Just when you think you’ve seen every type of baseball delay, Brevard Manatees officials were all abuzz Sunday afternoon, making sure the 5 p.m. game against Daytona went off without any delays – or stings.
According to Local 6 News partner Florida Today, 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 bee keeper willing to come out on Sunday afternoon.
“We’ve got honey bees in the dugout,” said Clint Csomay with All Bee Inc. “Anytime you get honey bees you get field bees too. On a step is just not a good place for honey bees and bad timing since we have a game in about an hour.”
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 that were out collecting pollen when the beekeeper did his thing.
“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 little girls about it. I think they’ll be fine as long as don’t bother them.”
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.