It was unusual enough when there was a rain delay at a San Diego Padres home game earlier this season, since the city near the California-Mexican border averages fewer than 2 inches of precipitation during baseball season. However, what happened last Thursday was really unusual.
The Padres’ game against Houston was delayed for nearly an hour in the top of the ninth inning when a swarm of bees began swirling around a ballgirl’s jacket near the left field line. A beekeeper who was on the PETCO Park groundskeeper’s speed dial (hey, you never know WHO you may have to call) was brought in to dispose of what one San Diego official estimated as a couple thousand bees.
The bees ended up showing a little more sting than the Padres, who lost, 7-2, to the Astros.