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. 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.
 
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 from St. Joseph, Missouri and 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. 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 (146)
  • jordanr-Orv
    3/15/2016 - 08:53 a.m.

    Its funny how everyone is afraid of bees as long as you leave them alone they won't hurt you

    • jordanr-tar
      5/04/2016 - 03:25 p.m.

      bees don't sting me for some reason.

  • briannec-ste
    3/15/2016 - 11:33 a.m.

    I would not appreciate it if a swarm of bees decided to come to one of my games. Everyone would be distracted, it would be horrible.

  • tyn-2-bar
    3/15/2016 - 12:10 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because the bees were unable to escape it. When the bees interfered with the Royals game "The bees were removed in a plastic trash bag after the top of the third inning." after that, the bees were taken out of the game and transferred to a different area. Since the bees did not interrupt the game after that because the plastic bag was able to pick them up, it was an effective solution.

    I think that many people have a phobia when it comes to bees. They don't realize that bees are probably the most important species in the world to humans.

  • carlosp-kut
    3/15/2016 - 12:12 p.m.

    Thank god that that bee guy from St. Joseph was there to help!
    I was wondering what could happen if he wasn't there.
    ^__^

  • austinh-ver
    3/15/2016 - 12:13 p.m.

    I've never really liked baseball but having a game be delayed by bees is just so funny. I also think that it was a good idea not to exterminate them because they do pollinate everything

  • kyraa666-
    3/15/2016 - 12:33 p.m.

    It doesn't make any sense to panic and kill bees when you don't have to.
    The way they handled it was that they put a plastic bag on it so the bees would not have stung the players.

  • jackiec2014-
    3/15/2016 - 12:35 p.m.

    Suffocates bees:( this story is crazy!!!!!

  • ben-
    3/15/2016 - 12:39 p.m.

    The plastic bag was a great idea.It was because it didn't harm the bees and it didn't hurt any of the staff or players.

  • brandonb4461-
    3/15/2016 - 12:40 p.m.

    A plastic bag was a solution to the bee problem in the middle of the Royals vs. Rockies game in the third inning. The Royals head coach Ned Yost said to keep the bees alive and moving because we don't have enough on the planet.

    I thought this article was interesting because I love baseball and I had a bee problem at home.

  • jocelync-612-
    3/15/2016 - 12:45 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because it got rid of the bees without killing them. We need bees in our world, so we shouldn't kill them if we don't really need to.

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