Yes, the Start of Today's Reds Game Really Was Delayed by Bees

The Reds/Giants game at Great American Ball Park was scheduled to start at 12:35 p.m. but a swarm of bees had other plans

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The Reds/Giants game at Great American Ball Park today was scheduled to start at 12:35 p.m. but a swarm of bees had other plans for the field.

The Reds announced the delay on Twitter with a short video of on-fire Reds player Derek Dietrich lending a hand dressed as an exterminator (or perhaps a Ghostbuster). Even national sports site Deadpsin picked up on the buzz. (Sorry, no more bee puns.)



The delay lasted just over 15 minutes. Given the superstitions of some sports teams (like whatever that whole goat/Chicago Cubs thing was all about), the Reds might try to recreate the swarm for future games. The team scored five runs in the first inning, went up 7-1 and, as of this writing, seem on their way to a win, though there are four innings left (and the Giants just scored four runs). The Giants have (very recently) shown they can overcome a big run deficit against the Reds.

UPDATE: The Reds won their bee-delayed game 12-4. Let the daily pre-game, good-luck “Festival of the Bees” tradition begin!


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