Bees took over Great American Ball Park and Derek Dietrich was fully prepared to combat them
We've seen plenty of bee delays in baseball games over the years and they're always a big hassle. Players are understandably wary around dozens of buzzing, flying and stinging insects, so there's no option but to wait for the swarm to pass through or bring in an exterminator to fix the problem.
Monday afternoon's game between the Giants and Reds was delayed because of a swarm of bees around the infield and dugouts at Great American Ball Park.
We were delayed due to bees, if you can bee-lieve it. pic.twitter.com/WaB6ljZMqi— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 6, 2019
Luckily, the Reds didn't have to look far for an exterminator because their second baseman Derek Dietrich was at the ready with exterminator gear.
DIETRICH TO THE RESCUE! pic.twitter.com/eYSqUGxFcD— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) May 6, 2019
We don't know where Dietrich got his exterminator gear or access to a backpack full of spray or whether he's properly trained in combating swarms of bees. But, coming from a guy who spent his Sunday wearing eye black on his upper lip, we can't say we're entirely surprised.
Just gonna leave these here. pic.twitter.com/z4Uq2a37KH— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 5, 2019
Thanks to Dietrich's unexpected preparedness, the bees quickly moved on from their position on the field. His versatility may have quite literally saved the game.
Eric Chesterton is writer for Cut4. He particularly enjoys bunts against the shift, stolen bases and celebrating his birthday with mascots at the ballpark.