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 over the Colorado Rockies.
 
Edinson Volquez threw three hitless innings for the Royals, but the insects caused the biggest buzz when they sent Kansas City manager Ned Yost, members of his coaching staff and fans scurrying early in the March 8 exhibition matchup in Surprise, Arizona. Yost and his coaches like to sit on folding chairs outside the dugout, and the bees caused them to duck for cover.
 
"They're not going to mess with you, just don't mess with them," Yost said, noting that no one was stung. "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, as Lowell Hutchinson, a retired beekeeper from St. Joseph, Missouri, came out of the stands to assist with gathering them. With the scarcity of honey bees, Yost implored 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 (and) 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 while 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 (and) 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."

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Why was a plastic bag an effective solution?
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COMMENTS (36)
  • lucasp-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    Because the bag is dark enough to calm the bees and its a tough enough surface so the bees would stay in and not have a hole where they could escape.

  • johnj-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    A plastic bag was an effective solution because it got the bees away from the field without harming them in anyway and letting the game resume.

  • calaabj-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    The plastic bag was important because it didn't harm the player nor the bees.

  • travond-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    cause the bees cant bget out

  • haleyd1-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:23 p.m.

    The plastic bag was a effective solution because it got the bees away without killing them.

  • mattv-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    The plastic bag was a very effective solution because the plastic bag removed the bees from the field without hurting or killing any of the bees, meaning the game could continue and no one got hurt.

  • garretta-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:25 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because the bag didn't harm the bees, and it got the bees out of the park safely and back into the wild.

  • elizabetht-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:27 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because this didn't physically harm the bees, it just removed them before they could have been possibly exterminated. There aren't enough bees around anymore. We can't go exterminating them left and right, now can we?

  • austina-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:28 p.m.

    The plastic bag was a effective solution because it calmed the bees without killing them.

  • austing-fel
    4/18/2016 - 02:29 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because instead of having the bees killed they managed to get the bees away from the people.

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