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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  • jackw-4-bar
    3/18/2016 - 10:57 a.m.

    The plastic bag was an effective solution because it didn't harm the bees and it got rid of them. This article interested me because you normally don't see bees affecting a sporting event.

  • alexm1-raf
    3/18/2016 - 12:32 p.m.

    A plastic bag was an effective solution because their was an amount of bees that made everyone very uncomfortable and no bee spray can probably kill those amount of bees so they took a bag and lored the bees into the bag and then closed it which trapped all the bees into the bag.

  • andrew-raf
    3/18/2016 - 02:01 p.m.

    yes it prevented the bees from stinging anyone.And it didn't harm the bees.

  • faith-raf
    3/18/2016 - 02:11 p.m.

    The plastic bag would just keep them alive but able to get the bees out without killing them.

  • maddiek-raf
    3/18/2016 - 02:17 p.m.

    The plastic bag would hold up the bees.

  • damianl-ver
    3/18/2016 - 03:24 p.m.

    The article is about bees swarming during a baseball game. They didn't want to kill but rather capture the bees, because they are rare and needed to pollinate the earth.

  • samp-ver
    3/18/2016 - 03:27 p.m.

    The plastic bag helped because it didn't disturb anyone and no one got stung from it. Also it was affective because they didn't kill any bees and it didn't aggravate the bees when they put them in the plastic bag.

  • roccop-ver
    3/18/2016 - 03:30 p.m.

    I thought it was really cool how there was a retired bee keeper at the game. That way they were sure every thing was done right.

  • brianv-ver
    3/18/2016 - 04:01 p.m.

    This is so nasty. I hate bees. I would've freaked out if I was in the bleachers when the bees started "attacking." It's a good thing that they saved all of the bees though.

  • brookem-1-bar
    3/18/2016 - 05:06 p.m.

    Putting the bees in a plastic bag was an effective solution because Lowell Hutchinson, a retired beekeeper from St. Joseph, Missouri said,"We ain't killing them; there aren't enough bees in the world, boys. We can't be exterminating them." This worked because they could release the bees to where they are needed.

    I found this article interesting because I found it strange that a baseball game could be delayed by something as small as bees.

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