Bees at the Ballpark
Sunday’s game between the San Diego Padres and the Miami Marlins marked the third time this season that a swarm of bees forced a delay. On April 7, the Angels and Rangers experienced a five-minute delay because of a similar swarm; then, on May 6, a Reds-Giants game was delayed 20 minutes because of bees. The latest invasion cost the Padres and Marlins a 28-minute delay. It’s almost as if the bees schedule the first week of the month to colonize a new ballpark.
Beekeeper Matt Birkley told The Cincinatti Inquirer that “[the beees] swarm because the hive gets overcrowded. They will create a new queen then the old queen leaves the hive with about half of the worker bees.” In 1976, a similar bee invasion during a Reds-Giants game forced a 35-minute delay in San Francisco until two Reds fans removed the queen bee into a makeshift cardboard beehive.
On Sunday, the bees settled on a microphone near the home dugout. An exterminator had to spray them and vacuum them up before play could resume.
The bees actually seemed to bear bad luck for the Padres because the mournful Marlins beat them 9-3 to take two out of three.
At this rate, ballparks may have to start keeping resident beekeepers on their payroll.
Author: Jacob Grandstaff
Jacob Grandstaff is a co-founder of YourWorld Media. He graduated in 2015 from the University of North Alabama with a B.A. in history. He taught high school before attending the National Journalism Center in 2017 where he wrote for Capital Research Center. He lives in the Washington, DC area and enjoys writing about history, sports, and current events.