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Bees delay Royals game and Ned Yost comes to their defense

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher watched a swarm of bees during Sunday’s game.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher watched a swarm of bees during Sunday’s game. The Kansas City Star

The Royals game against the Angels on Sunday was delayed.

But it didn’t rain in Tempe, Ariz.

Oh, people had fun with this.

After the first delay, the game continued until the fourth inning:

“I’ve seen it before,” Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters after KC won 6-4, “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.”

This was the first thing I thought of:

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