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A swarm of bees invaded Kauffman Stadium before the Indians-Royals game


A swarm of bees invaded Kauffman Stadium before yesterday’s Indians-Royals game in Kansas City. The swarm gathered in the first row of Kauffman Stadium’s upper deck, all over the American flag bunting. How disrespectful.

A member of Kansas City’s grounds crew, Jeff Diekmann, happens to be is a professional beekeeper. He dealt with the bees in expert fashion, not even wearing a beekeeper’s suit. Check it out on video, at the top of the story by the Kansas City Star.

The Royals are no strangers to bee invasions. Last year a Royals-Rockies spring training game in Surprise, Arizona was interrupted by bees. The year before, in Tempe, a Royals-Angels game was also invaded by bees. There must be something about these dudes that bees just love. Maybe Sal Perez keeps a big bag of pollen in his back pocket for good luck? I dunno.

Anyway, the bees were gone before game time and there was no delay. The Royals then went on to be one-hit by the Indians, so the biggest highlight of the day was the dude wrangling bees without a suit on.


Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.