MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Baseballs weren't the only thing flying over Mesa’s Sloan Park today. Bees also joined the Cubs-Mariners game, causing it to be delayed by several minutes.
While folks gathered at Sloan Park to get in the spirit of spring training, a massive swarm of bees had another plan.
Security personnel at the park tell us several thousands of bees swarmed a section of the ballpark this afternoon, causing quite the buzz at spring training.
"They're traveling, and they needed a place to rest, that could be for a few hours, a few minutes or overnight," says Jim Bostrom with Proam Security.
"They went down into the pitcher's dugout area...where they were practicing their pitching," said Bostrom. "Queen Bee decided she wanted to go underneath the chair and they all massed together, there underneath the chair."
Exterminator turned security guard Jim Bostrom says even though there was one or two stings reported, things could have been a lot worse.
After the area was evacuated, and the players were relocated, Bostrom says the bee-buzz died down, but adds, always to remember - no fast balls around bees.
"Just lay low, don't get excited, fast movement is what gets them excited and they might go after something."
We've seen this before earlier this month at the Royals-Rockies game. Even though some bees are still resting at Sloane Park, security says the situation has been handled.