A Rockies-Padres game was interrupted by a bee swarm that sent players to the ground in the middle of a spring training game on Thursday.
In Thursday’s game between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies, players and umpires dove to the ground to avoid the swarm that took place in the ninth inning, according to USA Today's For The Win.
The swarm was so intense that you could get a clear view of the bees on the TV broadcast.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, though, according to the Denver Post.
“This is reminiscent of Petco Park a few years ago,” Rockies manager Bud Black said after the game. “Remember when the beekeeper had to come down to the left-field corner? That was about 20 or 30 minutes (of delay).”
This time, though, there was no serious delay, as the bees settled on a boom mic by the field.
Something similar happened to the Rockies during a preseason game last year, when the Rockies were playing the Kansas City Royals, according to the Denver Post.
A swarm of bees had chased the Royals’ manager Ned Yost out of his seat in the dugout, which caused some fans to flee the area too.
“I didn’t notice it until the fans started getting out of the way,” said Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles, at the time. “That third inning, the umpires told me to hold off because they were going to take the bees out. I’m sure the fans weren’t happy.”
Luckily for them, Lowell Hutchison, a retired beekeeper, happened to be at the game during his vacation.
Hutchison came to the rescue, moving the bee’s nest — that had overtaken a pine tar bag — into a trash bag, which sparked cheers from the crowd.
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