TEMPE, Ariz. (CBSLA.com/AP) — The Bees typically found around Tempe Diablo Stadium are members of the Los Angeles Angels’ Midwest and Pacific Coast League teams, but on Sunday afternoon it was the flying insect variety that delayed the start of a spring training game against the Royals.
The swarm of bees in the outfield delayed the start of the game for 10 minutes, and after the feisty insects disrupted play again in the fourth inning they were removed by exterminators.
The Angels had just taken the field when the bees descended on the outfield and players were ordered to their dugouts. Royals and Angels players converged near the Royals’ third base dugout.
Many fans left their seats down the first base line and went up to the higher concourse. As the bees moved toward the backstop, those fans behind the plate left their seats.
When play resumed, the bees settled together on a microphone attached to the backstop netting, about 20 feet to the left of Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who sits outside the first base dugout.
A number of the players in Sunday’s game were familiar with bees from their time in the minors. The Angels’ Triple-A team is the Salt Lake Bees, while the Halos are also the parent club of the Midwest League’s Burlington (Iowa) Bees, who previously served as a farm club for the Royals from 2001 to 2010.
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