Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bees Invade Arizona Game

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bees Invade Arizona Game

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This was no 'B' game.

The Diamondbacks' grounds crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to help disperse a swarm of bees that delayed the San Francisco Giants split squad's 11-1 win against Arizona for 41 minutes in the second inning Sunday.

With runners on second and third and one out in the second inning, a dark cloud appeared in right field, sending Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young sprinting toward left.

"I didn't see them at first I just heard them," Young said. "I am not afraid of one or two of them. I wouldn't flinch at that. When you start talking about 500, 600 of them, yea, I am afraid of that. I would be afraid of anything of that many. If there were that many mosquitoes, I would be afraid of that."

The bees moved toward the right-field line then down to the Giants dugout behind first base. Two sections of fans near the dugout were evacuated and the bees settled in a camera well adjacent to the dugout.

With the bees buzzing, Young and right fielder Adam Eaton signed autographs and mingled with fans near the center field fence. Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was prepared if the bees reached the dugout.

"I was right next to the bathroom in case I had to lock myself in," Pagan said.

The grounds crew came up with a sweet solution.

They smeared a combination of concession-stand lemonade and cotton candy on two utility carts and lured many of the bees away from fans and players. Some of the bees, however, found a perch on a television camera.

Only one person reported being stung, a Salt River Fields employee.

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