Swarm of Bees Invade Dodger Stadium, Blanket Left Field

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Stadium security will gladly take down a grown, naked man running on the field, but nobody—I repeat, nobody—wants to deal with a throng of buzzing bees at the stadium.

A swarm of the insects descended on Dodger Stadium on Sunday night, camping out near the left field pavilion prior to the Dodgers’ matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Matt Fisher of FanSided.com reports further details of the bee invasion and its removal:

Another swarm was picked up by ESPN cameras hanging out near the Dodgers dugout and actually surrounding one of the field mics. The bees were taken care of via the usual methods, spray guns with insecticide and water being wielded by a couple of brave souls, but this isn’t the first time bees have played havoc with a Major League Baseball game.

Indeed, this is isn't the first time this season the insects have visited an MLB game. Bees managed to delay a game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in spring training. Boston left fielder Mike Carp alerted officials to the sudden infestation, and a team of stadium employees went in to treat the area with insecticide. Mark Teixeira wanted to take the appeasement route and forestall the insects' wrath with honey.

Screenshot via MLB.com 

A similar swarm attacked Dodger Stadium in 2009, covering the left field bleachers during a Dodgers-Cubs game and forcing security to clear the area.

These invasions leave more questions than answers: Why baseball stadiums? Is it the sweet smell of Cracker Jack? And why always left field?

We may never know, but if you’re heading out to the bleachers at an outdoor ballpark this summer, prepare a will and bring an economy-size can of bug spray. There’s no such thing as being over-prepared when it comes to bees.

 

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