A swarm of bees have delayed the start of Dodgers-Diamondbacks game

Publish Date
Wednesday, 1 May 2024, 4:59PM
Photo / Getty Images

Photo / Getty Images

There were a few too many visitors on the field at the recent Dodgers-Diamondbacks game.

The NL West matchup was delayed by nearly two hours after a swarm of bees were spotted congregated on part of the netting behind home plate... Previously scheduled for a 6:40 p.m. start, the first pitch didn't arrive until 8:35 p.m.

The delay was mainly due to waiting for a beekeeper. The Chase Field stadium ops crew requested the crowd to "please bee patient" and later played Let It Be.

The Diamondbacks, of course, released a statement explaining the situation:

"The scheduled game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers has been temporarily delayed due to the presence of a beehive in the netting directly behind home plate at Chase Field. We anticipate that the game will resume promptly following the successful removal of the beehive by a professional beekeeper. Updates will be provided as soon as they become available."

Eventually, the beekeeper arrived, donned full beekeeper regalia, rose to the hive via a scissor lift, sprayed the bees with something and vacuumed them up as Blinding Lights by the Weeknd and Holding Out for a Hero played in the background.

The bee removal man, Matt Hilton of Blue Sky Pest Control, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, receiving a standing ovation.

He later spoke to reporters and said he was at his son's tee-ball game when he got the call from the D-Backs, whose vice president of ballpark operations said the game was "very close" to getting called.

Importantly, Matt said the bees were not killed.

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