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Old 03-26-2005, 12:07 AM   #1
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Default "Bee" game canceled

How great is this....

TUCSON, Ariz. - Things were buzzing at Tucson Electric Park on Thursday, and that was not a good thing.
Swarms of bees invaded the field and forced a game between the Rockies and Diamondbacks to be called after five innings.

``I guess we've got to call that a `bee' game,'' Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

The bees literally chased Rockies pitcher Darren Oliver from the mound.

``There were like little packs moving around,'' said Arizona's Luis Gonzalez, who hit his first homer of the spring in the first inning and was on third after a triple when the bee-delay occurred. There was a brief bee delay at the same park two years ago.

Arizona center fielder Jose Cruz Jr. first noticed the bees and was chased from his position during a pitch.

There were no reports of players or anyone in the crowd of 8,029 being stung.


I guess baseball is already trying anything to get it's fans back. This one didn't work, huh?
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:37 AM   #2
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From yesterday's Boston Globe:

Former Sox pitcher Darren Oliver speculated that his coconut oil-based hair gel may have attracted a swarm of bees that chased him from the mound and caused a premature halt to a Rockies-Diamondbacks exhibition game in Tucson Thursday.

"In the beginning, it was funny," said the Colorado reliever. "Then, I started to get a little nervous. I love baseball, but I like myself more.

"Maybe I can go on a National Geographic special and talk about bees. I ended up as the center of attention. I'm sure it will be all over ESPN, and my phone will be ringing."
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Old 03-28-2005, 05:53 PM   #3
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Haha, I've never heard of such a thing. Put that down as yet another reason a game has been cancelled other than weather, national mourning, etc.
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Old 03-28-2005, 09:53 PM   #4
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Called because of hair gel. Hmmm......
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