Baseball delayed by bees
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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Why was a plastic bag an effective solution?
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  • isabellaa-612-
    3/15/2016 - 12:47 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because they didn't want to kill the bees. So, since the bees were all over the place crazy and no one wanted to kill them because they are great for the environment the most effective solution was to capture the bees in some way, like a plastic bag. I was suprised that no one wanted to kill the bees.

  • geliciab-612-
    3/15/2016 - 12:49 p.m.

    The plastic bag wan an effective solution, because nun of the bees got killed in the process. In the passage Yost said he didn't want to kill the bees, it was a concern for him, because there are not a lot of bees in the world and exterminating them is just bad we need them in our environment.

  • flynnm-612-
    3/15/2016 - 12:51 p.m.

    I think that the plastic bag was an effective solution to the problem with the bees because it managed to move the bees away from the field without hurting them like other methods would have.The reason they used a plastic bag was because the manager said that there wasn't enough bees in the world and that you shouldn't hurt anything if you don't have to.Another reason the manager may have wanted to save the bees was because that the bees weren't purposely try to mess with them so they shouldn't try to purposely mess with the bees.

  • willb-612-
    3/15/2016 - 12:56 p.m.

    I think it was an effecitive solution because it was easy and they didn't hurt the bees

  • liliyas-ver
    3/15/2016 - 01:13 p.m.

    This way instead of killing the bees they can just put them in a plastic bag and later let them go.

  • kerstynneh1-wes
    3/15/2016 - 02:35 p.m.

    They said that the plastic bags would be good because the bags would keep the bees alive because there isn't a lot of Bees in the world so they should save them.

  • julianw-wes
    3/15/2016 - 02:38 p.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution so no one would have gotten stung by the bees if they got angry.

  • avak-kut
    3/15/2016 - 03:51 p.m.

    if they did not figure out that the bees were there than they could of hurt a lot of people. personally, I do not like bees but if we didn't have them then there would be no flowers or honey. That would be really sad because I love flowers! the plastic bag was a good way to capture the bees but not kill them. the plastic bag just kept them out of the dug out so they would not hurt the people trying to watch. Then they let them free so the honey bees could go pollinate the flowers so our world will stay amazing!

  • markm-3-bar
    3/15/2016 - 04:09 p.m.

    A plastic bag was an effective solution because bees pollinate everything,and we can't kill them, it is pointless and they help out our environment. There was a man in the stands who was a beesman and came down and helped them get rid of the bees without killing them. I found this article interesting because i've gotten stung by bees a couple of times and I got mad at them but I shouldn't have because they are helpful.

  • giannaw-ren
    3/15/2016 - 06:28 p.m.

    I believe that they used a plastic bag because the bees can not ripe through. I think this because the stingers can rip the plastic but I would think that they used a very thick plastic bag. Last, they used it so that they would not get stung and they could transport them easily.

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