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 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. 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. 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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  • Steve0620-yyca
    3/14/2016 - 08:49 p.m.

    I think that people must have been shocked to find a bunch of bees during the inning. The Kansas City Royals were against the Colorado Rockies. The Kansas City manager, Ned Yost, some coaches, and some fans were running away from the bees. Ned wanted the bees to be removed but not killed. A beekeeper there made a plan to use a plastic bag and not kill the bees. The plastic bag was an effective solution because it wouldn't kill the bees but they would be transported somewhere else safely. The bees are important because they help the environment by pollinating and they are helpful to many people and animals.

  • calebb-nic
    3/15/2016 - 07:26 a.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because the bees can't get out of the bag. Also the brees won't be harmed by the bags. Finally the plastic bag would be easier to release the bees.

  • aidana-raf
    3/15/2016 - 09:03 a.m.

    The bag is a smart solution because it doesn't hurt the bees and the bees don't get aggravated to hurt or sting the players, managers, or coaches.

  • tyshawng-wes
    3/15/2016 - 09:08 a.m.

    It was good becuase the bees wouldn't be able to get out and start stinging and they didn't get mad about the bag they stayed calm a little
    and they was able to fit all the bees in there so they wouldnt need more than one bag.

  • victoriak-ver
    3/16/2016 - 05:15 p.m.

    That's great that the bees weren't exterminated because we need those bees to pollinate our plants and make honey!

  • oliviam-6-bar
    3/16/2016 - 08:30 p.m.

    The plastic bags was use to save the bees from extermination because "We ain't killing them; there aren't enough bees in the world, boys. We can't be exterminating them."

    We knew the plastic bag was safe for the bees because "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."

  • deaconp.-tay
    3/16/2016 - 10:09 p.m.

    I'm glad they didn't kill the bees. Ned Tost was right in his reasoning, he said there weren't enough bees in the world so he needed to save them and he's right.

  • taylorl-3-bar
    3/17/2016 - 12:12 p.m.

    There was a sworm of bees flying around the baseball game. i chose this article because it looked cool to read.

  • reidi-4-bar
    3/17/2016 - 04:09 p.m.

    A swarm of bees delayed the game of the Kansas city royals. The coaches and people sitting in front of the dugout had to duck and cover when the bees came by. The bees swarmed there stuff and went all over all of their bags and their equipment. I think that it is cool that there are swarms of bees still going around.

  • dallinp.-tay
    3/17/2016 - 06:01 p.m.

    A plastic bag was an effective solution to taking the bees away because it won't let the bees out, but they can still fly around and not be contained too tightly. Another reason it was an effective solution is that it was probably close at hand and was easy to get the bees into because it has some stretching ability.

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