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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  • kailynh.-tay
    3/17/2016 - 07:16 p.m.

    the plastic bag was an affective solution because it gathered all of the bees in one area so that none were necessarily left behind. it removed the bees a lot faster than anything else they would've had with them. they used their resources and conquered the bizarre bee incident.

  • calebc.-tay
    3/17/2016 - 07:47 p.m.

    It was probably the only thing big enough that they had at the time and it is an in closed space so they can't get out.

  • madisons.-tay
    3/17/2016 - 08:25 p.m.

    the bag was an effective solution because all the bees could fit in there.

  • garrettm.-tay
    3/17/2016 - 09:40 p.m.

    It was a good solution because they weren't all over the place so they couldn't sting you and it wouldn't kill them

  • annah.-tay
    3/17/2016 - 10:03 p.m.

    i can't even express my hatred towards bees enough; they make good honey,but they sure are mean!

  • aaronp.-tay
    3/17/2016 - 11:40 p.m.

    That hasn't ever happened at one one of my games and I sure am thankful ????

  • luket-4-bar
    3/18/2016 - 12:21 a.m.

    A plastic bag was a good solution because it was a good way to relocate the bees without harming them, because bees are "so important to our environment".
    I thought this article was interesting because it's cool that they were able to get the bees out of the stadium without hurting them.

  • gabriellek-1-bar
    3/18/2016 - 01:42 a.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because it kept the bees all together so they would not sting people while they were being removed from the game. Without the bag quit a few bees would have been killed. Bees are a very important part in our environment. Without bees we would not have some of the foods we have today. I was surprised that no one got stung. I am interested in how they got the bees into the bag. Although bees are very important to our economy I often jump when one comes buzzing by.

  • emilyr-ver
    3/18/2016 - 09:07 a.m.

    This story was about how bees were swarming during a baseball game. I think that it was very good that they didn't kill the bees because they are starting to be rare and we really need them because they help us a lot in this world.

  • jacksonm-4-bar
    3/18/2016 - 10:11 a.m.

    The plastic bag was a good solution because it keeps people safe from being stung. The bag also kept the bees alive and just moved them away.

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