A bee delay in Red Sox-Yankees game

A bee delay in Red Sox-Yankees game
March 18, 2014, 4:45 pm
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Play halted on account of . . . bees?

In the bottom of the third inning of the Yankees' 8-1 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday, play was halted for about seven minutes at George M. Steinbrenner Field when a swarm of honey bees invaded the left field area.

Mike Carp, the Red Sox left fielder, was first to spot them and first to run away.

"Not a big fan of bees flying around my head,'' said Carp afterward. "One of those things I've never seen happen . . . well, I've seen it happen, but never happen to me on the field. I'm sure [people] will get their laughs on ESPN tonight.

"It was a strange little delay of game. You can't help that it happens.'' Carp said he became aware of the bees "right as the inning started. I warmed up and as soon as I checked to see where [Jackie] Bradley [Jr.] was, I saw them right to my left and they kept coming toward me. I wanted to part of that.''

Carp, who estimated there were "a couple thousand . . . a lot'' of bees, successfully got the umpires' attention, who quickly called time. Grounds crew members went out to left to spray the area.

"It was hard to see,'' he said. "They were honey bees and I guess not too dangerous, but nonetheless, it was still shocking to see a swarm of bees flying around you in the middle of a baseball game . . . I'm not allergic at all, but I didn't want a couple of thousand bees on me.''

During the delay, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira jokingly showed off a couple of bottles of honey in front of the home dugout.