ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — Dell Diamond was abuzz during the Express’ matinee game against the Dodgers thanks to an unwelcome swarm of bees.
The game was twice delayed when a bee hive had formed over the radar gun behind home plate.
It wasn’t until a pair of fans wearing San Francisco Giants jerseys took matters into their own hands before the game resumed.
“We came to watch the baseball game,” Robert Stefani said. “We want to see our Express, so whatever it takes.”
Stefani, who coincidentally used to be a bee keeper as a hobby, was joined by friend Dave Sullivan as the two used a broom to put a trash bag over the radar gun to trap the bees in place.
“The hive just kept getting bigger and bigger, so we’re like, ‘This isn’t gonna stop anytime soon,'” Sullivan said. “So [Stefani] decided to go down there, and I said, ‘I’ll help you out.'”
After double-bagging the bees, sealing them shut with duct tape, spraying them down with any and all aerosols they could find and establishing Giants fans as some of the bravest in baseball, the game resumed.
Oklahoma City stung the Express for four unanswered runs before the professional beekeepers arrived to make sure the bees were properly contained, causing another 15 minute delay.
“I’ve always hoped for something like this,” Konrad Boufard, owner of Round Rock Honey, said. “As a beekeeper, it’s kind of like having a trophy on your shelf. You wanna do a bee removal from a baseball diamond, so today we got that wish.”
According to Boufard, a baseball diamond is a perfect habitat for a bee hive.
Surprisingly, none of the bee keepers, professional or otherwise, were stung. Bees are docile when they are swarming, Boufard said.
The Express lost 9-5.