SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — There was quite a buzz to the Rockies-Royals spring training game on Tuesday.
A swarm of bees sent Kansas City manager Ned Yost, members of his coaching staff and fans scurrying early in the exhibition matchup. Yost and his coaches like to sit on folding chairs outside the dugout, and the bees caused them to duck for cover and a brief delay at Surprise Stadium.
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 the removal of the bees.
With the scarcity of honey bees, Yost implored the bees be saved, not exterminated.
Bee delays seem to occur most every spring in Arizona during at least one game.