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Bees create buzz before Brevard County Manatees game at Space Coast Stadium

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VIERA, FL (Florida Today) -- Just when you think you've seen every type of baseball delay, Brevard County Manatees officials were all abuzz Sunday afternoon, making sure the 5 p.m. game against the Daytona Cubs went off without any delays... or stings.

About 4,000 honey bees decided to take a rest on the top step of the visiting dugout, prompting General manager Kyle Smith to find a beekeeper willing to come out on Sunday afternoon.

Groundskeepers spotted the bees four hours before game time.

"We called these guys who came up from Palm City to handle it for us on a Sunday and we really appreciate that," Smith said. "If we could have had a game called for bees, that would have been a first. I like publicity but that wouldn't have been good."

Daytona Cubs players approached the dugout cautiously so as not to rile the remaining bees.

"There was like, a three-foot section of bees on the ground moving around and it was pretty cool," said Daytona pitcher P.J. Francescon. "They don't bother me. There's a lot of guys here who might be little girls about it."

Asked to respond to rumors that Manatee players might have slathered honey in the opposing dugout to try and throw the Cubs off his game, Smith laughed heartily.

"I can neither confirm nor deny those remarks," he smiled.

The Manatees ended up losing 5-0 in the seventh when a rainstorm hit.

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