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Mark Teixeira busts out honey after Yankees-Red Sox game is delayed by bees (pics/vid)


Tuesday’s spring training game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa was delayed after some bees were discovered swarming about in the left field.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira displayed some quick — if not bizarre — thinking by somehow locating a couple of bottles of honey, presumably to attract the bees away from wherever the insects were causing a nuisance or to bribe them into leaving.


Order was restored after the grounds crew somehow drove the bees off, but Teixeira deserves a lot of credit for his unorthodox plan. Although odds are the honey would not have enticed the bees to vacate the ballpark. In fact, one has to wonder what would have happened had the bees descended upon Teixeira in an attempt to get the honey away from him. That could have gotten real ugly real fast.

The honey-making insects have a history of interfering with baseball games. Bees delayed a 2012 game between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. And in 2013, a menacing swarm of bees delayed the start of a Los Angeles Angels-Baltimore Orioles game.

(bees image via @MLBFanCave, Teixeira image via @pinstripealley]