A swarm of bees in the third base dugout delayed the start of minor league baseball game Sunday in Corpus Christi.
The Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros' Double-A affiliate, were scheduled to play a 6:05 p.m. game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, a Kansas City Royals' minor league club, when someone noticed the bee hive, according to a Hooks official.
Team president Ken Schrom said Hooks pitching coach Bill Murphy alerted the grounds crew of the bee hive around 5 p.m., but the team's pest control provider couldn't get to the ballpark until 6:45 p.m.
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"In all my years of baseball, I've never seen a delay caused by bees," said Schrom, whose career included seven years in the big leagues with the Blue Jays, Twins and Indians.
Schrom said Pest Patrol sprayed a soap and water solution on the bees before it used a vacuumed to pick them up.
Shockingly, Schrom said not one person was stung.
Sunday's game finally started around 7:30 p.m. The Hooks won 9-2.