 
Bubba Starling hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the Royals sixth off Jason Motte. Paulo Orlando also homered for Kansas City.
 
"The bees were crazy," Starling said. "They were all over the place. All the coaches came in until they got that taken care of. There was some actually down in the dugout. The majority of them were out in the on-deck circle."
 
Rockies starter Jordan Lyles delayed warming up in the third inning when the bees were removed to a loud applause.
 
"That third inning the umpires told me to hold off, that they were going to take the bees out," Lyles said. "It didn't affect us on the field. But I'm sure the fans weren't too happy."
 
Cristhian Adames homered for Colorado.

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COMMENTS (11)
  • tylerr2-bel
    3/15/2016 - 01:57 p.m.

    Because bees can't escape from the plastic bag.

  • jolenec-bel
    3/15/2016 - 02:00 p.m.

    The plastic bag was effective because the bees can't get out of plastick.

  • elliew-bel
    3/15/2016 - 02:02 p.m.

    To get the bees in the bag so they wouldn't bother the teams. Also the bees can't get out of the bag.

  • sarahj-bel
    3/15/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because they said the bees wouldn't get hurt if they were in the plastic bag.

  • jenniek-bel
    3/17/2016 - 01:57 p.m.

    Bees can't escape from a plastic bag.

  • milok-3-bar
    3/17/2016 - 09:53 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because the bees could be removed but not killed in the bag. I think it is cool that they decided to keep the bees alive because they are important to our environment. I think it is lucky that someone in the stands just happened to be a beekeeper.

  • sydneyg-ver
    3/18/2016 - 10:11 a.m.

    They used a plastic bad because the bees wouldn't be able to get out of the plastic bag. They carefully put them in the plastic bag because they didn't want to kill the bees. They were saying that they didn't hurt them so we aren't gonna hurt them.

  • jasminec-6-bar
    3/21/2016 - 07:44 p.m.

    A plastic bag was an effective solution because then the bees would not be able to interfere with the game. If a plastic bag had not been used to remove the bees, the bees would have been exterminated. Using the plastic bag the bees could be safely relocated to a place where they or no one else could be harmed. This was important to not exterminate the bees because, "There aren't enough bees in the world," and " they are so important to the environment. They pollinate everything."
    I found this article to be very interesting, I was happy to hear that the bees were not killed, especially since they did nothing wrong and were just in the wrong place.

  • roselyno-612-
    4/08/2016 - 01:27 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because it made sure it didn't harm the bees.

  • brandonb-
    4/15/2016 - 10:51 a.m.

    Would not want to be at that baseball game





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