The bees have become the buzz around baseball once again.
This time, it was a Texas League game between the Corpus Christi Hooks and Northwest Arkansas Naturals, which saw a delayed start when a hive suddenly formed in the Hooks dugout.
It does seem to happen on a diamond somewhere every season. Bees start swarming. Players swat at them a bit. Fans freak.
And nobody can play ball.
This is the home dugout and we are officially in the first bee delay of my career. Best thing about baseball? See something new every day. pic.twitter.com/C8dunp4iMr
— Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein) July 8, 2018
Or, perhaps not so unusual.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward was once stung repeatedly. Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels players once found themselves being dive-bombed.
USA Today even offered a “comprehensive history of bees attacking Major League Baseball players.”
And so, here we are.
The Texas League game between @nwanaturals and @cchooks is being delayed by a swarm of bees in the home dugout. (credit @BKellyPxP) pic.twitter.com/RcBSkHq0c8
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) July 8, 2018
It’s hard to look away.
Bee delay? pic.twitter.com/etdVNwQU8x
— Jayne Hansen (@JayneWTHB) July 8, 2018
Also hard: not to feel itchy.
Help has arrived to solve the beehive issue in the @cchooks dugout @MiLB pic.twitter.com/QZqs9XBxjG
— George Vondracek (@GeorgeVondracek) July 8, 2018
The game did finally get underway.
The circumstances lost on no one.
A BEEautiful day at the ballpark. #ReelFun pic.twitter.com/rKthrS1eAc
— Corpus Christi Hooks (@cchooks) July 9, 2018
Main photo Kevin Goldstein/Twitter