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Royals manager Ned Yost calls swarm disposal ‘mass bee genocide’ (with video)

Fans move away from a swarm of bees that landed on the backstop netting and delayed the start of Sunday's spring training game between the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels on March 8, 2015 in Tempe, Ariz.
Fans move away from a swarm of bees that landed on the backstop netting and delayed the start of Sunday's spring training game between the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels on March 8, 2015 in Tempe, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

Sunday’s Royals-Angels spring training game began 10 minutes late because of a swarm of bees between first base and home plate.

The swarm formed on the microphone mounted on the screen behind the plate, and the bees sent fans scurrying from their seats and Angels players ducking into the dugout.

The game, which the Royals won 6-4, was delayed again 9 minutes, 22 seconds before the bottom of the fourth while a beekeeper in a hazmat uniform, finally disposed of the bees, though Royals manager Ned Yost didn’t approve of the way the insects were treated.

“I’ve seen it before,” Yost said of bees at a ballpark, “but I’ve never seen mass bee genocide like that, though.

“All you have to do is get some smoke. … Trust me, I’m from the country. I live in the country. You take some smoke out there because the queen is in there somewhere, and you get a Shop-Vac and suck ’em all in and take ’em out to the parking lot and let them go. … They’re just honey bees, man. There’s a decline in honey bees. We need ’em.

“It was sad to see, but they had to do what they had to do.”

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