Royals manager Ned Yost laments ‘mass bee genocide’ during game
Ned Yost either understands the significant role bees play in our ecosystem or simply is a lover of all of Earth’s creatures great and small, because the Kansas City Royals manager was greatly affected by the extermination of the insects that delayed the team’s spring training game on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz.
While Yost understood that something had to be done as a safety precaution to take care of a mess of bees that delayed the start of the team’s Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Angels, the skipper suggested that a less aggressive approach could have been taken.
“I’ve seen it before,” Yost told reporters after the game, per the The Kansas City Star. “But I’ve never seen mass bee genocide like that, though.”
Yost claimed to have some knowledge on how to get rid of the bees short of extermination by implementing some MccGyver-like methods.
“All you have to do is get some smoke. … Trust me, I’m from the country. I live in the country,” the Royals manager added. “You take some smoke out there because the queen is in there somewhere, and you get a Shop-Vac and suck ’em all in and take ’em out to the parking lot and let them go.
“They’re just honey bees, man. There’s a decline in honey bees. We need ’em. It was sad to see, but they had to do what they had to do.”
How the scene that ultimately resulted in bee carnage played out, per an Associated Press report (via FOX Sports):
The bees flew in from left field and gathered on a microphone attached to the netting behind home plate, toward the Angels dugout on the first base side. Fans behind home moved back to the concourse behind the field section of seats.
… The umpires waved all players off the field and about five rows of fans were asked to move until the exterminators arrived.
A person in full protective gear shook the netting and sprayed the bees in the fourth inning during another delay of about 10 minutes.
Certainly not the bee’s knees, as it were, given how the bees apparently were killed.
It obviously was not the first time a sporting event has been delayed by a swarm of bees, although it seems to occur more often in baseball than any other sport (see here and here and here). Although professional golfer Pablo Larrazabal being forced to jump in a lake to avoid a swarm perhaps was the most terrifying to witness.
(photo credit: JOHN SLEEZER/The Kansas City Star)