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Gleeman: Swarm of bees delays Diamondbacks-Giants game, sends Angel Pagan running for cover

Yesterday afternoon’s Giants-Diamondbacks game was delayed for 41 minutes when a swarm of bees made its way into right field.

Fans along the first base dugout were evacuated, Ian Kennedy‘s first spring start was cut short, and the Associated Press reports that “the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to help disperse” the bees.

...

Angel Pagan‘s plans were equally amusing: “I was right next to the bathroom in case I had to lock myself in.”

Fat Al Posted: March 05, 2012 at 01:08 PM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cris E Posted: March 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4074206)
“the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to help disperse” the bees.

You see these guys chalking a line, sitting around watching the game, maybe running around with a tarp when it rains, and everyone has thought "I could totally do that." And then come the biblical plagues like flooding or swarms of bees and you realize there are tricks in every trade.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4074209)
Your weapons are useless against them!
   3. Shredder Posted: March 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM (#4074222)
Actually, bee swarms are pretty harmless. Bees swarm when they're looking for a new home, so there's really nothing to defend, and they're only aggressive when they're defending something. Plus, they're all loaded up with honey and feeling pretty good, and not in a particularly aggressive mood. These are the things you learn in Entomolgy 020 - Bees and Beekeeping.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: March 05, 2012 at 02:03 PM (#4074231)
Pagan is the same guy who almost missed an at-bat because he was in the bathroom. What the hell is he doing in there??

Anyway, obligatory "NOT THE BEES!", and also "BEES!", and probably best of all, "BEES!"
   5. SouthSideRyan Posted: March 05, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4074237)
Still better than the dogs with the bees in their mouth so that when they bark they shoot bees at them.
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 02:45 PM (#4074272)
What the hell is he doing in there?


Hiding from bees, apparently.
   7. Shredder Posted: March 05, 2012 at 02:51 PM (#4074279)
Also, I wish more people had seen MST3K do "The Deadly Bees" because there would be all sorts of good quotes to use in the comments.
   8. Lassus Posted: March 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4074297)
Angel Pagan, as always, is damned awesome.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4074336)
Is it me, or doesn't this happen every year down there?
   10. Steve Treder Posted: March 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4074340)
The lesson I'm taking is: when sheltering in a bathroom from a swarm of bees, it's important to lock the door. Because, obviously, bees never carry around a set of keys.
   11. Bob Evans Posted: March 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM (#4074347)
Steve, if you don't lock yourself in, someone else might open the door to get in too, and you can't have that with all those rapacious bees buzzing about.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4074351)
So now we know - the plague of bees differentiates not between angel and pagan.
   13. bobm Posted: March 05, 2012 at 03:54 PM (#4074353)
Finally Angel Pagan's inability to take a proper route to an outfield flyball pays off as he skillfully eluded the bees by running in an unpredictable path.
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4074364)
the Associated Press reports that “the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to help disperse” the bees.

Free cotton candy & lemonade? I suspect the bees will be regular guests.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4074387)
I like my spring training games like I like my women. COVERED IN BEES!
   16. WhoWantsTeixeiraDessert Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4074388)
It was revenge against the Giants by beat reporters, those were Sacramento Bees.
   17. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4074389)
Also, I wish more people had seen MST3K do "The Deadly Bees" because there would be all sorts of good quotes to use in the comments.

The Dodger Dog's meat. Have you seen it?
   18. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4074394)
So you have valley fever, killer bees .... I guess the reason they have spring training in Arizona is to toughen the players up. Kind of like why the Marines have a base in Yuma.
   19. aleskel Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM (#4074397)
Ow! OW! They're defending themselves somehow!
   20. Gamingboy Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM (#4074398)
How do we know it wasn't Swarm?
   21. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4074401)
Finally Angel Pagan's inability to take a proper route to an outfield flyball pays off as he skillfully eluded the bees by running in an unpredictable path.


I thought that was supposed to be for crocodiles, not bees?
   22. Boxkutter Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4074402)
Any word on if they were normal honeybees or Africanized bees? This is Arizona afterall.
   23. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4074404)
I thought that was supposed to be for crocodiles, not bees?

Also killer robots. Remember, serpentine motion. Saved by serpentine.
   24. RJames Posted: March 05, 2012 at 05:07 PM (#4074418)
We've been fighting a losing battle against the insects for fifteen years, but I never thought I'd see the final face-off in my lifetime. And I never dreamed, that it would turn out to be the bees. They've always been our friend.
   25. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: March 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4074427)
15 beat me to it.
Stupid "productivity."
   26. zonk Posted: March 05, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4074436)
Just wait till the poison monkeys join the fight....
   27. Randy Jones Posted: March 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4074437)
Any word on if they were normal honeybees or Africanized bees? This is Arizona afterall.


Wu-Tang Killa Bees perhaps?
   28. Greg Franklin Posted: March 05, 2012 at 05:25 PM (#4074440)
Also, I wish more people had seen MST3K do "The Deadly Bees" because there would be all sorts of good quotes to use in the comments.


AG#1F went completely off-script, and did a callback to Prince of Space! Meow!

Did TDB episode coin the "I like my coffee like I like my women... covered in bees" meme? Or was it around before that?
   29. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4074463)
Or was it around before that?


It's part of an Eddie Izzard routine.
   30. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4074466)
Bee problem? What bee problem?
   31. Willie Mayspedester Posted: March 05, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4074521)
This thread is the bees knees.
   32. phredbird Posted: March 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM (#4074607)
Bee problem? What bee problem?


i've seen that. it makes me kind of queasy.
   33. A Dying Soul Posted: March 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM (#4074673)
Also, I wish more people had seen MST3K do "The Deadly Bees" because there would be all sorts of good quotes to use in the comments.


"The dog's meat, have you seen it?"


Loved that guy at the end who just walks up during the credits.
   34. Lassus Posted: March 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM (#4074733)
Bee problem? What bee problem?
i've seen that. it makes me kind of queasy.


I gotta say, those YouTube comments are WAAAAAY above average.
   35. Zach Posted: March 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4075132)
These are the things you learn in Entomolgy 020 - Bees and Beekeeping.

One of the best popular science books I've ever read is Honeybee Democracy, about the process the swarm goes through in finding a new place to live. Absolutely fascinating.
   36. phredbird Posted: March 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4075194)
eusocial insects like ants and bees are only 2% of insect species but they make up 80% of insect biomass. ants alone have a biomass of comparable size to human beings.
   37. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: March 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4075224)
Steve, if you don't lock yourself in, someone else might open the door to get in too, and you can't have that with all those rapacious bees buzzing about.


Yeah, it's an end-of-the-world fallout shelter situation. You also want a shotgun to scare off other people who want to hide in the bathroom with you.

Anyway, I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

2)
   38. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: March 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4075228)
I just found out that when two bees both want to direct the hive to a well-pollinated area, they first do the little bee dance, then find each other and literally butt heads until one of them quits.
Can't split up the hive, so that is how bees decide that.
   39. zenbitz Posted: March 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4075276)
quite a convergence of OT threads here... fallout shelters, social organisms/biology... and Nick Cage
   40. phredbird Posted: March 06, 2012 at 05:11 PM (#4075342)
oh god they aren't still talking about cage in the movie thread are they?

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