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.
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.
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.
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
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
"I can neither confirm nor deny those remarks," he smiled.
The Manatees ended up losing 5-0 in the seventh when a rainstorm hit.